The Walking Dead Cast Ryan Hurst


Sons of Anarchy alum Ryan Hurst has been cast as Beta in The Walking Dead season 9, according to TheWrap.


In comic books Beta is the second in command of the Whisperers, zombie survivors who hide from the undead by wearing suits of flesh.

The Walking Dead's ninth season is scheduled to begin October 7.

Interview with Jim Rugg (Co-Creator of Street Angel)

Interview with Jim Rugg (Co-Creator of Street Angel)

Otakus & Geeks had a chat with illustrator and co creator of the comic Street Angel Jim Rugg. We talk about his comic book origins, his comic Street Angel and many more. Jim Rugg is an Eisner and Ignatz Award-winning cartoonist based in Pittsburgh. His books include STREET ANGEL, The PLAIN Janes, The Guild, Afrodisiac, and Notebook Drawings. His studio is pencils, paper, ballpoint pens, ink, Photoshop, cats, and comics.

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The Hard Place #1 (Review)

Reviewed By Justin D Williams


After five years in prison, AJ Gurney, a legendary wheelman in Detroit, has decided it’s time to go straight. He returns home to work in his father’s garage and disappear into anonymity. But during a visit to the bank, AJ is recognized by two violent bank robbers, and they demand AJ be their getaway driver. To ensure his compliance, they take a young female hostage; unfortunately, she happens to be the daughter of a Russian crime lord. AJ now finds himself pursued by a bitter police department and hunted by every asset of the Russian mob. Without a doubt, he’s in a very hard place. 

The Hard Place was a pleasant surprise from start to finish. It is a comic book grounded in reality and this could literally be anybody who has taken the wrong side of the law. One thing I like about The Hard Place is the main character AJ Gurney. AJ has just finished serving a five year sentence and is really trying to get his life in order. He feels regret and remorse about his decisions and really wants out of the life. Issue 1 gives enough characterization on AJ for you to actually cheer for him. He is a likable guy who just made some really poor decisions and is trying to own up to them. However the life is a very hard thing to avoid as he is thrown back into by unfortunate circumstances. Issue 1 was an enjoyable read with some great character moments. The art style fits the tone and I like the use of color. One thing that has me waiting for issue 2 is the gangster that AJ owe a debt too. We don't get much of him but the what we do see is he is vicious and wants respect. I'm curious to see where this arc will lead.

Final Grade 4 out 5 Stars. 


Review: Monstress, Volume 1 (Issues #1-6, Image Comics)

Review: Monstress, Volume 1 (Issues #1-6, Image Comics)

Monstress is a fantastic tale in a time of magic and monsters, where we follow the journey of Maika Halfwolf in the aftermath of a cataclysmic war between the Arcanics and Humans. Her Arcanic heritage of being part animal comes with a huge peril, as humans have taken to experimenting and torture of their arch enemies.

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This Week's Comic Book Picks (Week August 17th 2016)

Comics Books are released every Wednesday to the public to purchase and buy. There are so many comic book companies we can't review every single book that comes out. Starting today I will be giving you my top picks each week of comics that you should check out. 

IMAGE Comics

Demonic #1

Description: SERIES PREMIERE! Detective Scott Graves will do anything to protect his family… even bargain away his soul. Now, the only thing to fear isn’t New York’s worst criminals, but what's already raging inside of him. After all, what's the cost of your soul when it's already damaged? 

Mini Review: Demonic #1 is the standout book from Image Comics this week. Story by Christopher Sebela and artwork by Niko Walter and Dan Brown. This story griped me from the beginning with it's gritty artwork and compelling main lead in Scott Graves. Scott is not in the best state of mind. He had a terrible childhood which was hinted at but not explained. His daughter is dying and he is keeping secrets. However the most compelling aspect of his story is that he has a demonic entity that has been attached to him since he was kid. This demon has been watching Scott and waiting for the best moment to strike. This demon wants Scott and offers something that he might not be able to refuse. I like the realism of the demon and how seductive and cunning it is. The relationship of Scott and this demon will have you hook to see if Scott can defeat the beast within. 4.5 out of 5.

