Tag: Jason Latour

Latest stories

  • , , ,

    Black Cloud’s Addictive Magic

    Everyone dreams of traveling to a fantastical realm. It could be to see impossible wonders. Or maybe just to escape their everyday existence.

    So, what happens if you meet someone with the power to take you to another world filled with magic and fantastical creatures? And what would you do to get there?

    These questions are at the center of Image Comics new fantasy book Black Cloud #1.

    Selling Dreams to the Rich

    Black Cloud #1 focuses on Zelda, a mysterious young homeless girl wandering the streets begging for money. However, she has a secret. She’s from a magical world–one she can travel to at her discretion.

    In addition, she can sell these trips to wealthy members of society at whatever price she names. This power would seem to offer her a solution to her financial woes. But as the story progresses, it’s revealed that this other world may not be as welcoming as initially expected. And the people willing to pay for this trip likely possess sinister motives.

    Black Cloud #1
    Black Cloud #1

    This a fantasy story that also feels very timely. It focuses on economic disparity and the clash of classes, all surrounding a magical mythology.

    The writing team of Jason Latour and Ivan Brandon develop a very conflicted hero. She exists in a very complicated and relatable world. And her abilities are used as a metaphor for drug dealing. In this analogy, the writers able to criticize the nature of spoiled rich kids seeking any kind of high–whether it’s drugs or, in this case, magic.

    The art in this type of book can really be make or break the story. But Greg Hinkle delivers a very interesting take on a mystical realm. Instead of pristine and gorgeous landscapes, it’s a grimy, art deco, noirish aesthetic that evokes curiosity about the details of this new world.

    Overall, this is a fantasy tale with a lot of depth. It also has some great story threads that will surely be picked up in future issues.

    FIND OUT WHAT’S NEXT FOR ZELDA AND PRE-ORDER BLACK CLOUD #2 and BLACK CLOUD #3

    Black Cloud #1, Image Comics, Release Date April 5, 2017, Written by Jason Latour and Ivan Brandon, Art by Greg Hinkle, $3.99

    Please follow and like us:
  • , , ,

    NCBD Gets Loose (Ends) With the Southern Bastards Team

    NCBD Jan 25th 2017

    It’s New Comic Book Day and we’re bringing you some great books from DC, Image, Marvel and Dark Horse! Remember these are just a few of the amazing books that came out This Week. Check out our other blog articles so see our thoughts on other books. Be sure to comment or share our post on Facebook or Twitter if you like our articles!

    SPOILER ALERT — We try to keep from posting spoilers, but one may sneak through to our reviews now and again. Read with caution, true believers.

    Loose Ends #1
    By: Jason Latour, Chris Brunner, Rico Renzi

    Similar to Jason Latour and Chris Brunner other series Southern Bastards, this southern based crime mini-series kicks off with intriguing characters. Although not out the gate the what’s going on, by then end of the issue it’s clear what’s happening. I enjoyed the pace of this issue. Set in a practically empty bar on a North Carolina night. Our cast is small, but you get this feeling that you’ve seen these people before and are watching it unfold.

    Only a 4 part series Jason writes in the back of the book that this story has taken him almost a decade to write. Chris Brunner shows us similar line work to Southern Bastards, but Rico Renzi’s colors pop out more in this series. As a lover of crime comics, I’m looking forward to seeing where this Southern Crime Romance goes. [Martin M. at TFAW.com]

    FIND OUT WHERE THE LOOSE ENDS GO

    Batgirl #7
    By: Hope Larson, Chris Wildgoose, Mat Lopes

    Son of Penguin Part 1 finds Barbara returning to Burnside after her trip through Asia. What she finds though is that her in the wake of her starting up Gordon Clean Energy, the neighborhood has quickly gentrified. Rent has doubled, local shops have been pushed out, and the view of the homeless situation is potentially deadly. At the center of it all, the son of Penguin, Ethan Cobblepot…who’s kinda hot.

    Hope Larson captures the new tone of the Batgirl books perfectly. She makes it feel familiar but also shows she’s not afraid to take us somewhere new. Chris Wildgoose handles the pencils and inks, and his pacing and style mix perfectly with Larson’s. Together they create an intriguing story that is not only fun but makes good social commentary on a lot of modern issues. [Mikey N. at TFAW.com]

    ONCE AGAIN, DC PROVIDES ANOTHER ISSUE THAT’S A PERFECT JUMPING ON POINT FOR NEW READERS.

