Welcome back to PRESSED TO THE 9’s, our look at some of the best indie comics available at your comic shop NOW! This week you’ll find JOYRIDE #2 from BOOM!, BLOODSHOT REBORN #13 from Valiant, and TOMBOY #5 and CHARLES BAND’S PUPPET MASTER #15 from Action Lab’s Danger Zone! This week we also have input from some outstanding reviewers on the TMStash staff, Stacy “Geeky Goddess” Lott and Joe “Geronimo” Gagel! Let’s get started with…
JOYRIDE #2 (BOOM!):
Joe “Geronimo” Gagel’s Review: Writers Jackson Lanzing, Collin Kelly, artist Marcus To, and colorist Irma Kniivila continue the fun as our main characters have successfully fled Earth and have begun exploring the new worlds and cultures the universe has to offer. It doesn’t take long before our heroine has stolen something of significant value, making a friend, and getting the attention of authorities in the process. The title of the story rings even more true in this issue than the first as they continually have the attitude of running towards something instead of running away. They’re definitely embracing the change and freedom that the home they fled from doesn’t offer or encourage. You should definitely be running toward the indies rack to get your issue today! – 9/10
Stacy “Geeky Goddess” Lott’s Review: “Last month when I introduced you to the new book Joyride by Jackson Lanzing and Collin Kelly, it could have been a one hit wonder. I’m here to tell you that is certainly not the case because along with the amazing Marcus To and Irma Kniivila; they have delivered us another fantastic book.” CLICK HERE for Stacy’s FULL 9/10 review.
Ed “Silver-Aged” Garrett’s Review: The adventure goes from Earth to the stars as Uma demonstrates her ability to get into major trouble wherever she goes. But, there’s more to her fellow adventurers than meets the eye. What’s this about the “Hero of Toronto”? Colin Kelly & Jackson Lanzing (HACTIVIST) are giving us a far-out, over-the-top adventure that is fun to follow…with some terrific characters developing before our eyes. This is a real treat – not a grimdark sad tale but a crazy, high energy treat that you should be reading now! Great artwork by the always amazing Marcus To (with colors by Irma Kniivila). 9/10
BLOODSHOT REBORN #13 (Valiant):
Joe “Geronimo” Gagel’s Review: After losing his love, Magic, Bloodshot has gone hunting for the ones responsible, The Shadowmen. With help from an old ally, Ninjak, he’s able to take revenge and learn that “The Man in the Tower” is his ultimate target. After avoiding death, a huge revelation is made about the past 30 years, bringing Project Rising Spirit back into play, and making Bloodshot rethink everything he’s done. Writer Jeff Lemire continues his ascension to greatness which is only half the fun as artist Lewis Larosa, Stephan Guadiano, and colorist Brian Reber fill in the other half with their exceptional work. If you aren’t reading anything Valiant, then this issue should give a reason to start today. – 9/10
Ed “Silver-Aged” Garrett’s Review: There is a bit of a Bobby-Ewing-coming-out-of-the-shower quality to this issue (Google it if you’re too young to remember). Honestly, I’m not too big a fan of this kind of switcheroo, but still I think Valiant does this one better, with a powerful and moving story that takes everything you’ve seen so far and turns it on its ear. And, it gives a huge twist that has me looking VERY anxiously to whatever Jeff Lemire and company have next. The artwork is simply spectacular in this book – it makes the big reveal even more powerful, thanks to Lewis Larosa with Stefano Gaudiano (with colors by Brian Reber). 9/10
TOMBOY #5 (Action Lab/Danger Zone) – The wrong girl has been abducted, suspected of being the vigilante…so what does her friend do about it? You know, the real person who has been wreaking vengeance everywhere? This is a deeply disturbing and riveting tale, and I just can’t get enough of this book! Mia Goodwin writes and illustrates TOMBOY (with colors by Michelle Wong). 9/10
CHARLES BAND’S PUPPET MASTER #15 (Action Lab/Danger Zone) – The “Blood Debt” arc ends here in epic fashion, with a tight script by Shawn Gabborin and amazing artwork by Michela Da Sacco (with colors by Yann Perrelet) in a great (and gruesome) battle sequence that takes the majority of this issue. PUPPET MASTER does what so few books do these days….it ends an arc with a chapter that truly delivers on its promise. 9/10
That’s it for our Pressed to the 9’s list for this week…don’t miss out on our 10 SPOT and GREAT 8’s lists to see more of the very best in indie comics!