Boom! Studios’ SUPURBIA Flies Into Stores This March

January 25, 2012 – Los Angeles, CA – What goes down when the capes come off? This March, BOOM! Studios debuts SUPURBIA — written by Bleeding Cool’s Grace Randolph (Marvel’s NATION X, HER-OES) and drawn by red hot artist Russell Dauterman — a new series that features the secret lives of the world’s greatest heroes’ spouses!

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REVIEW: Planet of the Apes #5

“The Devil’s Pawn” – Part 1

Writer: Daryl Gregory
Artist: Carlos Magno
Colorist: Nolan Woodard
Letterer: Travis Lanham
Editor: Ian Brill
Publisher: Boom! Studios

While this is only the fifth issue of this series, this is the first one that I have read.  Why is that Well, funds are always limited so I can’t read everything, but Boom helps me out by offering up this issue for only a dollar! At the same time, they have offered up the first trade paperback that includes the first four issues of this series for $10. That’s a pretty good incentive for me to try out this series.

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What Looks Good to Me – August 31, 2011

Hey there! Welcome to “What Looks Good to Me.” Each week I take a look at the Diamond shipping list and slap together a list of the ten things I’m looking forward to the most that week. There’s no real rhyme or reason to the list’s ranking other than the #1 spot which will obviously be the one book that looks good to me that week. Well, enough of this – let’s get moving!

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REVIEW: Codebreakers #1

Writer: Carey Malloy
Artist: Scott Godlewski
Colorist: Stephen Downer
Letterer: Johnny Lowe
Cover Artists: Julian Totino Tedesco (Cover A) and Brett Weldele (Cover B)
Editor: Dafna Pleban
Created by Ross Riche
Publisher: Boom! Studios

I a big fan of spandex super-heroes, but give me something that’s a little more grounded in the real world, throw in some strong personalities with the lead characters, and make it full of suspense and I’m one happy comic book reader! Codebreakers does that!

Boom! Studio has another interesting new series in the form of Codebreakers.  The premise behind this book is that the F.B.I. has an elite cryptanalysis unit that consists of a group of people that are the top in their field.  These people are the ones that are called in to decode or decipher ciphers, codes, encryption, passwords, etc.  The twist is that what if one of these people were being held against their will by the ‘bad guys’ and forced to do all of that for a terrorist organization or some other person or persons out to cause a lot of damage with the information one of these cryptanalysis could discover.

Carey Malloy really gets things rolling in this issue with a nice opening pace that eventually escalates when a member of the cryptanalysis unit is thought to have committed suicide, but the unit’s leader isn’t so sure and makes some startling discoveries that lead him to think someone has kidnapped one of his people.  The pacing is good, and the dialogue is pretty interesting. While there is some code talk in between the characters, you should expect that, it isn’t so much that you’re just wading through until you get to some dialogue you understand.  Malloy does a nice balancing act and I think the reader will appreciate that as the story progresses.  The characters need to be believable, but not over bearing.

If there’s a complaint I have it’s the quick turnaround on the fake suicide/kidnapping plot.  I don’t feel I’m spoiling anything because all of this is explained about the halfway point in this issue.  I realize this series may be a miniseries and Malloy wants to get things moving to get to the meat of the story, but I think there would have been a bit more suspense on the reader’s part if the truth of this revelation would have been hidden until at least the next issue.  I’m all for the unit’s leader, Donald Foster, to think that Stanley’s suicide was suspicious and therefore moving him to find out if its true or not, but it keeps us second guessing Foster for a little while longer.  Again, this is a small complain because the overall the execution is done well, I’m just a nit-picker.

The art in this issue provided by Scott Godlewski and Stephen Downer is top notch.  Boom Studios has done a great job finding great artists to work on their titles whose art styles don’t create a “house style” for the company and keeps each title unique looking.  The page where Foster looks over Stanely’s apartment and begins to decipher what happened is a great piece of work from a layout point of view and coloring.

Codebreakers has a strong beginning with this issue and I’m looking forward to how this story unfolds.  I will definitely be recommending this series to everyone I talk to.

