I thought this would be a small week but boy was I wrong.  Lots of books out this week with a nice variety.  Let's get right to it!



Alice in Wonderland #2
Published by Zenescope Entertainment

Written by Raven Gregory
Illustrated by Robert Gill
34 Pages, $2.99


After hitting the ground running with the premiere issue, this month Alice takes a leisurely stroll through exposition-land.  There's a large plot brewing and the white rabbit is behind it.  The Jabberwocky is pissed because his pet Alice is missing.  And Alice shares a meal with a giant wordy walrus who spends far too long explaining his backstory.  While I like that we're being treated to cameos from Wonderland staples such as the Carpenter and the Queen of Hearts, Alice didn't seem to do much in this issue.  She ran around a little bit, which is expected, but I was hoping for something more, especially after how jam-packed the premiere was.

Robert Gill's artwork has improved since the last issue.  There are less strange expressions on the faces of the characters.  His Chesire Cat still lacks that sinister punch that was seen in the previous Wonderland books.  Gill gets to lay on the gore in a blood-filled scene involving the Carpenter.  The art direction is also amped up from last time.  There are some great shots using reflections in a way that I've never seen in a comic before.  They put whole panels inside a piece of a tabletop and the tops of pots and pans.  It's a great effect that I hope to see more of.  It really plays up on the whole "through the looking glass" idea.

One thing that really bugged me about this issue was the Carpenter's beard.  Slight spoilers here.  Alice tosses some boiling water at his face.  Now I've never had this happen to me, but this causes the obvious burns to the guy's face, but it also burns off his beard.  How the hell does that happen?





No Place Like Home #1
Published by Image Comics

Written by Angelo Tirotto
Illustrated by Richard Jordan
32 Pages, $2.99


Dee returns home to a rural town in Kansas to bury her parents after they died in a "tornado."  That's the story everyone's telling, but there's clearly more going on in this place.  Thomas, the town drunk, knows something, but everything thinks he's crazy.  And there's definitely a mystery surrounding the death of Thomas' brother William several years ago. It's unclear if this was something supernatural or what, but it was definitely covered up.

Richard Jordan handles the art on No Place Like Home.  His characters have somewhat of an old school comics feel to them, like you'd expect out of one of the golden age books, but slightly modernized.  That fits with the setting of the small town in Middle America that isn't quite up to the speed of the big city.

This premiere issue of No Place Like Home provides just enough information to pull you in with an ending that's shocking, but will no doubt lead to some much needed explanation.





Dead Rising: Road to Fortune #4
Published by IDW Publishing

Written by Tom Waltz
Illustrated by Kenneth Loh
32 Pages, $3.99


This is the final issue of the Dead Rising comic series and you'd expect some closure or some sort of climax, but you'd be wrong.  Since this is just a book to bridge the gap between the first two games, it really just serves as a glorified cut scene.  Chuck Greene's daughter has been bit by a zombie and she's fading fast.  Meanwhile, Frank West is just kind of wandering around outside of Las Vegas.  West's portion of the story is actually pretty pathetic.  He's stuck in traffic and can't go anywhere, so he just kind of complains about it with his buxom reporter friend.

Kenneth Loh's artwork is a little rough, but there seems to be improvement over last month's issue.  It has a frantic pace to it which matches up to the nature of Chuck's story as he's trying to find some Zombrex for his daughter right away.  

Dead Rising: Road to Fortune is a four-issue advertisement for the Dead Rising games.  You get an idea of what you can do in each of the video games and the story is pretty light.  I was hoping for a bit more, but considering there's not much else to the plot in the source material, I guess I was expecting a bit too much.





Nazi Zombies #1
Published by Antarctic Press

Written by Joe Wight
Illustrated by Joe Wight & Ben Dunn
36 Pages, $3.99


You have to admire a book that gets right to the point.  Nazi Zombies certainly does that.  There's no doubt about the contents of this comic.  We're given two stories, Operation: Hammerhead! and Afrika Korpse, both told as if they were confidential files that were only recently uncovered.  The former follows a group of soldiers as they're trying to stop a Nazi train, only to be surprised by what it contains.  Meanwhile, Afrika Korpse centers around some Allied troops who encounter a group of undead Germans in the heat of the desert.  What makes these enemies even more terrifying is that they're driving a huge armored truck.  

Both of these stories are presented in black and white, which I think adds to the flashback mentality of the presentation.  Joe Wight, author of Operation: Hammerhead!, also drew this portion.  His art is very crisp and clean.  Everything is very clear and easy to follow.  His style of characters fits with the soldiers of this era from what I've seen in WWII movies.  Ben Dunn handled the artwork for Afrika Korpse.  His style is a little less realistic than Wight's, but works very well in the story.  His pencils are very precise and detail oriented, using the shadows to accentuate things.

