Comic Review: Preacher Volume 1 Gone To Texas

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Comic Review: Preacher Volume 1 Gone To Texas

Preacher Volume 1 Gone To Texas

Preacher Volume 1 Gone To Texas

I love a comic that is really f’d up and weird, but at the same time has a story that is deep, very complex and highly interesting. Preacher just happens to be such a comic. Who else but Garth Ennis (The Boys, Punisher:MAX) and Steve Dillon (Hellblazer, Judge Dredd) and where else but Vertigo of course!

Reverend Jesse Custer was a priest living in a small town full of hypocritical church goers. One Sunday during a heated sermon he was struck with the spirit of some heavenly being. Now filled with the power of this spirit he has one mission. Find god and make him pay for all the hell the people of this world have been put through.

This book has so much going for it. A sprawling story through the entirety of its run that goes to so many interesting locations. Main characters with so many flaws you find yourself yelling at the pages “why are you doing that”. With an array of supporting characters, you want to know everything about their lives. So many crazy things that you keep wondering how it’s possible to get weirder–but it does.

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Comic Review: 100 Bullets Volume 1 First Shot Last Call

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Comic Review: 100 Bullets, Volume 1: First Shot, Last Call

100 Bullets, Volume 1:, First Shot, Last Call

100 Bullets, Volume 1: First Shot, Last Call

Vertigo is one of my favorite publishers because they are always guaranteed to put out new and exciting ongoing series — 100 bullets rightly falls into that category. With a writer like Brian Azzarello (Wonder Woman, Hellblazer) and artist Eduardo Risso (Spaceman, Logan) teaming up, the results will be something to spectacular.

You’re minding your own business and an older gentlemen gets your attention. He shows you a briefcase and explains its contents. Inside is a gun, 100 bullets and a folder. In that folder is proof of a wrong done against you and the chance to take revenge.  The gun and bullets are untraceable. If you are caught by the police upon finding those items they will give them back and let you go. It’s up to you if you decide to take revenge or not. As for the old mans motives — that’s a story for another time.

The writing sounds like a conversation you might over hear at some dive bar or walking through a dark alley at night. The images feel dark and desperate, which adds different dimensions to each character. You see the despair on one person’s whole being opposed to the privileged aura of another.

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Comic Review: The Nobody

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Comic Review: The Nobody

The Nobody

The Nobody

A modern take on the invisible man story, about a mysterious drifter that shows up in small town. This Vertigo title is Jeff Lemire’s (Sweet Tooth, Trillium) first graphic novel that he both wrote and illustrated.

Small towns are known for a couple things, friendly people, good food and no secrets. When everyone knows each other it’s hard to keep anything secret. One day a stranger shows up in town. Covered from head to toe in bandages and wearing strange goggles, he takes up residence in the local hotel. Spending all day in his room he only comes out for food and the occasional walk. Will the town except this man for who he is or will their curiosity get the better of them.

Beautiful story by Jeff Lemire who has perfectly captured the atmosphere of small town’s and their citizens. The art work is definitely one of those love it or hate it styles. Very basic style, has a scratchy kinda feel (makes sense when you see it).

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Comic Review: V For Vendetta

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Comic Review: V For Vendetta

V For Vendetta

V For Vendetta

Set in a dystopian future where nothing escapes the eyes,ears and reach of the government. One Man fights to free the people from their grip. A well known Vertigo title written by Alan Moore (Promethea, Warrior) and illustrated by David Lloyd (Madrox, Doctor Who).

In the wake of a nuclear war that has left much of the world destroyed, a fascist party has taken hold of the UK. Every aspect of daily life is monitored and assessed by different branches of government. But one man, a masked vigilante known as V, is trying to change that. He hopes to instill hope back into the population and remind them, people shouldn’t be afraid of their government. Governments should be afraid of their people.

Great comic, definitely gives you a lot to think about. The artwork might not be enjoyed by everyone as the style is a lot older. If you’ve seen and enjoyed the movie, do your self a favor and check out this book.

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Comic Review: A.D.D. Adolescent Demo Division

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Comic Review: A.D.D. Adolescent Demo Division

A.D.D. Adolescent Demo Division

A.D.D. Adolescent Demo Division

A world where media reigns supreme, there is a much darker reason behind a group of teenage video game celebrities. A Vertigo series written by Douglas Rushkoff (Testament, Club Zero-G) and illustrated by Goran Sudzuka (Y: The last Man, Outlaw Nation).

The A.D.D. (Adolescent Demo Division) is a group of kids raised from birth to test and play video games. Through their reality TV show they can reach the masses and are idolized by the younger generations. The group lives in a facility where their health and reaction times are constantly measured. If needed, they’re given medication to help them perform at their full potential. But behind all this, there are ulterior motives for all these actions.

A introspective view on our current societal obsession with games and performance. Filled with gamer lingo and illuminating artwork. Worth a read for the interesting ideas put forth.

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Comic Review: Spaceman

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Comic Review: Spaceman

Spaceman

Spaceman

The dynamic duo of Brian Azzarello (Tales Of The Unexpected, Deathblow) and Eduardo Risso (Logan, Alien Resurected) are back again to bring you Vertigo’s Spaceman. Set in a post-apocalyptic future, it’s the story of one man’s time in space and how he lives his life here on Earth.

