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Comic Book Noise 447: Left For Dead: The Sacrifice, Miracleman Annual, and Chicacabra

Host Derek Coward talks about three new digital comics he read this weekend: Left For Dead: The Sacrifice, Miracleman Annual, and Chicacabra.

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Review of True Story Swear To God 12

When I started reading this book, I did something I rarely do. I read the inside cover. Normally, the inside cover is reserved for ‘The Story So Far’ and although I usually skip those for books I have every issue of, I was stopped from turning by the fact it was NOT ‘The Story So Far’, but rather an explanation for why issue has been a year and a half late. Recently I have read a couple of other books that were so ungodly late, they have turned me off from buying things from the creators/publishers for a while, if not for good. (Zero Killer and Dead World: Frozen Over for those of you who haven’t been following the blog.) However, I might have been a little more forgiving if they had just explained things. I understand creators/publishers don’t owe me (or any reader) an explanation for lateness, but I (or any reader) don’t owe them our money.

The story itself was every good thing about True Story Swear To God. It was funny and touching and romantic. I will admit to becoming teary eyed during the FOUR pages leading to the kiss at the altar. If you have a single romantic bone in your body, this issue (and the entire series to be honest with you) will move you.

There is a reason why this title gets moved to the top of my reading list every time it comes out, this issue illustrates it perfectly.

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Indie Comic Book Noise 214: Angie Loves True Story Swear To God

No segment introductions from Derek this week, but Bruce is back talking about M.I.M.E.S and CGS: The End.  Then Angie and Derek talk about a lot of things, but Derek lost the notes he took and all he can remember is that they talked about Tom Beland and True Story Swear To God, there was a lot of music played and at the end, Spit on a Stranger.

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Review: Fantastic Four: Isla De La Muerte

Isla De La MuerteThis is a one-shot from Marvel where the Fantastic Four go to Puerto Rico and meet La Chupacabra.

The writer is the always excellent Tom Beland so the dialog was very strong and believable. He writes strong female characters and his version of Sue Richards continues this pattern. There is a scene between her and Ben Grimm that is perfect characterization for the both of them. I’m not going to spoil it, but it is easily my favorite scene of the book.

The art is done by Juan Doe and although I don’t usually like overly stylized artwork, it fit perfectly for the book. There’s something almost majestic about some of the panels. I am one of those people who really pays attention to the colors and I would recommend that this book be picked up by anyone interested in seeing what a good coloring job should look like.

Dave Lamphear’s lettering was also pretty good and shouldn’t be overlooked when considering the whole package.

Recommendation: Get it now.

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Comic Book Noise Family Get Together 2: Tom Beland Part One

An interview with Tom Beland, creator of True Story Swear To God. 45 minutes.

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