Nazi Zombies is a downright fun comic to read.  You get two stories for the price of one and they're filled with historical conspiracy surrounding World War II and the undead.





Godzilla: Legends #4
Published by IDW Publishing

Written by Chris Mowry
Illustrated by E.J. Su
32 Pages, $3.99


Godzilla: Legends gives us a spotlight on another monster.  This month we're treated to a story featuring the beast that might be the scariest of them all: Hedorah.  This thing is a big pile of industrial waste.  He can change shape, fly, and shoot lasers from his eyes.  A team piloting Mecha-Godzilla is sent out to put a stop to Hedorah, but Godzilla jumps into the fray, causing a massive battle amongst these giants.  

E.J. Su handles the artwork for this issue.  I love the way Su draws Mecha-Godzilla.  It's an emotionless robot, but it's so cool looking.  I want a Mecha-Godzilla action figure now.  Hedorah is the star here and he's certainly terrifying.  Picture an ever-changing blob of garbage with a giant glowing eye in its center and you've got this creature.  It's spooky and Su does a great job with it.

I like how Legends is set up as you're given a glimpse into some of the other stories that just won't fit into the main Godzilla book, but are still important.  This issue is no different, focusing on Hedorah, who didn't appear much in the core series.  Plus this issue is 90% knock-down badass fighting between giant monsters and robots.  What else do I have to say?





Infestation 2: Dungeons & Dragons #2
Published by IDW Publishing

Written by Paul Crilley
Illustrated by Valerio Schiti
32 Pages, $3.99


What is there to do when a giant Elder God pops into your world and starts making people into mindless blood-thirsty followers?  Abraxis Wren, licensed Inquisitive, and his trusty sidekick Torin set out to put the monster back in the bottle, which is awfully nice of them considering that Abraxis was the one that kind of caused all this to begin with.  While the previous issue felt like the event tie-in portion was forced in at the end, this one is all about the Lovecraft, with Abraxis gathering up mages to open a big gate and push this baddie through it to another realm.  

Valerio Schiti's artwork on Dungeons & Dragons is top notch.  The zombie elves look incredibly creepy and the huge lobster creature looming in the sky is suitably terrifying. I really like how Schiti handles the characters, particularly their expressions.  You can tell a lot based off of each person's facial features.

This was another quick two-parter tie-in to IDW's big event, Infestation 2.  A two-issue story is tough to pull off because space is limited.  The book feels rushed and the plot goes by quickly.  Things are wrapped up in a somewhat satisfying ending, but the connection to the event feels out of place.





The Last Zombie: Neverland #1
Published by Antarctic Press

Written by Brian Keene
Illustrated by Fred Perry
36 Pages, $3.99


After a very literal trial by fire, doctor Ian Scott and the team of soldiers and doctors take a much needed break in an abandoned small town.  Scott has managed to keep his worsening condition a secret from the others, but it is only a matter of time before they find out that he was bitten.  Things like this never end well.  

I'm not a big fan of Fred Perry's art on The Last Zombie.  Some of the close up panels look okay, but for the most part the pencils are very sketchy and look unfinished.  Scenes with a lot of shadow make the characters look like amorphous blobs.  

The Last Zombie: Neverland is the start of the next chapter in author Brian Keene's story of what happens after the zombies are eradicated...or almost eradicated.  Hence the title.  These soldiers are trying to do what they can to rebuild society after it was destroyed.  This issue provides an excellent recap of the events that got the characters to this point, so it's a good jumping on point for any new readers.






Prophet #22
Published by Image Comics

Written by Branoon Graham with Simon Roy
Illustrated by Simon Roy
32 Pages, $2.99


John Prophet just cannot catch a break.  After waking up from his hibernation in a future version of earth filled with bizarre creatures, he's running into obstacle after obstacle while trying to complete his mission.  The latest is a busted up pod containing some sort of device that would have allowed him to get to his next stop.  Instead, he's forced to join up with a caravan of weird beings as they cross the grave yard of fallen giants.  

Simon Ray's artwork really pops in this issue of Prophet. It didn't match up with the story in the previous issue, but it's definitely more of a fit this month.  Ray manages to illustrate the vast scale of the world that John now inhabits.  There are several panels that are just epic, including a nice two page spread that shows the caravan in its entirety.  

Prophet is certainly an interesting book, but I was less drawn in this month.  There are still a lot of questions surrounding John and his mission.  This issue has a lot of unfortunate situations for John, which could almost make the comic seem like a comedy if provided with a humorous soundtrack like Yakity Sacks.  I don't think that that is what the creators intended.





