“Michael Alan NelsonÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s story lovingly brings LovecraftÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s mythology into a modern setting and Jean DzialowskiÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s pencils perfectly bring out the atmosphere of this horror comic… Between this and Robert KirkmanÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s The Walking Dead, horror comics have kicked some major ass lately… Boom Studios has been putting out some first-rate comics, and they deserve all of the attention that they can get.”
“In all these stories, LovecraftÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s running theme of horrific things lurking just out of sight permeate ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œCthulhu TalesÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬? when joined with illustrations that evoke the bleak, sepia-toned world Lovecraft inhabited.
“Cthulhu Tales is still a good, friendly reminder of the influence that LovecraftÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s work left on both horror literature (Barker, King, Bloch, Moore), and popular culture as a whole.”Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â
“Of all the books I’ve read by Boom!, these Tales books have been among my favorites, and this one was no different. They make for excellent on-the-go reading, the art here is excellent in every story, suiting the tales nicely. The writing is what really shines for me, ranging from the excitingly goofy to the surprisingly romantic… if you like pirates, then why the hell haven’t you read this yet?”
Chip Mosher’s back in a brand-new Nitroglycerin strip that looks suspiciously familiar.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â Check it out on the main BOOM! Studios homepage.
From the Pellet Reviews for last week:
Hero Squared #6 (BOOM!): This two-pronged origin issue finally explains the specifics on Captain Valor and Caliginous. Giffen and DeMatteis set the snark on full for their dissection of Valor (including one brilliantly demented “Whiz” joke), but bring more pathos and underlying pain to the genesis of the book’s main antagonist. If things are played squarely (no pun intended), then the good Captain has got a couple of things to answer for. As usual, Joe Abraham does a solid job on art (particularly the Old Seer, who looks like a crazy cross between Old Man Winter and the Rankin/Bass version of Denethor).
Lots of love for the debut issue in this review:
“A lot happens in the first issue, but it doesn’t turn out confusing like so many ambitious comic book debuts these days. Writer Chip Mosher is an economical storyteller, letting just a few effective flashback panels tell us everything we need to know about Westfall’s wife and home life, rather than waste unnecessary pages developing this background. Some of the dialogue’s occasionally a little clunky, but the plot unfolds at a good, brisk pace. Mosher is aided immeasurably by artist Francesco Francavilla (somewhat reminiscent of Guy Davis or Leo Duranona), who imbues his characters with visible, believable emotions, and makes those flashback panels work. Along with the equally impressive colorist, Martin Thomas (whose work reminded me of the coloring on ’80s Tim Truman stuff, leading me to realize that it was Thomas who colored Truman’s Grimjack!), he manages to convey a consistent mood and a great sense of place. I’ve never been to Havana, but this is exactly how I imagine it.”
Some delays at the printer mean there’s a shorter-than-usual gap between some of our first-and-second issues, with Left on Mission #2 and Cover Girl #2 both coming out less than a month after the premiere installments.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â This means, of course, that you get your story dose faster, but we know how this can throw your game off and we’ll be back on a normal schedule with the next issue of both titles.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â There’s also issue 3 of Fall of Cthulhu hitting stands with covers by Walpole and Mavillain and the fourth installment of Warhammer 40K: Damnation Crusade with your choice of two covers and an incentive cover by Ed McGuinness floating around.
Troy at BEST SHOTS @ Newsarama thinks that Dominion is worth checking out:
“Regular people get powers, wreak havoc all over Chicago, and one good cop runs himself ragged. Sound fun? It is… ItÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s super-powered disaster writ large, and it shows definite promise.”
RACK RAIDS really gets the story that Kevin Church and Andrew Cosby are telling in COVER GIRL #1 — high-speed Hollywood fame machine and all:
“A smart introduction to the series with much fun… Writers Andrew Cosby and Kevin Church pump out some punchy repartee which will no doubt heat up ala Moonlighting once Alex and Rachel Dodd, his cover girl, get to spend some on-panel time together. A fun book with a cute hook.”