‘Just F23King write something!’ 9-14-08
Has it been that long? As I sit at my makeshift desk in Pulp Fiction listening to the staff (I use this term loosely) discuss their eating habits, it takes every ounce of my strength to keep my mouth shut (and as I write this a great one liner is running rampant in my head) furthering the difficulty I’ve been experiencing for the past 20 minutes. I chose to write and submit my column from the bowels of the comic shop this week. I may make this a habit, not sure yet. This weeks column is called “Just F23King write something”, a quote taken from my esteemed editor. Ask and ye’ shall receive, thank you, and as always…enjoy.

Title- Wolverine-Saudade
Publisher- Marvel
Script- Jean-David Moran
Artist- Philippe Bouchet
Format- 1-shot
Shipping- It’s here
Age- 15+

The Basics- Yes, this is an evil M title, not only is it an Evil M title, it is quite possibly the most played out character in the Evil M universe, and I am actually writing a review, which means I took the time to read it. Yeah, I’m as amazed as you. There is no need to introduce this character, if you are not familiar with him; I have no sympathy for you. This particular story is delivered by a Brazilian team of writer/artist, previously published in the foreign imprint of the evil M.  As such, it is in my esteemed opinion, a small title you may overlook. We find Wolvie in Brazil, on vacation, very shortly he is embroiled in a ‘hunt for the mutant’ assignment handed out by professor ‘I will never die’ X. What ensues is a poignant story about the plight of inner-city children in poverty stricken Brazil. Written by an informed voice with enough lighthearted banter and sight gags to keep the mood jaunty (yes, I said ‘Jaunty’, read a dictionary) while not shoving social commentary down your throat.

The Art- With a decidedly European feel that at times feels Japanese influenced, the art flows beautifully with the storyline. Showcasing the poverty and corresponding beauty of a country overrun by corruption and gang warfare in the same breath. The coloring is bright and airy, and Wolvie is as hairy as you would expect. The characters are well drawn, with, well, character. With an eye for local culture I was very impressed with his overall style.

The Verdict- With a similar pacing and feel as The Killer, this one shot explores some of the issues that made The X-men a must read in the 80’s and 90’s. If you remember when Wolvie was cool, and The X-men was more than a movie franchise, buy two copies of this tight little story. Viva Brazil.

Title- True Blood
Publisher- HBO/Top Cow/Image/Spacedog
Script-    David Wohl
Artist- Jason Badower
Format- 1 shot (remaining issues online HBO.com/trueblood)
Shipping- It’s here
Age- 16+

The Basics- Once again, if you have missed the viral marketing campaign for the new television show True Blood, you must be Amish. (See, the Amish shun technology, and thus I can make fun of them because they will never read this, because it’s online!) The show started last week, the marketing campaign started several months ago, to great effect. It got me to pick up and read this comic, watch the show, read the websites, all 20 of em’ and last but not least, review it. This story follows the King of Californian Vampires and his insights into the new world opened to Vampires by the release of the beverage True Blood.

The Art- Flashy, bold, and bright. Not what I’d expect from a dark tale of Vampire life. It has a ‘quick’ feel, as if it was hurriedly drawn and colored, the characters seem bland, with little facial expression, save for the obligatory ‘vamp face’.

The Verdict- I say, if you like the show, or dig vampires, support this marketing campaign and by this 22 page advertisement.

Title- Epilogue
Publisher- IDW
Script-    Steve Niles
Artist- Kyle Hotz
Format- Ongoing
Shipping- Monthly but don’t hold your breath
Age- 15+

The Basics- Meet the newest vigilante, he’s dressed in black vinyl from head to toe, and likes to behead criminals. If he was a chick, I would consider proposing. I can’t give too much information, since any details would give the storyline away. Suffice it to say, he’s bad, mad and a fancy dresser out to clean up the neighborhood.

The Art- Gritty and campy all on the same page. Some of the characters have a distinctly weasely feel to them, almost a Disney sidekick feel (if you don’t follow my references or if they don’t help you figure out good or bad-keep reading, they soon will). Filled with sharp contrast and a liberal use of black and red this book meets the tone set by the writing.

The Verdict- I would like to reserve my judgment till issue 2 and 3 come out, but since my job is to review, I will say, “If you like vigilantes, black vinyl and long fingernails, give this one a shot.”

Anthony Dominguez
comedian.writer.lover…

1/23/08

I’ve been gone for quite sometime now, things to do, people to see, articles to write, stages to perform on, and so on and so forth; but the time has come for me to attack the world of comics again, I’ve missed it, and I’ve felt guilty cashing the paychecks without having written a column in several months.

Today’s column is written from the counter of the prestigious Pulp Fiction store, the holy center of my comic universe, and a bastion of geekdom. Bask, bask…be worthy. I highly recommend stopping by this wonderful world of comics, anime, manga, occasional gambling, the errant swearing tirade (usually on football Sunday), the social charms of one very lovely sweet sweet Chanmary and the never ending battle of which sci-fi, super hero, video, movie, game or TV show is by far better than another, delivered by the well informed, well showered, well spoken advocates of said argument. Fun is had by all, and I mean by all! Don’t forget to purchase your very own cancer figure.

I have decided, along with the well placed sarcastic comments from ‘The Editor’ to give a ‘First impressions column’, this will be my initial first impressions of several books on the shelves today, and in the last few weeks, some will be from independents and others will be from the evil two (Marvel and DC) however all will be short and sweet, just like Chanmary. Thank you, and as always…enjoy.

