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Stillwater #3 Review: Chip Zdarskys Master Class in Exposition

Stillwater #3 Review: Chip Zdarsky's Master Class in Exposition

Credit: Image Comics[/caption]In the best issue of Stillwater yet, Chip Zdarsky gives the comics industry a master class on how to dole out exposition After two issues of establishing that no one dies in this town without allowing the reader or narrator to get any more information, Zdarsky flips the script this issue[...]

Big Girls #4 Review: A Nuanced Exploration By Jason Howard

Big Girls #4 Review: A Nuanced Exploration By Jason Howard

Credit: Image Comics[/caption]So, the Big Girl fight that was teased at the end of the last issue is resolved very quickly No complaints here, though, because while the action is interesting, the moral exploration has always been the strong point of this series The physical battle between these two defenders of the safe zone is about[...]

Spawn #313 Introduces Plague Spawn In December

Spawn #313 Introduces "Plague Spawn" In December

Image Comics has updated a couple of their covers for upcoming issues of Spawn The Todd McFarlane series that has been introducing a number of new versions of Spawn of late, ahead of the upcoming superhero team debut, The Chain Gang and the battle with the Omega Spawn Including this cover by Todd McFarlane and[...]

Inkblot #3 Review: Despite My Efforts The Cat Remains At Large

Inkblot #3 Review: "Despite My Efforts, The Cat Remains At Large"

Credit: Image Comics[/caption]Cat lovers are going to smile at the opening line: "Despite my efforts, the cat remains at large." We can relate.What's harder to relate to, though, is the other characters in Inkblot It's easy to love the reality-hopping cat when drawn with those expressive eyes and adorable little face by Emma Kubert, but the adventures[...]

Crossover #1 Review: A Comic Book About Comic Books

Crossover #1 Review: A Comic Book About Comic Books

Credit: Image Comics[/caption]Crossover #1 is a big and bolt, high concept comic that, above all else, sets out to be a big and bolt, high concept comic After all, the cover is someone seemingly having their mind blown by reading Crossover, so that sets the tone well While the how and why is shrouded in mystery, this[...]

Big Girls #3 Review: Tragic Flashbacks &#038 Egregious Property Damage

Big Girls #3 Review: Tragic Flashbacks & Egregious Property Damage

Credit: Image Comics[/caption]Big Girls #3 has three major parts: Ember's flashback which sheds light on her uncertainty over outright slaughtering the jacks, Ember's present in which a jack speaks to her in the middle of an attack, and then the resistance as they deal with an attack on their safehouse It's a gripping issue that[...]

Commanders in Crisis #1 Review: An Event With Unknown Heroes

Commanders in Crisis #1 Review: An Event With Unknown Heroes

While this elevator pitch sounds more like a writer's challenge to themself than an actionable premise, let's see how this new Image Comics debut from writer Steve Orlando, artist Davide Tinto, colorist Francesca Carotenuto, letterer Fabio Amelia, and designer Fabrizio Verrocchi reads.[caption id="attachment_1288168" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Commanders in Crisis #1 cover Credit: Image Comics[/caption]The challenge with the concept behind Commanders in Crisis[...]

The Scumbag #1 Review: An Original &#038 Disgusting Origin Story

The Scumbag #1 Review: An Original & Disgusting Origin Story

Credit: Image Comics[/caption]You ever watch a movie or read a comic from a decade or so ago and think, "Wow They could've never gotten away with that in 2020." That is The Scumbag #1 in a nutshell It's packed with did-he-just...? imagery and dialogue that quickly establishes the lead, Ernie, as a shockingly vile protagonist[...]

Inkblot #2 Review: More Cat Would Go A Long Way

Inkblot #2 Review: More Cat Would Go A Long Way

Credit: Image Comics[/caption]The more Inkblot focuses on the cat, the stronger the series is This issue sees the cat leave the lead character of the first issue and find itself instead amongst a clan of elves on the day that they set out to fight a powerful dragon The story falters when it focuses on the[...]

A Man Among Ye #3 Review: Anne Bonny Forms a Crew

A Man Among Ye #3 Review: Anne Bonny Forms a Crew

A Man Among Ye #3 continues the Image Comics/Top Cow-published historical-fiction pirate comic by writer Stephanie Phillips, artist Craig Cermak, colorist John Kalisz, and letterer Troy Peteri The first two issues blended fact and thrilling fiction in this gripping tale of Anne Bonny, Calico Jack Rackham, and Mary Read Can this third issue of A Man Among Ye keep up this[...]

