CLUSTERF@#K! Review by Eugene Alejandro

Published by Alterna Comics’s FUBAR Press imprint (it’s listed as so in the beginning of the book if you read it on ComiXology like I did), CLUSTERF@#K! is a supernatural comedy about two private detectives named Karl and Jim who arrest and turn in an wizard named Dante, as well his Goatman henchman. Jim and Karl bring them to the station, and the leader of the station wants to question Dante in hopes he will find a very powerful item. When he believes that the Goatman is the key in finding the item, he of course wants him. Karl and Jim overhear this, and decide to bring the Goatman with them as they don’t trust their boss’s intentions. When this happens, the leader of the detective agency sends more agents after Karl, Jim, and the Goatman, and even makes a deal with a gang of Werewolves to find them as well. With agents and werewolves after them, Jim and Karl do what they can to protect the Goatman, and deal with the “CLUSTERF@#K!” thrown at them (hence the title).

The creator credits for CLUSTERF@#K! are Jon Parish (the writer), Nic J Shaw, Steven Forbes, Claudio Gaete, and Diego Toro (the artists with Diego Toro also being the inker), and Kote Carvajal (the colorist).

CLUSTERF@#K! is a fun and entertaining story as it works well as a comedy with supernatural elements in it with the both of those genres being used together with effort. Despite the big amount of foul language, and graphic violence in it, it all works with CLUSTERF@#K!’s tone because it shows that it’s not suppose to be taken seriously since it’s a comedy to begin with.

The artwork by all who made it that I mentioned earlier has a combination of the art styles of Cory Hamscher, and way some human characters look in Pixar films (at least in my opinion anyways). That style of art is a perfect fit for CLUSTERF@#K! as it helps show the plot’s humorous and lighthearted tone, while at the same time being a story for adults. Kote Carvajal’s coloring is also spectacular and blends with the art very well.

There are some parts of CLUSTERF@#K! that do feel a little bit predictable, but for the most part, the rest of the story does have a lot of clever twists and ideas in it, and the ending isn’t a blatant cliff-hanger, but there is a lot of ambiguity to it that I hope another story does happen.

So if you want to read a hilarious supernatural comic with detectives, werewolves, and demons in it, please purchase and read CLUSTERF@#K!

I give CLUSTERF@#K! Two Thumbs, and 4/5 Stars.

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Judges Review by Eugene Alejandro

Judges is a self-published comic created and written by Ben Miller that features artwork by Cory Hamscher, lettering by Marshall Dillon, and coloring by Sean Forney and Thomas Mason, and is a story about three “Judges” (Jep, Deborah, and Ehud) who kill demons disguised as humans. The whole idea behind Judges is that the most evil people in the world are actually demons in disguise (which explains why they are evil). With a fascinating premise like that, I can certainly say that it succeeds in it as Judges is a fantastic independent creator-owned self-published comic.

Ben Miller’s writing for Judges is amazing as he was able to properly introduce the plot and characters in the span of only 4 issues. Each character is developed very well, and the story moves at a perfect pace by not rushing itself.

The artwork in Judges is also something to be amazed at. The pencil and inking by Cory Hamscher is very reminiscent of both Erik Larsen and (to some extant in my opinion) Walter Simonson. Each character is drawn very well, and the backgrounds are also detailed nicely. The action scenes are also illustrated very well, and even the violent scenes look nice. The coloring by Sean Forney and Thomas Mason helps to show how Cory Hamscher’s artwork in Judges is awesome as there coloring fits the tone of the story very well, and helps the artwork be seen by the readers very well without it looking out of place.

As for the lettering by Marshall Dillon, for what it is, it’s standard comic book lettering. I did really like though how the lettering style for the demon characters and the human characters looked very different as a means to show how differently they speak.

The only nitpick I have with Judges is that while it doesn’t end on a blatant cliffhanger, there is still obvious hints of there being another story, and while I don’t mind that, I would’ve like it a bit better had it not been too obvious that there will (or might be) another Judges story.

Overall, Ben Miller’s Judges is a fabulous comic book that I can certainly recommend spending money on as a means to both support Ben Miller himself, and to also read Judges. You will not be let down by it.

I give Judges 5/5 Stars, and Two Thumbs Up.

Kill 6 Billion Demons Book One Review by Eugene Alejandro

Disclaimer: This is a review of Image Comic’s print release of Kill 6 Billion Demons Book One. The review for this book (as well as the reviews for future books) are not of the original web comic versions.

Kill 6 Billion Demons is about a post-grad teenage girl named Allison Ruth who ends up being taken to a mysterious strange world along with her boyfriend. She and her boyfriend end up getting separated from each other, and it’s now up to Allison to find her boyfriend with the help of her new strange looking allies she meets while in the bizarre world of Throne (Allison also ends getting imbued with an ancient power while she ends being sent to Throne).

The best way I can describe Kill 6 Billion Demons Book One is that while it is very strange and bizarre, it is one of the most amazing and creative comics I have ever read thanks to its brilliant writing and outstanding artwork by its creator Tom Parkinson-Morgan.

Kill 6 Billion Demons Book One does a very good job at setting up all the characters, the setting the story takes place in, and the series’s tone. The story in Kill 6 Billion Demons Book One also moves at a fast pace, but never to the point where it feels very rushed. These aspects of the writing in Kill 6 Billion Demons prove that Tom Parkinson-Morgan is a very gifted writer (as well as a very gifted creator).

Tom’s artwork in Kill 6 Billion Demons is some of the greatest artwork I’ve ever seen in a creator-owned and independent comic. The characters have very unique and original designs to them, and the backgrounds have such amazing detail for the reader to see. The coloring also helps show how good the art is as it fits the style of the art very well.

I want to talk about the lettering in Kill 6 Billion Demons for just a bit. Kill 6 Billion Demon’s lettering is very unique as each characters dialogue has his and her own way of how the letters for their dialogue look in order to show how different they speak (which helps the reader understand how each character is different from the other very well).

In conclusion, Tom Parkinson-Morgan’s Kill 6 Billion Demons is without a doubt one of the greatest, most original, and very creative comic books of all time, and Book One of it is the best place to start reading it. Please spend your time and money on this amazing work of comic book literature.

I give Kill 6 Billion Demons Book One 5/5 Stars, and 2 Thumbs Up.