Okay El Moochadores, I got a great comic for you to check out, and this is right up our proverbial alley. As many of you already know, we’re huge fans of pulp fiction, crime stories, and film noir. Personally, I love any story that blurs the line between good guy/bad guy (or gal in this case…) and is also chuck full of sex and violence. So, I was thoroughly pleased with one of Titan Comics‘s latest crime fictions to hit the stands. Okay, actually I got a PDF version, but after reading it I’m probably going to get the real deal.
Already on comic store shelves is a pretty incredible first issue for Normandy Gold. Written by Megan Abbott and Alison Gaylin with amazing interior art by Steve Scott; Normandy Gold is the story of a 1960’s female sheriff (named Normandy Gold) going undercover in Washington DC to find her half-sister’s killers. Here’s the official synopsis:
When her younger sister is found murdered in a D.C. hotel, relentless Sheriff Normandy Gold dives headfirst into the seedy world of prostitution and politics, soon discovering a twisted conspiracy that could lead right to the White House!
This the sort of comic book that really makes me love modern comic books. That is: extraordinary stories beautifully illustrated that are aimed at adults. Abbott, Gaylin, and Scott produced a wonderfully engaging crime story that is actually more compelling than anything blasting out of cinemas now days. Because of their work, Normandy Gold stays powerful, sexy, dark and dangerous, and leaves the reader wanting more. Honestly; It’s stories like this that make it fun to be an aging Geek. Okay. I’m only 40, but I could easily pass for 39 and a half. Or at least this will please the type of comic book fan that is bored with the hack work being pushed on us by the house of mouse and looking for stories with some grit. So (geek like me), next time you’re at the comic shop grabbing up that latest edition of Saga, or The Goon, grab a copy of Normandy Gold and really treat yourself to something refreshingly original.
I’ve posted a few sample pages below, but seeing how this comic is already available in comic shops, or online, go get a copy of issue #1 for yourself!
Yeah, you’re right (I say to the person that doesn’t exist or the voice in my head), we don’t usually review mainstream comics here. For the most part, Atomic Moo is more about the independents out there. However, as we try to make our own comic book (see here) I’m trying to renew my interest comics and study them as much as I can. So, that means reviews and reviews a plenty. Not so much to criticize comic creators works, but to try and understand what makes a great, professional, comic.
So first up we’re taking a look at Assassins Creed #1 by Titan Comics. Based on the hit video game from 2007, Assassins Creed #1 begins with the not so spectacular life of Charlotte de le Cruz in modern day San Diego. As the story begins, Charlotte is “wasting her time in a dead-end job in San Diego, and spending her free time chasing down conspiracy theories on the dark side of the internet.” However, things change pretty quick for her, when she encounters a secret society of Assassins that use a stolen technology to access their ancestors past memories. Kind of like Trancers but with way less Tim Thomerson. You’re already down a few points Titan. Anyways, Charlotte soon finds her self training with the assassins and learning the how to kill by using this stole machine called the Animus technology. Turns out Charlotte is descended from killers and she uses their memories to train and learn about their pasts. Kind of convenient, but her trips down memory lane are pretty brutal.
I actually really enjoyed this comic. Usually game, or franchise, related comics are a let down to me, but Assassins Creed #1 sported some excellent art work from Neil Edwards and the story made some interesting choices when Charlotte visited her ancestor’s memories. Though I didn’t really like her bank job being referred to as a “dead-end job”. The job market in San Diego is pretty tough. I know. I live here. Right now I’m working a job as a… well, let’s just say it sucks and I hate my job. Banker isn’t a dead-end job. There’s way worst. Anyways, I’m not sure how this comic will be received by long time Assassins Creed fans, but by its self this is a good comic and I’m kind of interested in seeing where Charlotte ends up.
Good morning, El Moochadores! Well, what’s left of it anyways. So, it’s been a few days (or more) since I last did a Morning Moo, and since I came across some killer fan art this morning I figured, why not. So let’s kick things off with a fantastic bit of Lion King fan art (above) by French artist Lehuss. That is absolutely sinister the way he captured Scars murderous intent toward his brother. I’ve posted a few other samples of Lehuss’s work below, but also check out his Facebook page to see more!
