Thank you to everyone who helped support our last Kickstarter for Oswald and for those of you who didn’t get the chance to you will have another in the future 🙂
This time around I have a couple of reviews here and a few pages from the future 😀
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Larks’s Killer by Bill Willingham and Mark Dos Santos
The story starts off simply, a modern day troubled girl finds her way into medieval world. That’s it in a nutshell but there’s quite a bit more going on like why she was brought through, how she was able to get away from her summoners and how a $1.00 bill goes a long way in a fantasy world. So far there’s only been 2 issues printed, normally I wait for collections, but this is Bill’s first creator owned work since Fables so I decided to pick up the single issues and I wasn’t disappointed. Aside from the main story in the second issue Bill gives us a prose story and I’m a huge fan of his prose so it’s a lot of fun to see it there and I’ll be picking up the rest of the series as it comes out in comic form, which is rare for me but I’m looking forward to them.
The Dark Horse Book of Horror with work by Mike Mignola, Gary Gianni, Jill Thompson, Evan Dorkin, Sean Phillips, P.Craig Russell, Paul Chadwick, Kurt Busiek and many others.
This hard cover collects the four volumes of horror stories DH published between 2003-2006. Inside the book you’ll find stories featuring Hellboy, and The Beast of Burdens (an awesome book that should also be looked into) along with various other shorts by a number of great creators. There are also 4 prose stories by classic authors like Clark Ashton Smith, Perceval Landon, Robert E. Howard, and William Hope Hodgson, all of which are worth reading and rereading. There are also a few interviews conducted by Scott Allie that are also worth reading. All in all a fun read if you’re into horror.
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This is a page that David Montoya colored for My First Day, illustrated by the awesome Jade Gonzalez of course.
The First is Birthright vol. 5 by Joshua Williamson and Andrei Bressan
I’ve been reading Birthright since volume 1 and I have to say that it has yet to fail me. The story is based around the basic story trope of a boy goes through a portal to a magical world and he is found to be that special boy that will grow up to be the great hero warrior that will kill the evil mage king that has ruined their world. It throws a curve ball into the story mix by sending the boy back home to Earth a few years later, after his family has fallen apart because of his disappearance, and now he’s no longer a young boy but a full grown man with a beard and a body that would make the Rock say yea that’s a big dude. The other difference is that he’s a bit haunted by his actions on the other world and has failed to kill the evil mage king and has sided with him, but he still wants to see his family. That’s all I’m going to give away, the story is fun and I hope that Joshua and Andrei have a definitive ending in mind. It does look that way. The book is published by Image through their Sky Bound imprint. So if you like some good fantasy this may be for you.
The next book on my list is Ether vol.1 by Matt Kindt and David Rubin
First I have to say that Matt Kindt is probably one of the best writers working in comics today and that I consider him the best super hero writer working, bar none. His work at Valiant has been consistently great if not better and if nothing else lots of fun. But we’re not here to talk about that, we’re here to talk about his personal work Ether with some awesome art by David Rubin. This is another portal adventure book, I guess I’m really drawn to these, where a professor finds himself going into the Ether where he finds himself at an interdimensional crossroads where a monkey then kicks him into the world of his choosing. This adventurer is a man of science who doesn’t believe in magic and who believes he can use scientific methodology and analysis to explain magic and how it works. This is a fun book that has some heavy themes about the loss of family, trust, abandonment, and obsession masked by a fantasy world adventure/mystery and there’s a lot more that I’m not going to mention. Matt only lightly touches on many of the themes I did mention but I have a sense that he’s going to be delving deeper into them all as the series continues and again that’s where I’m going to leave it to say more is to spoil and we don’t want that. Again if you love fantasy books the way I do you could do a lot worse for yourself then take a look at this one. Ether is published by Dark Horse comics.