ROCKETEER ADVENTURES Vol. 2 #1 Coming in March!

IDW to release second all-new anthology of Dave Stevens’ beloved character

San Diego, CA (January 24, 2012) – The second all-new, all-fantastic Rocketeer Adventures series launches into stores in March! Each extra-long issue—boasting 25 pages of story and art— will feature covers by DarwynCooke and Dave Stevens. The first issue’s line-up includes Peter DavidMarc GuggenheimSandyPlunkettStan Sakai, and Bill Sienkiewicz, with ArthurAdams supplying a pin-up.

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Layman and McCrea Bring “Mars Attack” Ongoing to IDW in June

John Layman, John McCrea to reimagine cult sci-fi classic in June

San Diego, CA (January 23, 2012)— IDW Publishing and Topps are pleased to announce the multiple Eisner Award-winning creative team for MARS ATTACKS, an all-new ongoing comic series based on the fan-favoriteMars Attacks franchise.

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What Looks Good to Me – September 21, 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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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: Last Resort #2

Last Resort #2

Last Resort #2

“Part Two: Red Tide”

Writers: Jimmy Palmiotti & Justin Gray
Art: Giancarlo Caracuzzo
Lettering: Robbie Robbins
Publisher: IDW Publishing

If you picked up the last issue of this new series by Jimmy Palmiotti & Justin Gray, the book ended with a really big explosion and made you wonder why were there was so much time introducing you to all of those characters.  I really liked the first issue, but that ending had me scratching my head.  Well, this issue clears all of that up (like I knew it would) and moves the story along at a steady pace.

I think I flipped through this issue three or four times before I actually read it because I was just soaking up Giancarlo Caracuzzo’s art.  I don’t know for sure if this is a miniseries or an ongoing series, but either way I hope there is a nice oversized hardcover for it because I’d love to see these pages a bit larger to really dive into them. 

Palmiotti and Gray continue to write some of the best comics on the shelves.  If you’re NOT reading at least ONE series by these guys get out to a comic shop RIGHT NOW and buy one of their books.  You’ll love them!

REVIEW: The Last Resort #1

“Part One: Two Goats”

Writers: Jimmy Palmiotti & Justin Gray
Art: Giancarlo Caracuzzo
Letterer: Chris Mowry
Editor: Scott Dunbier
Publisher: IDW Publishing

I tend to look for a lot of first issues when it comes to comic books. I love starting at the beginning of a series and seeing how it progresses over time. Sometimes, a first issue drops you in the middle of a story, and sometimes it puts you right at the literal beginning and you learn the plot as the characters lives unfold in front of you. Some first issues read like a comic book should read, and others transcend the comic book format into a fluidity that rivals television or movies. The Last Resort’s first issue does just that and plays out as the first 15 minutes of a movie introducing you to the various characters and their lives and just pulls you in.

While there is a lot going on in this first issue, there’s not a lot of plot being given. I would normally complain about that, but with the number of characters that are involved that are all coming together on a particular airplane the set up is very necessary. I’m left wondering what exactly the first few pages have to do with all of these characters on this particular airplane, but that’s what draws me back for another issue. I want to know how all of these things work together and why they’re coming together. I think the cliffhanger of this issue really made me sit up straight in shock. What are Palmiotti and Gray planning?

I’m writing this review fairly vague and I realize that. If you came to this review to be spoiled, it’s just not something I do because I think you should read a comic book if you’re interested in it and not rely on me, or another reviewer, to spoil it for you. What I will say is that the writing is really good. It’s fun at times; it’s odd at others, and just plain in your face in between. Palmiotti and Gray have put together a very interesting issue and one that beckons to be read more than once.

The artwork provided by Giancarlo Caracuzzo is amazing. The linework is very simple and sparse. There is a real economic use of lines. If coloring or a change in tones can be used to express some detail in the art, then it is used. At the same time, if you look at one of the panels that shows the cockpit of the airplane there is a lot of linework and detailing. While I really do enjoy the linework, I think the overall coloring of the book is what really shines. It’s almost a watercolor look. This is just a stunning book to look at.

The Last Resort has just one issue out and I’m ready for the movie. Put Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray on the script now and let’s get to casting. This is a fun and entertaining book for the adults out there that need more than the day-to-day spandex heroes. We love those comics, but we need something more and the Last Resort is just that.