October 2, 2014
Super Smash Bros. Character Coverage (Part 4)

Super Smash Bros. Character Coverage (Part 4)

Tomorrow is the big day for Super Smash Bros. for the 3DS to come out and am I excited! Today all the new characters to the series will be discussed. No worries no spoilers that’ll be for tomorrow.

Villager

Villager

The main character in the Animal Crossing, Villager is a tree planting, axe swinging, balloon flying, turnip selling, house building, slingshot shooting, bug catching boy or girl.

First…

View On WordPress

October 1, 2014
Bucky Barnes: The Winter Soldier #1 - RWG Reviews

Bucky Barnes: The Winter Soldier #1 – RWG Reviews

Bucky Barnes: The Winter Soldier
Writer: Ales Kot
Artist: Marco Rudy
Publisher: Marvel
Reviewer: Mark William Pawziuk

This new ongoing Winter Soldier volume follows The Winter Soldier: Bitter March miniseries from earlier this year.  Bitter Marchtold a cold war era story, when James Barnes was very much the Soviet Winter Soldier.  This series starts literally light years away when Bucky has taken…

View On WordPress

October 1, 2014

Fiction Squad #1
Written By: Paul Jenkins
Illustrated By: Ramon Bachs
Colors By: Leonardo Paciarotti
Letters By: Jim Campbell
Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Reviewed By: Denise Blakely

Story: In a land of make believe is a forest called Fablewood, is the home to all stories that have ever been told. It is here that these stories live and the land is split up by genre. There is a realm for fantasy, science fiction, horror, romance, poetry, jokes, songs and even children’s stories. It is said that the Children’s Stories Realm is the most fabulous of them all and in its city of Rimes we find that every nursery rhyme is a crime scene.

Fiction Squad opens with Humpty Dumpty being pushed off of a wall, shortly afterwards detective Frankie Mack, now living in Rimes but originally from the Crimes Realm, is on the scene to figure out what happened to Mr. Dumpty. As Frankie begins to question the residents of Rimes he finds that there seem to be some dirty dealings going on. The Queens and the Witches are like mobsters and no one wants to talk for fear of being shook down.

This book is clever and beautifully written. The way that Jenkins slips in the most memorable lines of beloved fairy tales and nursery rhymes is so well done that it doesn’t come across corny in any way, I find it impressive because it could have easily gone the other way. I love the perfected details such as using beans as the local currency. Fiction Squad has a perfect balance of a serious engaging story line peppered with humor and whimsy. 9.5 out of 10

Art: The artwork in this book is different from most books, which make me very happy. I love a book that doesn’t look like a ton of others. The small details that make this artwork great are things like smaller chairs for mice and multiple sets of handcuffs on a spider. The setting and coloring is perfect for the book and really sets a great tone. The only thing that brings the artwork down for me is the sexualization of the female characters. This book is strong enough in story and artwork that this is truly unnecessary and doesn’t even fit the tone of the rest of the book. 7 out of 10

Overall: Fiction Squad is a book worth reading. It’s well written and drawn, and I am interested in seeing how all of the different stories we already know will come together in this book. It’s always fun to see classic characters we see as good on the other side. Aside from the overly busty female characters this book is promising a hit. 8.3 out of 10

 

Fiction Squad #1-RWG Reviews Fiction Squad #1 Written By: Paul Jenkins Illustrated By: Ramon Bachs Colors By: Leonardo Paciarotti Letters By:

October 1, 2014
Comic Reflections #110 THUNDER Agents (pt 2)+Archie

Comic Reflections #110 THUNDER Agents (pt 2)+Archie

This Episode:

THUNDER Agents #15, Archie #305,Archie at Riverdale High #56

View On WordPress

October 1, 2014

Cutter #1
Author: Robert Napton and Seamus Kevin Fahey
Artist: Christian DiBari
Letters: Troy Peteri
Publisher: Top Cow Productions
Reviewed by Nikki Sherman

It’s creeping into October, which means it’s my favorite time of the year. Horror books, movies, TV shows collide for a generally spooky month filled with my favorite things. Top Cow, writers Robert Napton and Seamus Kevin Fahey, and artist Christian DiBari capitalize on a celebratory month of books that attempt to give people the wiggins with Cutter #1, a revenge tale based in a rural town, where a group of friends wished their past would stay buried. Does Cutter #1 make the cut?

