Archive for June, 2012

Hawkeye preview

Posted: 29/06/2012 in Art
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I’m very much looking forward to this new take on Hawkeye, Matt Fraction writing and David Aja on illustration can only lead to awesome. Hawkeye is obviously gonna be closely looked at following the avengers movie. From these preview pages, I can only see good things happening.

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Obviously the pages are all not lettered, but I think this gives a pretty awesome preview of the greatness to come. I for one am looking forward to this run. Release date is set for August 1st 2012 from marvel.

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Original press release is over at CBR

20120629-164951.jpgDc comics has revealed the first look at Becky Cloonans art for her upcoming issue of Batman. It is a stand alone issue featuring the story of “Harper”, who we first met in issue 7 of the court of owls story.

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By the look of this art, Becky may return to Batman sooner than we think, it looks incredible. Series regular Greg Capullo returns for the next huge arc beginning September.

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So I was approached via my blog by a guy asking if I would be interested in reviewing his comic, I emailed him and he send me a free download code for the PDF. The guys name was Thor Fjalarsson and he has created WildBoar, a comic that he has written and illustrated himself.

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The opening panels to this book take us to an old warehouse, being used for some major criminal activity. Guns, drugs, and meetings with some very shady characters. We follow Hvid into a meeting with the head of the crime organisation, who used to do business with Hvid’s father. The following dialogue takes us in a small flashback scene of some violent, and quite questionable activity.

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We then come back to the focus of the story, and talk of a job that the crime family want Hvid and his team to be a part of. Retrieving an artefact for them from a highly secure building. As if this wasn’t hard enough, there is another team involved, and they are going in for the same purpose. Only as the story progresses we learn that the opposition have been gathering intel from the same inside sources that were being paid off by the same people asking Hvid to do this job for him.
At this point we get a glimpse of a man, who seems to be posing as a market researcher, only we quickly learn that this isn’t the case, and this begins the intel for the heist.

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We cut back to the meeting room, where mr. Grim hands another case file across the table, however this contains the identities of the other heist team, and the criminal mastermind adds to the colossal task already placed in the lap of Hvid. Asking him to take out the other heist team before they do any real damage to the job in hand.
Which brings us to another cutaway scene, which is the introduction of another 3 people who you can’t help but feel may be involved in the main focus of the story, Nikita, B, and Uli. They are waiting outside a bar, they have a conversation with a man from inside, who is working for them anyway. They make their way into the bar through an open side door in the ally. This leads to a very bloody and gruesome take down and the people inside fall victim to a hail of gunfire, and the team leave as calmly as they walked in.

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This brings us back to the burning question that is being narrated throughout the story, will Hvid take the job? And which of his team will he use to get it done?

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This story has surprised me, I didn’t quite know what to expect when I opened the book. The cover doesn’t really give a lot away. Honestly I’m so glad I got a chance to read this comic, Thor has written and illustrated this whole creation. The story carries a perfect narration through the criminal underworld and a meeting that you actually believe could happen, and also a brief insight into the characters personalties and their pasts. The art throughout this book adds to the dark and disturbing feeling you get from the story, almost as if you are actually involved in the meeting yourself. This chapter is a great introduction into the gritty world of criminal life. So not only does the creator have one of the coolest names ever, Thor, but is also a very talented man, and his passion for this genre really shines through the dark tone the story takes.

The book is available to buy from Drive Thru Comics by clicking on this link, and also from Graphicly by clicking on this link.
You can also check out Thor’s website for his company Gosi Graphics and follow him on twitter.

When you buy issue 1 of WildBoar, be safe in the knowledge that Thor is working on issue 2 for release later this year, while also working on another comic called “Dark Waves” with writer Arthur Gibson, so keep a look out for that too.

Personal note: Thor I was very pleasantly surprised by this book, you have done a great job with it, and I for sure will be following the progression of the story. I appreciate the chance to review you comic.

Please people leave your comments, and also let me know your thoughts via my own twitter page

Jason

Comics fans rule

Posted: 19/06/2012 in just talk
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Just as small post, I was thinking earlier that at the moment, through all comics mediums this really is the best time to be a comics fan. Honestly I can’t remember a week that hasn’t included a new number one issue, or a new relaunch of an existing character. My obvious prime example for the relaunch, is Batman.
I have not been so into a story arc for a long time. I honestly think that Scott Snyder has made history, not only in batman but throughout the whole mythology surrounding the dark knight. Not too many writers in recent time have introduced an enemy into the batman villain hall of fame, as Snyder has with his court of owls. Not only that but the history altering revelations that have recently occurred during issue 10, no spoilers in case you have been living under a rock and haven’t read it yet, but another introduction into batman not only completely changes the game, but also adds another branch to the origins of the Wayne family that changes the way you think about Batman. Scott Snyder was made to write batman, may he carry on for a long time!

