Category Archives: Image

Comic Review- God Country




Writer: Donny Cates

Art: Geoff Shaw

Jason Wordie: Color

John J Hill: Letters and Design


I like the title of this book from Image. I’ve been forever calling my home province “God’s Country”. Glad to this take on it here.

Alzheimer’s is known as “The Long Goodbye”. It traps the person that once was, inside of a shell that is slowly dying around them. But…..what if that person…..was a God? That’s the basic hook for this story. I was a bit reminded of the persona of Donald Blake and The Mighty Thor as I read this book. A connection that can turn a frail mortal into a powerful god.

I liked the concept of the story, however I found the dialogue a bit muddled. Almost like the writer was using a dialect or “Twang” he wasn’t used to .The comic is set in West Texas, so the story is written in  a bit of a “y’ all” tone, and I found some of the written mannerisms distracted from the flow of the story.

I enjoyed the art of Geoff Shaw, and with the exception of a few panels, I found the depictions flowed nicely with the storyline. I’d characterize his style as “sweeping and rustic” and I’d probably pick up a book in the future based on just his art alone.

Colorist did a fine job of bringing the story to life in mixtures of earth tones that meshed well together.

I’ll probably end up buying the second issue since the antagonist never really reared his head until the last panel. It wasn’t my favourite book this month, but it was a nice surprise. Would have liked to have seen the storyline furthered along a bit more but we’ll see where it’s going.

The Changing Role of Woman In Comics

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In a recent article by Sam LeBas (@comicsonice) and Will Brooker (@willbrooker) about the sexism in comics at Talking Comics.  The article  talks about how sexism is still present and woman still have to struggle for their place in the comics industry. But with the percentage of woman readers hitting a high of 46.67% according to Market research more and more woman are enjoying comics.  Also with superhero and comic properties showing up all over the place from movies, TV, clothing and video games and trying to capture a larger audience. Woman will becoming more and more interested in the world of comics may decide to enter the comic book world.

The is a really great article and if you feel the same way as I do. That no matter the sex of the writer and/or artist it is a good story and art the a real comic fan wants. Not who rights or draws the book.

Please go over to Talking Comics and have a read.

Source: Talking Comics

Image Comics 2015 Annoucements

This week at the 2015 Image Comics Expo announced their upcoming line up for this years comic releases. Image the leader(in my opinion) creator own comics has numerous comics rolling out. Writers and artists such as Scott Snyder (WYTCHES, Batman) and artist Jeff Lemire (Trillium, Sweet Tooth). Skottie Young (Fortunately, the Milk, Rocket Raccoon, Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz) and Jean-Francois Beaulieu (Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz). Writer Kieron Gillen (THE WICKED + THE DIVINE, Young Avengers) and artist Jamie McKelvie (THE WICKED + THE DIVINE, Young Avengers). Many more of the top writers and artists in the world of comics.

Image has become a leader in helping creators get their work out  and into the hands of comic book fans. Success like  The Walking Dead, Saga, Invincible, Spawn and Rat Queens have showed the company’s wiliness to take a chance on books and their creators.  DC and Marvel are still the top dogs in the industry but for original ideas you can not go wrong with a Image book.

Some of the titles coming in 2015 are AD: After Death, Black Road, I Hate Fairyland, Heaven, Island & 8House and many more. Follow the link, Image Comics to see a complete list of the comics.

Rat Queens Gets A New Artist

rqIf you haven’t heard by now then where hell have you been? Okay you may not be a comic person or not up on all the news happening in the world of comics (truth be told, who the hell can. Me included). Image and Shadowline are in my opinion lucky as hell to be getting Stjepan Sejic to start drawing Rat Queens. But it only looks like it will be for only issues 9-11. Now that is some sad news. Love to see his work on this book for at least 12 issues. You can see his work most recently on “Death Vigil” for Image and Top Cow.

Shadowline’s New York Times bestselling high fantasy series RAT QUEENS written by Kurtis J. Wiebe will welcome a new artist: Stjepan Sejic of the #1 Amazon bestseller SUNSTONE for issues 9-11.

The RAT QUEENS SPECIAL: BRAGA #1 will feature guest artist Tess Fowler and release on January 14. Sejic’s art will premiere in the following issue, RAT QUEENS #9, on February 25. The series will be monthly with #12 soliciting for a May release.

“Having admired Stjepan’s work at Top Cow for some time now I’m extremely excited about his coming on board to Rat Queens,” said Jim Valentino, Vice President of Image Comics. “He will usher in an exciting new era for one of our most popular titles.”