And in other geeky happening’s, check out this cool trailer for Noel Clarke’sThe Troop. According to the press release the comic features art work by Joshua Cassara and an alternate cover by Elena Casagrande. Here’s the synopsis:
Across the planet and unknown to each other, a group of troubled teenagers lead lives of quiet desperation. But hell is about to befall them and they find their lives destroyed when they are targeted by dark forces. On the run, they discover they have unbelievable powers and must come together – as The Troop!
I actually really dig the idea of a trailer for upcoming comic book releases and hopefully we’ll get to see more like this from all sorts of comic creators. Anyways, according to Titan Comics, The Troop will be available December 9th.
Good news, El Moochadores! Titan Comics has recently released a new hard back edition of Roman Dirge’sLenore comic. This new volume, Lenore: Pink Bellies is a four book story arc where in our favorite little dead girl is being hunted by a mysterious old lady, and Taxidermy’s origins are revealed. There is also a lot of bear ass play. No, I didn’t spell that wrong. “Bear” ass is very correct. Read the book.
Anyways… Like with any of the Lenore series, Pink Bellies is a lot of hyper-active fun with a sick sense of humor. The book never takes it’s self serious, even though it boast the death of one its main characters, and it comes off like a sugar rush for the eyes. The whole Lenore series is probably the best spin on the whole “dead little girl” thing (yeah, it’s a thing) since the Ring, but funnier and some how even more violent. Also, there’s a murderous pickle hat in the story. Pickle Hat! Check out a few sample pages below along with the books synopsis.
In a storyline that has been building for over a year, Roman Dirge, the so-called ‘Arch-Deacon of the Macabre’ has been slowly ratcheting up the tension and silliness in a story arc that will see one of his most beloved characters pushing up the daisies — FOR GOOD, we kid you not..!
NO, seriously. This isn’t one of those dead for a year kind of deals other publishers do – this is the real deal. DEFO dead! Deader than a door nail kind of dead. The sort of dead that leaves the reader gasping in stunned amazement at the sheer audacity of the thing. Seriously, as god is my witness someone’s dying or my name isn’t Ferdinand Marco De Boing Boing III. It’s going to change the way we see dead people in comic books for all time!
Lenore: Pink Bellies is available now in all major bookstores, or you can get your copy on line at Titan Comics. Now go have fun and beware of the Biebs! By far “the douchiest demons in all of heck!”
Okay, so a doctor tells a man he has six months to live, but the man can’t pay his bill so the doctor gives him another six months. Nyuck.
Sorry, but that’s the only joke I know about six months to live. Not that I think dying in half a year is a happy subject, but it is a brilliant set up to Titan Comic’s new comic, Death Sentence! In Death Sentence there’s the nasty G+ Virus infecting people all around the globe. The virus is deadly, but it infuses the infected with new abilities and superpowers. Which makes me ask, would I trade the rest of my life for a half a year of super human abilities? Answer: no. Fortunately the protagonist of Death Sentence don’t have that choice. They’re infected and they deal with it in away that takes super hero comics to a new level. Here’s the synopsis:
Three people have contracted the G+ Virus, an infectious agent that gives you incredible powers – before killing you! What will struggling graphic designer Verity, failing indie guitarist Weasel and roguish media personality Monty do in the time that remains? Fade away – or go out in a blaze of glory? And if they choose to kick back… will there be anything left of the world when they’re through?