Dark Horse Presents #9
Published by Dark Horse Comics

Written by Mike Mignola, Richard Corben and Others
Illustrated by Joe Querio, Richard Corben and Others
80 Pages, $7.99


Dark Horse Presents has been bringing in a lot of great content since it has made its return to shelves.  Last month saw a eulogy of sorts for Hellboy.  This time we get a wide variety of stories to justify the cover price, including an all-new adventure featuring Lobster Johnson, who is quickly becoming a favorite character of mine.  While not all of the tales are horror-related, the opening Lobster Johnson one certainly fits, entitled "Tony Masso's Finest Hour."  This two-bit thug hopes for the opportunity to beat our hero and get a look at his mug when he realizes he's done for.  Of course, the old adage "Be careful what you wish for" applies here, especially when you're dealing with supernatural forces.  Joe Querio supplies some fantastic art to accompany the story.  I love how they make LJ's mark pop in a bright red too.

Also of interest to horror fans is Richard Corben's adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe's The City in the Sea.  His artwork fits the context of the story well.  You get a feeling for the desperation that the main character is going through.  We're also given a peek into Caitlin R. Kiernan's Alabastar: Wolves.  I don't know much about this series, but I'm intrigued based on the preview included here. Of course, there are loads of other comics included in this issue, but those are the ones that popped out.






The Bulletproof Coffin: Disinterred #2
Published by Image Comics

Written by David Hine
Illustrated by Shaky Kane
32 Pages, $3.99


Sit back and relax, hip cats, as Edgar Landru is set to entertain you with some spooky tales this evening.  The Bulletproof Coffin: Disinterred gives us three stories in the vein of the old Tales from the Crypt comics with art to match.  Each one is very weird but totally creepy.  Of the three collected here, Fixing Suzi is my favorite.  It packs a punch at the close that was somewhat expected but still scary.

Shaky Kane's art in this book is insane.  It's like it was taken right out of an old comic.  The characters and style are all in line with comics from years ago, which matches up perfectly with the concept of the book.  To go with the storylines, his characters are often just a little off too, which gives the entire issue an unsettling feeling.






Dead or Alive #2
Published by Red 5 Comics
Written by Scott Chitwood
Illustrated by Alfonso Ruiz
32 Pages, $2.99


Cowboys and Indians and Zombies, oh my!  Sam and Jed manage to wrangle the fierce outlaw El Muerto, but not before a shaman puts a curse on him.  They aim to collect the reward, but they're going to have to keep Muerto from biting them first.  Bill, an old friend of Sam's dad, comes in to give them a hand, but the outlaw's gang shows up around the same time a group of Indians do and a big battle ensues.  

Alfonso Ruiz handles the art on Dead or Alive and I'm a fan.  His style is just slightly cartoony which keeps the book fun without deviating too much from the serious tone of the story.  I also admire how he manages to provide enough details to panels where the characters are very small.  All too often you end up with weird blobs where people should be.

Dead or Alive is shaping up to be a fun western comic...with zombies.  The story is moving along pretty quickly and the cliffhanger ending makes the next issue something that I have to check out.  The bodies are stacking up and the zombies are growing.  This is like The Walking Dead, but set in the Old West.






Broken Pieces #3
Published by Aspen Comics
Written by Mark Roslan
Illustrated by Micah Kaneshiro
$3.50, 24 Pages


We're given a few more bits to the overall story in Broken Pieces this month.  The book lives up to its name as author Mark Roslan is serving up the story piece by piece.  There are flashbacks to Gabriella and Richard's life together before they were thrust into the Ludas lab.  Now they're engineering an antidote for the millions of people affected by a bio-bomb that was set off in the southern United States.  Gabriella stumbles on to some sort of conspiracy within Ludas and that's when things get ugly.

I'm really digging Micah Kaneshiro's artwork on Broken Pieces.  There are times when his style reminds me of Daniel Acuna's, but unlike the work of Acuna, I actually like Kaneshiro's art.  His people look like people.  They also look incredibly lifelike.  The beast that pops up in present day is like a modern day Frankenstein's monster with pieces of skin missing and organs exposed.  It's a great looking character and I can't wait to find out more.

Broken Pieces is shaping up to be a tragic love story set in a world where humanity's time is limited.  There's definitely more to the plot and Roslan is filling in the gaps slowly but very effectively.






Also out this week in the world of horror funny books, but not reviewed here were:


  • I, Vampire #6 (DC Comics)
  • American Vampire #24 (Vertigo)
  • Jim Butcher's Dresden Files: Fool Moon #5 (Dynamite Entertainment)
  • Patricia Brigg's Alpha & Omega: Cry Wolf #5 (Dynamite Entertainment)
  • Chew #24 (Image Comics)


And in graphic novel news, only a handful of releases, but some pretty cool stuff:







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James has a 2nd grade reading level and, as a result, only reads books with pictures. Horror is his 5th favorite genre right after romantic comedy and just before silent films. No one knows why he's here, but he won't leave.
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