IDW Publishing

Powerpuff Girls #2

Description: A hotshot movie director claims that his new movie is so scary, even THE POWERPUFF GIRLS will be too chicken to watch it! Never ones to back down from a challenge, fall into his trap! Using his “movie magic,” he’ll turn the girls into actual chickens so he’ll be free to enact his evil plans! Can the ChickenPuff Girls save the day?!

Mini Review: The Powerpuff Girls #2 is fun for all ages. Parents this is a comic series for your kids to enjoy. The art is work is spot on with the look and feel of the original television show. The writing and dialogue can be a little cheesy and can fall a little flat with it's pop culture references.  However issue #2 has a great lesson for kids about peer pressure and not doing something because of pride. The girls are in fear of the city calling them chicken because they don't want to see a horror movie. Not to be viewed the superheroes who are afraid of something they take the challenge of seeing the film. They end up being part of master scheme by the one who offered them the challenge. The guys motivation is completely silly and makes no sense but for the kids it will be hilarious. 4 out 5 Stars.

Dark Horse Comics

Briggs Land #1

Description: Briggs Land, nearly a hundred square miles of rural wilderness, contains the largest anti government secessionist movement in the United States. When matriarch Grace Briggs wrests control of the operation from her incarcerated husband, she sparks a war within the community—and her immediate family—that threatens to bring the full power of the federal government down on their heads.

Mini Review: Briggs Land is Dark Horse Comics standout book this week. If there is any book to put on your must buy list it's this one. Briggs Land #1 introduces a compelling world of Grace Briggs and she is seeking control of her husband Jim Briggs empire. Jim is locked up in prison for life for an assassination attempt. However Jim still operates the land from prison.  Grace finally fed up with her husband and his lifestyle decides she will start making changes to Briggs Land. For the sake of spoilers I won't go into further details about the plot. Briggs Land #1 setups of this world very nicely. Each member of the Briggs family gets time to get their characters a solid introduction. The relationship between Grace and her family is very fun to read and the ending has me waiting for the next issue. Briggs Land has great artwork and coloring and a compelling story. 4.5 out of 5 Stars.

Marvel Comics

Civil War II: The Fallen #1

Description: s a giant falls, friends and enemies alike gather to mourn his passing. Amadeus Cho, Rick Jones, Betty Ross, Thunderbolt Ross, the Warbound and more. Can they all keep a level head - or will some of them get ANGRY? Plus, what secrets lie in the Last Will and Testament of Bruce Banner?

Mini Review: Out of all the books from Marvel this week Civil War: The Fallen #1 is the standout book. This book packs an emotional punch as we see the Marvel Universe (well most of them) mourning the lost of The Hulk from the actions of Hawkeye. The Fallen #1 has beautiful art work that really brings out the tone and emotion set out to the reader. Seeing how everyone close to Bruce Banner/The Hulk reacts to his death was a treat. Betty reaction, Tony Stark Reaction and the entire Hulk family are spot one. This is an emotional book and will string at the heart for some Hulk fans. Bruce last message his touching and humorous at the same time. Marvel fans this one is the one to put in the shopping bag. 4.5/5 Stars.

DC Comics

Suicide Squad Rebirth #1

Description: “The Black Vault” part one! When a mysterious and definitely super-important cosmic item falls out of the heavens and into enemy hands, America has only one option: Task Force X, Amanda Waller’s strike team of incarcerated super-criminals. A one-stop-shop for plausibly deniable espionage and ultra- violence, this “Suicide Squad” only handles missions they’re not expected to survive. An insane new era of SUICIDE SQUAD begins here with superstar artist Jim Lee and red-hot writer Rob Williams (UNFOLLOW, MARTIAN MANHUNTER).

Mini Review: While some of the DC arcs like Batman are wrapping up. New arcs such as Suicide Squad, Supergirl and Birds of Prey are just beginning. Out of the three new additions to the Rebirth line I found Suicide Squad the most enjoyable. The new rebirth doesn't really add anything you don't already know about the squad and we don't get much of a backstory except for Deadshot. However the art work by Jim Lee is spot on and once again beautiful to see. There are some chuckle moments with Harley but otherwise nothing really new under the sun. 3.5/5 Stars


DC Comics


Interview Part 2 With Jason Hurley & Jeremy Huan (Creators of The Beauty)

Interview Part 2 With Jason Hurley & Jeremy Huan (Creators of The Beauty)

Otakus & Geeks had the pleasure of chatting Jason Hurley and Jeremy Huan about the next installment of their comic "The Beauty." We talk themes, plots and what's it like working on the book in this part 2 interview.

