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Who Needs The Moon? - Issue 2

Who Needs The Moon? - Issue 2

Some first episodes tell you everything you need to know (watch the pilot of pretty much any network TV show in the last five years for a textbook example of how to establish a status quo in the shortest possible time), and some first episodes give you the merest hint of what’s to come (where would shows like THE WIRE and AMC’s THE KILLING be without an audience’s willingness to sign up for the ride?) Writer/artist/creative one-man-band Todd McCullough’s W…

Published on Monday, November 18, 2013

Review - The Crow: Curare

Review - The Crow: Curare

After a certain amount of time has passed, it’s rarely a good idea for a writer or filmmaker to return to their signature creation. Just look at THE WICKER TREE, director Robin Hardy’s dismal sequel to his seminal ‘70s chiller THE WICKER MAN; SON OF ROSEMARY, novelist Ira Levin’s wretched follow-up to his classic ROSEMARY’S BABY; PROMETHEUS, Ridley Scott’s convoluted and nonsensical return to the ALIEN universe. The list goes on. There are exceptions, of c…

Published on Monday, October 28, 2013

Who Needs The Moon?

Who Needs The Moon?

Here at LaptopZombie we’re supporters of all things indie, be they films, video games, comics, or any other mode of creative expression. One of the most satisfying aspects of running this kind of website is being exposed to indie gems that we might otherwise have overlooked. Gems like the first issue of writer/artist/letterer/all-round-one-man-band Todd McCullough’s WHO NEEDS THE MOON?, an e-comic distributed through the usual means (ComiXology and DriveTh…

Published on Monday, August 19, 2013

Tabatha

Tabatha

Some time ago we took a look at writer Neil Gibson’s TWISTED DARK, three volumes of interconnected short horror stories, created in partnership with a variety of artists. The results were as impressive as they were eclectic (see here and here for our reviews), and demonstrated Gibson’s commitment to both the comic book medium and the storytelling process. The talented writer’s next project is both more conventional and more ambitious; illustrated by freque…

Published on Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Killogy

Killogy

Alan Robert, who spent twenty years as the bassist for New York-based alternative metal band Life of Agony, is one of those really annoying individuals whose talents extend over multiple disciplines. You know the type; people like musician/filmmaker Rob Zombie and comic book creator/filmmaker Frank Miller. Not content with his music career, which included singing and song writing, Robert recently turned his hand to comics, with the well-received creator-ow…

Published on Thursday, May 23, 2013

Ferals Issues #1-12

Ferals Issues #1-12

Over the last few years Avatar Press has gained a well-deserved reputation as the home of the hardcore modern horror comic. Much like the fabled EC Comics of the 1950’s, publishers of (amongst many others) the legendary TALES FROM THE CRYPT, an undisputed classic which helped to define the genre and still retains much of its power to surprise and impress today, Avatar has assembled a stable of some of the finest writers and artists in the industry and allo…

Published on Thursday, March 21, 2013

The Crow: Skinning The Wolves

The Crow: Skinning The Wolves

That’s more like it! A few weeks ago we tore strips out of DEATH AND REBIRTH, the first miniseries based on writer/artist James O’Barr’s phenomenally popular CROW franchise, written by novelist and CROW screenwriter John Shirley and published by IDW Publishing. With a tedious, meandering story and some truly awful dialogue, the miniseries is a travesty, and an affront to O’Barr’s lyrical, emotional masterwork. Thankfully, IDW seem to have learned from thei…

Published on Tuesday, February 26, 2013

The Crow: Death & Rebirth

The Crow: Death & Rebirth

If you’re of a certain age and a certain sensibility, chances are THE CROW – both the comic and the subsequent film adaptation – will hold a special place in your heart. Born of tragedy (writer/artist James O’Barr created the series as a means of dealing with the death of his girlfriend at the hands of a drunk driver), THE CROW comic book was originally published to universal acclaim by Calibre Comics (home of the first incarnation of DEADWORLD) in 1989. T…

Published on Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Wulf Issues #1-6

Wulf Issues #1-6

Comic book author, novelist and screenwriter Steve Niles is one of the driving forces behind horror’s renewed popularity in the comic book industry. His hugely influential 30 DAYS OF NIGHT miniseries, painted by talented Australian artist Ben Templesmith, spawned a slew of sequels and a hit movie (itself a franchise), and led to a series of high-profile horror gigs, many of which have been adapted to the big screen (DARK DAYS, REMAINS, the forthcoming WAKE…

Published on Thursday, November 22, 2012

Stitched Issues #1-7

Stitched Issues #1-7

It’s no exaggeration to say that comic book auteur Garth Ennis is one of the most gifted natural storytellers currently working in any medium. The Northern Irish writer is probably best known for PREACHER, his epic 75-issue apocalyptic neo-Western (which to date has defied all attempts to adapt it to film and television), but he’s also been responsible for a slew of varied, visceral and literate projects over the last fifteen years, from the over-the-top g…

Published on Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Crossed: Badlands Issues #10-13

Crossed: Badlands Issues #10-13

If you’re a regular reader you’ll know the deal with Avatar Press’ hyper-violent, no-holds-barred CROSSED comic book by now (and if you’re not, you can catch up here and here). The latest four-part storyline, by CROSSED universe regular David Layman and original artist Jacen Burrows, has just come to its blood-spattered, stomach-churning conclusion. Fans of the franchise will be pleased to learn that the latest arc maintains the series’ admirable standard …

Published on Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Hellraiser Issues #13-16

Hellraiser Issues #13-16

The relationship between comics and film, both in terms of how they correspond and where they diverge, has been discussed at length, and by those far more insightful than myself. What you don’t hear a lot about is the contrast between horror franchise sequels and the comic books that represent their more literary counterparts. As a rule, cinematic (or, more frequently, straight-to-DVD) sequels are a dispiriting affair, played out on an increasingly limited…

Published on Thursday, October 4, 2012

Twisted Dark Volume 3

Twisted Dark Volume 3

A few months ago we cast our critical eye over prolific author Neil Gibson’s small press horror comic creation TWISTED DARK (click here for our review of Volumes 1 and 2 of the series, and here for Gibson’s website). Not one to rest on his laurels, Gibson has recently concluded Volume 3, which, like its predecessors, is an eclectic anthology of short stories, encompassing a number of genres but with an emphasis on psychological horror, illustrated by a ran…

Published on Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Deadworld: War Of The Dead (1)

Deadworld: War Of The Dead (1)

A few months ago LaptopZombie received a preview copy of the first issue of WAR OF THE DEAD, a five-part continuation of the long-running DEADWORLD comic book saga, due to be released in weekly instalments by IDW Publishing. We were highly impressed, and looked forward to seeing where the story led. Although not unprecedented, the weekly schedule is rare for American comics, and, in the case of WAR OF THE DEAD, created a momentum that built on the breaknec…

Published on Thursday, September 6, 2012

Crossed: Badlands Issues #4-9

Crossed: Badlands Issues #4-9

We’ve already extolled the virtues of influential Irish writer Garth Ennis’ CROSSED stories (click here and here for more). Having made the eminently sensible decision to turn the title into an ongoing series (subtitled BADLANDS), Avatar Press compounded their good sense by inviting iconic horror author Jamie Delano to follow Ennis and write the second arc. Despite an impressive body of comics work, and an impending novel, British-born Delano is still best…

Published on Monday, August 13, 2012