Orson spends his days salvaging for scrap and the money he makes is spent on drugs and computer sex. When his mind isn’t preoccupied he thinks back to his days exploring the surfaces of Mars with his genetic brothers. Orson is not a man but a genetically engineered being created to sustain long flights in space. But, when their program is shut down he must live a life of little importance. It’s not until he happens upon a well known celebrity who has been kidnapped, that his life takes a drastic change

As with 100 bullets it may take some time before you see the whole picture of whats going on. Risso’s artistic style is the perfect thing for a grimy apocalyptic future. They have a cool take on how some people speak using abbreviations and internet lingo. Great thing about the ending is there are a few ways to look at it. Check out the web for people’s opinions, it might just blow your mind.

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Comic Review: Transmetropolitan Volume 1 Back On The Street

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Comic Review: Transmetropolitan Volume 1 Back On The Street

Transmetropolitan Volume 1 Back On The Street

Transmetropolitan Volume 1 Back On The Street

If Spider Jerusalem is writing a story you can bet no one is safe with their secrets, no matter who they are. With artist Darick Robertson (The Boys, Wolverine) and Warren Ellis (Planetary, Gravel) writing this book for Vertigo you know a couple things right off the back. It’s gonna be weird, witty, futuristic, truthful but most importantly–good!

Spider Jerusalem is a journalist who has been living up in the mountains alone for the past 5 years with enough weapons to arm a small militia. He receives a phone call from his publisher reminding him of the two books he has yet to write for them. With no other alternative he must descend from the mountains into the depths of the city and return to journalism.

There is so much going on in this comic. Right from the first couple of pages you can tell this is going to be a very frantic book. It’s a story that does not slow down for a second. You may find yourself lost if you aren’t paying attention. Some of the things dealt with here may be futuristic in tone but are very relatable topics to the present day.

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Comic Review: Y The Last Man Volume 1 Unmanned

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Comic Review: Y The Last Man Volume 1 Unmanned

 

Y The Last Man Volume 1 Unmanned

Y The Last Man Volume 1 Unmanned

With Under The Dome picking up steam, now seems like a good time to take a look at Y The Last Man. Before he started working on Under The Dome, Brian K. Vaughan (X-Men, Swamp Thing) wrote a series with artist Pia Guerra (Doctor Who: The Forgotten) for Vertigo called Y The Last Man.

Yorick Brown was a man, no more no less. When all the men in the world died at the same time he became the only one left. Now he is the most sought after commodity in the world once someone realizes he is alive. The world has been thrown into chaos with governments collapsing, people rioting and everyday life in disarray. With all this and the fact that Yorick is the only man left ask yourself, would you want to be the last man on Earth?

What an awesome series it goes all over the place. Satisfying story, the conspiracy of how it happened, the structure of society and of course secret government groups. It’s an extremely satisfying read that I dare you to not enjoy.

 

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Comic Review: Punk Rock Jesus

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Comic Review: Punk Rock Jesus

Punk Rock Jesus

Punk Rock Jesus

Jesus died for or sins the first time round. This time he is being cloned for our entertainment and why not! Bringing the light of our newly cloned lord and savior to Vertigo is Sean Murphy (Joe The Barbarian, The Wake) doing the writing and illustrations for this story.

It’s the return of our lord and savior in the 21st century. From the Shroud of Turin, DNA was lifted and implanted in a virgin mother. Little baby Chris was born in front of a live TV audience and thus began the J2 reality TV series. He now lives at the J2 compound with his mother, a violently protective bodyguard and his trusty polar bear. How will Chris turn out with his life on view for the whole world to see and judge?

I really enjoyed this story. Seeing Chris’s (Jesus) growth from birth to childhood to a rebellious teenager is very rewarding. You get to see where he is let down and what gives him his convictions. I went back and forth on the artwork. At times I found it a bit harsh and other times I really enjoyed the simplicity of it. Overall it’s worth your time for the interesting read and the complex characters.

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Comic Review: The New Deadwardians

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Comic Review: The New Deadwardians

The New Deadwardians

The New Deadwardians

Post -Victorian England era with zombies and vampires–please sir I’d like some more!  The New Deadwardians from Vertigo is written by Dan Abnett (Transformers, Doctor Who) and illustrated by I.N.J. Culbard (2000 A.D., Time Warp) have brought zombies and vampires into the not to distant past.

It’s 1910 in London and the zombies are at bay for now. This is not the biggest problem at the moment. Chief Inspector George Suttle of the Scotland Yard has been called to the scene of a murder. The victim had already been dead for quite sometime. He was part of the Young. An upper class citizen who voluntarily became a vampire to escape the restless curse. But, now this victim is truly dead and no longer walking the streets. How is this possible?

The story is done in a way where zombies and vampires are the background to a who done it murder. At times the story can be confusing, I found myself mixing up characters because some of them were drawn quite similar. If you are craving more zombies and proper spoken vampires you may enjoy The New Deadwardians.

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