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Comic Review: Curse #1
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Curse #1 cover by Colin Lorimer, Boom StudiosCurse #1
Written by Michael Moreci & Tim Daniel
Art by Riley Rossmo & Colin Lorimer
Letters by Jim Campbell
Covers by Colin Lorimer (A) & Riley Rossmo (B)
Boom! Studios
Release Date: January 15, 2014
Cover Price: $3.99

Cursed #1 would have been a lesser comic all together if not for the tool of storytelling used by the creative team. In fact, I don’t think I would’ve liked it at all otherwise.

Writers Michael Moreci and Tim Daniel make use of their talents to make what could have been a mediocre story fantastic. This isn’t “OH MY GOD! THEY’RE PUTTING AN ALL-NEW SPIN ON THE GENRE!,” but what they DID do was use a very unique way to tell this story. I can’t stress that the way they tell this story is SO FUN! It starts with an aftermath of sorts, and the issue ends on a huge reveal that, even though you knew was coming, really knocks you for a loop. Amidst all of that, we get some great information about what’s going on, where the story is headed, and what the purpose of this book is.

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Comic Review: Porcelain: A Gothic Fairytale
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Porecelain: A Gothic FairytalePorcelain: A Gothic Fairytale
Written by Benjamin Read
Illustrated by Chris Wildgoose
Colored by Andre May
Lettered by Jim Campbell
Cover by Chris Wildgoose
Improper Books
Release Date: July 10, 2013
Cover Price: $19.99

My favorite fairytales have always been those with a dash of edge and darkness, namely, told by the brothers Grimm. For this reason I was intrigued by the premise of Porcelain: A Gothic Fairytale. Published by Improper Books, Porcelain is presented by the company’s two founders, writer Benjamin Read and illustrator Chris Wildgoose, who offer a graphic novel constructed with an eerie, somber love story and a hint of the macabre.

When a street urchin is pressured by others into scaling a high wall and stealing from the “wizard” on the other side, she reluctantly complies. What she discovers beyond the wall is a gentle old alchemist who, after having lost a loved one, has dedicated his life to the creation of “Runes”: animated beings made of porcelain and crushed bone. Now dwelling in a genuine living doll house, the ragamuffin is addressed simply as “Child” and becomes a surrogate daughter of sorts to the man known only as “Uncle.” Feeling trapped as time passes, Child quickly learns that the kind inventor is actually a lonely old man longing for just a flicker of happiness and that not all is clear cut within the confines of her new world.

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Comic Review: Hoax Hunters, Vol. 2
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Hoax Hunters, Vol. 2Hoax Hunters, Vol. 2
Secrets And Lies
Written by Michael Moreci & Steve Seeley
Art by Axel Medellin & Brent Schoonover
Colors by Rosario Costanzo & Charo Solis
Letters by Jim Campbell
Design by Sean Dove
Image Comics
Release Date: May 15, 2013
Cover Price: $9.99

As much as I hate to admit it, there’s one thing I can say for sure about Hoax Hunters, Vol. 2: it’s a MUCH better read in trade than it is in single issue format. Admittedly, I love the monthly form a LOT better, but when you read this trade all in one sitting, it’s just better.

Writers Michael Moreci and Steve Seeley really put the team through the gambit in this chapter, having them deal with everything from lawn gnomes to a reality TV show convention to vampires to a group that hunts the actual Hoax Hunters, to…well, you get the idea. Each chapter flows directly into the next, and without the 30 day wait periods, you really get a much better paced and more exiting story than you’d be reading in the monthlies. Yes, this book is good, but it’s almost great when you read it in this format. The story flows much better, Moreci and Seeley are still able to grab the audience by the shirt with suspense, but again, it’s much more compelling when it’s done this way. Am I saying the book should go straight to trade? No, not at all. I’ve just saying that you shouldn’t feel bad about trade waiting for this great series.

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Comic Review: Hoax Hunters #7
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Hoax Hunters #7Hoax Hunters #7
Story by Michael Moreci & Steve Seeley
Art by Axel Medellin
FLats & Color Assists by Charo Solis
Letters by Jim Campbell
Design by Sean Dove
Cover by Axel Medellin
Image Comics
Release Date: February 13, 2013
Cover Price: $2.99

In Hoax Hunters #7 we get a nice payoff, and we also get thrown for a giant loop with a twist ending that you won’t see coming. It’s a very satisfying issue, but it does have a couple of things that drove me a little crazy. Sink or swim? Let’s find out!

