- Posted by Giaco Furino
- On February 10, 2016
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This week – Cage Hero, Hellbreak, The Eltingville Club, and Jonesy.
Marvel’s got their cinematic universe set to take over our universe. DC’s got some of the most globally-recognizable hero brands in the world. So what about everyone else? Each week, I take a look at a few comics released by smaller publishers. From companies owned by the “big two” to the smallest of the small presses, check in with Indie Comics Watch, and see what else is out there.
Cage Hero #4 (Dynamite)
Written by Kevin Eastman (of fame) and luminaries from the world of MMA Fighting, follows the story of Legend, a new superhero who’s just become a member of the super-fighting group The Cage Heroes. In this final issue of the mini-series, they’ve got to fight ninjas, storm an enemy fortress, and save Legend’s grandpa. Sounds awesome, right? Well… it is!
Written by Kevin Eastman (of TMNT fame) and luminaries from the world of MMA Fighting, Cage Hero follows the story of Legend, a new superhero who’s just become a member of the super-fighting group The Cage Heroes. In this final issue of the mini-series, they’ve got to fight ninjas, storm an enemy fortress, and save Legend’s grandpa. Sounds awesome, right? Well… it is!
Hellbreak #10 (Oni Press)
There are tons of different hells, each ruled by vicious gangs and perverse freaks, and in the world of Hellbreak sometimes the wrong people get sent to hell. So there’s a crew of fighters who volunteer to go into hell, shoot the place up, and extract those who don’t belong. In this issue, the crew attempts to reconnect and get their numbers back together before tearing out of hell, and we get some great background info on one of the stars of the series. I love this concept, but felt I could use a little more comic in this comic… it felt just a tad short. Maybe it wasn’t, maybe I just loved it so much I wanted more (I’m greedy when it comes to good books).
The Eltingville Club – Hardcover Collection (Dark Horse)
This is it, Eltingville Club fans… the definitive collection of the series that focuses on all things geeky. Described in the press release as “the ultimate word on the fugly side of fandom,” Club rings a little too true and too close to home for anyone who’s spent any time working in comics and gaming. As a former manager of a board game/Magic: The Gathering shop… I can tell you from first hand experience—this hurts. But it hurts so good, this is helpful, soul-cleansing self-scouring going on here. This hardcover collection features all the comics, and notes on the Adult Swim pilot TV show which should have been a series but this world is unfair and unjust.
*Pick of the Week*
Jonesy #1 (Boom! Studios)
All hail Jonesy, the new Queen of Comics! Jonesy is a kid who’s into all sorts of awesome stuff (like making zines… swoon!) and can also make anyone fall in love with anything. But she can’t use her love magic on herself, which is both a hilarious set-up and a great way to deal with the topic of teenage romance. This is the type of honest, heart-achingly fun comic kids need these days (damn, I feel like a grandpa). This comic is completely plugged in, it doesn’t feel forced, or like it’s trying to “appeal to the kids.” Like the reboot of Archie, this comic breathes with life, and is an honest, diverse, hilarious, and fun-as-hell comic. Get this comic right now, you fools!