Title-New World Order

The Basics- Conspiracy theories…
The Art- 50’s comic book style.
The Verdict- New World Order, CRAP!

Title-Simon Dark

The Basics- Some creepy ‘leatherface’ looking do gooder.
The Art- yeah, it has art.
The Verdict- Creepy, F23King C R E E P Y!

Title-The Living Corpse

The Basics- UH, living corpse, did I really need to explain this?
The Art- goofy, horror style. I likey.
The Verdict- This is funny. Read if you like funny.

Title-The Authority Prime

The Verdict- They have resorted to ‘fight the clone’ technique, very original. You suck Wildstorm.

Title- Angel- After the Fall

The Verdict- Dammit I hate it when I pick up an issue thinking it is the new one, and it turns out to be a reprint of another issue. Still a good read, the second time.

Stay tuned for next week’s full column, 3 full-length reviews, and possibly some highlights from behind the counter.

That’s IT!
Anthony Dominguez
Comedian, Writer, Lover…
www.anthonydominguez.com
myspace.com/anthonydominguez

7/02/07

This week’s column has a bonus review, actually a bonus re-review of a series starting over with issue 1. As you scan the page you may be surprised to see a Marvel title, give me a pass, it’s Stephen f’ing King, I couldn’t resist reviewing his work. I’ve also thrown in a couple of Wormwood’s and a kick ass chick with a bat, I call this the “I’m going to hell” column, read on and you’ll understand why. Be sure to check out the photos from this month’s Anime Expo. Chanmary, ohh Chanmary,…mmmmmm!….Thank you, and as always…enjoy.

Title-Chronicles of Wormwood

Publisher- Avatar
Script- Garth Ennis
Artist- Jacen Burrows
Format- ongoing
Shipping- good
Age- 17+

The Basics-

Garth ‘freakin’ Ennis, the man who brought me The Boys (which I am happy to say is back!) has brought out one hell of a character. It’s a play on words, get it? No, never mind then. Meet Danny Wormwood, the antichrist, his pal Jay (that’s Jesus Christ to you bible thumpers), and Jimmy (his talking rabbit, ask him why his rabbit talks, go ahead ask him) just your normal bunch of friends, hanging out doing what guys like the son of God and the son of Satan do. Things like drinking whiskey in the local pub, banging Joan of Arc doggy style, making a penis grow on a mans nose…good wholesome clean fun. Let’s not forget Pope Jacko, as he like to be referred to, we first meet him in the middle of a foursome with some hot nuns, naturally alcohol is involved as is a strategically place finger (you gotta read it to figure this one out- once you do, try it at home, if the Pope can do it, so can you), needless to say, the Cardinals are none too pleased.

The Art-

Jacen Burrows handles the art, really, this could be stick figure theatre and I’d still be happy. Fortunately, the art is solid. I mean the scene where a Nun is strapped and handling the Pope is detailed, vibrant and the poppers are so realistic, I thought maybe this scene was a photograph taken from Craigs List Casual Encounters Section. The characters are well drawn, the backgrounds are fair to good, and in some cases amazing. Solid from cover to cover, that’s all you really need in a Garth Enis book. Well most of the time.

The Verdict-

Nuns with strap-ons, the Pope doing poppers, a black Jesus, a talking rabbit. The anit-christ doing Joan of Arc doggystyle! I’m crying tears of joy just thinking about the next issue.

Title- Hack/Slash

Publisher- DDP
Script- Tim Seeley
Artist- Emily Stone
Format- ongoing
Shipping-good
Age-16+

The Basics-

Cassie Hack is back, and soon to be a major motion picture by the people who brought you Hot Fuzz! I reviewed this title several months ago, before the movie deal and before Tim Seeley took a hiatus. Over the past few months, guest artists and writers have contributed their versions of Cassie Hack, some good, some not so good, however the master is back at the helm and the ship is sailing smoothly. This new first issue picks up where the story ended before Tim left, however it also brings new readers up to speed on the main characters and what drives them in a very quick and precise manner. I was impressed with the way Tim Seeley intertwined the back-story without boring the original readers and in turn making the characters and the book accessible to new readers. A quick recap, Cassie Hack is a slasher killer, she kills the boogey men who plague our society. If there’s a Freddy Krueger in your neighborhood, Cassie is coming for him, if Jason wakes up again, Cassie’s going to put him to sleep for good. Why would someone decide to choose such a profession? What causes someone to lead this sort of life? How bout growing up ugly and ridiculed, then throw in your mom as the school lunch lady, and top that off with her deciding to serial kill the children at your school, cut them up and cook them for the way they treated you. Not enough huh, did I forget to mention Cassie was the one who caught her, and later killed her? Messed up enough now? Good, now you can really get into some fun. Cassie is smart, sarcastic, anti social (duh), psychotic, and sexy as hell, her partner, Vlad is none of the above, he does swing a mighty fine machete. Together they hunt slashers and kill them, kill them good.

The Art-

The art is strong as ever. Emily Stone has a different style from the previous artists; I would call it watercolor style. That’s how it feels, like she painted each scene with watercolors, which would be insane. It gives the book and almost Norman Rockwell feel, a good feeling for a book about murderous horror movie rejects. I like the dichotomy. I look forward to more Emily Stone.

The Verdict-

I’m a sucker for a woman in a fishnet dress with thigh highs and a nail studded baseball bat!