Story

When a group of friends reaps the repercussions of their cruel bullying, there’s no telling how much blood will spill. Jeremy, a soon-t0-be dad, realizes that the actions he and his friends took against an unstable childhood schoolmate are leaving his fellow jerk friends deader than dead. I wanted to like this story because it felt like horror should feel. It had all the elements — a group of semi-likeable (but ultimately unlikeable) characters, one driven by a deep-seated need to keep the past hidden, an interested “villain” who toes the line between victim and victimizer, and a good dose of violence and blood to keep things exciting.

The book is generally well-written. The dialogue flows well and I really enjoyed the pacing of the issue I felt like I consumed a balanced amount of action and exposition and I stated intrigued throughout most of the issue. However, there were a few things that bothered me about this story overall. I was mostly concerned with the way that Emily, the antagonist of the story, was portrayed. The solicit characterizes this book as a story about a group of guys that picked on a girl who comes back to haunt them. But as the story progresses, Emily is portrayed simultaneously like a victim and then as the resident “weird” kid, which makes it almost feel like the group feels justified in their taunting. When you combine this with the self-mutilation at the core of this story, I worry that this book propagates victim-blaming, and that it treats the issue of self-harm all too lightly, yet still as a spectacle. Finally, nothing about this book so far is entirely original. While I recognize that originality is difficult to come by these days, there’s just really nothing special about the plot that makes me want to read beyond issue #1. Story: 7.0 out of 10

Art

The quality of the art in the opening pages of this first issue is pretty great. I felt genuinely creeped out at all the right places. I really enjoyed the texture of the black and white art, and I felt that the book was off to a solid start. There are quite a few moments where the art truly shines in this book, and it’s apparent that DiBari has a charming grasp on how to keep the reader in suspense and ready for the page turn. When working in black and white, however, I felt like there could have been a little bit more done at times to really make sure that the reader was fully immersed in the world. Some of the characters were difficult to differentiate, and the action was slightly hard to follow at times. All in all, I think DiBari does a helluva lot with little, and I appreciate his contribution to the horror genre. Art: 8 out of 10

Overall

The premise of this book was exciting — the creators have a chance to say something important about bullying and its repercussions. Though not everyone will become a serial killer rising from her grave, I hope that the creators make the point clear that the cruel actions of the few can hurt the many. In the meantime, those that enjoy simple horror may want to pick up this book. But unless something different and exciting happens in the next issues, I might be saving my scares for something with a bit more substance. Overall: 7.5 out of 10

Cutter #1 – RWG Reviews Cutter #1 Author: Robert Napton and Seamus Kevin Fahey Artist: Christian DiBari Letters: Troy Peteri Publisher: 

October 1, 2014
Super Hero Speak - #74: Headshrinkers Press (Nichi Scribbles)

Super Hero Speak – #74: Headshrinkers Press (Nichi Scribbles)

This week the guys sit down With Nichi Scribbles of Headshrinkers Press. Nichi tells all about his new comic book company and all the stories that were previewed in Headshrinkers Press #1. Not your typical superhero fare, Headshrinker’s offers new and unique comic book stories you won’t find anywhere else. Listen to the interview and then go check them out. Enjoy!

shs-headshrink

Headshrinker’s Press website: h…

View On WordPress

October 1, 2014

The Damnation of Charlie Wormwood

Publisher: Dynamite

Writer: Christina Blanch & Chris Carr

Artist: Chee

Review by: Ben Penfold-Marwick

Charlie Wormwood is a character who may be familiar to digital comic readers, but I’m going in blind with this print version of issue one, as I imagine many of you will be. The cover by Francesco Francavilla certainly sets an ominous tone, with Wormwood walking down a dark, shady alley. Let’s see what’s so damned interesting about Charlie (you see what I did there?).

Story: Wormwood is a family man whose boy is seriously ill. He works as an English teacher at a prison, using his photographic memory to recall long passages of texts. Barnum, a student of Wormwood’s, offers him a job. With the hospital bills piling up, Wormwood can’t refuse. This issue contains the first 4 chapter of the web-comic and I can certainly see why this would have worked in small instalments. Each chapter ends with a weighty cliffhanger that propels the reader to continue with this story. The pacing and tension builds well and this is a decent read. Story score: 7 out of 10.

Art: Chee’s black and white pages are perfect for this sombre tale, with a lot of greys and blacks filling out the panels. As Wormwood moves between the hospital and prison, both have an oppressive feel to them. The sketchy facial expressions tell the story well, with a similar style and tone to Charlie Adlard’s work on The Walking Dead. Art score: 7 out of 10.