This isn’t just a comic, it’s the successful melding of punk rock and superpower comics. It’s a roller coaster of sex, addiction, acid touch, phasing, and callous humor. It’s fantastic! Written by Monty Hero and illustrated by Mike Dowling This is one of those comics that brings sequential story telling to another level. It ranks up there with all time comic greats like Killing Joke, Saga, or Watchmen and demonstrates, in a powerful way, that comics can be for adults! I think readers will enjoy the chaos as Verity and Weasel, two people who can’t even manage their own lives, are thrust into the position of trying to save the world! Also, there’s Monty. I don’t want to spoil anything but his hedonism is epic. Anyways, I highly recommend this comic and urge you to add it to your collection of all time great stories. Also, if you could trade the rest of your life for six months of super powers, what powers would you want? Keep in mind, you’d die soon, but still…
Death Sentence is available in all major books stores or you can get your copy online at Titan-Comics.com! Check out a few sample pages from the book below!
I’m trying to think of a good analogy for “a blend of things” that compares well with The Weirding Willows, A fantastic new graphic novel by Atomeka and Titan Comics. The collection of comics (1 to 6) mixes many of the fantasies of the 19th century into a brilliantly illustrated adventure tale starring a grown up version of Lewis Carroll’sAlice. Who just happens to be the daughter of scientist/ surgeon Doctor Moreau. Oh, and she doesn’t wear pants through most of the first issue. Anyways, I figured since this books blends different elements of other stories so well, I’d try to do some mixing of my own. Here goes: The Weirding Willows is like that big spit bucket you find on the counter of wineries during a wine tour. A big, swirling mix, of fine vintage goods. But, you know, without all the spit. huh. Okay, maybe that’s not such a good analogy. Check out the synopsis while I think of another one:
From Frankenstein’s Monster to a giant purple T-rex, from talking rabbits to winged monkeys, from a kidnapped Mowgli to a werewolf with a secret, there’s never a quiet day in the Weir – and Alice and her friends are all that stand between these worlds, and those who would exploit them.
In this first mysterious collection, Alice’s father, Doctor Moreau, strikes a deal with the Wicked Witch of the West, and Alice must uncover the truth behind the Witch’s request before her father commits to something he will regret!
I really enjoyed this graphic novel. Writer Dave Elliott connected worlds and crossed paths brilliantly to create a new fantasy landscape out of old stories. It had action, humor, and yeah, Alice is just the right amount of sexy and adventurous to make her worth reading. I also enjoyed the art, by Barnaby Bagenda and Sami Basri, which was fun and brought the critters to life. So, I guess I’m saying this comic is like a melted bucked of Neapolitan ice cream. Many great flavors oozing together to make one great warm sticky shake… oh forget it.
The Weirding Willows is available in all major bookstores or you can get your copy online at Titan Comics! I’ve posted a few sample pages below (found online, scanners down again…), but go buy the book to see more!
05/30/2014 / Mister Trog / Comments Off on Atomic Moo Comic Review of Dragon Down! Vol 1. of Dragons: Riders of Berk!
This summer Dreamworks Animation will be releasing How to Train Your Dragon 2, but you don’t have to wait until summer to stand in long lines, pay a vast (VAST!) amount of money for uncomfortable (sticky) seats, then stare at a brilliantly illuminated room full of active smart phones – to get your fill of dragon goodness! No (I say), you can get your Dragon’s in the form of good clean American comic books like the ones being put on shelves by the good folks at Titan Comics! We (the royal we) took a look at vol. 1, Dragon Down, illustrated by Iwan Nazif and written by Simon Furman, and it’s not bad. The comic is aimed at the films younger audiences, and centers around the Dragon Hookfang separation from his young rider, Snotlout. This series of comics would be an excellent chance to introduce young readers to comic books for parents who are a little geeky. Below I’ve posted some sample images from volume one along with a the official trailer for this summers sequel.
Good evening El Moochadores! Now out through Titan Comics is a haunting new graphic novel by English comic creator, Martin Stiff. The Absence is an entertaining collection of macabre comics full of guilty secrets surrounding a small town in Southren England that absolutely entertains! Here’s the synopsis:
As a coastal village in southern England struggles to recover from the losses of war, it is rocked by the return of a man long hoped dead: the disfigured Marwood Clay.
In a place where everybody hides a guilty past, and unspeakable past crimes lurk just beneath the surface… what terrible secrets has this exile brought back with him? And what happened during his absence?
