Category: Comic Reviews

Comic Review of The Samaritan #1-3 Collected

Writer: Victor Dandridge
Artist: Ren McKinzie
Publisher: Vantage: Inhouse Productions

Indie comics are famous for exploring new directions in comics, whether being jokey, dark, or looking into previously unconsidered corners of the world. Writer Victor Dandridge Jr launches his own look into the world of superheroes in The Samaritan, by doing just that.

This series is a superhero-noir feature that puts the super-powered hero, who happens to be as down to Earth as can be, foregoing the costume and codename to bring about change in people’s lives.

The series takes place in a housing project, which has gone ignored and under served for quite some time. This is where we are introuced to Mr. Smith, and it does not take long for his intentions become clear, as he saves a child from a terrible fate, and how he plans on saving the neighborhood, one person at a time.

Victor dives deep into the story, showing a dramatic and dark settinging a need of a hero. He really knows how to tell a dramatic story.
The artwork by Ren McKinzie is beautiful, his shadow work is very balanced, the details in the drawing really put you in the story, you feel the run down, dirty place depicted in the comic.

The teaming of Victor Dandridge and Ren McKinzie is amazing, the comic tells you the story in both words and art, but together the comic just rings out beautifully.

In closing if you are a superhero fan, and crime noir fan, or a dramatic story fan, I highly recommend picking this comic up.

Comic Review of Cemetery Plots #1

Cemetery Plots #1

Intro:

Writer: Dan Johnson, Art: Rob Gant, & Letters: Dave Hearn

Chomp:

Writer/Art: Rob Gant

Head Games:

Writer: Dan Johnson, Pencils: Gary O’Donnell, Inks: Barbar Johnson Kaalberg, & Letters: Andy Korty

Three Way:

Writer: Dan Johnson and Art: Steve Casper

The Unfaithful:

Writer: Alexter Albury, Pencils: Gary O’Donnell, Inks: Andy Korty, & Letters: Dave Hearn

Rest in Pieces:

Writer: Dan Johnson, Pencils: Eric Bowen, Inks: Andy Korty, & Letters: Dave Hearn

Dead Man’s Warning

Writer: Larry Underwood

Bonus Pin-Up

Art: Steve Casper

Cover

Pencils: Rodney Bennett and Color/Graphics: Rob Gant

Published by: Empire Comics Lab

Release Date: July 2015

 

Cemetery Plots is a horror anthology comic book, which is will remind you of the legendary line of not-meant-for-children comics from the n1950s, Tales from the Crypt.

The genre of horror is vast, and can cover a variety of stories dealing with the kind of frights people suffer from or inflict on others, and the stories here go into enough of those dark corners to provide for nearly every taste in fear. For fans of the supernatural there are monsters, werewolves, mad men and other sorts of non-human, or formerly human, menaces to be scared of.

One odd thing about horror stories is that we can sometimes laugh at them. The readers may find themselves chuckling more than they would expect at this book. Sometimes this will be because of the host of the stories, D.O.

A number of the stories are written as setups for shock endings. Sometimes these endings constitute a terrible person receiving a sort of poetic justice in the end. After a few stories like this, readers might just find some endings a little easy to predict. This does not diminish the quality of the horror. Think of it rather as when one reads a great mystery story. One is expected to put the clues together to try and solve the mystery before reaching the ending. Plus, some of us still like to see the bad guy get it in the worst way in the end.

The art detail is not spared, but just enough realism is used to ground the story as much as possible. Characters can be extremely beautiful or extremely garish, sometimes going from one to the other when fear takes over.

Overall, anyone who loved Tales from the Crypt, Creep Show, or just a general lover of horror fiction should not miss out on this comic.