Title-Dark Tower

Publisher- Marvel
Script- Based on Stephen King’s books
Artist- Jae Lee
Format- 7-30 issues, the info varies
Shipping- good
Age- 14+

The Basics-

This mini series collects the story of the Gunslinger, from the infamous Dark Tower series. I haven’t read the Dark Tower, and I’ve read conflicting reports as to whether this is a recap of the origin, a prequel to his later story, or as one site said, a quick recap which will lead into stories filling the gaps in time from the Dark Tower series. It doesn’t matter, even if all the reports hadn’t confused me, the book itself would have. It is written in the language of this world, a confusing concoction of slang and misspelled, mispronounced Queens English. Granted after 30-40 pages (okay, I’m exaggerating, after 12-20 pages) you begin to grow accustomed to it and the reading begins to make sense. I don’t have much to tell you by way of story or plot. Kid wants to be like dad, only better, evil uncle tricks him, ugliness ensues, kid is forced to become man. Blah, blah, Blah.

The Art-

Jae Lee kicks ass, the art is stupendous. Truly amazing, the backgrounds are a mix of computer coloring and hand painting. The entire process behind the artists is astounding. I find myself picking this book up every week and flipping through it a few times before putting it back on the shelf.

The Verdict-

This is a specialized read, you are probably a Dark Tower fan before you pick up this slow moving, written in pig latin, with 4 pages of novel at the end capitalist, Stephen ‘I’ll sell out my mother for another buck’ King endeavor. Be sure to pick up all 100 variant covers, and the 75 B & W issues.

Title- Wormwood Gentleman Corpse

Publisher- IDW
Script/Artist- Ben Templesmith
Format- ongoing
Shipping- good
Age- 16+

The Basics-

Not familiar with Ben Templesmith? What is wrong with you? He should be familiar as he is the artist on Fell, one of my top 3 books of the year. I can’t begin to explain this book… Wormwood is the name used for the Anti Christ, so it will have something to do with demons, devils and hell. It is a freakish story set in a freakish nightmare of a town.

The Art-

Ben has a particular style, not easily imitated, and very recognizable, he fist perfectly with Fell, his characters and backgrounds, well they become part of the story, the background becomes a character. He is good at this particular artistic feat. Making seemingly normal locals, take on a slew of characteristics, akin to a great actor. This is a book you have to see to appreciate.

The Verdict-

Like Pop Bot? Fell? Macabre? Vampires and hell? Okay. This is that and more. Pick it up and delve into your darker side.

Anthony Dominguez
www.anthonydominguez.com
myspace.com/anthonydominguez

4/23/07

Before I start this week’s column, I want to take this moment to point you the reader towards our new myspace page. www.myspace.com/pulpfictiononline. If you’re not a friend, please add us. Management has put in a lot of work on the page, there will be promos, contests, giveaways and special promotions only found there. This week’s column focuses on three heroes who kick ass. One swings a stick, one swings a sword, and the least likely hero swings a wrench. I call it ‘Catch a bastard’ in a few more sentences, you’ll understand why. As always…enjoy.

Title- Scalped

Publisher-Vertigo
Script- Jason Aaron
Artist- R.M. Guera
Format- ongoing
Shipping- Good
Age- 15 & over

The Basics-

The Prairie Rose Indian Reservation in South Dakota…A better setting couldn’t be found. Especially for a man named Bad Horse, Dashiel Bad Horse, 100% Bad motherf23ker and Sioux Indian. Mr. Bad Horse returns to the reservation to get reacquainted with the past. He starts by striking up a friendly conversation about Jesus, while swinging a well-worn pair of nun chucks! Quite a ay to say “I’m Home!” We are soon introduced to Red Crow, the Boss, notice I didn’t say Chief, of the Prairie Rose Indian Reservation, or Rez as it is affectionately called. It’s his, ‘dog soldiers’ Bad Horse has been having ‘conversations’ with, and it’s his attention Bad Horse has been looking to attract. The Rez is n the process of opening a casino, and a few people are going to get very rich, people like Red Crow and his ‘dog soldiers’ and quite possibly a man with considerable ‘conversation’ skills such ass Bad Horse. Who is Bad Horse, where has he been, what is his motive for coming back to the Rez? Don’t skip to the last page, it’ll ruin the surprise.

The Art-

The cover is amazing, part old Vegas, part oil painting and completely menacing. The art is less about detail and all about tone and feeling. The characters are gritty, dark and ugly. There is very little ‘beauty’ found on the Rez, which is a statement in of itself. The art conveys this sentiment of corruption and desolation completely. The coloring sets the tone from frame to frame, similar to the lighting used in the movie ‘Traffic’ or more recently ‘300’. The backgrounds are fuzzy, dirty, and often times barren, leaving the reader to reach their own conclusions. This is a great pairing of artist and writer.

The Verdict-

Bad Horse is a bad a$$ with a bad attitude and nun chucks. You can’t argue with a man and his nun chucks. If you’re a Warren Ellis, Grant Morrison, or rank Miller fan this book is up your alley.

Title- Okko

Publisher- archaia Studios Press
Script- Hub
Artist- Hub
Format- 4 issues
Shipping- good (sells out quick-with no reorder)
Age- 15+

The Basics-

Meet Okko the demon hunter and his friends Noboro, and Noshin the monk as they venture to find Tikku’s sister Little Carp, who has been kidnapped by pirates, if this sounds similar to the info on the back cover, it is, The reason, it’s a basic description of this story here’s the meat and potatoes. This story is translated from Japanese or quite possibly French (like The Killer- look for an upcoming review) and the first two issues move very slowly, the story is deep and involved, the characters are intense and multi layered with nuances too subtle to describe in such a short review. We are taken into a rich and vastly detailed world of demons and tradition where nothing is as it seems.

