The artwork is solid, the coloring is, of course, beautiful, and the whole effect is just bone-crunching.
“The writing for Damnation Crusade is good, solid science fiction mixed with humor and some disturbing undertones.”Â The writing does an excellent job of bringing the Warhammer 40,000 universe to the reader with enough detail to satisfy veterans of the game, while making it accessible to anyone who has never heard of it.
“Games Workshop has always had fastidious standards for its art, in both its books and its miniatures.”Â BOOM! Studios lives up to the standards, bringing Damnation Crusade to the table with some great work.”Â Warhammer 40,000 has always been a strange fusion of the futuristic and the medieval. Antonio and Ringuet do a good job of replicating this, particularly with the later appearance of what can only be described as a cathedral spaceship.”“Â
“Giffen propels the story along with nail-biting urgency and gallows humor. Andy keeps it from looking like every dreary Miller or Bendis knock-off that’s come out in the past 15 years (I mean, just look at the kick ass graphic design of that cover!).
“Kody Chamberlain’s art is rough and heavily shadowed but this really serves the story well, yet it’s the grim washes of bleak color from Imaginary Friends Studio that actually controls the mood of the piece.
“Kevin Church['s]… remix for “Hairy Girls” is arguably the highpoint of the most recent “Monster Mash-up,” particularly for the way his narration goofs on every aspect of its comic art (“Why is this tall panel all the way over here?”)
“I most enjoyed Johanna Stokes & Julia Bax’s lady pirate tale, “Wolf on the Wave,” and Michael Alan Nelson & Chee’s “Paper Rose,” for the way they both focus on their very different heroines, though Joe Casey & Jean Dzialowsky’s “The Walk” is an entertaining attempt at dramatizing a single scene with nothing but a series of full-page panels…”
It’s all fun and games until realism arrives. Milo and his comic book dimensional duplicate, Captain Valor (Eustace, heh) take on Caliginous’s Bizzarro-Eustace. A rock-em, sock-em knuckleduster to end all slobberknockers ensues, the likes of which Earth-Milo has never witnessed before now. The world goes from humorously amusing to downright frightening in less than five panels. HERO SQUARED will turn your view of “realistic super-heroism” 180 degrees. Harsh.
“Universal Pictures has hired Carey Malloy to adapt “Tag,” a horror comic book published by Boom! Studios. Marc Platt is producing the adaptation along with Ross Richie and Andrew Cosby via their Boom Entertainment Inc. banner.”