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Graphic Breakdown: Manic Monday Edition

Welcome back to Graphic Breakdown, special Monday edition!

Here are some comic books I checked out.  Let’s see what interests you!

 
Spencer & Locke #1 
Written by David Pepose
Illustrated by Jorge Santiago
Published by Action Lab Entertainment

Action Lab Entertainment really puts out some cool comic books. Spencer & Locke continues in that tradition.

This is a nice tightly written comic book with some spectacular art. You can’t ask for better than that!

This comic book is creative for sure. It involves a cop coming back to the big city to solve a crime with the help of his childhood best friend. It’s a wacky concept and I love wacky concepts. Pepose handles the writing with style and charm. The characters are wonderful, and well developed. I enjoyed reading it from start to finish.

The art is pretty freaking sweet too. I have never heard of Santiago but he is a star. His art is just fluid. If you’re looking for a new book that you may not have heard of, this is it. It’s great.

RATING: A-

 
Aliens: Dead Orbit #1   
Written and Illustrated by James Stokoe
Published by Dark Horse Comics

This is a new Aliens book from those wacky guys and gals over at Dark Horse. I used to read these religiously.

My interest has sort of waned over the years. When I picked this up, I was eager to see if it would be any good. Maybe it would be nostalgic for me.

The book isn’t bad. It’s just a little too familiar.

An accident happens at a space station. What could it be?

Aliens. That pretty much sums up the book.

Stokoe is a pretty decent writer and a really great artist. The book has a nice anime feel to it too.

I liked it. It’s a solid book. It’s just nothing new.

RATING: B

 
Beautiful Canvas #1
Written by Ryan K. Lindsay
Illustrated by Sami Kivela
Published by Black Mask Comics

It’s been a little while since I’ve read a comic book written by Ryan K. Lindsay.

He’s one of the most underrated comic book writers in the industry. Don’t believe me? Pick up a book with his name on it. It’s guaranteed to be good.
Lon Eisley is a hitwoman who is hired to murder a small child. She decides to instead save the young child. This makes her boss very angry. Action and intrigue follow as well as a ton of emotion.

It’s a dark premise and Lindsay handles it well. His writing only seems to get better. The art is awesome and fits this story well.

Black Mask is a publisher you should put on your radar. Recommended.

RATING: A-

 
Big Moose #1 
Written by Sean Ryan
Illustrated by Cory Smith
Published by Archie Comics

By gum, I really love Archie Comics. They have literally turned their entire line around in the past few years. This is no different. It a joy to read from start to finish.

This issue follows the further adventures of the character Big Moose. It’s a funny book from start to finish. The whole book is comprised of little story segments.

The first one is called “Moose Vs. The Vending Machine” and it’s a scream.

Sean Ryan does a great job writing this book. I love Cory Smith’s art as well. It’s expressive and full of joy.

Pick up this book or any of the Archie books. They are all awesome.

RATING: A

 
Kill The Minotaur #1 
Written by Christian Cantamessa and Chris Pasetto
Illustrated by Lukas Ketner
Published by Image Comics

I’m not so sure what to make of this comic book. It’s certainly got a lot of hype behind it. It’s well drawn and the writers have a ton of street cred.

I was just bored from start to finish.

In this story, Athens lost the war with Greece. Now they pay tribute to the King by making human sacrifices to run in a labyrinth.

What’s in the labyrinth? Why, a mighty Minotaur!

Maybe I’ll pick this up when there are a few issues out. Maybe I’ll like it better when there’s more of a story.

For a first issue this seemed lacking. I wanted to like it but just couldn’t.

RATING: B-

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