John Rauch


House of Whispers #1 cover by Sean Andrew Murray

House of Whispers #1 Review: Sandman Universe Struggling to Create Engagement

The vagueness of the concepts and plot make it difficult to be too engaged.[caption id="attachment_916405" align="aligncenter" width="600"] House of Whispers #1 art by Domo Stanton and John Rauch[/caption]Domo Stanton’s artwork is great at least The visuals are creative and flowing There is an upbeat attitude to the narrative that is well-reflected in the art[...]

Batwoman #18 cover by Dan Panosian

Batwoman #18 Review: A Photo Finish to a Beautiful Comic Series

However, it begins to look like a crutch, and the trail of captions you’re intended to follow begins to get loose in the last splash page.[caption id="attachment_904096" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Batwoman #18 art by Fernando Blanco and John Rauch[/caption]Regardless, the comic is fantastic, and Blanco’s artwork is as strong as ever in this final installment[...]

Batwoman #17 cover by Dan Panosian

Batwoman #17 Review: A Positive Turn for Kate Kane

It’s a strange alteration for a few reasons, but I want to see this rehabilitation stick.[caption id="attachment_891550" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Batwoman #17 art by Fernando Blanco and John Rauch[/caption]Fernando Blanco’s artwork continues to be a unique perk to this book His work looks a bit different in the generally brighter lighting of this issue, but it[...]

Batwoman #16 cover by Dan Panosian

Batwoman #16 Review: Bat vs. Bat Brilliance

This isn’t some flaw in his martial arts or his capacity for compassion; this is a deep-cut dirty move that is really quite brilliant from a writing standpoint.[caption id="attachment_872111" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Batwoman #16 art by Fernando Blanco and John Rauch[/caption]Blanco’s artwork makes for an appealing yet cold comic that gives the reader a feel for[...]

Batwoman #15 cover by Dan Panosian

Batwoman #15 Review: The Bat Extinction-Level Event

Obviously, there are skilled writers that can put A-List characters through good arcs, but there seems to be a pressure to keep certain qualities for which those characters are known.[caption id="attachment_850438" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Batwoman #15 art by Fernando Blanco and John Rauch[/caption]Fernando Blanco’s artwork continues to be a cold and succinctly detailed unnerving style with[...]

Scooby Apocalypse #25 cover by Howard Porter and Hi-Fi

Scooby Apocalypse #25 Review: The Final Fred-day

Sam Lofti and John Rauch do some good work in the Secret Squirrel back-up story too, and it plays with their designs well.Scooby Apocalypse #25 is a surprisingly emotional and well-constructed issue The writing is well tempered, the art looks great, and the overall product pleases This one earns a recommendation Check it out.[rwp-review-ratings id="0"] [rwp-review-form[...]

Batwoman #14 cover by Dan Panosian

Batwoman #14 Review: Don't Drink the Tea

This character is wildly underrated.[caption id="attachment_834133" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Batwoman #14 art by Fernando Blanco and John Rauch[/caption]Fernando Blanco’s artwork shows itself capable of capturing the gruesome moments, the action beats, and the subtle expression spread throughout the comic.  His detailed and shadow-heavy work creates a dark and almost sterile world worthy of Batwoman[...]

Batwoman #13 cover by Dan Panosian

Batwoman #13 Review: An Effective Take on Subtle Superhero Horror

However, it still leaves me interested in where this book is going.[caption id="attachment_816945" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Batwoman #13 art by Fernando Blanco and John Rauch[/caption]Fernando Blanco provides the oppressive and tense atmosphere to make this comic work The house is creepy on its own, but the extra details make it even better and are hidden enough[...]

From Strip To Script – Gilbert Hernandez In Sensation Comics

Things seem a little freer to get weird and…well, not experimental-in-terms-of-the-medium, but certainly experiemential-in-terms-of-who-a-big-company-lets-work-on-their-IP? And that’s always fun to see.Like, for example, when Beto did a Wonder Woman story, part two of which I’m going to look at here.(“Beto” being Gilbert Hernandez, of Love & Rockets fame, joined here by John Rauch on colors.)PAGE TWENTY-ONE[...]

John Rauch Off Invincible, During Almost-Three-Month Delay (UPDATE)

Why the delay?Well, some suspected it might have something to do with John Rauch being dropped as the colourist, heralding the current delay on the book.On the Image Comics forums, Rezourcesman posted, Can't speak for the general regular delays on the book, but this one is particularly long because there will be a new colourist going forward, so[...]


Antony Johnston Shares His Own Writer's Notes for Umbral #2 With Bleeding Cool

By Alasdair Stuart Here we are again, with Antony Johnston's writer's notes for Umbral Issue #2 featuring new cast members, new locations and just the tiniest hint of magic. As ever, these were originally published on Antony's Tumblr and are reprinted here with his permission. Antony Johnston: WRITER'S NOTES: UMBRAL #2 If you missed the […]

Antony Johnston Shares His Own Writer's Notes for Umbral #1 With Bleeding Cool

By Alasdair Stuart Umbral is, in a year crammed full of insanely good Image comics, one of the very best. I'm really fond of it, as you may have noticed. It's a great book and writer Antony Johnston has been producing writer's notes for each issue. We're very happy to reproduce them here. Do please check […]

Five Thoughts About Umbral, A Dirty-Fingernailed Fantasy

Antony Johnston, Christopher Mitten, John Rauch and Thomas Mauer’s new fantasy series is brutal, dirty-fingernailed fantasy of a sort that doesn’t get enough press Following Rascal, a female thief who sees something horrific begin its invasion of her kingdom and her friends, the book is Invasion of the Bodysnatchers by way of fantasy, steampunk and[...]


Live From The Comic Shop: Wraith, Umbral, Rocket Girl Expand Their Genres

As welcome as this would probably be as a film treatment, this first issue alone strongly suggests that there are things that comics can simply do better, and should.Umbral is out this week from Image, a “dark fantasy” according to ads, and its “scribe” is Antony Johnston, “Illuminator” is Christopher Mitten, “Painter” is John Rauch,[...]