The Art-

Quite possibly the richest, deepest free flowing comic released in the past few months. The coloring brings forth a depth of emotions and characteristics within each frame, from each character and from brings forward a exquisitely detailed background with ease. The back cover says it’s like looking at screenshots from an anime studio, I agree, while I read this I was continually reminded of the art from the anime series Samurai Champloo.

The Verdict-

I would say wait for the story to finish, then grab all four to see if it reaches the depths of plot in a single story arc, but since it’s so ‘hot’ you probably will not be able to get back issues, grab em’ now. I predict the final books will bring this story full circle and finish nicely.

Title- Gearhead

Publisher- Acana
Script- Dennis Hopeless
Artist- Hellen/Herrera
Format- ongooing (?)
Shipping- absolutely no idea
Age- 15+

The Basics-

“I raced Shelby Cooper…and all I got was OWNED.” reads the t-shirt being worn by the latest victim in the aftermath of a short race with the illustrious Shelby Cooper. At sometime in the future, where combustible engines are outlawed in major cities, Shelby is a certified gearhead, a tomboy who loves fast cars, bikes and anything that smells like gasoline and rubber. I may have fallen in love for the 5th time with a fictional character. We get to learn a few things about Shelby, and her father…who…well, I’ll let her brother fill you in. This is a superhero book, what kind of superhero? When issue 2 hits stands, I’ll let you know.

The Art-

It’s got hot rods and motorcycles as well as some flying cars. How could I not like it? The setting is my idea of Bakersfield year 3000. Did I mention the main character is in a tank top covered in grease? Is there anything sexier…no. There is a particular style here, a unique I would like to see more of.

The Verdict-

Hot rods, tomboys covered in grease and holding big tools, I will be hoarding these issues, don’t even ask me to borrow a copy.

Anthony Dominguez
www.anthonydominguez.com
myspace.com/anthonydominguez


 

4/13/07

This week’s column is a movie review. Last night I went to see the long awaited, long anticipated Grindhouse Double Feature by Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantio. I have been excited to see this movie for months, actually years, ever since I met them and Frank Miller at the Sin City DVD release screening. During the Q & A session, they talked about this movie and my mouth started watering! I’m a fan of the old grindhouse movies. If you’re not familiar with the genre here is a quick intro. They consisted of C-D grade movies put out by independent movie studios, which showcased extreme violence-over the top gory violence-gratuitous nudity, and outrageous storylines with little or no plot. Featuring terrible acting, cheesy soundtracks, horrible special effects, childlike editing and laughable film quality and camera work. They were almost underground; horse-traded between movie houses, and back alley art houses so the quality would deteriorate rapidly. Later Roger Corman would take major aspects of this genre and make tons of cult classics with just a fraction more in budgets, never losing the core of the genre. You may or may not be familiar with these movies; many have been remade in the last few years, Rollerball being one of them. Death Race 2000 is still my all time favorite. As you may or may not know, Grindhouse is actually two separate movies, Planet Terror- Directed by Robert Rodriguez and Death Proof- Directed by Quentin Tarantino, complete with fake movie previews and an intermission between the two. Here today I give you Grindhouse Double Feature, as always…enjoy.

Title- Planet Terror

Director-Robert Rodriguez

The Basics-

A good old fashioned zombie movie, and I mean old fashioned, nothing new in this telling. Featuring Bruce Willis as the general and Freddy Rodriguez as Wray or El Rey the quintessential bad boy with a secret past. Rose McGowan as the love interest and a whole cast of characters to fill space, wait till you meet the babysitter twins, oh the naughty things I would have done if they were my babysitters… I digress. The plot is as follows; Money hungry scientist sells top-secret bio agent to military renegades, gets double-crossed and said bio agent is released upon an unsuspecting town, creating a population of disfigured pustule filled flesh eating zombies. The bad boy with a secret past (El Rey) bands together with local sheriff (who does not trust bad boy) and survivors to fight their way to safety. Violence, sex, and mayhem ensue. Roll Credits.

The Art-

It’s a f23king Zombie movie, a low budget inspired zombie movie. The art sucked, just like it was supposed to. So in that regard it was good.

The Verdict-

Useless thing to do #69. Watch the movie and you’ll understand. I f23king hate zombie movies. This was no better. The campy ness of the ‘missing reels’, flickering screen and scratch marks on the film got real annoying after about 30seconds. I had fully expected a movie that was reminiscent of the old Roger Corman movies, not a movie exactly like the grindhouse movies of the 70’s. I could rent one of them motherf23kers myself for a lot less money and a fast forward button. Project Terror made me want to go home and throw out my signed Sin City DVD!

Title- Death Proof

Director-Quentin Tarantino

The Basics-

Kurt Russell stars in this Roger Corman inspired (al’ la Death Race 2000) movie about a man named Stuntman Mike and his car, he lovingly calls Death Proof. We meet Stuntman Mike about 20 minutes into the film, after we have been thoroughly bored with Jungle Julia, Butterfly and their annoying friends. After Stuntman Mikes introduction and subsequent meeting of Jungle Julia and crowd, we are introduced to Zoë and her crowd, I love Zoë, there is something about a Kiwi accent to get those juices flowing, throw in Rosario Dawson and Kim (a younger sexier version of Wanda Sykes) and you’ve got every boy’s dream! There is some great muscle car action, almost no plot, and I mean no plot, amazing stunts and did I mention spectacular muscle cars? Full of action, cars and hot ass this is how a movie should be, if it’s gonna be grindhouse style.

