Friday, March 6, 2015

3 Non DC/Marvel Books to check out!

Three books came out this week that caught my attention and I think one, if not all three, should be given a chance if you haven't already, or were hesitant to.

The first book I read this week as soon as I could was Robert A. Heinlein: Citizen Of the Galaxy. As soon I saw this in Previews for IDW comics a couple months back I knew it was an autosub, reason being is Heinlein is one of my favorite authors - who has always done great science fiction stories - and this is one of those stories. 'Citizen of the Galaxy' is a story about a young boy named Thorby who recently was taken into slavery and transported to a new planet to be sold at an auction. This is where we, the reader, are brought in. Without giving away the story there will be interstellar travels, espionage, and of course action and adventure. I really appreciated this adaptation since they are trying to keep the same level of literary quality that Heinlein was known to bring to the Sci-Fi genre.The art for this book by Steve Erwin doesn’t amaze me but it doesn’t detract from the core of the book and gives all the characters some pretty good life. Overall, if you are going to check out any book, make it thin one. Especially if you are a sci-fi lover.

Speaking of great writers, the next writer, of whom I'm a big fan of almost all of his current works, is Warren Ellis. His book out this week from Dynamite is Blackcross. Ellis, along with artist Colton Worley, do a great job of creating an eerie atmosphere that carries on throughout the story. Not a lot of story is actually explored in this first issue, we are just introduced to our cast of characters: a fake Medium, a man in the Witness Protection program, feds investigating a ritual we see in the beginning of the book, and the mysterious individual, 'American Spirit'. With how it was all told and how the story progressed I am hooked on this first issue, and very excited to continue to see where the rest of this story will go. If there was one thing wrong with this book, it's that I felt the first issue was a little too short and wanted just a bit more, but I guess I can wait until next month.

This last book, 'Never Boy' from Dark Horse comics, had such a cool idea of a story I knew I was going to have to check it out. Going into this book all I knew was that the main character is Imaginary, and to stay in our physical world, and be a part of it he has to take drugs, unlike everyone else who takes drugs to escape. The art and colors by Tyler Jenkins and Kelly Fitzpatrick, respectively, is colorful and imaginative and the story for this first issue sets up the reader nicely to keep them hooked, and leaves them with questions; like can Neverboy escape the men trying to bring him out of reality? How long can he last without drugs? And can he find a way to stay permanently? Wherever the story goes it seems like it will be a fun ride and a cool new twist on trying to be a normal person with a normal life.

So with the three books I read this week we have a sci-fi adventure, a haunting american tale, and a fantastic character trying to be normal. If you can, check out all three of these great titles and add them to your pulls, because they should be great reads.

- Matt Dempsey

Friday, February 27, 2015

That Comic Shop Guy reviews 3 more comics this week

This week we review Spider-Gwen from Marvel Comics, Secret Identities from Image Comics and Black Hood from Black Circle Comics.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Ivar, Timewalker Review

All Dr. Neela Sethi wants to do is to make a scientific breakthrough, but I guess when that breakthrough is the inadvertent invention of Time Travel you can probably expect the future to interfere in some way. Enter Ivar Anni-Padda, Timewalker, who comes in to stop Dr. Sethi as she is about to start the unintended creation of time travel. As anyone would be, she is skeptical until the security guards have their skin melt in front of her! That was the breaking point for Neela that sent her on a journey through time with Ivar.

With the introduction of the two main characters, Ivar and Neela, there is some mistrust between the two, and makes for a great edge between them. Neela is unsure whether or not to trust this man, who did just apparently help save her from some odd looking beings; but how little she knows of him has her worried. Ivar, on the other hand, is just trying to make his charm work on Neela, but her mistrust makes it hard for him to breakthrough. Neela is a take no prisoners kind of girl as she showed us early on if you get in the way of her and science she will knock you out! So how these two end up working together is going to be an interesting ride in itself let alone the time travel.

With this new entry into the Valiant universe, writer Fred Van Lente has a book that is able to appear throughout all the different books in the Valiant universe (Rai makes a small appearance in a panel), as well the freedom to write many stories- and because of the nature of time travel, many stories can be told! Now I don’t know too much about the Valiant universe (I am working on that) but Ivar doing crossovers with Rai, Bloodshot, or even Quantum and Woody would be great to see in future.

It is nice to have a time travel story with some cool intresting twists and turns you won’t see coming I can't wait to read the rest of the upcoming series has to offer, especially after the way this first issue ended!

Reviewed by: Matt Dempsey
Game On! Comics Manager

Friday, February 13, 2015

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Comic Reviews for this week!

Meet Louis "that comic shop guy" and enjoy 2 new comic reviews.  Star Wars from Marvel Comics and Reyn from Image Comics.