Tuesday, May 5, 2015

COMIC BOOK REVIEW: "Old Wounds #2"

Debut issue of OLD WOUNDS earns praise from critics, fans and pros!
Second chapter of Russell Lissau and John Bivens’ suspense-filled mini-series hits stores on May 6th.
Russell Lissau and John Bivens’ gritty, four-issue comic book mini-series OLD WOUNDS just launched April 8, but already the series is getting terrific buzz based on the strength of the gripping first issue.
Lucy Myatt of Pixels & Pages found the writing “incredibly perfect,” while Jim McClain wrote at his blog Of Masks and Men that “the danger feels real, and I am genuinely interested in what happens to the characters, even though I just met them,” adding that he “can’t wait to read more.” Greg Burgas of Comics Should be Good! noted that “Lissau and Bivens are off to a good start,” and Daniel Hickey at First Appearance Comics & Games said that the opening issue “did just what it should, which is have us engrossed enough to want more. Right now we really want more.”
In the second issue of OLD WOUNDS, things continue to get explosive for retired vigilante Michael Lane when another one of his former associates is murdered. As police detective Alyssa Hess moves to protect him, it becomes harder for Lane to keep his hidden past secret for much longer.
OLD WOUNDS #2 will be available on May 6 in comic book stores or directly from popgoestheicon.com for $2.99, or via mobile apps such as ComiXology, ComicsPlus or DriveThruComics for 99 cents. Readers can pre-order issue four at their local comic shop using Diamond order code MAY151499. To find a comic store near you, visit comicshoplocator.com.
About Pop! Goes the Icon:
Launched in 2009, Pop! Goes the Icon (PGTI) is a boutique print and online publishing house, specializing in comic books, graphic novels and webcomics, known for such titles as The Utopian, San Hannibal and Old Wounds. More information can be found at popgoestheicon.com.


Writer: Russell Lissau
Artist: John Bivens
Letters: Josh Southall
Editor: PJ Perez
Publisher: Pop! Goes The Icon


Holy cliffhanger, Batman! Yeah, I had to get that out of my system! The only other comic book I read that runs along the lines of crime more than superheroes is Kyle Higgins' C.O.W.L., and Old Wounds is right up there with it. It's got everything you could want from a comic and more.
In issue two, Michael AKA the Night Hunter, witnesses yet another death and needs to be put under police protection, lest he be next on the hit list. Of course, he doesn't want to go under protection after he used to be a vigilante. But Detective Hess is persistent...perhaps a little too persistent.
The black and white sketch style of art doesn't translate very well on a mobile device, in my opinion. It's meant to be read full-scale, in a physical copy. It deserves to be seen as an old-fashioned comic.
The writing is very fast-paced and is greatly improved from issue one. Mr Lissau knows how to get and keep your attention from page one. And as the tension builds between Michael and Det. Hess, you can feel it in your own bones. He's got amazing skills and I can easily see him, in a few years, as one of the top writers in the industry.
I'm just very sad that there are only two issues left now...

5/5--Read this. Trust me.

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