Minotaur is a 2006 horror film based on the Greek legend of Theseus and The Minotaur, and it is directed and produced by Jonathan English, and stars Tom Hardy in the leading role. This movie is very much a standard interpretation of the classic myth, but it does add some of newer things to it to keep it different, but I don’t wanna say too much as that would result in me spoiling this film (which is NOT what I want to do for this review.)
While this movie is nothing revolutionary regarding films based on Greek Mythology, it is still very entertaining in its own right thanks to some good elements that help keep it watchable. The acting, pacing, and overall writing are done pretty well, and even though the Minotaur itself isn’t seen too much, the effects used are still very solid as I didn’t mind the way it looked for this film.
My biggest nitpick (even though it is a very small aspect to this movie) is that Theseus in this movie is actually called “Theo”. While I understand that this film is suppose to have its own version of the myth of Theseus and The Minotaur, I still found it very odd that Theseus true name wasn’t used and instead replaced by a very generic one that just sounds out of the place in my opinion.
While 2006’s Minotaur isn’t groundbreaking by any stretch of the means, it is still a very fun horror film to check out and while it isn’t perfect (no movie is with all honesty), there is still a lot of enjoyment to had with this movie for sure.
I give Minotaur (2006) Two Thumbs Up, and 4/5 Stars.
Kill The Minotaur is a six part comic book mini series published by both Image Comics and Skybound Entertainment, and is written by Chris Pasetto & Christian Cantamessa, and features artwork by Lukas Ketner (pencil and inking work) & Jean-Francois Beaulieu (digital coloring).
Without going into any spoilers, Kill The Minotaur is a re-telling of the classic Greek myth of Theseus and The Minotaur, but adds a lot of newer twist and elements in order to have it stand out from many other re-tellings.
Before I mention all of the positive aspects, I want to point my biggest nit-pick with Kill The Minotaur which is the lettering. Now to clarify what I mean by this is that while the lettering by Clem Robbins is very solid to look at, since Kill The Minotaur takes place in Ancient Greece, I felt that all the characters should’ve had translation notes in their speech bubbles since it would’ve been much more realistic to have them speaking Greek as opposed to English.
Another nit-pick that I just remembered for this review is that while the ending isn’t terrible, it sadly ends up not tying up a lot of loose ends as not much is explained within the overall plot.
Now on to the positives. The most notable (in my opinion) is the artwork as the Ancient Greek setting is represented with great amount of detail as it truly does feel like a story set during that time period. With this being a six issue mini series, the story moves at a very good pace, and since I was able to finish reading it all in one day, that truly is an accomplishment.
So if you are somebody who is interested in reading someone else’s unique take on a well-known Greek Myth, please give Kill The Minotaur a read as I’m sure you won’t be disappointed.
I give Kill The Minotaur 5/5 Stars, and Two Thumbs Up.
I hope everyone this year has a very good Halloween. I greatly apologize that I haven’t been active too much on this WordPress Blog. The reason for my lack of content on this website is because I have been extremely busy and distracted with a lot of College work this month.
Also, I am still in the process of working on my book that I want to post on Booksie. It’s just that a lot in my life has been causing me to take too long in getting it done. Despite all of this, I certainly promise to work very hard the best I can to get the book finally done for all of you to read (I promise there will be updates about it. Just please be patient about it).
Even though I truly do regret not posting any new reviews, essays, articles, etc on the Supreme Writer Studios blog recently because of a lot of stuff that is going for me in reality, I’ll make sure to keep doing the best that I can for myself so that I can someday get this blog going again without having to worry about anything else.
Until then, please enjoy this year’s Halloween. Cheers!
Jeff McComsey’s Mother Russia is a zombie graphic novel that takes place in an alternate time in history (the 1940s) in which Soviet Russia has become victim to the Zombie apocalypse (there really isn’t an explanation for it either). The story mostly focuses on a female sniper in Russia who is trying to survive from the zombies, and she ends up rescuing a little boy only to also be saved by a former German soldier along with his pet German Shepard dog.
