The Strong Baked Defenders #1https://buff.ly/3a7OCL7 is a standard size, full color, 28-page comic created by “Red” Fox and Matti V with line art by Zdravko Jandric, colors by Milan Rogulja (Cover) and El Zorro Rojo (Body), lettering by K’Eyi K’Ebero, character development by Rob Thibodeau, and modeling sheets by Vincent Marchesano. Published by Cor Industries.
This is the first issue of a three-issue volume that I’ll be writing about over the next few weeks. In this issue we’re introduced to a group of four friends going about their normal lives. One of the friends is convinced aliens are among us, another is being bullied at work, while another is struggling at university, and the final friend is most interested in staying stoned. Everything seems to be going well as the group make some decisions about the future…then they unexpectedly wander into the middle of what appears to be an unrelated ambush on a bridge!
The writing quickly establishes the setting and characters and provides just enough detail to make you comfortable with the unfolding story, but without overwhelming you with backstory. An effective hook is planted at the end of this issue to make you want to read the next and find out how this peculiar quartet will fare!
Blubber #5http://www.fantagraphics.com/blubber5/ is a 24-page, standard size, Black and White, ADULTS ONLY comic with color covers. Written and illustrated by Gilbert Hernandez, published by Fantagraphics. un
Men, women, transsexuals, mutants, and cryptids all cum together to explore the many ways they can satisfy their carnal desires in this fetish filled funny book! The stories and art are full of physically enhanced characters determined to fill every orifice or warm fold of flesh they can find! The underlying plot suggest all the humans are somehow caught in an alternate world of cryptoid creatures and copulation is the only way to escape. I admit, I couldn’t completely follow everything that was going on in this comic. Maybe if I went back and read the previous issues it would have helped, but I didn’t. Anyhow, the art is clean and delightful (just as you’d expect from Gilbert Hernandez). The storytelling was a little jumbled, but I think the bizarreness of the situations added to the disjointedness (and made me feel like I was missing out on an inside joke that others “in the know” were privy to).
The Space Odditoriumhttps://buff.ly/2V2i1A3 is 12-page, full color, digest size, Sci-Fi fantasy comic written by Chris Calzia with art by Dave Law. Published by Public Restroom Comics.
This is a standalone mini companion piece to volumes 1 and 2 of The Space Odditorium. The ‘70s psychedelic art style is what grabbed my attention to this comic, then the story hooked me! It’s pretty short but jumps right in without a lot of exposition. A member of a holographic family questions if free will exist or not as he contemplates how the last human can be used as a weapon against alien overlords.
The art is popping with bright colors, halftone dots, and unconventional compositions! This serves as a great introduction to The Space Odditorium series as it familiarizes the reader with the central character, setting, and showcases the impressive art!
Horn Doghttps://punapress.com (multiple issues) is a various page count, full size, black and white comic written and illustrated by Iotekted. Published by Puna Press.
In this series we meet Horn Dog, an average sausage that works next to a bar where he frequents and chats about life with the bartender. Plenty of other meats are regulars at the bar too and their comings and goings don’t go unnoticed by Horn Dog. The different customers help set the tone for each issue and drive the narrative of the stories which are peppered with sausage puns and relationship woes.
Iotekted keeps the art simple which helps to give more emphasis to the dialogue between the characters. The simple, yet very effective art, is drawn with a lot of attention to detail and composition. At first glance it gives the impression of an amateurish attempt at comic making, but once you begin to read it becomes clear that Iotekted is a skilled storyteller and talented artist that knows exactly what he is doing with his sausage!
Zombie Bunnies #1: The Queen’s Planhttps://squareup.com/market/zombiebunnies/ is a 22-page, full color, standard size comic created by Jim Hillin (writing, pencils, inks, and cover art) and Joey Karwal (colors). Published by Cypress Pictures.
In a shadow world that exist alongside the reality known and experienced by humans, a Zombie Bunnie kingdom is ruled by the kind and benevolent, Queen Bethesda, ruler and royal of the fair world. She is assisted in all things pertaining to the throne by the Viceroy, keeper of all things Carrott. Together, they decide what to do with the human interlopers they steal through their closets at night! Typically, the human-types are funneled off to the Chamber of Sloth, where The Royal Masseuse will keep them blissfully asleep with his soft ears and bottle of warm sassafrass oil and a little Kenny G on the stereo. Unless a friend has a cold bucket of ice, the stolen interlopers are staying asleep!
In this first issue of the Zombie Bunnies saga the queen dispatches three of her greatest “sneaks” to find “the Dreamer” that once visited the kingdom all on her own. Something no one had ever done before or since! Now, unaware of the Zombie Bunnies on her trail, “the Dreamer” is going about her normal life in the humans’ world. She works, plays, and spends time with her young niece and her niece’s friends as they all enjoy a sleepover. What could possibly go wrong?!