Reviews

The Pull List: Memetic #1 Delivers Visions of an Internet Apocalypse [Second Opinion]

Oct
22

Welcome to The Pull List, a weekly column where we check out a first isssue and tell you whether or not to follow that comic based only on that. The internet has been around for a fairly long time now, and yet we rarely see stories that try to approach internet and internet culture in a semi-serious fashion. Memetic is not afraind to do so, however.

Eight Years Later: Dreamfall Chapters First Impressions [Game Review]

Oct
22

It's been eight long, long years since Dreamfall was released; and considering how that game ended, it's been a hell of a wait. As a fan whose expectations started high, and only escalated with time, it's been a surreal experience stepping foot in this world again.

One-Panel Review: Hugh and Kerascoet's 'Beauty' is Minimal and Terrifying

Oct
17

In One-Panel Review, we look at and review a new comic through a single frame; this week we're looking at Beauty, a graphic novel about an ugly peasant with a classic case of monkey's paw wish-making. It has the stark drama (and horror) of H.C. Andersen tales, expanded to the length of a saga, drawn in minimally gorgeous designs.

The Pull List: Wytches Will Creep You Out

Oct
08

Welcome to The Pull List, a weekly column where we check out a first isssue and tell you whether or not to follow that comic based only on that. With October now in full swing, and Halloween right around the corner, plenty of publishers are revving up their spooky comics line-ups, but how does Wytches compare? Read on to find out.

Annabelle is a Pretty Poor Sequel to The Conjuring [Movie Review]

Oct
03

When it was announced that there would be a sequel to The Conjuring, most people expected it to be a roundabout remake of The Amityville Horror, due to the fact that it is the most famous case dealing with The Warrens (who share the coveted role of “Sir-Not-Appearing-In-This-Film”). Instead, the sequel is actually a prequel, telling the story of Annabelle, the creepy-looking doll that *spoiler alert*, turns out to be evil. While the doll wasn’t a huge focus of The Conjuring, it certainly had an impact with audiences, but did that alone warrant the explanation of her backstory?

If You Want Blood, Look at Elric Vol. 1: The Ruby Throne [Comic Review]

Sep
25

Fantasy is a difficult genre for me.  I have constantly encountered books and stories with bland, rehashed characters with unpronounceable quadrisyllabic names.  That is how Michael Moorcock's Elric Volume 1 began for me, but the end result is actually something quite different off the beaten path.  

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The Pull List: Aliens: Fire and Stone is... Aggressively Mediocre

Sep
24

Welcome to The Pull List, a weekly column where we check out a first isssue and tell you whether or not to follow that comic based only on that. Usually, in this column, I try to avoid picking a first issue for a limited series. Honestly, though, this week was a little slow at my comic shop, and I like Aliens, so even though Aliens: Fire and Stone is only limited to four issues, I decided to pick it up.

Aldnoah.Zero: Phase One [Anime Review]

Sep
22

When it comes to series creator Gen Urobuchi (Psycho-Pass, Fate/Zero), you can usually expect two things to happen within his original stories. The first is that he creates a world that makes the audience want to explore more. The second is that it’s going to be filled with plenty of tragedy. Aldnoah.Zero is no acceptation to the expectations, with Urobuchi teaming up with Fate/Zero director Ei Aoki to tell the story of an alternate version of our Universe where human civilization inhabits Mars. However, this particular show does stand out in the case of not just how far it pushes the tragedy but having a sense of “absolutely no hope”.

Hyrule Warriors Is the Mash-Up of Dynasty Warriors and Zelda We Never Knew We Wanted [Game Review]

Sep
19

Let’s get one thing out of the way up front. Hyrule Warriors is not The Legend of Zelda. It has none of the exploration, indefinable magic, or innovation of the series from which this title is spun from. That’s not to say we can't love it though. See, while Hyrule Warriors might be a touch repetitive at times, it draws enough lore from a beloved franchise, and the hordes of enemies you'll be slicing through should keep fans of that particular subgenre more than occupied.

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Debbie's Inferno; An Odyssey of Insecurities, And A Kitty Spirit-Guide [Comic Review]

Sep
18

Anne Emond's cartooning is preoccupied with calling people out on their vanities, sillinesses, and emotional hiccups--all fitting practice for her first extended comic, Debbie's Inferno, which takes us on a journey through the troubled soul of one small and saggy girl named Debbie. It's adorably illustrated, maturely written, and sometimes hits too close to home for comfort.

The Pull List: Oddly Normal Begins with Precocious First Issue

Sep
18

Welcome to The Pull List, a weekly column where we check out a first isssue and tell you whether or not to follow that comic based only on that. This week, I'll be taking a look at Otis Frampton's Kickstarted comic seriesOddly Normal, about a girl from a mixed background - a white father and a witch mother. Yeah.

The Pull List: Smash Together Animal Farm, War of the Worlds, and Watership Down and You Get Wild's End

Sep
10

Welcome to The Pull List, a weekly column where we check out a first isssue and tell you whether or not to follow that comic based only on that. This week, I've chosen Wild's End from writer Dan Abnett and Illustrator I.N.J. Culbard. Mix a little War of the WorldsWatership DownAnimal Farm, and throw in a little Earthbound, and you're on the right track in terms of what to expect.

The Pull List: Footprints' Cryptid Noir is Freaky Enough For Me

Sep
04

Welcome to The Pull List, a weekly column where we check out the first issue of a new comic and tell you whether or not you should start following that comic based only on that. Today we're looking at Footprints, in which . . . well, I think the publisher says it best: "When Bigfoot discovers his brother Yeti brutally murdered, he assembles his old team of P.I.s -- Jersey Devil, Loch Ness Monster, Chupacabra, and Megalodon -- to unravel a conspiracy that spans decades." Now tell me you wouldn't pay $0.99 to read that.

The Pull List: Hawkeye Vs. Deadpool Is Way Better Than It Has Any Right to Be

Sep
04

Welcome to The Pull List, a weekly column where I check out the first issue of a new comic and tell you whether or not you should start following that comic based only on that. I'm not going to lie, I had an entirely different comic lined up for today's Pull List, but Hawkeye Vs. Deadpool happened to catch my eye (no pun intended) and I have to say I was very pleasantly surprised.

The Pull List: Wayward Crams Together Japan, Cats, and Kappas

Aug
27

Welcome to The Pull List, a weekly column where I check out the first issue of a new comic and tell you whether or not you should start following that comic based only on that. Tonight I've decided to pick up Wayward, mostly because it was the only first issue of a comic they still had a copy of by the time I got to the comic shop tonight. Nevertheless, I was pleasantly surprised.

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