Pull! September 29th 2013

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I think I’ll start with the Sunday thing from now on. Gives me more time to hit the Wednesday new releases. She said, like she has a plan….

The Other Dead #1: (IDW) Damn. I love me some zombies, but I never thought about what would happen if that infection hit our animal buddies. Zombie alligators, anyone? With the start of this series, Joshua Ortega isn’t giving up the how or why of it all, but there’s definitely a what. And that what is nasty y’all. Qing Ping Mui and Blond do beautiful, gruesome work on art & colors too. So far this story has shown me a pissed off dead deer, creepy ducks and a hint of Man’s Best Friend going awol on the teaser for the next issue. Fantastic concept, and I can’t wait to see where it leads. (4.5 out of 5)

Night of the 80s Undead #2: (Action Lab) More hip 80s skewering, more gore, and another kickass song list. As story writer Jason Martin puts it, this is a “cocaine legwarmer fever dream”. And you’re either in for the weirdness, or not. I’m up for it, because it has it’s snark up to 11, tons of gore, and at three issues – just one more to go for those who are counting – it’s not going to overstay it’s welcome. Does this series make sense? Absolutely not. Is it a hoot? Absolutely. (4 out of 5)

Godzilla Rulers of Earth #4: (IDW) Woo-hoo! Godzilla Rulers of Earth has gotten down to business, and the business is monster-palooza! In this issue, the alien menace has taken a back seat to good ol’ fashioned monster on monster throwdowns. Mothra, along with two of her young, steps in to aid Godzilla when the big red alien mutant monster (Destroyah, tweaking that kaiju’s 1995 origin story) starts attacking a weakened Big G. Thankfully there’s no silly Comic-Con tie in, or any other 4th wall shenanigans here. It’s all action, all the time. And if you haven’t figured it out by now, Shawn Lee is blowing away the competition with his lettering. Go go, Godzilla! (5 out of 5)

Clive Barker’s Next Testament #4: (Boom) Wick, the God of Ennui (or at least it seems like it) is still trying to figure out why humanity doesn’t give a toss about Him. Why won’t anyone feel the lurves? Um, maybe your penchant for killing folks just for the heck of it has something to do with it. Just a thought. As Wick becomes more and more unhinged, our Everycouple Tristan and Elspeth are trying to figure out how to survive in a world where God is not happy. The shocking ending of the last issue starts this one off with a literal bang, and when Wick gets to Hollywood – “show me the New Rome” – things look just as grim for the final panels of this issue. I love the ideas of humanity’s loss of faith tied up with Wick’s discomfiture about how nobody looks to Him anymore. Either Wick needs to mellow, or humanity needs to start taking a knee. And in this story, I’m not seeing any mellowing…. (4.5 out of 5)

Criminal Macabre – The Eyes of Frankenstein #1: (Dark Horse) In this four issue mini, antihero Cal McDonald – hey, it sounds better than monster fighting degenerate – runs into Frankenstein’s monster. They’ve met before, sure. But this time Adam (the monster’s given name) is going blind. Is it linked to whatever it is that’s causing ghouls to die? I’m betting on it. Since Cal now has more than a passing interest in the life and death of these creatures, Steve Niles seems to be gearing up for a very interesting story. Should be a good time. (5 out of 5)

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