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There has also been some completely new stories released, such as saga, and Americas got powers to name a few that are currently some of my favourites. The combinations of great art, and brilliant writing have made the current time, not only the most fun, but some of the most interesting. With all these current relaunched and new books being introduced comic book pull lists larger every single week, but also people are still picking up their previous books on top, with the release of spawn #220 and the impending release of the walking dead #100, the books that have always been a must for most of us are still keeping up with the new guys.

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Not only are comics slowly becoming more and more popular, but they are now so much more influential across all other forms of entertainment. The walking dead tv shows, and even to a certain extent the big bang theory, on the small screen bring the geek culture to a much broader audience. To the current cinema release schedule looking more and more like a comic shop release list, and with excitement still brewing for the amazing spiderman movie, and of course the dark knight rises, and even there is a buzz beginning to occur for the new dredd movie. These are all bringing the stories we know and love to a much larger group of people, that maybe otherwise wouldn’t have known such stories without seeing them at the cinema.

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So to sum up this time, right now, is the greatest time to be a comic book fan, the industry as it stands now, makes geeks like me and you the coolest people in the planet. This really is the time to introduce all your family and friends to the comics you love, because maybe they will be more interested than you think!

Jason

I have been sent there comics by Larry Jarrell of  What The flux comics a few days ago. I want to review all the books he sent me, but I will start at the beginning.

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As Red Angel begins your are thrown straight into a scene full of amazing art, with ships, and huge machines, with huger guns. This page includes an introduction to the sort of time you are being brought into. The story begins telling you of a twenty-five year world-wide machine war, which has now ended. The remaining countries have all signed a treaty to cease the production of their battle robots, and to live in harmony created, and enforced by the global transmospheric trading company. The GTTC deal in all trades world-wide, and also deal with any people who may not see the world-wide peace as a good thing and continue to develop new and more deadly machines. These are known as pirates and the Red Angel is the GTTC’s leading team in taking out the threats, and enforcing the laws.

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This then brings us to the Red Angel, and it’s crew with Captain Victoria Angel, Gunner Marcus Broadside, First mate 2458 (who is also a robot), Navigator Jovian Polaris, and Engineer Bridget Angel. The crews are going about their business, when they come across a band of pirates using a machine to terrorise a village. Our heroes swing into action to eliminate the threat, and bring the pirates to justice….

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Our heroes take the fight to their opponents, also the Captain and her Gunner have left the rest of the crew on board, to go down and take out the machine that is crushing the village below. The whole team proves to be very well equipped to do their job, and take down the pirates, and keep them alive for interrogation, while the Captain and Marcus take out the machine. Which then introduces into the story that the crew of the Red Angel are being paid for their protection services. Which then starts to bring in questions of morals and reasoning, and throws the whole story back into the air, the only thing your certain of is that Captain Victoria and her crew are very good at their jobs.

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The crew and Captain arrive back onboard the ship and begin trying to get answers from their newly acquired prisoners, we get a small introduction to the crew they captured, and also a small part of the crimes committed against the GTTC. We however follow Captain Victoria as she takes the pirate captain to her quarters to offer him a deal, and a drink. However the answers she gets from the man, aren’t the ones she wants, and this brings the issue to an ending that is so intriguing that it makes you want to carry on to the next issue immediately.

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This comic when I first opened it was very different to anything I usually read, however after reading it, I am completely into this story. Written by one of the co-Creators Erin Pyne, Red Angel is a story that both herself and her Co-Creating partner Larry Jarrell are very passionate about, and that comes through with every single panel. Heavily influence by the whole steam punk movement, it is laced throughout this book, and honestly adds to the feeling that you are taking part in an epic swashbuckling story. Erin has written a great story although very futuristic in style, is set in the past.
The art in this issue and the others I have makes you feel like this could have been a movie, or tv series, it fits the story perfectly. It also has a very familiar sort of feel to it, although you may not have heard of Russ Leach, he and colourist Mike Summers make you feel at very at ease, and when I was reading it.
The whole issue made me feel like I was picking up a book that I had read numerous times before. Which is an amazing thing when you pick up a book that normally may not be something that you would read. which is an unusually feeling to get when you read a book for the first time, though it is a very welcome one. Awesome job all involved.

