PREVIEW: Charismagic #4

If there is a series that I have anticipated every issue of it is Charismagic. The writing is fun and enjoyable. The art is amazing. It just hits all of the right buttons for me. Aspen sent me some preview pages of the upcoming fourth issue of this series that I really think you should check out and put on your “watch list” for January 18, 2012. I think you’ll enjoy what you read.

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REVIEW: Green Hornet #20

Script: Ande Parks
Pencils: Igor Vitorino
Colors: Ivan Nunes
Letters: Marshall Dillon
Cover Artists: Phil Hester, Jonathan Lau, and Brian Denham
Publisher: Dynamite Entertainment

“I asked for a distraction… not a FIREBALL!”

If you are looking for a great jumping on point as a new reader, Green Hornet #20 is perfect for you. I have been wanting a place within this series that I could point people to and say, “here’s where you should begin” because even in today’s opportunities to get back issues fairly easily from local comic shops and digital retailers, a lot of readers want a clean jumping on point. This issue is a stand alone story that onnects both the previous Green Hornet and Kato with their predecessors by fighting the same criminal, but find their own unique ways to defeat him.
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PREVIEW: Secret Avengers #21.1

There is a group of you who think I really don’t read anything Marvel or DC publishes, and for the most part you’re… well, you’re right in a sense. Marvel has been a publisher I have struggled with over the better part of a decade to really dive back in to.  I’ve tried, but I can’t seem to make it beyond three issues on most titles I sample. That is unless Rick Remender is writing it!

I’m a huge fan of his work on Uncanny X-Force, but it is his work coming up on Secret Avengers that really has me excited!  Remender is going to be joined by super talented Patrick Zircher with issue #21.1 and it stars Captain America and Hawkeye – two of my favorite Marvel characters.  Marvel provided some preview images of the upcoming issue that I think you really should check out:

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REVIEW: Lady Mechanika #3

The Mystery of the Mechanical Corpse – Chapter Three

Created, Written, and Drawn by Joe Benitez
Colors by Peter Steigerwald
Letters by Josh Reed
Published by Aspen MLT

“Aw, bollocks!! Tha’s a bloody panther!”

Lady Mechanika continues to be one of my favorite series in 2011 for a number of reasons, one of those reasons being the amazing sense of fun and entertainment I get out of every issue. Another reason is the gorgeous artwork from Joe Benitez, Peter Steigerwald, and Josh Reed.  Support all of that with an intriguing story with solid characters and dialogue and you get a great book from cover to cover.

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PREVIEW: Conan the Barbarian #1

I have been a fan of Conan since I was a kid and read most of the Robert E. Howard books thanks to my grandmother. Yes! My grandmother, who really didn’t know any better I think. Either way – I owe her a big thanks because I loved those books.

Brian Wood and Becky Cloonan are going to be working on a new Conan the Barbarian series based off of Howard’s “Queen of the Black Coast” story. Here are some great preview pages from the new series:

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REVIEW: Voltron #1

This review was originally posted at Guerrilla Geek.

The Sixth Pilot – 1: First Contact

Writer: Brandon Thomas
Illustrations: Ariel Padilla
Colors: Marcelo Pinto
Letters: Marshall Dillon
Covers: Alex Ross, Sean Chen, Wagner Reis
Publisher: Dynamite Entertainment

“Voltron told me everything. Now let’s go get him back and save the world.”

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PREVIEW: Lady Mechanika #3

Lady Mechanika from Aspen MLT is probably one of my favorite new series in 2011. The art alone from Joe Benitez is enough, but the intriguing story and characters really makes this a must read series.

Aspen has provided a preview of the cover art as well as some pages from the book due out on December 21st. Check out the pages below and be sure to keep an eye out for this issue and give it a shot.

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The Way I See It: Comic Book Jerks

Through my almost thirty years of reading comic books I have read a lot of comics from various publishers and genres. It would be hard to pinpoint which ones are my favorites because my tastes and interest change over time. As a kid I read a lot of Teen Titans and Dreadstar as well as Transformers and Elfquest. Throw in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Amazing Spider-Man and Sable and Whisper and you’ll see that there was little that I didn’t read. Why? Because I love comics even at an early age because I got a lot of enjoyment out of reading those comics. And while I enjoyed as many of the “indie” titles as I did Marvel and DC titles, I got a lot of flak because I was reading titles my friends had never heard about or just thought I was trying to be “better” than them since they only read Marvel and DC books.  I got a lot of ridicule, but it really didn’t bother me because I was reading the books I liked and if those kids didn’t like those books (or had even heard of them) than that was their loss, not mine. I wasn’t about the change my pull list because of their narrow minded view of what comic books people should and should not read.

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Breaking It Down… What Is is a site that I’ve wanted to make for a long time, but really have struggled with how to do it correctly. The look of the site is easy, but the content is what has caused me some problems because if you know anything about me you know I’m all about comics. I talk about comics constantly on podcasts, Twitter, Facebook, in person and I feel I need a “hub” to call my own and really get in to the heart of what I think about comics.

Keep in mind, I have no desire to be a multi-media web site running press releases and preview art from every publisher. That does not mean I will not be running previews or maybe posting a press release if I think it’s something worth sharing. With sites like Comic Book Resources, Newsarama, Broken Frontier, and others – you’ll get all of that. will be more about what I’m in to at that particular time and what I think people should be paying attention to if they aren’t already. You won’t get a “RISE UP” speech from me, but you will get some opinions on subjects that I’m really passionate about (or annoyed about). The idea is to express my thoughts and opinions whether it is a sketch I saw on an artist’s web site, or my opinion on the state of piracy in comics. You’ll never know what you’ll read here from day to day because I won’t know until I write it.

Until the beginning of 2012 things around here will be a little slow I’m sure. I have a lot going on at home and work and with the holidays coming up, I don’t want to over commit myself by saying I’m going to do a lot of “this” or “that”, but by the end of the first week of January 2012 I kick it in to gear not only here but over at as we celebrate Image Comics’ 20th Anniversary.

There is a lot to do, and I do hope you find yourself here at from time to time. When you do, feel free to comment on what’s going on, share a link, tweet out a ‘hello’ or however you want to participate.