Wiebe added: “I’m excited to have Stjepan bring the Rat Queens to life in his distinctive style, a voice that understands both the heart and the humor of Hannah, Dee, Betty and Violet. The future of the series is brighter than ever and we’re looking forward to getting new issues out to fans.

Soure: Shadowline Comics



goldbooks So Free Comic Book Day has come and passed. Did you go out and get your free books? Did you spend some extra cash at your local store and help keep them open and bringing you great books every week. All over the world, well the ones with comic book shop celebrated the joy and fun of comics. My local shop was packed with people coming to take advantage of the free books and picking up back issues up to 50% off cover price. Variant covers were also 50% off so if your thing was variant covers then you could get some great deals. The other great thing was seeing family’s coming to the store and sharing the fun of getting some comic books. 2014-05-03 11.34.20As you can see from my photos and crappy ones at the things were going great.2014-05-03 11.33.17

Overall Free Comic Book Day was a great success and with my retailer keeping the sales on all week I should be able to get some more books later in the week. Man, my pile of books is getting way to big. I have to find some time to catch up.

The Field

field_1Publisher: Image Comics

Writer and Letterer: Ed Brisson

Art by: Simon Roy

Colorist: Simon Gough

You wake up in the middle of a field in your underwear. You have no idea where you are and your only connection to outside world is a cell phone. That phone you have is sending you mysterious texts warning you of dangers to come. Dangers like a crazy bible sales man telling you to get into his car, getting high on cocaine and killing people in a diner. Fun times.

The Field is a 4 part series from Ed Brisson and Simon Ray and part 1 is a “what the hell is going on” start to a what looks like a entertaining book. Our hero has no idea who he is and want the hell is going on. Told not to get into a car from a text from a cell phone. Of course once the car shows up and the driver holds to him, our hero gets in. In book one we get to meet Christian a ex bible sales man and you can tell right from the start that Christian is not all there. Christian is unstable enough to kill about of people in diner for no real reason. Also this is not the first time he has done it.

Ed Brisson has created a very interesting book here. The more you read the book you become more interested in who the main character is. As done in many other stories with the main character has amnesia it is the characters around him to fill in the rest of the story.

Field-Classic-Rock-ChristianSimon Roy has a very interesting still that has a feel of underground art. It looks like a bunch of pencil scratches brought together by color and ink. It is a different look but works well.

Again Image has brought us a short story arc that with the chance of a continuing series if the book sells well.

So in the end I recommend that you go out and take a chance on this book.

I give this book 3 1/2 pops out of 5

Remember comics are to be enjoyed. Not destroyed.



Apocalypse AI: Review

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Publisher: Image Comics

Writer: J. Michael Straczynski

Art: Sid Kotian

Color: Bill Farmer

Lettering: Troy Peteri

Alison Carter is a private dick or if you like a private detective even though dick seems to fit better. Alison has taken up the family business. The family business is saving the world from the constant threat of the world ending. Using guns, magic and a smart ass attitude to help her do her job.

We are introduced to Alison on one of her normal jobs, stopping a crazy from using a eater of worlds.  Using the seal of Balthasar to awake a world eater the crazy can use the seal to control the creature. Well Alison simply shoots the seal destroying it. Once the seal is destroyed the crazy loses control of the world eater and being pissed because it has been waken, eats the crazy. Done with snack time, the world eater goes back to sleep. You see the world eater comes out only when the end of the world actually happens, not before. So with a single shot problem solved.

ApocalypseAl-01-pg2So in those few pages you get a idea of Alison Carter and what her job details. Dealing with a world filled with monsters, demons, trolls, zombie detectives and just the crazies that inhabit this odd world.

J. Michael Straczynski (Babylon 5, Twilight Zone,the Saturn Award, SFWA’s Ray Bradbury Award) has created a mystical world where the human race and magically world live together. In most cases I say not very well. I am reminded of Buffy when reading this except of a stake, it is a gun. Does Alison hid something behind all the smart ass remakes or could it be for a change this is just who she is. I like her character, a woman of strength and seems like a person that actually likes her job, maybe? Alison next job may be here biggest and I am not telling you who it is, get the dam book and find out.

The one thing you will notice is that there a 30 pages of story here without any ads. I did not notice until the end because I was having a great time reading this story.

Sid Kotian is credit with doing the line art for this book. Is that just a fancy why of say he was the artist? Well Sid does a great job and his art fits well with the story. Feeling free flowing and light as the story. At times there is a cartoonist look in one panel and in the next great detail.

So if you have not gotten out and got this book then get you ASS out there and get it. Again this is a short series which I am really beginning to enjoy more and more.

So in the end I give Apocalypse AI #1 4 1/2 pops out of 5.

John G M Burke

Twiter – The Pop Culture Cafe @JohnGMBurke