While Marwood struggles to rebuild his life, newcomer Dr. Robert Temple builds a strange house for himself, on the hill overlooking the town. Clay is consumed by a nightmarish past he cannot remember, Temple by visions of a future he cannot prevent.
And then a young boy vanishes on Christmas Day…
Taking place just after World War II, the black and white story is illustrated in a sort of loose, “scratchy”, style. That is to say: the style of the art isn’t bad, in fact it’s very good and I enjoyed it. I think Stiff does an excellent job of communicating the dark emotions surrounding the village. He clearly illustrates a story full of melancholy, hate, distrust, and weird happenings that kept me engaged and turning pages. At the core of this story is Marwood (the unfortunate gentleman on the books cover) who has returned as an outcast to his home town after going to war. Marwood and his strange circumstance are at the core of this story and, as gruesome as he may appear to be, one of the best parts of this story. This really is a unique story that demonstrates that comics can be much more than super powers and spandex.
The Absence is now available in all major book stores or you can get your copy online at the Titan Comics website.
Below I’ve posted a few sample images from the book, but these only hint at an excellent story. Check them out, but then go get your own copy.
Titan Comics has just combined Alan Martin’s latest four issue run of Tank Girl into a new graphic novel; Solid State Tank Girl! Featuring the illustration work of Warwick Johnson-Cadwell, this new adventure takes the post-apocalyptic – tank riding – aussie deep inside her own lover and an eventual face off with her own private nemesis! Here’s the synopsis:
Booga, Tank Girl’s marsupial lover, is near death. To save him, she must shrink herself and her cronies down to microbial size, enter his blood stream, clean up the mess, and be home in time for beer and snacks. But their Incredible Expedition goes horribly wrong when, deep in Booga’s scrotum, Tank Girl encounters her ultimate opposite: Anti-Tank Girl!
There may be trouble ahead…
Solid State Tank Girl is fun and erratic, but it’s also a tough book to review because if you don’t like Tank Girl comics, then your just not going to like this one; However, if you are into all the Tank Girl goodness that has come before this one, then you’ll be happy with this collection. Make sense? Probably not, so try this. Don’t take anything too serious with Tank Girl. Just have fun with the all the chaos that comes along with a story about a tank riding girl and her half kangaroo boy friend. Also, let go a little and enjoy the chaos of Cadwell’s art which fits in nicely to a story where a Tank Girl gets to fight a pink pony pooping version of herself, but only after she flies a submarine/ spaceship thing through her boyfriends balls! This isn’t just a graphic novel, it’s an opportunity!
Solid State Tank Girl is currently out in all major book stores now, or you can get your copy online at the Titan Comics website! I’ve posted a few sample images below, but this is just a small sample! Go get the graphic novel and enjoy some tank girl for yourself!
These last few years my beliefs have become more atheistic. All the b.s. I was taught in Sunday school just doesn’t make much sense, and I haven’t heard much else that does. Still, I tend to hope there is something more to this life than what there appears to be. It just seems like a damn shame to acquire a life-worth of experience, skill, and knowledge to have it all fade out into a void. I’m not exactly sure where I’m going with all this… I think this electronic trance music I’m listening to is having a strange effect on me, and this graphic novel Titan sent us to review has got me thinking about this sort of stuff.
The book is called Number Cruncher, a four issue series that’s been crunched (get it???) into one book. Written by Si Spurrier and drawn by PJ Holden. Alright, this is where I hit a roadblock, because I’m not sure how to describe this story. So I guess I’ll let Titan do that for me and post he synopsis below:
Dying young, a brilliant Mathematician discovers a way to cheat the terrifying Divine Calculator. He schemes to be endlessly reincarnated in the life of the woman he loves, no matter how often the violent bailiffs of the Karmic Accountancy cut short each life. It falls to one such Karmic agent – the surly Bastard Zane – to put a stop to the time-twisting romance once and for all, before the Mathematician can pull-off his greatest trick and escape Existential Justice forever!
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