From THE COMICS TREADMILL:
“I hate Sundays. Sure, it’s a day off, but in the back of my head, a nagging voice kicks in around two o’clock that reminds me that my freedom ends in a few short hours. Moodiness and a general sense of malaise set in, making life difficult around the house for anyone who isn’t me. Some things can help dispel the cloud of doom: scotch, Manhattans, good ice cream, and steak grilled to perfection have been known to bring a sense of normalcy to stately Mag Manor. Today, however, a stack of comics from Boom! Studios‘ Ross Richie did the trick.”
ZOMBIE TALES: DEATH VALLEY #2:
“the creators dish out an excellent plate of zombies and high school angst. It’s typically good fare from Boom!.”
PLANETARY BRIGADE #1:
“My favorite line: would you like me to pour you a martini? Comics need more lines like that. Disturbingly, I may have to re-evaluate my opinion of the Giffen and DeMatteis Justice League if I keep enjoying their work so much.”
WAR OF THE WORLDS: SECOND WAVE #1:
“Boom!’s third bit o’ joy was War of the Worlds: Second Wave by Michael Alan Nelson, with art by Chee. I was going to simply say that this issue was pretty much set-up for the rest of the series, but then I realized that Nelson managed to summarize Wells’ well-known story without appearing stale. That’s not a bad piece of work. And, I’m looking forward to the second issue. The second wave of the Martian invasion has plenty of potential.”
From BEST SHOTS at NEWSARAMA:
“War of the Worlds: Second Wave #1 (Boom!; by Troy): Confession time: my favorite adaptation of WotW has always been the late â€˜80s syndicated TV series. Still, I think that the version related in this first issue holds up well. We see the story from the perspective of one man, separated from what matters most to him by bad luck, circumstance, and aliens. The art by Chee is solid, and the script by Michael Alan Nelson adequately captures the pain and numb anxiety one would feel in similar circumstance.”
“And the art by Chee is beautiful. It has a gorgeous painted style that fleshes out all the characters in a realistic fashion, and there are some terrific action layouts. The aliens look great, and the destruction is awesome in its aftermath; it could be still frames from a film. The coloring by Webb enhances the painted look of the art expertly.
Wow, was this so much better than I ever expected. An enjoyable story thatâ€™s slick without being shallow, and action intensive without skimping on the impact of violence, this is the type of impressive Boom! Studio comic Iâ€™m used to. A set up issue, but I canâ€™t wait for number two. Out this Wednesday.”
“At this point, I feel like I should say something hypercomplimentary about Ross Richie and Boom! Studios, as he’s been so kind to link to me twice in the past week. Thankfully, I’ll only need to add the smallest bit of superlative prose to any review of the second part of Zombie Tales: Death Valley, which went down quite nicely with my iced coffee.”
Boom! Studios, p.240
Again, this is a challenge to my four-dollar-comics rule, but I’m curious. I’m getting hints at a connection to Flight #93, the One that Fought Back. Could just be my post-9/11 shakes and shivers, though. What we know for sure is that “[w]hen Flight 654 goes down, it takes 148 souls with it. But not Nicholas Dane. How did the 34-year-old college professor survive – was it a miracle? Now Nicholas now finds that he has the memories and skills of one of the passengers from the flight – a boxer – and he’s got to use them to survive!” Interesting premise; I’ll take a look at this one.
Boom! is also putting out issue #3 of War of the Worlds: Second Wave, which I first spotted back in December. The solicit for issue #3 is on page 241 and the cover looks pretty smokin’. I’m waiting for this month’s first issue with baited breath.
Over the past five years, the number of exclusive creators signing with either DC Comics or Marvel has increased exponentially. Practically at every comics convention held across the country at least one exclusive ends up announced, with Peter David‘s announcement two weeks back at WonderCon being one of the most recent. And we’ll probably hear an exclusive announcement or two at this upcoming weekend’s New York Comic-Con. At times the sheer volume of exclusive announcements can take on an almost comedic tone, but the exclusive announcement we’re talking about right now is a very serious one indeed: Keith Giffen & J.M. DeMatteis are taking the Bwah-Ha-Ha exclusively to Boom! Studios.
Boom Studios!First it was zombies, now it’s the Lovecraftian mythos with the debut of Cthulu Tales where the usual people that show up for Boom! anthologies, including internet pal John Rogers. Also coming out from Ross Richie’s little publisher that could, can, and will is Talent #1, which seems to have a hook that I’ll appreciate, even if I’ve never seen the referenced-in-the-ad Lost due to only wanting to care about one TV show at a time and right now, Katee Sackhoff has my heart.
From COMICS SHOULD BE GOOD:
Different creators have different track records when reunited together for projects that evoke past works the creators have done together, so it is often a crap shoot. Therefore, Kieth Giffen and Alan Grant teaming up for a new series involving both an alien prison break (their L.E.G.I.O.N. series) and a hardass mercenary (their Lobo series) could go either way. Luckily for us, Jeremiah Harm falls in the camp of “good comic book.”
from THE SCOOP, on JEREMIAH HARM #1:
“As a whole, I really enjoyed this issue, in had plenty of dialog, so it wasn’t over in 2 minutes, and I am a sucker for cliffhanger endings, and I am very much looking forward to next issue. Boom! Studios recently got publisher of the year honors, and with books like this, it’s not difficult to see why.” — THE COMICS REVIEW
“Planetary Brigade is a glorious resurrection of all that made JLI so much fun, with the rapid-fire series of jokes bolstered by nonstop superhero action. It’s ridiculous. Finally.” – Shaun Manning at Silvebulletcomicbooks.com
“Missing your Justice League and Super-Buddies fix? Tired of the angst-ridden ICkie DC universe? Then plant your dollars on the counter of your friendly, neighborhood comic book store and buy Planet Brigade.” – Ray Tate of Silverbulletcomicbooks.com