Sunday, December 1, 2013

Just Read - Aw Yeah Comics #4 & 5 by Baltazar and Franco

I’m not sure what else I can say about Aw Yeah Comics by Baltazar and Franco that I did not say in my original review, but issues #4 & 5 showed up in my PO  Box a couple of weeks ago and I was filled with joy. I was also filled with joy when I heard than the Aw Yeah Comic issue will be collected in trade form by Dark HorseComics sometime in 2014. I originally thought it was a shame that the only way to get these awesome books were through mail order or comic convention. Glad to see they will be making it to your local comic shop selves sometime in 2014.

Besides Baltazar and Franco hitting it out of the park with their stories in Aw Yeah Comics there are a bunch of other creators chipping in some excellent stories.

Denver Brubaker continues to deliver awesome 1-pagers each issue. I would love to see an all Brubaker issue, although I would probably miss the Baltazar and Franco stories quite a bit. Brubaker delivers a classic comic with modern sensibilities. I also love his coloring.

Scoot McMahon is right up there also. He creature such heart warming tales in such short space. I wish McMahon’s stories had a little more space in each issue. The lava story in issue #4 might be my favorite 2 pages in that entire issue.

I really enjoyed the Jaywalker story by Mahoney and Preitano in issue #5. I think it might just be a one-off appearance, but I hope to see more of this villain. In this story they covered one of my pet peeves perfectly, making it fun and enjoyable rather than preachy.
I really dig the jam style that each issue has. It’s not just a 16 page Baltazar and Franco story followed by a hand full of back-up. Sometime Baltazar and Franco are working with others, sometimes it is the two of them together. And the back-up stories are really splashed throughout the book and feel more like main features than back-ups. However they are doing it, a whole lot of heart is put into each and every issue of Aw Yeah Comics.

Aw Yeah Comics is great for all ages. That does not mean it is for kids, it really means all ages. I think anyone would get a kick out of this book, from a new reader just getting his/her feet wet to veteran who has been reading for 20+ years. After all I fall into the 20+ category and cannot wait for future issues to show up.

-Denny Riccelli creates comics under the pen name ‘dennmann’ he currently publishes the webcomic Cousin Harold and some mini-comics now and then, including Jenny Spookawski Ghost Girl. He lives in Peoria, Arizona with his wife and 2 kids.

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