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Todd McFarlane's New Spawn Film making progress

Hey O&G fans, for those who are a fan of Spawn and the original movie will be happy to know that a Spawn Movie Reboot is on it's way. Todd McFarlane is currently looking over and revising a script for the movie.

News of the movie reboot has been circulating for a few years and a fan created short was out on the net last year. Todd McFarlane has gone on Facebook to give fans an update on the progress of the movie. He talks about working on a 132 page script that he hoping to get down to 120 pages. Hopefully he finishes soon and production can start on the film.

We will keep you updated as news comes out.

Interview with Jeremy Haun & Jason Hurley (Creators of The Beauty)

Interviewed by Justin D Williams

I had the great pleasure of chatting with Jeremy Haun and Jason Hurley the two guys behind the comic The Beauty. The Beauty is one of my favorite comics on the Image Comics roster this year. I sat down with the guys to talk about the process of the comic, the theme and more. 

Otakus and Geeks: The concept of The Beauty follows a world where people actually want to get this particular STD called Beauty. This STD allows people outward appearance to be “beautiful” in the eyes of others. How did that concept and story come about?

HAUN: Every creator has a list of stories they want to tell. The Beauty started out as one sentence on that list. “The Beauty-- an STD that makes you beautiful.” I had other projects that were further along. Hell, a couple of things were fully plotted and even partially scripted. That one sentence haunted me, though.

Hurley and I have spent years hanging out together and talking about those stories on our lists. On a four hour car ride back from a little convention in St. Louis, I ran the concept for The Beauty by him. We ended up talking about it all the way home. By the time we pulled in to Joplin, we had most of the first arc figured out. The Beauty went from one sentence on my list of stories to a book that we were going to do together come hell or high water.

Otakus and Geeks: What would you say were some of the biggest challenges in creating this comic?

HURLEY: I had made a couple mini comics, and worked on some smaller projects before this, but The Beauty is my first major comic work. While I’ve been involved in the comics industry for years, it’s almost exclusively been on the retail side of things. It was interesting trying to make the transition to a creative role, while still running a comic shop and putting in 60-70 hours a week there. I guess the biggest challenge was just finding time to do the thing and meet deadlines.

HAUN: My biggest challenge was getting Hurley to realize how absolutely badass he actually is.  

Otakus and Geeks: One thing I really enjoyed about the book is how willing some people were to get this STD. However there is also some characters that say things like yes it makes you look and feel beautiful but it’s still an STD. The division between those against Beauty and those who are for it drawn throughout the book. What was it like to use something as serious as an STD to explain your narrative and theme?

HURLEY: The idea of a disease, something we automatically think of as bad thing, being desirable is what really drew me into the project. Taking a thing like an STD, something that no one in their right mind should want, and making it the hottest fad ever creates a dichotomy that I find very appealing. It gave us a very clear line to define two opposing groups in the narrative, and easily drove the conflict between them.

Otakus and Geeks: Without any spoilers do you have a favorite moment from Volume 1?

HURLEY: I was really proud of several of the “cold opens” that we created. The short 2 or 3 page scenes that opened each issue and featured a person infected with The Beauty meeting their end. My favorite of those is probably the one from issue six, the misdirection works well, and I think it really illustrates how far reaching collateral damage from a Beauty’s death could be.

HAUN: For as crazy as things get, my favorite moments in the book were always the conversations between Foster and Vaughn. Their friendship is equal parts police work and ball busting. I absolutely love it.

Otakus and Geeks: Which character would you say is your favorite or that you can relate to the most?

HURLEY: Vaughn. She’s definitely my favorite character in this arc. Who do I relate to most though…? Probably Captain Siuntres. He’s just kind of overwhelmed by everything that’s going on around him, and his immediate response is drinking whiskey in the middle of the day.

