REVIEW OF PEARL #1

Jinxworld/ DC Comics October 2018   After more than a decade of working exclusively with Marvel Comics, Brian Michael Bendis’s move to rival DC Comics earlier this year proved to be a seismic shift in the pop culture landscape. Bendis not only had a massive impact on the four-color pages of Marvel comics with lengthy runs on Daredevil, the Avengers, and Ultimate Spider-Man, but also the creation of the Miles Morales Spider-Man and ex-super-hero/current PI Jessica Jones. But while Bendis was creating havoc with Marvel’s company-owned characters, he was also continuing his love of crime stories in the pages of his creator-owned Jinxworld...

REVIEW OF HOT LUNCH SPECIAL #1

HOT LUNCH SPECIAL Eliot Rahal and Jorge Fornes AfterShock Comics August 8th, 2018   I’m a sucker for provincialism. Minnesota sports. Minnesota beer. Scotch tape. Minnesota… crime? Oh, yes. That puts HOT LUNCH SPECIAL, the new crime drama from Eliot Rahal (The Paybacks, Quantum & Woody) and Jorge Fornes (Amazing X-Men, Wolverine) dropping August 8th from AfterShock Comics, right into my wheelhouse. Reviewing the first issue of a comic is tricky: you have less material to cover than you do in a trade collection or novel. And honestly, the first issue’s job is really just to set the stage, introduce the players, and establish the...

BOOK REVIEW: ONE on ONE

ONE ON ONE Michael Brandman Poisoned Pen Press August 7, 2018 ONE ON ONE by Michael Brandman is the second installment in the new series.  The former original writer of the Jesse Stone series after Robert Parker’s death, decided last year to write a series about a small-town police deputy. Besides a good mystery the author intertwines some social issues as well as an ongoing discussion about assisted suicide.   Legendary Sheriff Burton Steel requested his son Buddy leave his job with LAPD Homicide and come home to become the deputy of Freedom, California, a privileged coastal community a hundred miles north of Los Angeles. Reluctantly,...

WHAT’S STREAMING: Dark Tourist, Season 1

Dark Tourist hangs like a dark, earthy ornament carved of bone and drollery amongst the vast array of comedy shows on Netflix.  Our tour guide, David Farrier, seems to be an affable, thoughtful and gently curious man who despite seeing all the awfulness this world has to offer, stays open to what he’s experiencing. He is fallible. Sometimes awkward. And very dry. His humor seems to slip past many people he dips into the dark with. He speaks to people who live in some sad/terrifying/strange places and walks through them with some fellow tourists who are as effected as he is and some who are just asinine. People who are drawn to dark...

REVIEW OF POTTER’S FIELD BY ROB HART

POTTER’S FIELD Rob Hart July 10, 2018 Polis Books   Some people seem to never grow up. For Ash McKenna’s, that meant spending his days in an eternal funk, unable to crawl out of the emotional pit he found himself in after the death of his firefighter father during the 9/11 tragedy. Spiraling out control, Ash kept himself in booze and pills by doing odd jobs for local New York crime boss Ginny Tonic. A self-described “blunt instrument,” Ash would just need to be pointed at a person, place, or thing. Then he’d punch it until it would break. Ash wasn’t a bad guy, but he was an incomplete version of a human being. He was pure Id,...