Overall: The title tells us that Wormwood is going to be damned. While we only see the seeds of that here, it is a tense and captivating introduction. This first issue reads a lot like the first season of Breaking Bad; a smart, innocent man turning to crime when it seems necessary. It’s certainly a page turner and I’ll be keen to see what happens next. Final score: 7 out of 10.

The Damnation Of Charlie Wormwood #1 – RWG Reviews The Damnation of Charlie Wormwood Publisher: Dynamite Writer: Christina Blanch & Chris Carr Artist: Chee Review by: …

October 1, 2014
RWG Reviews: Doctor Who - Caretaker

RWG Reviews: Doctor Who – Caretaker

Based on the preview for The Caretaker, I thought it would be a good idea to watch season two’s School Reunion again just in case they were similar enough for me to compare the two for this review. Set in a school, the Doctor goes undercover to deal with an alien threat! That’s where the similarities stop, though. School Reunion was essentially an invasion story which gave a great excuse to bring…

View On WordPress

October 1, 2014
We talk Gotham, games, and get grumpy in the All-New ANTiFanboy Podcast 70! Listen here:

In this week’s episode, we give the pilot to FOX’s GOTHAM the ol’ M-F-K review/recap! Also: We highlight our best, worst, & weirdest Multiplayer Games and Jon Suarez asks “WHAT THE FUCK?” in his new uncensored segment, “WHAT THE FUCK?”.

We talk Gotham, games, and get grumpy in the All-New ANTiFanboy Podcast 70! Listen here:

In this week’s episode, we give the pilot to FOX’s GOTHAM the ol’ M-F-K review/recap! Also: We highlight our best, worst, & weirdest Multiplayer Games and Jon Suarez asks “WHAT THE FUCK?” in his new uncensored segment, “WHAT THE FUCK?”.

October 1, 2014
Super Smash Bros. Character Coverage (Part 3)

Super Smash Bros. Character Coverage (Part 3)

Two days until the launch of Super Smash Bros. for the 3DS and you know what that means? A background on all the Super Smash Bros. Brawl characters that you’ll see in the game this Friday!

 

Pit

Pit

Also known as Kid Icarus, Pit is a member of Palutena’s Army, a bow and arrow handling, evil fighting, flightless angel.

First Game Appearance: Kid Icarus (1986)

Complete list of games with Pit:

Kid…

View On WordPress

October 1, 2014
Great Caesar’s Ghost: Superman for President!

Great Caesar’s Ghost: Superman for President!

Do not look at the man behind the curtain!  Great Ceasar’s Ghost is the official column of RWG’s Editor-in-Chief J. Reifler.  A weekly glimpse into the mind of a man who makes this page run on time… sometimes.  This week we look at Superman… President of the United States!  


photo 2
Long before Injustice and Future’s End, comic book writers have speculated on the future of the DC Comics Universe.…

View On WordPress

October 1, 2014

Critical Hit #1
Writer: Matt Miner
Artist:  Jonathan Brandon Sawyer
Colors: Doug Garbark
Publisher: Black Mask Studios
Reviewed by J. Reifler

Critical Hit is a series focusing two sisters and their fight for animal rights through anarco-activism.  The comic is the creation of Matt Miner and features artwork by Jonathan Brandon Sawyer.  It’s also the direct continuation of an earlier mini-series Liberator, also published by Black Mask Studios.  I was largely unfamiliar with the characters and this was my first introduction to the characters.  I can say this comic is unique among what’s currently being published!  The first issue is engaging and promises to only get more intense.

Story: Sarah and Jeannette have had a tough life and have grown up tough because of it.  In this first issue we are exposed to a bit of backstory to the two characters, both their upbringing and negative relationships with various men.  While both have seemingly normal day-jobs, their focus in the evening is generally causing havoc for any group that infringes on the rights of animals.  Their focus in this series is a group of hunters who own a series of cabins and rent out the area for casual hunting.  The sisters head out their with other activists and generally trash the place.  All is going according to plan until the hunters show up with murder on their mind.

This is not a bad first issue at all.  It sets up the story in a pretty straight-forward fashion and provides enough character development for me to keep interest in the characters.  I found myself comparing this series to the early works of Brian Wood (stuff like DEMO and Channel Zero) but with more polished art.  The characters felt like real people, flawed and idealistic in their intentions.  I’m not sure where this story is headed but with only four issues planned it seems like anything can happen.  Hopefully the story will keep progressing and not turn into anything too grim.  Miner seems inclined to take a dark turn and hopefully the story doesn’t get lost in violence.  I like a little optimism with my chaos!  Still, I  enjoyed meeting these characters and feel invested in whether they survive to the end of the series. Story: 7 out of 10.  