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Personal note: This book is great, and I hope my words can help to generate interest in this story, because I really feel this would convince a lot of people to broaden their horizons and open their minds to comics outside of large publishing groups, because it really shows the passion the creators have for this medium, that may not get the breaks into the industry. Which means gems like this don’t always get the coverage they deserve. Also thanks to @ReadComicBooks for making this connection for me.

Please contact Larry Jarrell on Twitter, and also visit the official What The Flux Comics website.

Please comment and tell me what you think here, and on my Twitter page

Jason

Titan one shot

Posted: 13/06/2012 in Review/Preview
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I was sent this comic a couple of weeks ago, after being contacted by Gary Seaward and also Glen Ludlow about their creation, and a possible review. Of course I said yes and they sent me the PDF. I then go on chatting with the guys and realise that this is not only a u.k creation but also published here in England too. I want to share this book with everyone, and hope that you contact them about getting a copy, because I want a print.
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Titan begins with a narration from an anonymous character, telling of the greatest superhero of our country, and how he was bigger than the Beatles and before the Ali vs Cooper boxing match, everyone only came to see Titan, even the boxers. That is until we learn of the terrible things that Titan did, when involved in a government plot.
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The narration of Titans story then brings us to Lonsdale island, and what is from what I can gather some sort of camp, where people with powers are put. They are referred to officially as enhanced war veterans, given enhanced capabilities to help win the war. When the war was over, the British government no longer wanted these people out in the community with civilians, so Lonsdale island was designated as a temporary residence for the people. So they were moved there and nothing happens for 20 years. The story continues with a documentary style of filming where Titan is the star and he is on the island to help ease tensions between the enhanced people and the soldiers given the task of removing them, which after 20 years, the people are not happy about being removed from the lives they have built.
Titan also is the muscle the soldiers use if the residents refuse to leave, which of course the camera gets turned off at them points. When it’s turned back on, we see the person being put in the back of a truck in handcuffs, a little roughed up perhaps.

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Titan then goes about his business, showing the documentary crew around the island, playing the good guy roll, but being shunned by the residents of the island.
We then come to another person being forced from his home by the soldiers and captain Reynolds, the guy in charge of evicting the transapians from their homes, when Titan is required to step in. He tries to de-escalate the situation, only to find that it’s too far gone and the man goes on a rampage, and suffers the fatal consequences. At which point the mans son, Michael comes out, justifiably angry, and reaches for Titans gun, which brings Titan into action to save Michael from the shower of bullets the soldiers lay down, also while the camera still rolls.

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Only Titan doesn’t realise what he has done, and the army bring down Our hero in a way that no man can recover, through the news and media, saying he has turned on the soldiers on the island, and has killed some. This obviously brings rumours to the surface, and Titan has an immediate fall from the good graces of the people, and is labeled a traitor.
This is where we cut back to the island, and Titan as he wakes up, in the home of the man he saved, and his son, but the tension of being forced to move still hasn’t lifted, and he wants our hero to leave. Only Titan has a plan to not only clear his name, but also to prove Michael’s father that died, was murdered.

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Titan and Michael put their plan into action, while leaving Michael’s son Roger in the car, out of harms way. They make their way into the secure facility, and only then does mayhem break out, and the plan becomes a battle, and the story takes a couple of huge twists and turns which brings us to an office, in the present day. Where we discover the narrator of Titans story, as the story takes another twist to the ending, that until you read, I ain’t telling you.

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This comic has really shocked me, the writer/co-creator Glen Ludlow has written a story that, although spanning many decades, and even include a couple of cameos, makes you want to carry on reading. It really makes you feel for the character of Titan, and the ordeal he goes through, and then the involvement of the other 2 main focuses of the story, Michael and Roger, and brings the story through the ages, making you want to know what happens next. The art by Gary Seaward is so good, and going to the different times throughout the last century, and the different contexts of the story, during the documentary filming, and bringing it to the present day, and all the times in between really shows that Gary has a great talent to adapt to the awesome writing from Glen. The two have created a story that would make me very happy to have Titan in my collection(Hint,Hint) and together they make a great team, and I for one can’t wait to see where the next project goes to. The book is also published by a uk publisher called Orbital Velocity.