The Art-

It’s done as an original grindhouse movie, so the style is very minimal; the focus is on the women and the cars, both of which look amazing.

The Verdict-

I actually zoned out 3 times in the first 10 minutes. Counting the moment I took to jot this note that would be 4. This portion of my useless night #69 was much more like a Roger Corman movie. Although 20 minutes in, still not a f23king thing has happened. The fake previews have been the best part of the movie, besides Kurt Russell’s IcyHot driving jacket, gotta love product placement! The gratuitous ass shots don’t hurt this one either. Quentin Tarantino’s stamp is all over. Kurt’s the best part of this movie, and Rose McGowan is paying back for her earlier performance. As Death Proof progresses I find myself smiling, and now laughing out loud! If it weren’t for Death Proof (and especially Zoë) I would have asked for my money back.

Ultimate Verdict-

I say arrive late, right about intermission and watch Death Proof, not for the movie but for the cars and ladies.

Anthony Dominguez
www.anthonydominguez.com
myspace.com/anthonydominguez

3/07/07

This weeks column is about The Maxx, The Maxx and nothing but The Maxx, well, also Friends of Maxx. You may wonder why? First off, it’s one of my favorite series; next it was and still remains as ‘off the beaten path’ as humanly possible, and finally, Sam Keith is hands down my favorite artist working today. He has a skill set that is unbelievable, and let’s not forget the fact that he employed the talents of the great Alan Moore – which issues, well you’ll have to do some detective work to figure that out. Yes this column is biased, no need to skip to the verdict, it’s obvious. Thank you and as always…enjoy.

Title- The Maxx

Publisher- Originally Image now Wildstorm
Script- Sam Keith
Artist- Sam Keith
Format- Was monthly, now collected in 6 Trades
Shipping- In stock at Pulp Fiction
Age- 15 & up

The Basics-

The Maxx burst on the scene in March 1993 with a resounding ‘Thwack’ and continued on for many years, ending with issue 35 somewhere around 1998, then continuing with a new story arc in the Friends of Maxx series. The Maxx centers on The Maxx, a homeless man and Julie Winters, a social worker that tends to The Maxx in what can be determined as a very strange relationship. There is Sarah a friend, Mr. Gone a serial killer with some strange talents, white and black Isz’s, a wild ‘Outback’ and a series of ‘spirit animals’. If it sounds like a prep course in Psyche 101, you’re getting close. There is no accidental resemblance between the Isz’s and one’s Id. Sam Keith took on a very challenging project when he pitched this book to Image, a book where each and every characters personality, and psyche is examined, exposed, then reexamined from a completely new viewpoint. Each alter ego, spirit animal and horrific event is dissected cunningly throughout each and every frame. It’s deliciously confusing and enlightening, with an ending well worth the wait.

The Art-

Enough can’t be said about Sam Keith’s particular art style. Stylized just doesn’t cover enough ground. Refer to his current work on the Batman short series, Secrets, where I’ve never seen a better Joker, Scratch or countless other amazing renditions of well-known characters. His use of color, shadows and black accentuate each and every frame, you find yourself examining each book for something new you didn’t see the first five times. His character style is unique, bold, striking and vulnerable when it needs to be. I think my favorite part is how the style changes based upon the particular story or emotion involved. If you ever saw the MTV cartoon of the same name, you know what I’m talking about. It was almost a frame for frame adaptation.

The Verdict-

Ohhh, this should be a real surprise. The Maxx, is one of my favorite comic book series of all time, if you enjoy great art, an interesting, twisting/turning, funny/sad story and good ol’ action, you won’t be disappointed, and if you enjoy psychology and sociology, you may just learn a thing or two. As for me, I’m all for getting my knowledge from a comic book.

Anthony Dominguez
www.anthonydominguez.com
myspace.com/anthonydominguez

HI Folks –

it’s Mike, everyone’s favorite editor here. We have decided to run a special promotion here at Pulp Fiction to celebrate the return of Anthony! Just come up to the counter and mention you read this column and you will be the proud owner of a FREE copy of The Maxx #1 from Image Comics! That’s right, absolutely free – while supplies last, of course. And be sure to watch the website (www.pulpfictiononline.com) for more nuggets of brilliance from Anthony in the near future – right Anthony?

12/06/06

Happy Holidays to each and every reader, Thanksgiving was magical, I was on a serious traveling kick, Vegas, Reno, then back to Vegas, plus I’m performing heavily again, not to mention Heroes, which by the way is on this lovely evening. I for one am excited, excited, excited! Hence my missed columns for the past few weeks, never fear, I am here till January, at which time I will be going to Mazatlan-basically what I am saying my faithful readers, is there will not be any interruptions until the end of January. Without further adieu this week’s column is about men, I call it-‘The lovable Losers’ column. First we have possibly the biggest loser in comics, followed by 7 lucky losers (who aren’t actually all losers) and one very lovable/hate able loser with some amazing luck or just giant cohones! Any way you look at they make you feel better about yourself during the holidays, cause no matter what your problems are, theirs are bigger, trust me. Thank you, and as always…enjoy.