    Star Wars #27
    By: Jason Aaron, Salvador Larroca, Edgar Delgado, Stuart Immonen

    As teased in the previous issue, this issue is a story that Luke is reading from Obi-Wan’s journal, and not just that, but a story that Yoda told Obi-Wan that he’s now relaying. Yoda is responding to a distress call, only to discover a tribe of children with a very unique stone that is strong in the Force. Yoda, being the great Jedi teacher, is determined to help these kids solve the mystery of the mountain, and ultimately bring balance to the Force on the planet.

    Jason Aaron continues to weave a great Star Wars run. It’s clear that he not only wants to push the lore but also have fun with it at the same time. A strategy that has always been what makes Star Wars great. Salvador Larroca continues to show why he’s one of the consistently best and cleanest artists in the business, with visuals of Yoda that are so striking they almost feel like you’re watching a movie. [Mikey N. at TFAW.com]

    BE ONE WITH THE FORCE AND PICK UP THIS SERIES

    Hellboy comics at TFAW.com

    Hellboy Winter Special 2017
    By: Mike Mignola, Chris Roberson, Scott Allie, Paul Grist, Christopher Mitten, Sebastian Fiumara, Dave Stewart, Bill Crabtree

    Packed with 3 stores from 1891, 1961 and 1979. We see different adventures of the B.P.R.D.’s earliest cases. All in connection to winter. Our first tale “The Great Blizzard” shows us how Eddie and Jewell from Rise of the Black Flame acquired a bracelet that delivers a terrible blizzard when worn. In winter 1961, our heroes are shopping for the holidays and are interrupted by a crazed Santa. Then finally in 1979 Hellboy, Liz and Abe are searching for some missing children. Finding them proves they also found something else as well.

    Hellboy Winter Special 2017 is a good read for those who are avid Hellboy readers. I’m sure there are a ton of nods to other stories that I didn’t catch, but that’s the fun of reading these issues. [Martin M. at TFAW.com]

    FIND ALL THE LATEST HELLBOY COMICS

    What did you think of these books? What should we review next week? Let us know below!

  • , ,

    NCBD – Captain America, Spider-Gwen, X-O Manowar & Cryptocracy

    Each week we take a look at a small selection of New Comic Book Day books. From this week’s new releases we’re looking at: Spider-Gwen, Captain America Steve Rogers, a new Dark Horse series Cryptocracy, and the start of Valiant’s final arc of X-O Manowar. Be sure to comment or share our post on Facebook or Twitter if you like our articles!

    SPOILER ALERT — We try to keep from posting spoilers, but one may sneak through to our reviews now and again. Read with caution, true believers.

    Spider-Gwen comics at TFAW.com

    Spider-Gwen Annual #1
    By: Jason Latour, Chris Brunner, Chris Visions, Robbi Rodriguez

    Our first Spider-Gwen Annual is in the bag. We get five stories in this double-sized book, and I gotta say, it was a ton of fun! I know, the Parker story is tragic, but seeing it from this other Earth’s (I believe it’s Earth-65) side is really cool. I like seeing how events were different.

    The first story is the wrestling story retold, wherein the 616, Parker tries to win money, and Uncle Ben dies. This time, Spider-Gwen is trying to win it all. Wrestling against She-Hulk.

    Captain America makes an appearance, but this is definitely a different Cap than we’ve had before with a very different backstory. Similar to some events, but overall a cool, different take, with lots of nods to the 616 characters.

    I don’t want to spoil the fun of these other stories. I will, however, say that I want to see some of these heroes and villains more regularly.

    If you haven’t been reading Spider-Gwen and you love the quirks of Deadpool and Spider-Man. This series is really a must read. [Martin M. at TFAW.com]

    Captain America comics at TFAW.com

    Captain America: Steve Rogers #2
    By: Nick Spencer, Jesus Saiz

    THE TRUTH IS REVEALED!

    After last month’s mind blowing ending, we get plenty of answers in this issue. Nick Spencer lays it out all out for us with the utmost detail and makes it all worthwhile. It is not simple but it is not complex either. What it is, is ENTERTAINING. Spencer’s writing continues to be humorous where needed and moves us right along. His arc here is sure to be an epic story.