Personal note: Gary and Glen, I very much enjoyed this glimpse inside the story of Titan, and I appreciate the chance to share this creation with the world, I only hope I can create interest. Thank you guys for letting me see this book

You can follow both Glen Ludlow and Gary Seaward on twitter, just click on the links throughout, if it’s highlighted, click it.

Please everyone let me know your thoughts and leave comments, and follow me on Twitter

Jason

Scam #1

Posted: 09/06/2012 in Review/Preview
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Scam is a book that came from nowhere really on a small creator owned publisher, called Comixtribe. Which at the time of its original release was only dealing with a micro distribution deal with a few select comic shops in the USA and Canada, but after making some big deals, they are finally getting worldwide release of their books, and I for one couldn’t be happier to finally get my hands on them.

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So our story begins in Mesquite, Nevada, 2 years ago. We are thrown straight into a robbery taking place at a secure location, with a team of people who are all in different locations surrounding the building. They all have different jobs to do that are suited to their abilities, and as we go through a roll call of the characters involved we learn about the parts they play in the story.
We begin with Midas and Michelle, who are the guns on the roof, Doc who is the tech man, then to Pint and Marcus who are in the get away vehicle, and Hack and Tru are the men on the inside.
The job has its fair share of problems, but the team gets through it. That is until they make a discovery that will rock the situation to its very core, and brings the whole thing crashing down.

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Which also brings to light that this is no ordinary group of people, but all have a super human ability in some form.
With the mayhem that is occurring around them, the guys all try to make it out of the building, and its surrounding area with their lives.

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After the daring escape, the story brings us a little bit closer to current times, but not quite there, this brings us to one week ago. Doc is on a boat searching for an island, or more specifically the man who currently inhabits the island, Tru. The guys are sitting on a beach having a drink, while they plot the revenge against the people who set them up on their last big heist, and which of the team they can bring in to exact their revenge on every level they can to bring down the person that nearly killed all their friends.

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After this encounter we arrive back at the current time, with Doc tied to a chair. Held in a basement somewhere, being interrogated for information. Of course he doesn’t want to give away details, which results in some pretty heavy questioning, with very violent consequences when they don’t get the info they need.

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Then we come to a small bar in the middle of the desert. Where Doc and Tru are due to meet the rest of the team, to go over the plans. However they are both waylaid in different circumstances, and feelings are very hostile between the other members of the crew, and relationships begin to strain.

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Which brings us to The Hotel Monarch, where we encounter Marcus, speaking with his secretary, and he is being particularly arrogant, and he goes off to a meeting after making sure his secretary is put back in her place.
Then we arrive at the airport, which brings Tru back to our story as he lands in Nevada. He encounters a few people who are sent to meet him,and bring him in to their boss. which of course doesn’t go to plan. As Tru finds a way to escape the situation he finds himself in, not only once, but twice, and eventually finds his way out of the airport, much to the dismay of his would be captures, and the man who sent them to collect him. Which isn’t the group we expect to be looking for him. The encounters in the airport were orchestrated by another group, which adds to the mystery that surrounds our main man, and why everyone seems to want to bring him in for their own purpose.

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After all the madness, we get back to the bar, and the rest of the team as begin to put their plan together. They eventually get reunited with Tru, and they can begin on the journey of their next mission.

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All this seems to go off without a problem, or so you would think, which leads to the sensational finale of the huge issue.

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Issue #1 of scam is a huge double issue, that is absolutely the perfect introduction to this story. Joe Mulvey has without doubt has created one of the best stories you will read this year. Not only did he write it, he also did all the art too, that only adds to the feeling you get from reading this book. Which you can see the passion Joe put into it jumping off the page with every single panel. I think this book could quite easily have been a movie, and I will for sure be following this story when it comes out in August at all good comic shops.
I hope if you haven’t already been lucky enough to have this book in your collection, that you all go to your local comic shop and ask them to order it in (diamond order code: jun121002) because believe me you are not going to want to miss this.

On a personal note: Joe, I am very grateful to get a review copy of this book. I’m pretty sure you remember me pestering you all the time when it first released, and just so happy that you, and the Comixtribe team let me try to spread the word to a wider audience.

You can follow Joe Mulvey on twitter, and follow Comixtribe on Twitter, also on their official Website

Please leave your comment everyone and tell let me know your thoughts

Jason