Geek Girl #0 Review

This indie comic is a recent reprint, but is still worth your time. Here’s my review.

Big Hitters #1

I’ve never heard of Contraband Comics, but this looks pretty cool and vibrant.

 

BIG HITTERS #1 DEBUTS AT 99¢

Contraband Comics Proudly Announces

Newest Release Through Exclusive

Partnership With iVerse Media

Big Hitters #1, the first issue in a new sci-fi action/adventure series from creator-owned comic book publisher, Contraband Comics, is now available for purchase in iVerse Media’s Comics Plus app.

Created by writer Jon Goff (SpawnBlindsideHalo Evolutions) and illustrator Travis Sengaus (The Adventures of Spawn), Big Hitters blends elements of noir, science fiction and action/adventure to tell the story of two government-sanctioned hitmen as they navigate the seedy underbelly of a post-war galaxy.

Big Hitters #1 is available now in the Comics Plus app, with both a FREE 11-page preview and a $0.99 26-page Standard Issue release. As an added bonus, the free preview of Big Hitters #1 includes the animated short “Gettim!,” directed and animated by series artist and co-creator, Travis Sengaus.

“With Big Hitters, Travis and I are looking to capture the epic fun and sense of adventure you get from Star Wars, but set against a backdrop that has more in common with the darker side of sci-fi films like Bladerunner,” Contraband Comics founder, Jon Goff, said. “At the end of the day the book is meant to be entertaining, but buried within the visuals and the somewhat off-beat nature of the story, you’ll find a lot of heartbreak and a deeper mythology than may be apparent at first glance.”

Joining Goff and Sengaus on the Big Hitters creative team are colorist Fco Plascencia (BatmanSpawnInvincible) and the master craftsmen at Richard Starking’s Comicraft lettering and design studio.

To view Contraband Comics titles available in the Comics Plus app, including Big Hitters and Blindside, visit:

http://digital.comicsplusapp.com/group_comics.php?publisher_id=106

 

The Almighties #1 Review

Here’s my review of The Almighties, an Avengers parody. Check out some preview pages below, and free pages called Almighties Origins at the official site.

Freedom #1 Review

This was one of those items I saw in the Previews catalogue 2 months ago and ordered on a whim. Hopefully it benefitted from a few nice words at Bleeding Cool and Diamond, and others did the same.

Freedom is published by Potato Comics and created by Seamus Heffernan. It’s also the recipient of a grant from the lovely people at the Xeric Foundation who generously support unique voices in independent comics.

Printed in a larger format, this 76 pager is presented as a black and white relic from the era in which it’s set – the American Revolution. Visually, it’s a standout, with detailed etchings like something from a wood-cut printing, and the loose lettering and fonts used in the acknowledgements and gallery intro, also giving it an old-timey feel.

It opens in the “colony of Massachusetts” in 1779. Young Adam has just woken from a bad dream, and before he can enjoy breakfast his two brothers charge in fighting about the redcoats, with the younger Connor shouting, “Death to the king!” for all to hear. Connor takes Adam to Boston so he can learn a trade, but on the way Adam’s feisty nature gets the better of him, leading to his almost demise at the hands of soldiers before a captain notes his honour and saves him and his older brother.

The dialogue beams with authenticity, and Connor’s moral strength in contrast with Adam’s hotheadedness brings forth great scenes of familial bonding and stern guidance. Needless to say, the art does wonders too. Heffernan paces the tale well, allowing us to care easily for the two protagonists, and creates hectic motion when needed, such as during a chaotic and passionate bar fight, and he makes just two colours come alive, such as in the last few pages, with great shadow play and explosive light.

This is the first of a planned trilogy and the cliffhanger and fate of the brothers indicates that it’ll be an even wilder ride in future issues.

Thankfully there’s a lengthy preview PDF so you can see some of this wonderfully crafted and intriguing debut for yourself.

Extra Sequential #49-Bad Taste Comics

59 mins.  We’re joined by Dave Jackson and Pierre of Melbourne comic book Modern Gentlemen to discuss how comics have become the last bastion of Bad Taste in popular art.

We also look at objectionable content in comics, censorship, sex and violence, how far is too far, the indie sub-genre of hardcore sleaze comics as well as the mainstream, and dig into some key creators of the genre.

LISTEN TO IT BELOW, DOWNLOAD IT HERE OR ON ITUNES

You can email us at kris (at)extrasequential(dot)com and befriend us on the NEW ES Facebook page.

Find the teaser for Fever Dreams, the guy’s upcoming TV show on Channel 31 here.

    

Indy Comic Book Week

There’s a so-called skip week this year, in which no new comics will be delivered to your LCS from Diamond Distributors on the last week of December. The week of December 30th this year now means that this is the time to strike for independent publishers. There’s a handy blog right here devoted to it to aid you if you’re an indie creator hoping to promote your wares or a retailer hoping to help.

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