Indie Review: Powerverse’s C.H.E.S.S.

This edition of the Indie Review we take a look at C.H.E.S.S., an upcoming Kickstarter from the Powerverse. As indicated on the cover, C.H.E.S.S. stands for Command Headquarters of Espionage and Strategic Strikes. A suitable name for a group that deals in covert assignments with a green light to the use of deadly physical force.  The book has high production value with credits of  created and plots by Alfred Paige, plots and written by Alex De-Gruchy, pencils and inks by Jc Fabul, colors by Jorge Cortes with assist by Bryan…

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Review of Gallant Comics’ “John Aman Amazing Man”

I read the first two issues of Gallant Comics’ John Aman Amazing Man and have to say I found them both to be quite enjoyable.  The comics use public domain Golden Age characters such as  Amazing Man, Miss Masque  and the original Blue Beetle with a flair that harkens back to the glory days of comics. The Amazing Man John Aman first appeared in issue #5 of Amazing-Man Comics from Centaur Publications in 1939 and was the creation of Bill Everett (who later created Namor the Sub-Mariner and imbued Namor with many of the character traits he’d earlier…

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Paul Bettany Will Play The Vision In Avengers: Age of Ultron

Paul Bettany, the voice of Jarvis (Tony Stark’s AI butler) in the previous Iron Man movies has been cast to play the Vision  in Avengers: Age of Ultron. Bettany had been seen at Shepperton Studios where Avengers: Age of Ultron will be filming, for makeup tests to make his skin “chalk white.” Of course in his role of playing Jarvis, such make-up test were never needed as the actor was never on screen. Variety later confirmed the rumor that yes, Bettany will portray the Vision. As comicbook readers will note,…

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Diamond Comic Distributors’ Top 500 Sales Charts for the Comicbook Direct Market in 2013

TOP 500 COMIC BOOKS Listed are the Top 500 titles for comics and graphic novels for 2013. These are not necessarily the most sold but rather, the most heavily ordered through Diamond Comic Distributors. Crowd funded and independently distributed sales are not reflected. While Walking Dead #115 tops the charts in units sold the higher cover price of Superman Unchained #1 has it holding the top spot for money earned.  Photos are courtesy of DC Entertainment and Image Comics. Based on Total Unit Sales of Products Invoiced in Calendar Year 2013 QTYRANK DOLLARRANK…

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Catwoman Tops the Charts But Not the Fans’ Hearts

Early reports indicate that Detective Comics #27 was at the top of the sales charts for the week (running Wednesday to Wednesday). Controversy surrounded the book’s main cover, by Frank Miller, which was originally listed as a variant but reports have come in from comic shops that it was shipped in the largest quantities. It has been reported that the piece was not originally created for the issue but instead, was completed for a previous Batman or Sin City project. In speaking to fans at a local comic shop, most seemed to prefer the…

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Comics Monster # 2: Crescent City Magick – Review

Having discovered Michael L. Peters’ art on the web and enjoying his Unbound comic from Image, I was happy to see a new project from him in the form of his new book, Crescent City Magick.  The story revolves around the character Clayton who is a bit of a drifter and ultimately encounters a witch named Julia. Clayton moves from the chilly north to the Big Easy and the reader is taken for a fantastic roller coaster ride from slice of life to supernatural to sci-fi to zombie thriller with…

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Comics Monster #1: COPRA Review

A few months back, I found myself running an errand in Bedford–Stuyvesant (or as we locals call it, Bed-Sty), NY. I would have a few hours to kill there so naturally, I looked on the web for the local funnybook merchant to see what undiscovered gems I might find. The internet pointed me toward a shop called Bergen Street Comics where I came to find the first two collections of a book called COPRA which captured my attention as a super-team fan and for it’s somewhat bizarre art. At the…

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Comics Monster #0

Hey Frontliners!! Dan Sehn here with a brief introduction of myself for the readers of this fantastic site. I am a lifelong reader of comics (excluding the first three or four years perhaps). In the early 2000’s I had work published in Angry Dog Press and Dimestore Productions. In 2005 I started Argo Comics and have acted as publisher, editor, writer, letterer and occasionally artist within that line since then. I am quite proud of Argo Comics as it has debuted many incredible new talents while showcasing work from some…

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