July 25, 2014

A Review: MONSTER MOTORS

The Fellowship was fortunate enough to obtain a copy of MONSTER MOTORS from IDW Publishing. The story is by Brian Lynch, with art by Nick Roche, colors by Leonard O’Grady, and letters by Tom B. Long.

 Vic Frankenstein is a young master mechanic. He and his mechanical assistant iGOR have moved to Transylvania to take over the only garage/junkyard in town. Things are going fine until a series of attacks on the town’s vehicles finds them bleed of gasoline. Vic soon discovers that the attacker is a vampire automobile that calls itself Cadillacula! Can our hero get over his fear of this vehicle and end its terror? And are there others that are interested in joining this battle?

Lynch has done a great job of taking the classic monsters and put a cool twist on them with the vehicle angle. It’s really a fun book that has a lot of potential for future specials and mini-series. I like Nick Roche’s style; the monster vehicles look cool and scary, very appropriate for an all-ages book. Go ahead and pick this book up, you won’t regret it.

MONSTER MOTORS is in stores now, or available for ordering at www.idwpublishing.com.

July 24, 2014

A Review: TECH JACKET #1

The Fellowship was fortunate enough to obtain a copy of TECH JACKET #1 from Image Comics. Joe Keatinge writes, Khary Randolph draws and Dave McCaig colors.

Zack has just about the coolest job in the world – he gets to wear an alien battlesuit and beat up scumbags in outer space. He works with his dad, he teleports to a space station every day, and he’s got a hot alien girlfriend. But with all that coolness comes some pretty dangerous stuff, too, and when his girlfriend disappears, he has to go investigate, and that’s when things get really weird.

The first issue of this newly ongoing series gives us a look at the people behind the “Galactic Guardian of Earth.” Zack and his dad are seemingly normal people with normal-people problems, and this helps us relate to them. We also get a glimpse at something sinister that’s starting at home, planting the seed for a future arc. And if you’re a fan of alien goo, the artwork here is sure to please (it’s great either way, really).

A regular guy who works in outer space in a super suit – what could possibly go wrong? This is an exciting space opera in the making. It’s going to be a good one, I think.

TECH JACKET #1 is available now at your FLCS or at imagecomics.com.

~Mike ( @MikeyGeek )