    I am fighting the urge to spoil anything here because there are so many cool aspects to cover within these 32 pages. In addition, I am quickly becoming a fan of the art by Jesus Saiz. His layouts and facial expressions really have a way of connecting the reader to the emotions laid forth by Spencer’s words. Great Job fellas! [Sean W. at Milwaukie TFAW]

    Cryptocracy comics at TFAW.com

    Cryptocracy #1
    By: Van Jensen, Pete Woods

    Welcome to Cryptocracy (noun [Plural Cryptocracies] 1. A form of government where the real leaders are hidden or merely unknown).

    Forget the Illuminati, Freemasons, and The Knights Templar This is what is actually running the world: nine families and a few thousand followers/agents (not all human by the way).

    In this introduction, we find that a botched job in Chicago calls attention to something much bigger. Someone or some group is looking to take it all over. Van Jensen created a great first issue for us. Along with Pete Woods’ art, I’m excited to see where Cryptocracy takes us, and how they are involved in some of the world’s most mysterious events. Definitely recommended for conspiracy enthusiasts and readers who enjoy Greg Rucka’s Lazarus. [Martin M. at TFAW.com]

    X-O Manowar comics at TFAW.com

    X-O Manowar #47
    By: Robert Venditti, Joe Bennett, Kano

    Long ago in the year 2012, we saw the relaunch of the Valiant universe with the release of the first issue of X-O Manowar. It filled me with hope that my favorite independent comic book characters of the ’90s were back.

    I was blown away at the respect and heightened level of intensity in which the new Valiant were delivering. X-O Manowar, the flagship character, and the comic book was truly something amazing; and with new life infused, it was sure to go in a bold new direction. Here we are, at what could be the final arc of the story, and I can’t help but feel that there is still a much bigger picture in play. This issue does not make a new reader feel too lost, although it would probably not be the best place to start.

    The events that have led us here are all culminating in a solid example of what makes the character X-O Manowar so enduring. This issue, along with all the rest leading up to the finale at #50, comes polybagged with a microprint of X-O inside—some of which will be the actual original artwork, others regular prints! This is a really cool sendoff, and I hope that it isn’t the end completely. I absolutely recommend this series as a whole. [Casey D. at TFAW.com]

    What did you think of these books? What should we review next week? Let us know below!

    Please follow and like us:
  • ,

    The Best Comics of 2015 – Part 2 of 5 – Marvel

    –UPDATE: YOU CAN VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE ONCE PER DAY NOW THROUGH 1/14/16!–

    As we look forward to the new year, we want to stop and remember the great books that were released in 2015. What follows is the second in a series of five Best Comics of 2015 pieces we’ll be posting through January 6. Missed Part 1? Check it out here. Starting January 7, you’ll have the opportunity to weigh in and help us crown the Best Comic of 2015!

    Marvel Comics is home to Jessica Jones, the Hulk, Spider-Man, Captain Marvel, and a host of other amazing characters. With millions of fans worldwide and decades of quality storytelling under its belt, the publisher is the largest comic book company in the United States.

    The Best of Marvel Comics (in no particular order):

    Silver Surfer
    By: Dan Slott, Michael Allred, Laura Allred, Joe Sabino

    The new Silver Surfer series by Dan Slott, Michael Allred, and Laura Allred has been a complete delight. I’ve been in love with this series from day one. You tell me that the Allreds are working on an ongoing story and I’m on board, but add in Dan Slott’s characteristic wit and you know you’re in for a great ride.

    The aspect of this series that really shines is that Slott grounds the cosmos-spanning series by pairing Norrin Radd with a loveable companion, Earth’s Dawn Greenwood. We get to discover the universe alongside Dawn, and marvel at the enormous power of the Surfer. Slott gives us exactly what we want in the form of Galactus, and as tensions rise, we see the greatness of his storytelling — but you’ll have to read the book to find out what I’m talking about.

    Like I said, the Allreds are tremendously talented, and I couldn’t think of a better artistic pairing that would result in a light-hearted, fun series. If you’re a fan of Doctor Who, trust me when I say you’ll LOVE this series. Lucky for us, a new story begins in January when Slott, Allred & Allred take us on a new/continuing journey. [Josh C.]

    Daredevil
    By: Mark Waid & Chris Samnee, Charles Soule & Ron Garney

    This was a big year for Daredevil, what with the series debut back in April, and the end of Mark Waid & Chris Samnee’s amazing 58 issue run. Then to top it off we had the return of Daredevil just last month after Marvel’s Secret Wars crossover event with Charles Soule and Ron Garney as the new creative team.