Writers Michael Moreci & Steve Seeley turn out a great story/script this issue. It picks up where last issue left off, and includes a nice recap page for those who might be picking up this book for the first time. There’s all the trademark Hoax Hunters goodness. Mystery, monsters, hoaxes, and more. As I stated earlier, this book has a great surprise ending, and there’s a cliffhanger on almost every page. This book is really starting to mature. It bares almost no resemblance to the earlier issues in the series, and I’m NOT saying that those early issues were bad, I’m just stating that Moreci and Seeley have grown as storytellers.

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Comic Review: Hoax Hunters, Vol. 1
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Hoax Hunters, Vol. 1Hoax Hunters, Vol. 1
Story by Michael Morecci and Steve Seeley
Art by Axel Medellin, Jim Ringuet, and Emilio Laiso
Letters by Jim Campbell
Mothman by Jeremy Tinder
Image Comics
Release Date: December 5, 2012
Cover Price: $14.99

In Michael Morecci and Steve Seeley’s Hoax Hunters we are given a story that has become somewhat of a staple in comics over the last decade or so: the paranormal investigation teams. Now, most of these are about battling the supernatural, preventing the destruction of the world, secret organizations, blah, blah, blah. But it’s a hard story to tell when you have titles like Hellboy and the many associated spin-offs that have seemingly mastered this subgenre to be compared to. Hoax Hunters though, has a twist.

In the comic, Hoax Hunters is a reality TV show about three investigators (with some others who assist, like an astronaut suit full of crows named ‘Murder’) who debunk the weird, terrifying, supernatural, and creepy for their audience. These guys go anywhere and everywhere with their camera in tow and figure out the reasonable explanation to the mystery, like the gang from Scooby-Doo. What the three don’t say on camera though, is that whenever they encounter a real paranormal or supernatural occurrence, they do everything they can to cover it up. They are the anti X-Files (there is even a poster in the office that says “I don’t want to believe”) protecting us from the Truth.

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Comic Review: Hoax Hunters #4
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Hoax Hunters #4Hoax Hunters #4
Story by Michael Moreci & Steve Seeley
Art by Axel Medellin
Flats & Color Assists by Charo Solis
Letters by Jim Campbell
Design by Sean Dove
Cover by Keith Burns
Image Comics
Release Date: October 10, 2012
Cover Price: $2.99

Hoax Hunters #4 is just like the previous three issues. A good, solid, mystery/horror comic that’s never over the top and never relies on gross-out, over the top violence.

Writers Michael Moreci and Steve Seeley turn up the heat with this issue. There’s a lot of never before revealed mystery of the group’s past, along with the usual fun mystery-solving adventure. This issue, we get to finally delve deeper into the back story of one member of the group, setting up some potentially great story revelations for future issues. Not to be outdone, the main story is a whole lot of fun. It’s a great adventure where we get to see the WHOLE group working together and you get the feeling that for the first time, they’re truly a team. Overall, another great issue from the writing team. It’s got a fantastic last page shocker, that’ll have you waiting for the next issue.

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Comic Review: The Strange Case Of Mr. Hyde
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The Strange Case Of Mr. HydeThe Strange Case Of Mr. Hyde
Script by Cole Haddon
Art by M.S. Corley
Colors by Jim Campbell
Lettering by Richard Starkings and Comicraft
Dark Horse Comics
Release Date: February 22, 2012
Cover Price: $14.99

I absolutely love classic stories re-imagined and The Strange Case Of Mr. Hyde is better than most. Imagine, if you will, the immortal tale of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde mashed up and mixed with a little actual history. We get all new characters and plots that extend what Robert Louis Stevenson presented us over a century ago.

Our protagonist on this adventure is Detective Thomas Adye of Scotland Yard. He enters the story on the trail of Jack the Ripper, Victorian England’s most famous serial killer. We are quickly introduced to Dr. Jekyll, a not quite reformed murderer who is literally “off the sauce.” No longer just the brilliant scientist, he is now a man who battles his personal demons in public.

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