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Review: Godzilla: Kingdom of Monsters #3 - May 29, 2011

Godzilla: Kingdom of Monsters, Issue 3
IDW Publishing
(May 25, 2011)
Review copy: Purchased

Cover A - Art by Eric Powell
Review: Godzilla: Kingdom of Monsters #3 - May 29, 2011

Cover B - Art by Jeff Zornow
Review: Godzilla: Kingdom of Monsters #3 - May 29, 2011

Retailer Incentive Cover - Art by Mark Frank
Review: Godzilla: Kingdom of Monsters #3 - May 29, 2011

Godzilla, Rodan, and Anguirus continue their devastation, and the worldwide media begins to chime in. As people around the globe suffer, celebrities band together to save the monsters from human counterattack, and the president is criticized for being "soft on monsters." Meanwhile... a mysterious giant egg washes ashore in France. And what's with those creepy little twin girls? IDW Publishing

Written by: Eric Powell and Tracy March
Pencils by: Phil Hester
Inks by: Bruce McCorkindale
Colors by: Ronda Pattinson
Lettering by: Chris Mowry

We've already encountered Godzilla, Rodan, and Anguirus in the series. Godzilla is in Asia. Rodan appeared in Russia. Anguirus appeared in Mexico and has moved into Texas.  Now France will be contending with yet another monster.  If you are a fan of the Godzilla movies, the twin girls may give you a hint about the next monster to appear in the comic... or not.

The story is moving in all sorts of interesting directions.The celebrity movement to protect the monsters is well written. The main celebrity is based on someone who should be very familiar to everyone. There are quite a bit of pop culture and political references in the comic, which make it accessible to readers who are not necessarily Toho monster fans. The references add to the story. The art work is exceptional as is the color.

I can't tell you how much I love the covers for this comic series. I'm really enjoying Godzilla: Kingdom of Monsters. I highly recommend Issue 3 and give it 5 out of 5 Qwills.

Review: Godzilla: Kingdom of Monsters #3 - May 29, 2011

Wednesday Comics on Thursday - Rocketeer Adventures - May 19, 2011

It was a very good comic week for me because the 1st issue of Rocketeer Adventures from IDW Publishing was released. There will be four issues. Issue #1 includes 3 Stories and 2 Pin-Ups.


"The Rocketeer" with Story and Art by John Cassaday, Colors by Laura Martin, and Letters by Chris Mowry.

"Home Again" with Story, Art, and Lettering by Mike Allred and Colors by Laura Allred.

"Dear Betty" with Story by Kurt Busiek, Art by Michael Kaluta, Colors by Dave Stewart, and Letters by Chris Mowry.


Pin-Up by Mike Mignola and Dave Stewart

Pin-Up by Jim Silke

There are 6 covers for Issue 1.

Cover A - Artwork by Alex Ross

Cover B - Artwork by Dave Stevens

Cover RI is a Sketch Variant of Cover A. Cover B&W Incentive is a B&W version of Cover B. There is also a Jetpack Comics exclusive with cover art by Dave Stevens.

The final cover is an exclusive from Ultimate Comics with cover art by Tommy Lee Edwards.

The Rocketeer Flies Again!

Dave Stevens unveiled the Rocketeer nearly 30 years ago to instant acclaim, and in all the years since that auspicious debut, respect for Dave’s talent and his greatest creation have only continued to grow.

Last year, IDW had the honor of releasing the complete Rocketeer saga in several editions, showcasing the work of this great artist as it was always meant to be seen—completely remastered, with nearly every page scanned directly from the originals and recolored by Dave’s hand-picked colorist.

Today we are able to celebrate Dave’s talent once again, with an all-new Rocketeer anthology miniseries written and drawn by some of the finest creators in comics, and with the full cooperation of the Stevens family.

The first star-studded issue of The Rocketeer features a gorgeous cover by Alex Ross, and terrific stories by John Cassaday, Mike Allred, Kurt Busiek, and Michael Kaluta, plus outstanding pin-ups by Mike Mignola and Jim Silke—all paying tribute to the continued legacy of Rocketeer and Dave Stevens!  IDW Publishing

Dave's comic was made into a movie in 1991. Sadly, Dave Stevens passed away in March 2008.

Rocketeer Adventures, Issue 1, captures the feel of Dave Steven's The Rocketeer. My favorites stories are "The Rocketeer" and "Dear Betty" simply because I like the art and stories best. This is certainly a keeper series for me.

Wednesday Comics on Thursday - February 24, 2011

Here are my favorites from this week's comics.

BOOM! Studios

Dracula: The Company of Monsters, #7

Wednesday Comics on Thursday - February 24, 2011
It’s bloodsuckers vs. bloodsucker, as Kurt Busiek brings an incredibly modern spin to the Dracula mythos. The enemy of my enemy is…my ally? With Dracula's forces fully amassed, Evan and vampire hunter Marta must team-up to bring down the king of monsters before he brings our world under his dominion! The ongoing horror series from the mind of Kurt Busiek continues! BOOM! Studios

Dynamite Entertainment

Dean Koontz's Frankenstein: Prodigal Son, Vol. 2, #3

Wednesday Comics on Thursday - February 24, 2011
While Randal Six desperately tries to solve the puzzle of his escape and Deucalion's advice is sought in the pursuit of the rogue Detective Harker, Victor returns home to discover his telekinetic experiment Karloff dead. Victor first suspects Karloff has gotten around his programming regarding self-termination, but that's not what his video surveillance reveals... the tension is upped in the latest issue of Dean Koontz' FRANKENSTEIN!
From the masterly pen of New York Times bestselling author Dean Koontz-and featuring an adaptation by legendary comic book writer Chuck Dixon-Dean Koontz's Frankenstein: Prodigal Son is a story filled with fast-paced action, gripping horror, and thrilling adventure. Dynamite Entertainment

IDW Publishing

True Blood: Tainted Love, Issue 1

As you know if you read this blog I collected all the availble covers of True Blood, Vol. 1. See here and here.  Yesterday marked the release of Volume 2 of the True Blood comic. It's subtitled "Tainted Love." There are 7 covers for Issue 1.

Cover A (art by J. Scott Campbell)
Wednesday Comics on Thursday - February 24, 2011

Cover B (art by Joe Corroney)
Wednesday Comics on Thursday - February 24, 2011
Our friends in Bon Temps just can’t seem to catch a break these days. Sookie Stackhouse's world is turned upside down when contaminated bottles of Tru Blood cause the Southern Vampire population to go berserk! Looks like those growing human/vampire tensions aren’t going to simmer down anytime soon! But who (or what) is behind the bad "Blood"? And Hoyt plans to do what for Jessica?! The latest "head-turning" story arc of the True Blood comic series starts here! IDW Publishing

Retail Incentive Covers A & B
Wednesday Comics on Thursday - February 24, 2011

In addition there are variant covers by Dynamic Forces, Hastings, and Jetpack Comics.

American Vampire, #12

Wednesday Comics on Thursday - February 24, 2011

In this lost tale of Skinner Sweet, it's 1924 when the first American vampire crosses paths with a Wild West show featuring some old pals and enemies from his outlaw days – and he is not happy. From the dying West to flying biplanes, we see how Skinner adjusts to life in the 20th century. Featuring stunning art by Danijel Zezelj (NORTHLANDERS, LUNA PARK).  Vertigo
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