    I started reading Daredevil on a regular basis with Mark Waid’s run. It’s got that great edgy darkness in the writing that is just enough to please Miller fans. Yet, tied with Samnee’s pulp style visuals, it keeps the story from being all dark all the time. Charles Soule’ comics hint at the darkness found in the Daredevil television show and nods Brubaker/Benids runs. We’re only 2 issues in so far but it’s still got me begging for more. Ron Garney’s art is definitely more in line with the Alex Maleev/Micheal Lark style, and I dig it. [Martin M.]

    Star Wars comics at TFAW.com Star Wars and Vader
    By: Jason Aaron, John Cassaday, Stuart Immonen, Simone Bianchi, Kieron Gillen, Salvador Larroca

    2015 saw the beginning of a new era for Star Wars comics and Marvel exploded out of the gates with superstar talents Jason Aaron and John Cassaday. This ongoing series follows the exploits of Luke Skywalker in the aftermath of his destruction of the Death Star. The whole gang joins him as the Rebel Alliance continues to fight against the Galactic Empire! With a classic mix of action and lighthearted moments, this story feels like Star Wars in every way.

    As the year went on, the hits kept coming with A-list artists Stuart Immonen and Simone Bianchi going the book. Bringing Mike Mayhew and Leinil Francis Yu on deck for 2016 (and it doesn’t look like Jason Aaron is going anywhere!) make it clear that Marvel is keeping Star Wars filled with top talent for the foreseeable future!

    There are two sides to every story. And fans have always wanted to see the story from Darth Vader’s perspective. Well, Marvel’s got them covered with a story line from the Sith Lord’s viewpoint in the ongoing Darth Vader comic book series. It’s the entire galaxy against Vader until he makes some unlikely allies who absolutely steal the show: Doctor Aphra and her droids! These are the sadistic yet charming villains that Kieron Gillen was born to write and one look at Salvador Larroca’s art will have you rooting for the bad guys! [Jeff B.]

    Mighty Thor comics at TFAW.com

    Thor
    By: Jason Aaron, Russell Dauterman, Jorge Molina, Joe Sabino

    You’d be hard-pressed to find a better comic book than Jason Aaron & Russell Dauterman’s Thor and Mighty Thor. Talk about heroics–Aaron expertly weaves the story of Jane Foster (Thor’s ex-girlfriend) as the new Mighty Thor.

    She’s been in the hero business ever since Marvel’s Original Sin, but the team really dialed things up this year. Foster’s cancer has gotten worse, and Thor’s old enemies have started attacking in earnest. In the face of all of this, her grace and bravery shines through.

    I’m really excited to see Russell Dauterman’s art each month. He’s a relative newcomer on the comics scene, but it feels like he and Aaron have been working together for decades. If you’re like me, you’ll find yourself enamored with Dauterman’s depiction of facial expressions, the flow of lightning, and little pieces of Earth and flesh flying through the air. A truly magical series. [Josh C.]

    Spider-Gwen comics at TFAW.com Spider-Gwen
    By: Jason Latour, Robbi Rodriguez

    One of the hottest new characters actually spun out of Marvel’s Spider-Verse crossover (see what we did there?). When you get down to it, Spider-Gwen is a retelling of Spider-Man. Except that Gwen Stacy, got bit by the radioactive spider.

    What I really enjoy and connect with here is that it’s the same Parker-humor that we all love but coming from someone that we’ve all missed. I instantly connect with the character due to her strong ties in Spider-Man lore, while still being curious about her Earth (Earth-65 if you follow that sort of thing).

    One of my favorite moments came during Spider-Verse when Spider-Gwen and Spider-Man (Peter Parker of Earth-616) meet, there is this quick but very emotional panel that really pulled on my heart strings.

    This alternate Earth is one that is rich with past Marvel lore and new events that you’ve just got to discover. If you’re looking something old, new, but maybe not red and blue, you’ll want to pick this book up. [Martin M.]

    Honorable Mentions:

    Stay tuned to the TFAW Blog in the coming days as we’ll be posting four more Best Comics of 2015 lists. At the end, YOU will decide which one will be crowned as the Best Comic of 2015!

    –UPDATE: YOU CAN VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE ONCE PER DAY NOW THROUGH 1/14/16!–

    Please follow and like us: