Thursday, July 30, 2009


Dynamite Entertainment has just announced they will publish a series on the life of Blackbeard beginning in Ocbtober.


Life just keeps getting better.

Kid Colt-One Shot

Publisher: Marvel, 2009.

Blaine Cole rides again!

Marvel Comics, to its ever-loving credit, has seen fit to revive, if only for this one time, what is arguably comic's most enduring western character, Kid Colt.
Bless 'em!

After having enjoyed the longest run of any western hero in comics, The Kid hasn't seen a lot of action since the demise of that run nigh onto 30 years ago now.
Consider that problem remedied.

Writer Tom Defalco reintroduces us to The Kid, giving us a complete story and an origin story in one issue.

Suffice it to say The Kid is out to clear his name.
With the aid of Hawkmoore, he sets out to find a witness who can help him accomplish this.
Alas, things are never easy for The Kid. There are those who want him dead, after all.

He'll have to blast his way through bounty killers and scavengers if he wants to live the life of an innocent man again.

The art recalls classic Kid Colts of the past, simple, not overly detailed or nuanced.
And the story is a good one.

Let's hope this lead to a full revival of Kid Colt with his own title.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Captain Blood-Comic


Publisher: SLG Publishing.


Captain Blood is Rafael Sabatini's classic tale of Peter Blood's transformation from English country doctor to slave to pirate captain.

Put it up there with Traesure Island.

Surprisingly, this is the first ever comic adaptation of this novel.

The debut issue introduces us to the hero by finding him already enslaved.
His back story is related to us by way of flashback.
The good doctor, during the Monmouth Rebellion, makes the grave mistake of providing succor to a wounded combatant on the wrong side of the fight.
He is tried and sentenced to death. But before he can be hanged, he is ordered as a slave to the Caribbean plantations.
Here, he is purchased by the brutally sadistic Kent.

Fortunately for our hero, the Spanish attack the English colony. An event exploited by Blood and his fellow slaves to effect an escape by capturing the victorious Spanish ship of Don Diego.

Thus the scene is set for high seas adventure.

Writer Matt Shepherd handles the adaptation perfectly, setting just the right pace for the drama and adventure.
The art by Michael Shoyket is also spot on, rending the people, places and times faithfully.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Sherlock Holmes-Comic


Publisher: Dynamite Entertainment.

It is fair to say that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes is one of fiction's great creations.
Eminently enjoyable, the many shorts stories, and few novels, in which the detective has appeared remain treasured by readers to this day.
Unfortunately, the number of those stories is finite.
So, it is with great satisfaction that we find Leah Moore and John Reppion here providing us with a worthy reincarnation of the great deducer.

The Trial Of Sherlock Holmes begins with a bang. And a dead man. And a suspect: Holmes himself!

Saturday, July 11, 2009

The Good, The Bad And The Ugly-Comic


Publisher: Dynamite Entertainment

Western fans, rejoice!
The Man With No Name is back--in comic book form.
That's right: Director Sergio Leone's and star Clint Eastwood's famous outlaw/hero from the Dollars Trilogy of movies, A Fistful Of Dollars, For A Few Dollars More, and The Good, The Bad & They Ugly has returned.
What a treat!

Readers should know that this title is not an adaptation of the movie, but all new adventures.

The good news is that it's obvious right of the box that writer Chuck Dixon is tuned in to the laconic loner who is more protagonist than old west hero.
He won't be saving women and orphans. But he will be summarily dispatching plenty of bad(worse) guys, in his own selfish pursuit of reward and gold. Which is exactly what we would expect from this character.

Most gratifying about this debut issue is that Dixon seems fully capable of capturing the intimate, yet operatic feel and pace of the movies, and without use of expository dialogue.

In other words, The Man With No Name isn't gonna talk your head...he's gonna blow it off!

Again, what a treat!