Marvel’s FANTASTIC FOUR #1 (LGY #646)

FANTASTIC FOUR #1 (legacy #646) by writer Dan Slott and artist Sara Pichelli was a real treat to read! I’m very excited for #2. It is pretty cool and interesting to note that Marvel put this issue out on exactly the 57th anniversary of the original Fantastic Four #1 which was back on August 8, 1961 (cover-dated November) — similar to another publishing milestone earlier this year when DC Comics released ACTION COMICS #1000 on its exact 80th anniversary date this past April.

Now if I know Marvel, they’ll time things just right so that FF legacy #700 will come out on the title’s 60th anniversary in three short years, although I’m not exactly sure how since this series is not currently shipping twice-monthly. Then again, before the 2x monthly frequency of many of its titles in recent years, Marvel used to have several key titles (like the main X-MEN books) shipping at an accelerated clip of 18 issues per year. Well, I’ve done the math and that’s actually all it would take to line up the legacy-numbered FF #700 with the year 2021. 🤓



Gideon Falls #1 by Lemire and Sorrentino | Image Comics | 1st Issue Fetish

Gideon Falls #1 |
By: Jeff Lemire, Andrea Sorrentino & Dave Stewart |
Published: March 7, 2018 by Image Comics |

From the Image Comics solicitationA brand-new ongoing series from the acclaimed bestselling creative team of OLD MAN LOGAN and GREEN ARROW! The lives of a reclusive young man obsessed with a conspiracy in the city’s trash, and a washed-up Catholic priest arriving in a small town full of dark secrets, become intertwined around the mysterious legend of The Black Barn, an otherworldly building that is alleged to have appeared in both the city and the small town, throughout history, bringing death and madness in its wake. Rural mystery and urban horror collide in this character-driven meditation on obsession, mental illness, and faith.

Writer Jeff Lemire and illustrator Andrea Sorrentino have reunited for a tour de force of a comic series that promises to deliver plenty of suspense and psychological horror. Lemire and Sorrentino have been developing GIDEON FALLS for years, always with the intention of it being created for Image Comics. Lemire has actually had the character of Norton Sinclair for over twenty years — he’s his oldest character. Yet he has admitted that the fully developed series was inspired by TV shows such as TWIN PEAKS and TRUE DETECTIVE. Also in a recent WORD BALLOON interview Lemire confessed that he was “venting” his own Catholic frustrations through this particular story.

Driven by a dual narrative, this first issue delivers great suspense and dark, yet dynamic, gorgeous and expressive art. Sorrentino’s page layouts are immersive and worthy of repeated viewing, no doubt made all the better by Dave Stewart’s muted, yet very effective coloring. Visually is what puts this comic over the top for me, though that’s not to take anything away from the writing, it’s just that the visual storytelling does most of the heavy lifting here and makes the read even more compelling.

The two narratives of Norton’s trash collecting and his subsequent return to the mental hospital for a therapy session, and of Father Fred’s arrival to Gideon Falls to replace the dearly (suspiciously?) departed Father Tom appear to be unrelated, save for a shared vision of the The Black Barn mentioned in the solicit. There’s something about the reveal in the last couple of sequences that I have a feeling will tie/twist things together even more. There’s a specific reveal that may hit toward what’s happened to Father Tom, who is supposedly no longer with us.

Aside from those two jaw-dropping final sequences that are sure to compel any readers to be curiously intrigued by the series to come, the portion in the middle really grabbed me as well. It’s the part where Norton’s psychiatrist thinks he’s regressing, undoing all the progress he’s made in his mental health by being obsessed with hunting through the city’s trash for clues to uncover some great mystery/conspiracy. The conflict here is Norton believes he’s uncovering the work of the Devil — real and true evil. It begs the question: is he on to something? Or is he truly delusional and in need of some better meds? Given that this series is billed as a psychological horror  . . . well, it could be a little of both? Whatever it turns out to be I’m confident it’s all going to be a very compelling read. One for which I’ll be along for the ride. I predict that Gideon Falls will join Lemire’s other ongoing series DESCENDER as a long term creator-owned success.

Rating: 4.5 / 5 | Sticking with it?: Yes!