Art:  I really enjoyed the art in this book.  It walked the perfect line between stylized and realistic.  The characters all have design roots in counter-culture.  You can see a punk and hardcore influence in their designs without taking it over the top.  My favorite scenes in this book took place in the record store where Sara works.  I enjoyed that Jonathan Brandon Sawyer took the time to replicate famous album covers and it really felt like an indie vinyl shop.  These sorts of subtle touches really make the book shine.  Add that together with a pretty badass opening scene and this book wins in the art department.  Art: 9 out of 10.  

I’m interested to see where this story goes next.  For readers looking for something a bit more realistic, Critical Hit is worth taking a look.  This book is smart, political, and dangerous.  Overall:  8 out of 10.

Critical Hit #1 – RWG Reviews Critical Hit #1 Writer: Matt Miner Artist:  Jonathan Brandon Sawyer Colors: Doug Garbark Publisher: Black Mask Studios…

September 30, 2014
Feed It Comics #51 | Close Encounters of the Nerd Kind

Feed It Comics #51 | Close Encounters of the Nerd Kind

FIC 51

They’re back! After a much deserved week long vacation your favorite podcast hosts Doc Fluxx and Father Shepherd are back in full effect with a nice fat boy of an episode!

This go around, Doc reveals his experiences at Portland Oregon’s coveted Rose City Comicon, then both Doc and Shepherd give their first impressions of the new show Gotham on FOX, and then if that wasn’t enough they engage…

View On WordPress

September 30, 2014

Last Born #1
Story:  Patrick Meaney
Art:  Eric Zawadzki
Publisher:  Black Mask Studios
Reviewed by J. Reifler

Patrick Meaney is a pretty prolific author and director when is comes to  study of sequential art.  He’s published an impressive stable of critical analysis covering many of the best names in comics from Grant Morrison to Warren Ellis and also made several documentaries on comics.  Last Born #1 is his debut on the other side of the equation, with an original story focusing around time travel, mysterious worlds, and wish-fulfillment.  Teaming up with Eric Zawadkzi, this first issue is an exciting and mind-bending tale that is sure to impress.

Story:  Julia is a seemingly normal girl trapped in a life that has been meticulously planned out for her by her overbearing aunt.  Her life is very repressed and much of her day is spent helping care for her seemingly senile father.  Right from the first few pages we see Julia is a woman dissatisfied with what life has to offer.  She’s being pressured to marry her dull-as-a-rock boyfriend and her dreams of leaving for school seem out of reach.  This normal life takes a twist towards the unexpected when she stumbles into a mysterious cave; the very same cave in which her father once ventured many years ago before going senile at a young age.  At this point Julia stumbles through the looking-glass into a world that is hard to comprehend.  It appears to be a destroyed mirror version of our own world, inhabited by mysterious gray monsters that can take human form.  She’s attacked and saved at the last-minute by other survivors in this world.  The issues ends by hinting at further threads including some time travel and a potential alien invasion.

There’s a ton going on in this first issue and it’s clear that Meaney has embraced the high-concept, cerebral writing style of his literary inspirations.  My first thoughts were that this book follows the same trippy path into world unknown that I would expect from a Grant Morrision book.  That’s not to say it comes as derivative, but the influence in terms of storytelling is clearly there.  That’s a good though and it only compels me to demand answers faster.  I’m curious where this story is headed and there’s more than enough questions raised to fill up many issues.  What is up with this mysterious cave?  What is the world that Julia’s seemingly trapped in now that she’s entered it?  Who are all these other people?  I’m sure all of these mysterious will be explained in future issues.  The important thing is that we have a good hook and I’m excited to read issue two.  9 out of 10.

Art:  Eric Zawadzki has a pretty cool style and it’s a nice fit for this story.  I found myself thinking about how much it reminded me of Toni Fejzula (Veil) and Chip Zdarksy (Sex Criminals) at times.  It’s creepy without losing clarity and it works in transitioning the book from the ordinary to the unknown.  I really enjoy the way that Zawadzki draws faces; they carry a lot of emotion and I felt a lot of Julia’s unspoken feelings through the way he drew her face in several scenes.  His gray mysterious aliens are very creepy and help add some moodiness to the book.  My only criticism is that the color work is a little flat and a lot of the backgrounds are kind of boring.  Overall though it is quality work.  8.5 out of 10.

