Monthly Archives June 2018

Usagi Yojimbo Book 32: Mysteries

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again now, and I’ll very likely say it again: I love Usagi Yojimbo. When they started putting out the Usagi Yojimbo Saga omnibus editions I was crushed. I’d been collecting the previous collections since Book 2. The Saga editions are not only longer but also a different page size, which would look terrible on my bookshelf. Happily, they’ve continued to release the older sized collections alongside the Saga editions, so here we are at Book 32: Mysteries. This volume collects issues #159 through #165, which had a lengthy break between issue #160 and issue #161.

The first two stories are self-contained and the third is a two-part story, all seemingly unconnected other than by the location, and the presence of Inspector Ishida, who was last seen a few month...

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Indiegogo Spotlight: The Paperback Hero Saga

Hey all! I bring you this week’s Indiegogo/Kickstarter of the week by request! Unfortunately, there weren’t any graphics that I could use, so instead, I bring you the words of the man himself!

My name is Mason Parker. I am a hip-hop MC, spoken word artist, actor, and content producer. In 2012 I conceptualized “The Paperback Hero Saga” as a response to the monotony of the mainstream. Often times in pop culture, the best way to educate is to entertain. With the music industry quickly becoming visual, I viewed it as an excellent opportunity to introduce my comic book to help illustrate the themes discussed in my music.

Now that the project is complete I need you to help me get it to the masses...

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Konungar: War of Crowns #1

Konungar: War of Crowns #1

Writer:  Sylvain Runberg

Artist:  Juzhen

Game of Thrones meets Warcraft in a gorgeously rendered epic fantasy from the writer of Titan’s Millennium saga – Sylvain Runberg!

In the Viking kingdom of Alstavik, civil war rages! Royal brothers Rildrig and Sigvald each claim succession to the throne, but with their people divided, the land is ripe for a Centaur invasion…

Will the warring sons join forces to face the ancient foe of the Vikings, or does Alstavik face certain doom?

Sorry but before we get into these book, this feels like another missed opportunity for better trade dress or marketing on this book.

First off this is an imprint of Titan Comics, called Statix Press.  What that mean I don’t know...

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The Trials and Tribulations of Miss Tilney

Writer: Duke David Doub

Artist: Marchioness Sarah Elkins/Countess Danielle Alex St. Pierre

Letterer: Vizcondessa Joamette Gil

Publisher: Dusk Comics

Synopsis: Miss Tilney has gotten her first big assignment as a reporter. All she has to do is interview accused mass murderer, Lord Beowulf Harwood. She has a strong hunch that he is innocent of the accusations and is set on finding out the truth.

Review: Fans of period dramas, Steampunk style, and mysteries will instantly fall in love with this comic. The artwork is beautiful to look at. Its detail makes each panel pop, while the grainy colouring brings to mind the look of a Victorian era newspaper. The story immediately caught my interest...

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Aquaman / Jabberjaw Special #1

Somehow the character of Jabberjaw keeps popping up in cameos for various shows since his meager 16 episode run in the mid-1970s. He’s a talking, airbreathing, shark, who plays drums for a band called the Neptunes. I honestly have no idea why this particular crossover needed to exist, and as often as not either does the book itself.

Paul Pelletier art is really good. He’s taken a 1970’s VERY cartoon shark and made him fit into a more realistic world. Dan Abnett’s writing is also very good. Aquaman doesn’t take himself too seriously, referencing several standing jokes about how the world outside of the story often sees him. I don’t know how true to the original source his Jabberjaw is, but it feels like something that would come from that era of Hanna-Barbera cartoons...

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