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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Free Comic Book Day 2009 Is This Saturday!
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Ah, it’s that glorious day, when fanboys near and far venture to their local comic book shops and take the opportunity to get free books, hang out with creators and friends, and generally celebrate their love for the four-colored medium we call comics. Yes, it’s time again for Free Comic Book Day 2009. Coming this Saturday, May 2 this is your chance to pick up a select group of free comic books from your local comics retailer. Along with the free swag, most stores (or at least any store worth going to) will be holding creator signings, games, sales, and general fun.

For full details on books are available and where you can find a participating store, simply go to Free Comic Book Day. There, you’ll find the complete list of books being given out this year, as well as interviews and all information about FCBD.

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Chimaera Comics Announces New Horror Comic Imprint ‘Nightmaera’
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Ghoulish news, horror comic geeks! Independent comic publisher Chimaera Comics has formally announced the creation of a new horror imprint. The horror line has been aptly named Nightmaera and has announced half a dozen forthcoming titles, including A Violent End and Happy Panda Funtime Show.

The next bit of info actually gets me a little vaklempt, but as good as news of as a bunch of new horror comics is to a geek like me, equally amazing news is that Chimaera made the genius move of naming one of Geeks of Doom’s favorite independent comic writers and advocate, Stephen Lindsay (Jesus Hates Zombies, Ham & Eggs) as Nightmaera’s editor-in-chief. I’ve been a huge fan of Lindsay’s work since the moment I stumbled upon it on ComicSpace a few years back and I couldn’t think of a better choice to undertake a project like this. Lindsay has proven his mettle time and again and I, for one, am really looking forward to the stillborn two-headed mongrel thing that will be birthed from the loins of a dead ghoul.. uh, I mean… looking forward to checking out what a Lindsay-guided Nightmaera Comics will bring to the horror comic genre.

Check out all the details in the official press release after the jump:

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Exclusive: First Look at ‘Jesus Hates Zombies’ Arthur Suydam Cover
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We here at Geeks of Doom are big fans of Stephen Lindsay‘s Jesus Hates Zombies comic book series, and we think that you should be to, so we were excited to learn today that Lindsay will be re-releasing the JHZ anthology Those Slack-Jaw Blues this New Year.

The big news is that not only do you have a second chance to read this excellent anthology, but you also get an exclusive cover by legendary zombie artist Arthur Suydam (Marvel Zombies), which we are proud to show right now for the first time anywhere.

Click on the image here at right to see Jesus in all his zombie-hating glory.

Did you catch that? Arthur Suydam of Marvel Zombies fame did the cover for indie creator Stephen Lindsay’s comic book about a zombie-killing Jesus. C’mon, that’s awesome.

This special re-release will also include the additional short story Jesus Hates Zombies… and Sasquatch.

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Comic Review Exclusive: Jesus Hates Zombies:
Yea, Though I Walk, Vol. 1

Jesus Hates Zombies: Yea, Though I Walk, Vol. 1
Featuring Lincoln Hates Werewolves
Written & Lettered by Stephen Lindsay
Art by Steve Cobb
Cover by Danilo Beyruth
Alterna Comics
Cover price: $7.95; Available Sept. 2008

I first encountered Jesus Hates Zombies nearly a year ago, when I was asked to review the original Jesus Hates Zombies… and Sasquatch for the final chapter of The Great Zombie Roundup. Looking back at what I wrote then, I see that I struggled with the concept. I thought that the story idea had merit, and that some of the dialog showed great ironic edge (Jesus: “Ever ask yourself “˜how the hell did I get here?'”). With benefit of hindsight, I see that it was too brief of a story to know if Jesus Hates Zombies could fulfill its potential.

Now, nearly a year later, I can definitively say that Jesus Hates Zombies takes a long slow look at its potential and kicks its ass! With a darker, more brooding visual sense (thanks to art by Steve Cobb) and more salty dialog from Stephen Lindsay, this is light years beyond what I read before. This book grabbed me at “hello” and did not let go for forty more pages.

The basic plot for Jesus Hates Zombies remains unchanged. Jesus is sent back to an Earth stuck in the middle of a Zombie plague, not to save souls, but to save asses. A small group of true believers still exists in the world and Jesus must find them. Until he does, he is essentially powerless… and has to end the plague one zombie at a time with his trusty baseball bat, Samson.

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