Black Mask Studios are a new publisher (in my world at least) and they’ve made a great first impression with this new title.  I’m very impressed with quality of the titles launching right now and have a lot of hope this label will keep putting out work for quite some time.  Last Born could easily be a series released by Vertigo or Image comics.  It’s an original story with good art and a lot of mystery.  I’m going to keep reading and see where this journey takes Julia next!  She’s a character with a lot of potential and I’m interested in seeing if she can overcome her repressed upbringing to be the person she’s striving to become.  8.5 out of 10.

Last Born #1 – RWG Reviews Last Born #1 Story:  Patrick Meaney Art:  Eric Zawadzki Publisher:  Black Mask Studios Reviewed by J. Reifler…

September 30, 2014

Brides of Helheim #1
Writer:  Cullen Bunn
Illustrator: Joelle Jones
Colors:  Nick Filardi
Publisher: Oni Press

“Years have passed since Rikard’s victory over Bera and Groa. In defeating the witches, Rikard saved his people. And yet he cannot rest. He is still denied the promise of Valhalla. The warrior is condemned to wander the living world as an undead draugr. Now, a new challenge lies before Rikard: to face the demon beast Mórðvíg in a brutal conflict.”

Brides of Helheim is the sequel to 2013’s Helheim series.  It stars an undead warrior named Rikard who battles undead and mystical enemies across a Norse inspired landscape.  It is classic Cullen Bunn in a lot of ways with a supernatural element layered across a period piece.  This new series promises to pick up some of the plot threads left hanging last time and also introduces a new threat for Rikard to battle.

Story:  The local villagers are being killed by a monster known as the Mordvig .  Its been slaughtering innocent townsfolk left and right and generally causing chaos.  Two plucky youngsters Sigrid and Brand decide they need a monster to fight a monster.  They set off in search of the ‘Dead Man’ (aka Rikard) who readers will be familiar with if they read the earlier series, Helheim.  They run into him quickly enough and he agrees to help them find their monsters.  Rikard takes them back to his hiding place where he hangs out with a crew of witches.  The witches are up to their own devices trying to track down an evil Sorcerer named Raevil.  The rest of the issue has Rikard fighting a giant bear with an axe.  He kills it rather effortlessly and we see his undead abilities at full power.

Rikard seems like a pretty generic anti-hero and it helps that he has secondary characters around to interact with in this first issue.  He comes off like a mix of Hellboy and Frankenstein – kind of this tough exterior ‘good guy’ who has his heart in the right place.  I felt the first issue was a bit wasted having him only fight a giant bear but I suppose this is just an introduction to the characters and meat for catching new readers up on everyone in this world.  The most interesting characters so far in this book are the witches – hopefully things will coalesce more in the later issues.  7 out of 10.

Art:  Joelle Jones and Nick Filardi have a nice balance working together.  The art in this comic looks like it could be right out of the setting of Diablo (one of my favorite video games growing up) or a modern horror story.  It’s dark and full of menacing looking forests.  It’s exactly the kind of world where Norse warriors can coexist with witches and supernatural horrors without anyone thinking things are amiss.  It’s just a creepy place.  Filardi’s colors help brighten up what would otherwise be an overkill of thick black line work.  I enjoyed his depictions of the night sky with an eerie pale yellow covering most of the backgrounds.  Stylistically the art here is very close to the work being done in The Sixth Gun series by Brian Hurtt.  I had to double-check that it wasn’t the same artist on the series.  The action scenes were the best looking part of this book.  The rest of the panels seemed a bit stiff but it seems to even out in the end.  Art:  8.5 out of 10.

With Brides of Heheim what you see is what you get.  There’s a giant undead warrior with an axe who fights things while being very grumbly.  There’s two fairly disposable seeming human characters who serve as the reader’s view point into the world.  There’s a witch who knows the secrets of this world.  In some ways it’s formulaic feeling but not all together unsatisfying.  It’s solid although not particularly ground-breaking.  I don’t think it quite reaches the intensity of The Sixth Gun but it’s enjoyable for what it is ultimately.  7.5 out of 10.

Brides of Helheim #1 – RWG Reviews Brides of Helheim #1 Writer:  Cullen Bunn Illustrator: Joelle Jones Colors:  Nick Filardi Publisher: Oni Press…

Liked posts on Tumblr: More liked posts »