“What Were They Thinking? Monster Mash-Up is one of the funniest things I have read this year. The combination of classic Comic stories re-done with a modern, humorous script is a great idea, and with Keith Giffen and Joe Casey at the helm the humor will run wild.
“What they wound up with was one of the silliest things that has come off the press in months. Thank you.
“Then there is the Johanna Stokes story, Hats Off…”Â This was a sick, hilarious story
“I say again, Boom! Studios has given us one of the best books of the year.”
Skip past all the BLUE BEETLE chatter and grab nuggets of great BOOM!-ness like:
“JR: Just pacing and everything — it’s unspeakable. And Waid and Warren Ellis will tell you this — after I wrote my first comic story for Zombie Tales for Ross Richie’s Boom! Studios, I told them, “I am so sorry I have given you crap for years, and this absolutely kicked me. This is brutal.”"Â
“Kevin Church: Well. I’m a 32-year-old comics-loving guy who lives in Somerville, MA with a beautiful girlfriend and far, far too many books and CDs.”
“This time out, the Boom! bunch takes on monster comics and puts out the strongest issue of the series to date. I thought Johanna Stokes Hats Off story the best of the lot–made me laugh out loud, that one did. Stokes maintained a consistently high level of humor while telling a coherent story, which I suspect is harder to do than it appears given the constraints of writing a story without talking to the artist. Mash-ups like this take the mighty Marvel method of writing comics to its extreme.”
“Namesake by John Rogers and Lee Carter is a beautifully illustrated story…”Â Carter uses grays and blues to reflect the captain’s gloomy mood and set the tone for the tale. He also has a great, Ã¢â‚¬Ëœ60s-spy-movie-poster style that helps to heighten the adventure. Great story. I’d love to read more by these two.
“Joe Casey and Jean Dzialowski’s The Walk is also very cool… The story is mostly in the dialogue, but it’s fascinating dialogue and there are also a lot of cool, miniature stories silently taking place on deck as they walk through. Very cool use of sequential art.
“My favorite story of the book is Christopher Golden and Fabio Moon’s Rum & Inspiration. I like it partly because it finds a way to incorporate the phrase pirate tales into its plot, but mostly because the end comes as a complete surprise and has the courage to just leave you sitting there Ã¢â‚¬â€œ slack-jawed; then grinning Ã¢â‚¬â€œ without trying to tack on an epilogue that makes you comfortable again. And Moon’s European-influenced artwork perfectly captures the pirate flavor. I want a pirate graphic novel by Golden and Moon.”
“I really like this series.”Â I think that it is striking a good balance between story complexity and continuity, never letting things get too divergent for something that you read in monthly installments.”
“Pirate Tales, is dead good. Johanna Stokes and Julia Bax provided what was my favorite story (and one that Ragnell and Kalinara should read), but Rogers also handled himself quite well in a story that builds to one of the best “F$&K YEAH!” moments I’ve come across in a while. Hell, even the not-best of this particular book stands proudly. Good work from the mothership.”
“For whatever reason, pirates entertained a cult following since long before Johnny Depp had even heard of Captain Jack Sparrow… Of course, judging by the six stories within this offering, what makes pirates so damn cool is their stories.”Â
“there is some really entertaining reading to be had. From the morose life raft of the opener, Jerky–which is somewhat similar to parts of a little comic story called Watchmen–to the deceitful wenches of Wolf on the Wave to the modern day doldrums-turned-high-sea-adventure of Namesake, there is a pirate tale of every sort that will find a favoring audience.
“…my personal favorite of the bunch was Paper Rose, written by Michael Alan Nelson and wonderfully rendered by Chee with the colors of Pam Rambo. The contrasting violence with a sweepingly poetic final love letter from a doomed pirate to his lover makes for quite a complex if not ultimately moving story that isn’t often seen in pirate stories.
“The art is beautiful. The line work is diamond sharp, but always just rocking the border between realism and surrealism. The coloring of the book, when combined with the page layouts and the panel beats, make this book a stunningly hypnotic journey into the medium. But it is the writing, in my opinion, that really makes this book something to watch for.
“a romantic tragedy that is incredibly well written…”Â easy on the eyes, at least, and the end is a real tear-jerker. I guess I’m just a sucker for a good ol’ fashioned tale of romance on the seas (stow those Titanic remarks, you monkeys).”
“Whether you are a scourge of the seven seas or still trying to get sea legs, your doubloons are well spent on this book, filled to the gills with talent. I hoping they come at us for another broadside soon, and at good speed!”“Â