Title- The Damned

Publisher- ONI
Script- Cullen Bunn
Artist- Brian Hurt
Format- 1-5
Shipping- Good
Age- 15 & up

The Basics-

Meet Eddie, He’s dead. Very, very dead, however this is only a slight inconvenience for Eddie, kind of like the flu for you or me. See Eddie is cursed, or as the title says Damned, in this noir book, Eddie is ‘Bogey’ (Humphrey Bogart-go see a movie or read a book if you don’t know the reference) the consummate gumshoe; a loner, an intelligent go to guy with a penchant for stirring up trouble, the kind that kills him, which fortunately or unfortunately brings him back to life. The story is straight noir, think Maltese Falcon or more recently Brick (do a google search if you must)- damsel in distress, double crosses, followed by double crosses, a detective too smart for his own good, caught in the middle of a situation in which he can only play out, knowing it is going to end badly, basically the foundation for great cinema. Take this story and add an underworld full of demons, some black magic and a host of characters normal and strange, keep the slang genuine 1920’s, mix briskly add ink and paper, and bake for 20 minutes.

The Art-

As I have stated many times before, my taste in B&W comics is very limited, I am a comic snob, my feeling is that color hides many of an artists flaws, a good painter can bring to life bad art, however B&W art is the true litmus test, you are either very good or very bad, no in between’s in my book. In this case it is very good. Similar in some aspects to The Goon, and at the same time all together different; B&W sets a tone a specific feeling is conjured with each brush stroke, noir wouldn’t be as good any other way.

The Verdict-

Underworld, demons, 1920’s slang, femme fatale, damsel in distress, a guy who just can’t stay dead…a leather recliner, Johnny Walker Black & Coke on the rocks by the fire, life just can’t get any better. Here’s to you Eddie. Cheers.

Title- John Woo’s 7 Brothers

Publisher- Virgin Comics
Script- Garth Ennis
Artist- Jeevan Kang
Format- 1-7 (not positive maybe 6)
Shipping- very good
Age- 15& Up

The Basics-

Welcome to the world of Virgin Comics, you may be familiar with some of their other products, Virgin Mobile, Virgin Music, Virgin Air, and a slew of other Virgin’s. In case you felt there were not enough major players in the field of comics, Virgin is here to set the record straight, through savvy marketing, interesting collaborations and a commitment to higher quality in their printing process, choice of paper stock and choice of artists, they are taking the comic world by storm. This is their first in a series of Director’s cuts, collaborations featuring today’s hottest directors side by side with today’s hottest writers and artists. John Woo’s 7 Brothers is a story (possibly folklore) about, you guessed it 7 brothers. In the first issue we are introduced to the 7 who have ‘abilities’, in the second issue we are introduced to the reason. Standard fare, the hope is it will be popular enough to be made into a feature length movie, and is thus written with this in mind. John Woo is famous in Asian Cinema for his striking character portrayals and violent not so happy endings, all very original ideas and a style all his own, here we see a watered down version, sadly like most of his US released movies. The story is fun, light and predictable, with a luxurious back-story, which I find more interesting so far.

The Art-

Magical, remarkable, exceptional, outstanding, I’m running out of thesaurus supplied adjectives. The entire book looks hand painted, strikingly beautiful, I am not familiar with Jeevan Kang’s previous work, however I will be on the lookout from now on. Each scene is a carefully orchestrated barrage of images, color and technique meant to draw the reader in closer and closer with the turn of each page.

The Verdict-

I like art, I like Jeevan Kang, I like 7 Brothers, because of Jeevan Kang.

Title- Jack of Fables

Publisher- Vertigo
Script- Bill Willingham/Matthew Struges
Artist- Tony Akins/Andrew Pepoy
Format- Ongoing
Shipping- very good
Age- 16&up

The Basics-

Jack be nimble, Jack be quick, Jack is a con artist and a prick! In Bill Willingham’s surprise spin off (were we truly surprised?) Jack, if you follow Fables (a book due a review in the up coming weeks) you would be familiar with Jack, if not, I’ll fill you in. He is one of many Fables living in our world, remember all the nursery rhymes/fairy tales you read and heard as a kid? Picture all of those characters as flesh n’ blood beings stuck in New York City. There’s the right idea now, well our buddy Jack is the cockiest, and quite possibly the stupidest of them all, despite his utter incompetence he seems to land on his feet each and every time he begins his face first fall from the top of the world, only to turn right back around and start his march back to the top. In this series we get to see how and more importantly Why many of these adventures lure our intrepid hero over and over again. I won’t ruin the surprise by telling you where the story begins, which consequently is where it leaves off in the last Fables book, suffice it to say, the current story arc is interesting, filled with hundreds of fables you love, hate, and in some cases have no idea even existed. Bill Willingham spins a tale worthy of Rumplestiltskin.

The Art-

Similar to the art in Fables, however not quite as compelling, or interesting gone are the sides and borders, calligraphy and with it the overall unique appeal of Fables. This book relies heavily on story and character development over detail and artistic value.

The Verdict-

Full of wit, humor, kinky fable sex and intelligent use of four letter words, each page is clever and entertaining. You gotta root for the a$$hole once in a while, besides who isn’t turned on by the thought of our favorite fairy tale character having kinky sex?

Anthony Dominguez
www.anthonydominguez.com
myspace.com/anthonydominguez

11/06/06

Good day my faithful, my Monday addiction will soon be on the air, which brings me to this week’s column, one I need to finish quickly in order to watch my stories. Welcome to ‘The bad, the badder and the baddest’ featuring a criminal mastermind, an ex soviet spy/hit man, and a clinically insane super hero. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I like my women exotic and my heroes’ evil, thank you, and as always…enjoy.

