Friday, March 30, 2007


Yeah, I know... the Blog Extra has been AWOL for a couple of months. Couldn't be helped, as life has thrown a couple of curves at me. But it should return within the next few weeks on a more consistent basis. In the meantime, please enjoy this review of a book due out next Wednesday.

Written by James Farr and Drawn by Nate Lovett
Published by Devil’s Due Press

The first thing you think of when you see a book called XOMBIE is: dear God, do we really need another one?

Image has a zombie book. Marvel has one. IDW has published their fair share. Boom Studios built their company on zombie books. Dynamite has one on the way. So the market is pretty saturated by books featuring the walking dead. Therefore, when I went to crack the cover on this book, it was starting at a pretty severe disadvantage.

But damned if I didn’t get drawn into this one. The first thing that grabs you is the look; Nate Lovett’s art moves the zombie story away from the gritty realism of Charlie Adlard and others, and instead shifts it towards the more animated-looking style. It’s friendly and accessible, even with the dark topic at hand. Second is the story itself; Farr’s world is not only well developed, but it also has a kid at the heart of the story, and one who doesn’t annoy the reader right out of the gate. Most of the time when you put a kid in this type of situation, you hope for their quick and horrific death, but not Zoe (our heroine, if you will).

The main plot, in which a sentient and reasonable zombie is located and asked to aid the human population, has plenty of potential for interesting directions to go, and as long as the book plays fair and keeps Zoe from becoming too much of an ass pain, this should have a strong, successful run.

Closing out a so-so week, we have a true highlight offering: a new volume of the DUNGEON saga! Sfar, Trondheim, and Larcenet... what more could you ask for?


Thursday, March 29, 2007

The legendary Jim Starlin combines his love of the cosmis with kid-friendly comics in KID KOSMOS...

Beam it up here.


Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Yeesh. I put up a new review yesterday and forgot to update. D'oh! So that means *three* new reviews are ready for your perusal if you use this feed.

From yesterday, a look at the charming all-ages TEXAS STRANGERS. But Wednesday is "Thumbs Down" day, which includes Renee French's MICROGRAPHICA and SUPER REAL VS THE COMICS INDUSTRY.

Make with the clicky.


Monday, March 26, 2007

Manga Monday! This week: catching up on the latest four volumes of PASTEL, a fanservice filled feast for the pervy eye guy.

Plus: a bonus review! With the TRANSFORMERS movie on the way, AiT has brought GIANT ROBOT WARRIORS back into the spotlight. A reprint review from the Movie Poop Shoot days!

Get 'em both here!