REVIEW: Unthinkable #1

Writer: Mark Sable
Artist: Julian Totino Tedesco
Colorist: Juan Manuel Tumburus
Letterer: Ed Durkshire
Managing Editor: Matt Gagnon
Cover Artists: Paul Azaceta & Nick Filardi (Cover A) and Kristian Donaldson (Cover B)
Publisher: Boom! Studios
Created by Mark Sable

There are conspiracy theorists everywhere. Some are subtle. Some just like to question things. Some go into great detail. Some go to the extreme and everything has a hidden meaning. Unthinkable isn’t about conspiracy theories about things that have happen already. No. Unthinkable is about theorizing what the conspiracy would be before something happens. What if ‘this’ happened, and how would ‘this’ happen?

I consider myself to be fairly open-minded and not one to take anything at face value that I hear on television, radio, or the Internet. I don’t think everyone’s out to get me or anything. I actually like to give everyone the benefit of a doubt and play devil’s advocate. I like to hear both sides of a story and then weigh the evidence. My wife hates this about me.

Unthinkable is an interesting books so far because is sort of reverse engineers what is normally considered a conspiracy theorist. The question in this issue is “who really caused 9/11 and why?” It’s a conspiracy that’s been debated since day one. While there’s not a lot of time that’s spent on answering that particular question, it’s the next question that really pushes the story forward – what happens next? Enter: the Think Tank.

The Think Tank is a group of people who are experts in their field. There is a hacker, an attorney, an economist, a microbiologist, an inventor, a preacher, and a bestselling author. Each of these people are brought together to come up with the answer, “what happens next. While I won’t go into everything that they discuss or what happens to the Think Tank I think it’s an interesting concept. On top of that, Mark Sable brings in the human element to this story through the bestselling author – Alan Ripley. Ripley’s life gets turned upside down when his brother dies on September 11, and finds himself needing an outlet and the Think Tank becomes that. Once the Think Tank project is over, his life sort of falls apart and he becomes lost again. It isn’t until certain events start to play out in the Middle East does he has a new purpose.

I think this issue is a good start for this story. You’re introduced to a lot of characters and given a lot of information. You know the world you’re reading about well enough to not get lost. The players are in place and the wheels are turning. Within one issue, Alan Ripley goes from a character that I found a bit cocky and arrogant about his place in the world and see him change. He’s no longer that character by the end of the issue, and that’s a lot of progress for one issue.

The art in this issue provided by Julian Totino Tedesco, Juan Manuel Tumburus, and Ed Durkshire is great. It’s has that photo realistic style that many of Boom’s titles have without being a ‘house style’ where everyone is mimicking everyone else. It’s a consistency with the art that really adds a strong element to each of their titles.

Unthinkable #1 is a strong first issue. The writing is good. The art is good. The story is put together well. There’s very little I could say I didn’t like about this book other than having to wait for the next issue and see what happens next.

REVIEW: The Unknown #1

Writer: Mark Waid
Artist: Minck Oosterveer
Colorist: Fellipe Martins
Letterer: Marshall Dillon
Editor: Matt Gagnon
Published by Boom! Studios
Created by Mark Waid

Catherine Allingham has six months to live at best. She’s suffering from an untreatable tumor in her brain. She knows this and she’s taking on what may be her last case and for some reason, she has brought on a new assistant – a former bouncer who has a knack for reading people. The cool thing is that Catherine has a knack, too. She has a knack for figuring out unsolvable crimes.

Mark Waid continues to be one of my favorite writers in the industry. I want to say that up front because I don’t want there to be any confusion if I like the guy’s writing or not. Believe me – I do. So, I’m a bit bias when it comes to new creations by Waid because I think he’s doing great work when he works from new creations. Books like Potter’s Field, Irredeemable, and now the Unknown are where we really get to see Waid at his best. I say that because Mark Waid has his own knack for being able to create great characters. They seem to breathe in a life of their own with each page. While I love a great looking comic book, give me smart and interesting characters and I’m on board for the long haul. Waid does that every time.

Now, I say that I love a great looking comic book – and it’s true. Unknown is a great looking comic book by artist Minck Oosterveer and colorist Fellipe Martins knock this book out of the park for me. They have created such a moody and book that I really can’t give a comparison to outside of saying there’s a little Paul Gulacy influence in there as well as a little Michael Lark. I think it’s great.

The Unknown is a 4-issue miniseries which I think is good for this story and for readers. I think starting things out with a confine story and doing it in a manageable set of issues helps everyone out because it won’t be a long drawn out story. Things are set up in this issue and we have three more issues to get this case solved. From the looks of things, Catherine already has a lot figured out and that kind of pacing is going to help readers get into this story and hang on for the remaining issues. I’m on board with the hopes we’ll see more in the future.