Title- Criminal

Publisher- Icon
Script- Ed Brubaker
Artist- Sean Phillips
Format- 5 issues
Shipping- good
Age-15& up

The Basics-

Meet Leo, he’s got rules, lots of them. They keep him out of jail, keep him grinding day to day and most importantly, keep him miserable and alone, except for his Alzheimer ridden mentor Ivan. Leo’s got demons…demons from a job gone wrong, the only job he pulled where he broke his rules; people died and he feels responsible. They say he’s the best and he IS. Leo’s story begins anew when he is recruited by Seymour (a shady con man and the man who brought the job that went bad to Leo 5 years earlier); a game of cat and mouse/chess ensues, will he do the job? Will the job go bad? What will Leo do to redeem himself? These and many other questions will be answered in 5 easy installments of Ed Brubaker’s Criminal. Brubaker has been at the helm of the few mainstream comics I have enjoyed (Daredevil and Captain America), his writing is hard, edgy, fast and dark. The basest emotions of each character are brought to the forefront as his stories build upon each scene until a final confrontation leaves the reader all gooey inside.

The Art-

Sean Phillips, the current artist for (I can’t say this without laughing) Marvel Zombies, is at the helm of this character study filled with many characters. His talents are put to the test here, each scene features 1-3 prominent characters, expressing a myriad of emotions crucial to the understanding of the story. He handles it admirably, not much different from his work on Captain or Daredevil, almost exactly the same – same feel, color work, shading, I like it.

The Verdict-

The mean streets of anywhere USA, take a look and you will find these characters sipping beer, talking in hushed tones, scheming, plotting and planning that one big score, the one they can retire on. Or you could just sit on your nice couch and participate in the safety of your own home, I vote for that one.

Title- Red Warrior

Publisher- Beckett (under Image now)
Script- Jeff Amano
Artist- Andy Macdonald
Format- Graphic Novel (sadly this is all they release now)
Shipping- Good, it’s one book
Age- 15 & up

The Basics-

A ‘typical’ story from the mind of Jeff Amano, when I say ‘typical’ that is not to say ‘ordinary’. His stories are far from ordinary, if you doubt me read Fade From Grace (quite possibly one of the best stories in the last 5 years) or his Kiss and Tell series, based upon biblical stories. No, his ‘typical’ style is far from ordinary. Red Warrior is no different; in my interview with him (be on the lookout for the entire interview in an upcoming column) he told me that he had rigorously researched Russia, the fall of the KGB and subsequent rise of the Russian mob (which coincidently featured many ex KGB officials and military men), the language, the culture and Russian Martial Arts. Needless to say, this book is full of mystery, intrigue, superpowers, love & murder, neatly interspersed with authenticity to wet your appetite.

The Art-

I enjoy Jeff Amano’s artwork immensely, so I was sad to hear that he would not be drawing this one; Andy Macdonald (NYC Mech) is the artist. I’m normally not a fan of black and white comics (The Crow and Sin City the standard which all shall be judged against), but I have to say this book is a good example of what can be done without color; gritty, detailed, dark and looming, fast paced and full of life. A strange statement about a black and white book, however when you look at what makes a black and white book great, it comes down to the artist’s ability to convey every nuance through deft hand work and skillful detail. Andy does a wonderful job.

The Verdict-

Jeff Amano writes with a style very hard to describe in words, when you finish this book, you will feel spent, satiated, and ultimately satisfied.

Title-Meltdown

Publisher- Image
Script- David B. Schwartz
Artist- Sean Wang
Format- 2 issues (prestige format)
Shipping- not sure yet
Age- 15& up

The Basics-

“I was battling second string villains…and I was actually able to control both the situation and myself-perfectly, until…” (Paraphrased from the book) Until what? I bet you want to know…the answer, until our man Cal, or The Flare as he is known in costume, goes completely berserk and french fries said second-string villains. Why you may ask? He is dying, the heat he uses to defend the innocent and battle the guilty, is literally consuming him from the inside out. He is physically and more importantly, mentally breaking down. With Cal’s life rapidly approaching its end, he decides to right the many wrongs he feels he’s committed throughout his short career as a superhero. The last stand of a madman, are his actions truly righting the wrongs, were his deeds truly wrong? Who’s to say? Cal does, and with his brain at a nicely ‘medium well’ state nobody’s arguing with him; actually nobody’s getting near him.

The Art-

With amazing, I mean amazing covers (from what the advanced previews have shown) and great scene layout, this book is fun to look at. Switching in style from Sunday morning comic strip (think Marmaduke or Father Knows Best) to campy ‘POW’ style, then blending into a more action oriented adult style. This all happens seamlessly, more of less, following the writing style and pace/action of the story.

The Verdict-

Come follow a madman find his inner peace, through murder, mayhem and all around brilliant violence! Bring the kids, it’s fun for the whole family. Written with a darkly unique sense of humor Meltdown hits the spot every time

And now one (sadly short) note from Anthony…

Today’s (bonus) column is like a cheesecake from Carl’s Jr., good and quick…

Title- African Blood-CVO

Publisher- IDW
Script- horrible
Artist- bad
Format- monthly- really
Shipping- good I guess
Age- 15 & up

The Basics-

This is so bad I won’t waste my time reviewing it.

Anthony Dominguez
www.anthonydominguez.com
myspace.com/anthonydominguez

10/20/06

This column is suggested for mature readers due graphic language and scenarios!

I must apologize (again) for my lack of timely columns; blame it on Heroes, quite possibly the best show on television (that is until Rescue Me comes back). Today’s column features a few arseholes, one Bitch (I say that in the Lil’ Kim, positive kind of way) and two crazy bastards! I call it the “A few arseholes, 1 Bitch and 2 crazy bastards sitting in a tree” column. Possibly some of the most despicable hero’s in comics today, how could you go wrong? Wait and see, thank you, and as always…enjoy.