HAUN: I have to go with Vaughn here too. There were a few times where we had to force ourselves to not give her ALL of the good lines and action. She’s a hell of a lot of fun to write. I’ve got to say that a character that really surprised me was Brandon. She started out as one thing and really grew into one of the strongest characters in the book. My only regret with the character is that we decided to do this thing where she didn’t use contractions. To be honest, it was an “in joke”-- us poking fun at a friend. Nothing is harder than writing one of the leads in a story and not being able to have them speak using contractions.

As for who I relate to’d have to be Delante. He gets shit done.

Otakus and Geeks: As a writer or an artist can tell us what a typical day working on the comic was like?

HAUN: My schedule is kind of ridiculous. Like...really ridiculous. I wake up around noon, stumble my way downstairs for a bit of coffee and something to eat. From there I head out to the studio-- it’s the converted carriage house behind my house, so it’s not much of a commute. I take care of emails and social media stuff from 12:15-1:00 and then get to work on drawing. I try and prep as much as possible before I pick up my kids from school at 3:00. After I pick up the boys, we hang out and play video games and/or build Lego for an hour or so. I send them off to do chores and homework and I try and get another hour or two in. Around 5:30 I head inside for dinner and family time. If I can, I sneak in a post dinner nap and then I’m back to work around 9:00pm. My “actual” work time typically goes from around 9:00pm to 4:00 or 5:00am.

We adjust that schedule a bit, and Hurley and I write together Monday and Wednesday evenings. ...well...unless we’re on a deadline and then we just write constantly until it’s done.

Otakus and Geeks: What can we expect in the next installment?

HAUN: The next arc is going to be a bit different from the first arc. We always planned to jump around a bit and tell different stories along the way. Think of it as expanding on the opening sequences from the first arc. We’re going to show different people from different walks of life and how The Beauty affects their lives. You’ll find characters from one arc weaving in and out of later arcs-- learning about the bigger picture along the way.

The second arc is more of a crime story and starts about a year and a half before the first one. It’s a real change of pace. I’m crazy excited about it.

From there we’ll be back to Foster and Vaughn for the third arc and see how The Beauty task force started. We can’t stay away from those two for very long.

Otakus and Geeks: What do you hope audiences will take away from The Beauty?

HURLEY: There are a lot of heavy social and political themes in the book, and I want people to think about things like vanity, obsession, and corruption, and how they affect our lives as they read The Beauty. Mostly though, I just hope we put together an exciting, tense thriller for readers to get lost in for a little while.

Otakus and Geeks: How can readers follow you? Do you have a social media account?

HURLEY: You can find me on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram as jasonahurley.

HAUN: I’m on Twitter and Instagram as jerhaun and you can find me on Facebook under my full name, Jeremy Haun. I post a lot of pictures of my artwork, what I’m eating, shots of my various travels, and Lego--lots and lots of Lego. You can also find me over on my website/online store

HURLEY: We have an e-mail account set up at We’ll be doing a letter column in upcoming issues, and we’d love to see any feedback our readers have on the book.


The Beauty Volume 1 (Review)

The Beauty Volume 1 (Review)

A sexually-transmitted disease aggressively spreads across the world. But this is one disease people actually want to catch: a disease that makes those infected physically beautiful. Two years after the Beauty burst onto the scene, over half of America is infected. 

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Review: Postal Dossier, Issue #1 (Image Comics)

Review: Postal Dossier, Issue #1 (Image Comics)

In Postal Dossier, a maverick FBI agent uncovers an unsettling hidden truth. A town that isn't a town, a place that hides known criminals and even changes them before re-inserting them back into society. The problem is, he hasn't got any hard evidence to prove it - nor the authorization from his boss to poke around...

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Comics: Black Magick, Issue #1

Comics: Black Magick, Issue #1

The clue is in the title, but it's not what you think. The practice of magick has always raised eyebrows and has historically instilled fear into people's hearts for centuries. In this story, a modern day detective (named detective Black - a play on the title) discovers that a witchhunt is still ongoing; that the burning of witches is still being practiced, and that they know who she really is, whover "they" are.

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IMAGE EXPO Signing & Panel Schedule Announced

IMAGE EXPO Signing & Panel Schedule Announced

Image Comics is pleased to reveal the schedule of events for Image Expo. Attendees will enjoy a day of panels, signings, and the opportunity to learn more of what’s to come from Image on Thursday, July 2 at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco.

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