Comic Review: The Zoo Act

The Zoo Act
Written and Illustrated by Myron Macklin
Release Date: April 2014
Cover Price: $18

How far would you go to protect your life and the life of a friend? Would you do anything — no questions asked? In Myron Macklin‘s The Zoo Act, one man must test those boundaries.

Jeremy and his friend Ramone are gamblers — particularly of the dog fighting variety. This time around, the two inject their dog with an amphetamine that causes the animal to fight viciously and with great power, but die shortly thereafter; however, when Jeremy and Ramone try to pull this over on the kingpin of dog fights, Trendale, he and his crew don’t let them get away too easily. Trendale tasks Jeremy with getting him $15K, or he will take his life and Ramone’s.

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Comic Review: Ignition, Vol. 1

Ignition Vol. 1
Written by Various
Penciled by Various
Colors by Various
Edited by Andrew DelQuadro
215 Ink
Release Date: Available for Pre-Order
Cover Price: $29.99

So, there’s a review in here, promise, and it’s going to be about the new collection from 215ink called Ignition Vol. 1. The lede is just, as people who call writing a profession say, buried. First, I need a moment to qualify what I mean and give a frame of reference. So, sorry, but: you can always circumvent that by skipping to the end if you’d like.

There’s been something of a renaissance of creator owned content lately, with a bevy of titles being announced from creators like Grant Morrison, Steve Niles, Brian K Vaughan, and other industry heavyweights. Although artistic control has been a high profile issue in the comics world at least since the early 90s -what with the Creator’s Bill of Rights in 1988, and the creation of Image Comics in 1992- the past calendar year has seemed like something of a watershed moment for the publicity and frequency of creator owned projects. Every major publisher, I believe, has an imprint dedicated to these projects, and the whole thing smacks of a cash-in. That sounds cynical.

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Comic Preview: Flutter

Written by Jennie Wood
Art by Jeff McComsey
215 Ink
Release Date: February 15–March 15, 2013
Cover Price: $14.99

Due to hit the street sometime in late February or early March, the 110-page graphic novel Flutter takes the model of a super-powered being that we’re accustomed to in comic book lore, but immerses this conceptualization in an emotional journey of gender identity and sexual orientation. This graphic novel is certain to be a confronting, but enlightening read that you will not forget.

The preview copy we obtained is the first 25 pages of the graphic novel – and I can guarantee you that it sucks you right into the story immediately. The plot makes for compelling (and thought-provoking) reading as creators Jennie Wood and Jeff McComsey commence a journey that examines societal views on gender issues, with the remaining pages sure to be an important social commentary – as well as entertaining.

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The GoD List: Comics For November 23, 2011

Each and every week “Team Shawn” MK2Fac3 and “Team Sam Covington” Henchman21 read a lot of comics. Seriously you guys, a lot of comics. Maybe too many comics. I mean, it is possible”¦ theoretically. They look forward to some more than others, I mean, who doesn’t? So, let’s take a look into the depths of their pull lists, grab some comics, and we’ll let YOU know what the top books to look forward to are for the week of November 23, 2011. Single issues and trades, they’re all here.

It’s that time of year, boys and girls! It’s Thanksgiving! A time when pumpkins are on porches, there’s a nip in the air, and witches are on broomsticks! No wait, that’s not it. It’s the time of year when psychotic bunny rabbits rise from the dead to hide plastic eggs in your yard with chocolate in a basket or your doorsteps! No, that’s not it, either. It’s the time of year when you get Christmas presents and make snow angels! Crap, why can’t I get this right!? One last shot, it’s that time of year when you get your significant other a box of chocolates! CURSE WORD! Screw it, it’s Wednesday and comics are out, and this is what we’re freaking looking forward to, bros. And we gotta tell ya, there’s a large amount of super collections, so get on it, and take your wallet. You might even need to sell a kidney because that’s what I’m doing. I’m typing this from a bathtub full of ice! Somebody please send a doctor. I’m scared.

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Comic Review: Massive Awesome #1
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Massive Awesome #1
Written by Stephen Lindsay
Art by Rolf Lejdegard
215 Ink
Price: $2.99; Release date: February 19, 2010

You will believe a piece of bacon can kick ass.

I wasn’t sure what to expect when I heard the title for this book. I mean, Massive Awesome? That could be anything, and when you name your comic something like that you better live up to it. Well, this one has lived up to that title, and if you’re a fan of goofy action films, then this is the kind of comic that you will enjoy. What lies in the pages of this book is the tale of a renegade special forces operative who just happens to be a piece of bacon. Oh, and his best friend is a pickle who thinks he’s a zombie, but really isn’t. And they fight ninjas. Have I got you yet?

Yes, this book is goofy as hell. There’s no greater meaning to the plot, there’s no great mystery to solve. This is Schwarzenegger’s Commando in comic form. This can be said of a lot of the stuff that writer Stephen Lindsay writes. If you’ve read his other work, he always finds a way to bring the fun to every project he works on. There is just something about the concept of this book that puts a smile on my face when I think about it. And of course, if you are a fan of Lindsay’s Jesus Hates Zombies series, you’re going to have to pick this up for the full-color back-up story in the issue.

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