As far as zombie survival stories go, Mother Russia surely is an entertaining read with interesting characters and a nice concept. I most certainly recommend getting the graphic novel collection as after the main story ends, the collected edition includes bonus stories giving origins to all the main characters. They are all written by Jeff McComsey, but each one is illustrated by a different artist.
Speaking of the artwork, not only did Jeff McComsey create and write Mother Russia, he also drew it as well. His artwork in the interior pages are in black and white, and it is decent to look at, and fits the tone of the story very well. The bonus stories (like I said earlier in this review) are each illustrated by different artists. While each artist has a different style of penciling and inking, each one works for the respective stories they worked on, and doesn’t really distract from the fact that they are each a huge contrast to the main story’s art.
The only nitpick I have with Mother Russia is the ending. I won’t spoil how the ending goes, but I will warn that is does give the reader a “really? That quick?” vibe. It wasn’t a terrible ending, but I felt it could’ve been better.
While Mother Russia may not be something new, ground breaking, and mind blowing, it’s certainly a good enough read if you are someone who enjoys zombies and horror.
I give Mother Russia Two Thumbs Up, and 4/5 Stars.
Disclaimer: This review is a very short one. I normally try to have my reviews be long, but this one is an exception. I hope everyone is okay with that.
Horror in the West a western graphic novel anthology from Alterna Comics that contains 11 stories each by different creative teams. These stories include Star Calf, Under The Mountain, The Devil’s Promenade, Lawson, Brother’s Keeper, The Hunters, Pinkerton Express, Sacred Heart Of Hell, The Amulet, El Tigre, and Captured in a Flash.
Normally, I don’t read a lot of anthologies, so I tend to not be to knowledgeable of how they are suppose to be structured. With that said, I found Horror in the West to be average at best.
While each story is separate from one another, the one thing they all have in common is that their artwork is black in white. As far the art goes, some stories looked fine, while others looked a bit bad as far the artwork is concerned.
Each stories did have very good premises, but because of how short they are, I couldn’t really get invested into them. If the stories had been longer, than I would’ve gotten to appreciate them for.
For what Horror in the West is, it’s an interesting experiment in trying to combine horror with western (specially as an anthology with each story made by different teams), but in the end, it didn’t really leave much of an impact for me. I DID NOT hate it, but I’m glad to have at least read it just because I was curious.
I give Horror in the West 3/5 Stars.
In case you couldn’t already tell by the cover art, Empire of the Wolf is set during the times of ancient Rome, but adds a supernatural element to this story by including Werewolves in it. The reason for why Werewolves exist in this story is actually very fascinating as it even goes as far as to tie it into Roman mythology, but for the sake of this review, I will try to avoid spoiling any further details about it.
What works very well about Empire of the Wolf is that with the exception of the Werewolves and Roman Mythology aspects of it, the story is surprisingly historically accurate how and what went on during the times of Ancient Rome. Another part of Emipre of the Wolf that surprised me was the fact that its very story driven, and not just a Werewolves in Ancient Rome kind of plot. All the main characters have a decent amount of depth put into them, and there is a very good explanation for Werewolves to be in this story.
Now the biggest nitpick that I have to say about Empire of the Wolf however, is the artwork. The artwork isn’t necessarily awful, but it just didn’t fit with the story’s tone to me. Also, some parts of the art just looked odd (some of the dogs looked like black sheep with canine teeth, and one character looked like he belonged in Spawn instead of this). As far as the coloring goes though, the colors were great, and they certainly worked for the story.
Another Nitpick that I have with Empire of the Wolf is that the way it ended felt way too rushed in my opinion. I really wished more time was given to build up the ending as opposed to it just trying to get itself over with. But for what it was, it was okay. I just wanted it to be better that’s all.
Empire of the Wolf may not be something Award worthy, but it’s still a decent read none of the less. If you are interested in it, please check it out.
I give Empire of the Wolf 3/5 Stars.