Chu #3 Review: Every Comics Reader Should Be Following This Series

Chu #3 Review: Every Comics Reader Should Be Following This Series

Credit: Image Comics[/caption]Chu #3 continues this series streak of getting better with each issue The debut was good, but it felt more like an appetizer, packed with set-up and teases but little in the way of story that made Saffron Chu feel like the driving force of this series the way Tony Chu was of Chew[...]

Getting it Together #1 Review: Comics Crossover Appeal

Getting it Together #1 Review: Comics Crossover Appeal?

Getting it Together, the new Image Comics series from writers Sina Grace and Omar Spahi, artist Jenny D Fine, and colorist Mx Struble makes its influences and intentions clear from the cover: it's Friends for the modern era The cover works as an interesting visual elevator pitch, but does it tell a story worth reading?[caption id="attachment_1281353" align="aligncenter"[...]

Bliss #3 Review: Comics That Cannot Be Contained

Bliss #3 Review: Comics That Cannot Be Contained

Credit: Image Comics[/caption]We're coming to the point in Bliss where what Benton has done to protect the life of his son stops being monstrous but understandable and starts being monstrous without caveat It's equal parts sad and thrilling to watch the story of a father caught up in a web of murder and deceit in order[...]

How 2020 Became Image Comics Best Year Since The Nineties

How 2020 Became Image Comics' Best Year Since The Nineties

After absorbing last week’s news that Image Comics has become Diamond’s second largest comics supplier following DC’s defection to the distribution operations set up by comics retailers DCBS and Midtown, an interesting realization set in: Despite the ongoing problems created by Covid-19 and the ensuing lockdown, Image is in the midst of its best year[...]

Big Girls #2 Review: A Sci-Fi Thriller Teeming With Moral Ambiguity

Big Girls #2 Review: A Sci-Fi Thriller Teeming With Moral Ambiguity

Credit: Image Comics[/caption]Big Girls #2 continues from the cliffhanger at the end of the first issue, resolving it by introducing two more Big Girls into the heat of the battle.. including one, Apex, who does not have the same moral questions that plague Ember's mind To Ember and, indeed, the forces that uphold the rules of the[...]

Stillwater #1 Review: An Incredible Debut That Subverts Expectation

Stillwater #1 Review: An Incredible Debut That Subverts Expectation

Stillwater is the new creator-owned series from Image/Skybound that pairs writer Chip Zdarsky, one of the funniest folks in comics, with artist Ramón K Perez and colorist Mike Spicer for this comic about a town with a unique secret.[caption id="attachment_1273032" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Chip Zdarsky and Ramon K Perez's Stillwater #1 cover[...]

Inkblot #1 Review: Comfort Food Fantasy for Cat Lovers

Inkblot #1 Review: Comfort Food Fantasy for Cat Lovers

Inkblot is a brand new fantasy series from Image Comics created by Emma Kubert and Rusty Gladd that stars a librarian in a fantasy world and a mischievous black cat Gladd, in the backmatter, breaks down their collaboration, saying, "The art comes first [Emma's] pencils, my inks, her colors, and finally, my words It's a seldom-used process these[...]

Bliss #2 Review: Caitlin Yarsky Does Eisner-Worthy Work in Bliss

Bliss #2 Review: Caitlin Yarsky Does Eisner-Worthy Work in Bliss

Credit: Image Comics[/caption]Bliss started off very good and approaches great here with this second issue, which dives deeper into the consequences of a decision made in the name of a father's love Sean Lewis and Caitlin Yarski work beautifully together, with inventive pages that could often each be a standalone art piece with as much[...]

Big Girls #1 Review: Pandemic-Era Gender Exploration as a Horror Comic

Big Girls #1 Review: Pandemic-Era Gender Exploration as a Horror Comic

Credit: Image Comics[/caption]Big Girls #1 introduces the concept fluidly, concisely, and with grace, feeding the reader all of the information they need to know very quickly so that the rest of the comic can focus on answering the book's core What If? question. Jason Howard is terrific as both a writer and an artist, delivering scenes of[...]

Invincible Artist Ryan Ottley Says Series Animation Looks Amazing

Invincible Artist Ryan Ottley Says Series Animation Looks "Amazing"

During Skybound Xpo and Comic-Con@Home, fans were introduced to the upcoming animated Amazon series' voice cast; following that, Kirkman and Skybound Entertainment used their Image Comics FCBD (Free Comic Book Day) issue to offer a look at the animated artwork ( with co-creator Cory Walker serving as lead character designer) Now, artist Ryan Ottley is[...]