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Sunday, March 24, 2013

Comic Review: Ehmm Theory (ARC)

Ehmm Theory
On Sale: May 29, 2013
Writer: Brockton McKinney
Artist: Larkin Ford

Colorist: Jason Strutz
UPC: 79997519464600111
Publisher: Action Lab Entertainment
Diamond Id: MAR130763
Imagine everything you grew up believing was lie. Imagine your best friend was a talking cat with a penchant for bad movies. Imagine there is an entire world beyond the one you know and you just discovered you’re connected to it by blood. Welcome to Gabriel Ehmm’s world and the wildest treat this side of the afterlife. Gabriel Ehmm finds himself thrown into a world of talking animals, zombie midgets and the fat man calling himself Saint Peter. The adventure begins here by blowing your brain off in an action-packed issue that’s bound to mess your face up! 

Independent comic book presses are like a treasure hunt. You never know what you will find, but there are always some gems waiting for you. Action Lab Entertainment seems to have more than their fair share of prized booty! Their comics are well written and clever with a quirky and sometimes macabre sense of humor. And now they have a new mature imprint, Danger Zone that combines wit and horror. I love this press HARD! If you love I Smell Sheep humor, you will love Action Lab comics. Okay, gushing is over...

Ehmm Theory is a wonderful mix of horror and humor written by Brockton McKinney. It is about Gabriel Ehmm who gets his head blown off by his girlfriend and winds up being told by St. Peter in a kind of shady meeting he has to go back as a ghost and try to figure out why a bunch of zombie midget clowns are rising from their graves in a small carnival town. He also has to find his biological father to help guide him to salvation and get into heaven. Oh, his side kick is a talking kitten, Mr. Whispers.
I love the cartoon flair to the art work by Larkin Ford. There is great carnage detail to the zombie killing scenes and facial expressions throughout. This is the first in a series and they managed to set up a couple of plot threads while keeping the story fast paced. It was over before I knew it! 
I was curious about the title, Ehmm Theory seemed like it had some meaning beside Gabriel’s last name. So I asked the writer Brockton McKinney (nice dude by the way). This is what he said: 

“It's a play on the "M Theory" hypothesis that is a derivative of String Theory. Basically the idea that there are multiple universes separated by a sort of membrane.

Gabe’s surname is Ehmm and his father’s theories are going to come heavily into play in the series. So I thought it'd be cool to play off the M Theory angle!” 

See? It is a smart person comic! <G>

Ehmm Theory is a new series that will be out in May so be sure to contact your local shop and let them know you want a copy. You can also pre-order right now with code #MAR130763.

Here is a free sampler of some of the 

5 “teleporting” Sheep

Sharon Stogner (edit by Kalpar)

seriously, the best logo EVER!
The Action Lab is a group of mad scientists who collectively have over 25 years of comic book creating experience. After slaving in obscurity and alone for lo, these many years, these quasi-evil geniuses have now gathered together from around the globe to form a secret research and development collective devoted to world domination through the purification of the comic book art form. The Action Lab has sworn to use its powers for a single purpose — to bring the world the most action packed, most thought-provoking, most entertaining comics available, thereby ushering in a new age of world peace under the dominating yet benign control of the Action Lab.

Their first major release, FRACTURE, was released in July 2011 followed by the now two-time Eisner nominated and five-time Glyph nominated PRINCELESS in October 2011. Action Lab continues to publish genre spanning comics from the all-ages MONSTERS ARE JUST LIKE US, and mature reader books like SNOWED IN and DOUBLE JUMPERS.

Action Lab Entertainment is the public front for all the activities of the Action Lab and its members. Although most of the Action Lab’s activities remain classified, Action Lab Entertainment can disclose that two of its many functions are the marketing of comic books through various sales outlets, and the expansion of their domination into other mediums.

If you have the opportunity to interface with any Action Lab personnel at a comic book show or other event, please approach with caution, but feel free to purchase any of the fine comic book products which may be available.


  1. Nice comics. I'm definitely getting a copy of this.

    1. Cool! ALC puts out some quality stuff in general.