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Review – Boom Studios’ The Woods #1 (2014)

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I could go on at great lengths about how I’ve found Boom’s library of titles to be consistently impressive. Their Hellraiser titles have singlehandedly elevated Barker’s mythology, bringing it back from the slump brought on by several bad direct-to-video installments that barely hinted at the greatness of the first film. The Returning, an original storyline depicting a bizarre rash of NDE experiences culminating in violence and social upheaving is a great read as well. The Woods is no exception, and admittedly I’m already hooked. Borrowing from both King’s The Mist and Golding’s Lord of the Flies, The Woods centers on an average, ordinary high school that, in the blink of an eye, literally gets transported to another world, one with dangers in the form of razor sharp teeth with a nasty hunger. In this case though its not about something borrowed, its about something new and refreshingly that is great characters

BOOM_Woods_001_A_WEBI frequently have trouble with the way horror and sci-fi characterize youthful personalities. Of the two, horror is probably the larger culprit here, placing anyone between the ages of 12-19 firmly in ridiculous, stereotypical, cliché movie-archetypes that do nothing but reinforce the idea that America’s youth is a bunch of horny, vapid, annoying troglodytes. We know the antagonistic jock, the insipid, yet somehow misunderstood cheerleader, the terrorized brainiac and the social miscreant-come-soulful-rebel.  These characters, once perfectly functional in any John Hughes film, seem to feel a little cookie cutter in today’s melting pot society, and because of that, I think audiences are disconnecting from those worn and dated portrayals. That is where The Woods, which could have relied on very easy and already established stereotypes, succeeds by creating characters that have depth, yet feel familiar. This almost instant familiarity, coupled with just the right amount of exposition to fill the mystery of the book with purpose allows the narrative to grow its legs quickly and The Woods wastes absolutely no time getting to the crux of the story.

After we are introduced to several of the book’s main characters, an inexplicable flash of bright light sends several students, including the principal outside to discover that not only is it now night-time, but by the gigantic gas planet seen in the distance, it might not even be earth-time anymore. Things get quickly worse as our young scholars soon discover that just about everything surrounding the school seems to have an insatiable hunger for flesh, causing immediate panic and dissent amongst the faculty/student ranks.  While several students try to leverage their popularity or position in the student body government, others suddenly find themselves, realizing potential they never knew they possessed. It is the self-actualization that really creates a heart to this story and keeps it pumping through the first issue. We like the characters that writer James Tynion has given life to and we want to follow them through their journey, not just through the woods, but possibly through much darker terrain, that of their own individual self discovery.

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Ash and the Army of Darkness #1-5: All the Boomsticky You’ve Missed So Far!

The Evil Dead franchise has had its fair share of spin-offs, especially in the form of graphic novels. From the original Dark Horse film adaptation to the Dynamite produced series, Ash has transitioned from the anti-hero to a symbol of almost pure comic relief. Although audiences can never seem to truly get enough of the… Continue Reading

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Review – An Aurora Grimeon Story: Will O’ The Wisp

Review – An Aurora Grimeon Story: Will O’ The Wisp

Will O’ The Wisp in a lot of regards is a book hard to categorize. With elements of horror and dark fantasy along with some decidedly young adult themes, the Aurora Grimeon book stands apart from many of Boom’s (the book was officially released under Boom’s Archaia imprint) other titles, the likes of which include… Continue Reading

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Review – Hellraiser: The Dark Watch #12

For those of you following Boom’s Hellraiser line of comics, many familiar characters in the Barkerverse have changed significantly since the mythology was revisited. Both Kirsty Cotton and Harry D’amore have become priests and priestesses of hell. Elliot Spencer (aka Pinhead) has defected to the “other” hell to lead a war against the cenobites and… Continue Reading

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Review – The Wake #1

So, we’re jumping on board a little late with this title, BUT I’ve heard nothing but good things about this series and thought we needed to devote a little time to it. Doctor Archer, a marine biologist with specializations in cetological vocalizations is a little down on her luck. Shunned be her peers, ostracized from her prior… Continue Reading

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Review – The Walking Dead 110

Folks might find the latest installment of the insanely popular book a little antepenultimate, BUT the book is ramping up to major events. Kal is still on the fence about his thoughts on The Saviors and represents where most stand in the days before what is surely war. Rick levels with Eugene about the real… Continue Reading

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Review – Hellraiser #17

Issue 17 of Clive Barker’s Hellraiser sees the hit series from Boom Studios reaching a fever pitch as the story arc builds to an epic crescendo. Hell has come to earth as Pinhead/Elliot Spencer’s plan comes to full fruition after his violent betrayl of The Harrowers. The world watches with horror as legions of the… Continue Reading

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Review – Gore #2

Gore #2 by GG Studios. Written by Alex Crippa. Drawn by Emilio Laiso. $2.99. First off, the girl on the cover of issue two is the “evil” version of Cinderella. Like I said in issue one, the art is worth getting this title alone. With that being said, I am glad I was right. In… Continue Reading

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