Title- The Boys

Publisher- Wildstorm
Script- Garth Ennis
Artist- Darick Robertson
Format- monthly
Shipping- so far so good
Age- 17&up

The Basics-

The book opens with a big black boot on some super powered beings head, his now flat head. AND he’s missing an eye. We meet Billy Butcher (who coincidently is wearing big black boots), as he’s looking up in the sky watching a team of super heroes fly by, he says to himself and I quote, “I’m gonna fuckin’ have you…. you cunt.” End quote. Next we meet Terror, his lovable British Bulldog, as we are led into a happy little scene involving a man (Wee Hughie) and his new love (Robin), who is (while celebrating her newfound love) ripped from his arms (leaving them hanging in his hands, mind you) and smashed like a tattoo into a brick wall by the careless throw of the super hero known as A-Train, in his attempt to catch a super villain. Hughie, the now comatose former lover of said tattoo woman stands in shock while A-Train tells him “out of my fucking way”, not noticing or not caring that Hughie is holding what is left of his girlfriend in his hands, her arms. The romance in this scene is overwhelming (insert sarcasm here). Who polices the super heroes? This is the question Butcher asks, his answer…ME. Butcher, better known by the CIA by this description ‘characterised as possibly single most dangerous individual ever encountered by this agency.” Is the one who they call when the supes need a lil’ reminding of whose really in charge here. Remind he does, with the help of ‘The Frenchman’, a psychotic little man with a severe penchant for violence, ‘The Female’, a quiet tiny woman with a penchant for disturbing, let me repeat myself, ‘disturbing violence’, Wee Hughie, who we all know lost his first love at the hands of a reckless supe, and last but not least ‘Mother’s Milk’, who defies explanation. This is The Boys, the first line of defense against the supes, and the last people any supe wants to see EVER!

The Art-

The art is strong, graphic, and entertaining, man of the Characters resemble actors and actresses you’ve all seen at one point or another, a nod to the British cinema I suppose. The backgrounds are detailed, overflowing with characters and scenery. Each scene is played well through the artists’ eye, with an attention to detail and dialogue often absent from today’s comics.

The Verdict-

I know, it sounds a little shocking? A little disgusting? A little AWESOME? My thoughts exactly!

Title- Bomb Queen

Publisher- Shadowline (Image)
Script/Artist- Jimmie Robinson
Format-monthly
Shipping- it’s Image, who knows
Age- 17&up

The Basics-

The Bomb Queen rules, I mean it, she rules with an iron fist, okay maybe a fist full of bombs, but she rules never the less. New Port City is her domain, she has been the undisputed dictator for the last 10 years, surprisingly and even though she brutally kills (many times entertainingly so) any and everyone who opposes her, the citizens of New Port City love her, they rightfully fear her, and yet the love seems so genuine. Of course her attire, large (frequently) exposed breasts, g-string and penchant for playing to the cameras doesn’t hurt either. This will be The Queen’s second mini series, her first mini series was 4 issues followed by a one shot featuring Blacklight, and this series may be ongoing. Don’t fear, for those of you unfamiliar with the Queen, this new series gives a great recap of her past and how she became the Queen of New Port City. The story starts with the Queen killing some bank robbers, the hostages, some boy scouts, and countless bystanders, aww she’s so sweet. She follows this little romp up with a nother little romp. She goes on a date, not one to mince words, she tells her would be beau, if he can’t fuckk, she’ll kill him. Now that’s some pressure, the kind of pressure every red blooded young man loves. I think. Before testing his skills and possibly killing him, she recounts a portion of her story, how she became the Queen of this little city. The reader is left with some clues, and a little foreshadowing of things to come, what’s coming is some major ass kicking, who’s? You’ll have to read to find out.

The Art-

Printed on a higher quality paper, using better inks and bright colors, this book really stands out. Each scene is filled with mayhem of some sort, New Port City is very Norman Rockwell like, which makes the dialogue and story that much more entertaining, and the pictorial the artist chooses to use to depict the love scene magical, magical I tell you. I like this artist.

The Verdict-

Does he fuck well enough to live? I want to know, whom will the Queen kill next? I want to know, what will happen next? You want to know!

Title-The Savage Brothers

Publisher- Boom
Script-Andrew Cosby/Johanna Stokes
Artist- Rafael Aburquerque
Format- monthly
Shipping- I’ve only seen 1 so far?
Age- 17&up

The Basics-

The apocalypse has arrived, so now what? Well if for some particular reason you were not saved, you have to make a living, and what better way than to sell your services as purveyors of heaven, that is to say, you kill the un-dead so they can ascend to the higher plane and be with their loved ones. In return, you make a decent living, and who the hell cares if they are really ascending or just plain old dying; a living’s a living. Meet the Savage Brothers, a pair of good Samaritans living in the end days trying to make an honest living, by defrauding those left behind, and killing some zombies while they’re at it. Reminds me of the Boon Brothers, (search myspace, you’ll find them) just some good ol’ boys been in trouble with the law since the day they was borne.

The Art-

Lots of reds and blacks, all hellfire and brimstone if you know what I mean. The art is funny; the characters are all drawn with an extra bit of character, does that make any sense to you? If not take a look and you’ll see what I mean. Purple seems to be a color of choice in this artists palette as well, I like purple, so did Jimi Hendrix and Prince, if they liked it, it must be cool.

The Verdict-

Satirically funny, anything poking fun at religion is worth a read in my book, not to mention zombie killing is always fun, I’m off to kill some myself, until next time…enjoy.

Anthony Dominguez
comedian.writer.lover