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By Jesse Scheckner, July 16, 2014 0

With Wildfire, scribe Matt Hawkins has set himself up rather well to be the Michael Crichton of comic books.

By Jesse Scheckner, July 16, 2014 0

With Aphrodite IX in the books (at least for now), Hawkins and Sejic can widen their lenses, so to speak.

By Jesse Scheckner, July 9, 2014 0

Yes, it’s imperfect. However, Final Incal is nonetheless a fantastic and beautiful work of graphic fiction well worth a visit or two, and Final Incal offers an awesome farewell service.

By Jesse Scheckner, July 9, 2014 0

Death Vigil doesn’t appear to have set out to reinvent the wheel, but when you have art this gorgeous, characters this likable and a story this well developed it’s difficult not being at least a little interested in seeing where it takes us.

By Jesse Scheckner, July 9, 2014 0

Rise of the Magi is a delightful mixture of classic storytelling cornerstones – incorporating equal parts swords and sorcery, good versus evil and the always reliable stranger-in-a-strange-land plot device – wrapped up in a charming bildungsroman bundle.

By Jesse Scheckner, June 18, 2014 0

This issue covers numerous angles of the X-O mythos, from Aric’s lineal history to depicting his current opposition, the dangerous Armor Hunters, in a slightly more humanizing light.

By Jesse Scheckner, June 18, 2014 0

Set in the voodoo-laden bayou along the New Orleans outskirts, the story follows Jack Boniface, who inherited from his father the mantle of Shadowman and, along with it, the charge to defend the earthly plane from Master Darque and the Deadside.

By Jesse Scheckner, June 11, 2014 0

City: The Mind in the Machine, which began thematically in ways akin to other narratives employing the “Big Brother” threat that appears more and more real every day, has since been developed into a true piece of high concept art – a new take on godlike powers and the responsibilities intrinsically crucial when the lines between privacy and safety begin to blur.

By Jesse Scheckner, June 4, 2014 0

Longtime fans of the series should be very proud to have stuck with it for as long as they have. After so many years and so many stories, Witchblade is just as beautiful and vital a comic as it was when it first kicked off back in 1995.

By Jesse Scheckner, June 4, 2014 0

Continuing his series of one-shots chronicling the doomed exploits of past wielders of the Darkness along current Darkness Jackie Estacado’s bloodline, The Darkness: “Close Your Eyes” tells the story of Adelmo Estacado, a young man whose sorrowful existence has just reached the 21 year mark when the story opens.

By Jesse Scheckner, May 28, 2014 0

Although it falls short of its inspiration’s greatness, Benito Mambo is a terrific book in its own right, juxtaposing humor with tragedy, love with the absurd and the grand with the ordinary. It’s also highly unpredictable, and although it may not necessarily conclude the way readers might like it to, defying such stale expectations is an act of bravery in and of itself.

By Jesse Scheckner, May 28, 2014 2

This book more or less walks readers through the motion in how Zoey managed to pull off this (obviously, in real life, totally not cool-to-do) crime.

By Jesse Scheckner, May 21, 2014 0

Gimenez’s versatility with a pen – both illustrative and in plot – is on full display throughout both volumes. He’s got an almost musical attunement for humor, and although I wasn’t ever busting at the seams, I found myself grinning on multiple occasions and laughing heartily more than once.

By Jesse Scheckner, May 7, 2014 0

A Voice in the Dark remains one of the most fun and surprising ongoing series in graphic storytelling currently on the market, and it deserves every bit of attention afforded to it.

By Jesse Scheckner, May 7, 2014 0

Armor Hunters FCBD Special is essentially a sampler of a few of the upcoming titles being released by the successfully resurging company.

By Jesse Scheckner, May 7, 2014 0

Archer & Armstrong is a riotously fun book, and this issue – entitled “American Wasteland Part One” – is a perfect jump-on point.

By Jesse Scheckner, May 7, 2014 0

This issue marks yet another turning point for the titular character of Aphrodite IX, and it’s definitely worth picking up and spreading the word about.