1st Issue Fetish – The Terrifics #1 by Reis and Lemire (DC Comics)

The Terrifics #1 |
By: Ivan Reis and Jeff Lemire |
Published: Feb 28, 2018 by DC Comics |

Spinning out of DC Comics’ DARK NIGHTS: METAL event, as well as the publisher’s THE NEW AGE OF HEROES initiative (which is the launching pad for a number of all-new series featuring all-new characters or traditionally underused characters) comes THE TERRIFICS.

This new series stars the super-genius Mr. Terrific, the now Nth-metallic Metamorpho, the funny and ever-elastic Plastic Man, and the intangible Phantom Girl. They are a newly-formed team of unlikely allies and must rely on one another to make their way back home. Bound together by fate — literally by a tragic accident — and united by the spirit of exploration and hope for tomorrow. A startling revelation on their return trip brings them face-to-face with a new mystery. What is that mystery? Well, let’s just say the last page has a cameo by a certain Doc Savage-inspired action hero who’s lost somewhere in the known/unknown universe.

This first issue is a throw-you-in-the-middle-of-it, straight-ahead comic that sets the stage nicely for what looks to be an action-packed cosmic, inter-dimensional, portal-propelled, mutltiverse misadventure series. It’s got a few tropes borrowed from Marvel Comics’ classic first family comic, the FANTASTIC FOUR (only with less bickering).

I don’t think anyone would call this a ground-breaking first issue, though. And it’s not the collection of second-and-third-string characters that are the problem. It’s just the paint it by-the-numbers plot, when you would think a comic with a cosmic, weird-science-y concept and premise like this one would have a more epic feel to it. Additionally the plot moves too swift for any deep character work (which I concede can be typical of first issues). Still, the issue does manage to be entertaining even if ultimately a little underwhelming.

My overall impression is that with a little more seasoning I think DC and storytellers Ivan Reis and Jeff Lemire could have a sleeper hit series on their hands, but only if they truly develop the characters and ramp-up the epicness of the plots.

Rating: 3.0 / 5 | Sticking with it?: Unlikely.


FAILSAFE from Vault Comics | Preview

Vault Comics is another new publisher I’m interested in thanks to their FAILSAFE comic. Issue #1 has enticed me to check out #2 in May.

Copy from the publisher:


When he executed the last nanotech-enhanced super soldier, John Ravane thought that was the end of the haywire Insurgence Program. Ten years later, in the wake of social unrest, its true legacy is revealed. As sleeper agents scattered throughout the country activate, Ravane must stand between a government he cannot trust and the soldiers he once hunted.



  • J. DeSanto
  • Federico Dallocchio
  • Todd Farmer


  • J. DeSanto
  • Todd Farmer


  • Federico Dallocchio


World Reader #1 Advanced Review | Amani Cooper

Writer: Jeff Loveness Cover: Juan Doe, Elizabeth Torque (Incentive variant) Artist: Juan Doe We were not the only ones in the multiverse. Life could be found in many places on many planets. That’s not so true anymore thanks to a growing deadly… The post World Reader #1 Advanced Review appeared first on Outright Geekery.

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NowReading: The Black Monday Murders #1

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Good stuff. A chunky first chapter with plenty of stuff to think about as to where this is going. I’m always amazed at Hickman’s ability to play within the seams of actual historical events to create alternate history fiction. From the solicit it looks #2 is another 50-some pages. I didn’t stick with East of West like I should’ve. Hopefully this one holds me and I stick and stay.

SkyBound Adds DEMONIC to its Roster

Coming in August is the first issue to the Robert Kirkman-created miniseries DEMONIC, written by Christopher Sebela and illustrated by Niko Walter with colors by Dan Brown.

From the solicitation: Detective Scott Graves will do anything to protect his family… even bargain away his soul. Now, the only thing to fear isn’t New York’s worst criminals, but what’s already raging inside of him. After all, what’s the cost of your soul when it’s already damaged?

Eisner-nominated writer Christopher Sebela (High Crimes), newcomer Niko Walter and colorist Dan Brown unleash a vigilante who answers to no man, only the demon within.

Demonic #1 (of 6) ships August 17th from SkyBound Entertainment and Image Comics for $2.99.

And unholy shit! Take a look at this beautiful alternate cover!






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