Comic Review: Great Pacific Volume 1 Trashed

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Comic Review: Great Pacific Volume 1 Trashed

Great Pacific Volume 1 Trashed

Great Pacific Volume 1 Trashed

Is it possible to start your own sovereign country and if you could, would the world let you. Written by Joe Harris (Bishop-The Last X-Man, Slingers) and illustrated by Martin Morazzo, Image’s newest comic wonders that too.

Chas Worthington is an intelligent oil heir who’s goal, among many, is to create a technology that helps to better the world. Sick of the corrupt people around him he does something drastic. He starts his own country in the middle of the ocean on a flotilla of garbage bigger than the size of Texas. Starting your own country has it’s own inherent problems. One of them being all the people that will try to stop you.
Quick moving storyline with characters and problems popping up quite frequently. A lot of unexpected things happen that you would not guess. Artwork fits well with the wide open spaces of the ocean. Give it a try if you’re looking for something a bit different.
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Comic Review: Aphrodite IX Vol 1

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Comic Review: Aphrodite IX Vol 1

Image Comics Aphrodite IX Vol 1 tp

Image Comics Aphrodite IX Vol 1 tp

Image Comics/Top Cow Productions has been known in the past to put some really pretty comic books but most times that is all they are pretty. At first glance, Aphrodite IX seems to be another one of those types of books. As the saying goes, never judge a book by its cover. After reading the first volume of this series, I found myself craving for me. Not only does the artwork look fantastic, the story is also really good.

The basis of the story is like Aeon Flux meets James Cameron’s Avatar and throw in some Halo video game action. The title character Aphrodite IX is a femme-fatale, genetically altered humanoid assassin who is controlled by a handler. Earth in is a post apocalyptic state with two surviving races at war with one another living on an area along the Earth’s equator that is still habitable. One race is homo-sapien with genetic enhancements living in air fortresses and the other is a race of cybernetic homo-sapiens living on the ground. The two are at war for political control and survival with Aphrodite IX unwillingly trapped in the middle of it.

The story is written by Matt Hawkins (Think Tank, Necromancer) and drawn by Stjepan Sejic (Witchblade, Army of Darkness). The artwork is beautifully done with nicely painted panels and Top Cow President/CEO Hawkins has definitely written a great story!  I could see either movie or a TV series done on this property sometime in the near future.

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Comic Review: Chew Volume 1 Taster’s Choice

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Comic Review: Chew, Volume 1: Taster’s Choice

Chew, Volume 1: Taster's Choice

Chew, Volume 1: Taster’s Choice

Do you like food? How about beets? Maybe you wished chicken was illegal but don’t have the government backing to follow through. Well, if so writer John Layman (Puffed, Gambit) and artist Rob Guillory (Teddy Scares, Popgun Anthology) have put together something truly wonderful.

Chicken and other birds have been outlawed around that globe after a devastating bird flu pandemic. Most crime is now associated with the illegal sale of those animals. Tony Chu is a police officer with a special gift. He is a cibopath — whatever he eats results in a psychic impression. He will see the entire lifespan of the food, where it was grown/raised right to when it ended up on his plate. Things only get better from there.

The writing is quite in-depth. You’ll find yourself reading about something supposedly random only for it to pop up issues later as a new story arc. The illustrations are bold and bright. It does not hold back any punches when it comes blood. If you are looking for a book to make you laugh and leave you wanting more, look no further.

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Comic Review: The Pro

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Comic Review: The Pro

The Pro

The Pro

You know what you don’t see enough of in comics, super powered prostitutes. Image will take care of all your needs honey, with this title written by Garth Ennis (Punisher, The Boys) and illustrated by Amanda Conner (Vampirella, Power Girl).

Being a prostitute is not an easy job. You’re on your feet/back/knees all day, the money’s not great and the hours are horrible. That all changes for one lucky lady when she is given superpowers by a being known as The Viewer. Endowed with powers she is asked to join the League of Honor. Her new team mates are the Saint, the Knight & the Squire, the Lady, the Lime, and Speedo. Together they fight crime for all mankind.

Hilarious parody of the world of superhero’s, Garth is having some fun here. Artwork and conversations are crude and lowbrow, that’s definitely a good thing.

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Comic Review: Image Comics Saga Volume 1

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Saga, Volume 1

Saga, Volume 1

Saga is exactly what it calls itself; given the scope and range of its tale it could be no less.

 At times, it seems as though Brian K. Vaughn and Fiona Staples have not only thrown in the kitchen sink, but scooped out the garburator and pipes below. However, what seems a head-on collision between Warhammer, Starcraft, and Shadowrun reveals layers of interaction and a lot of thought behind its dizzying array of characters, factions, and locales. Blasters and organically grown spaceships, sorcery, robots, and ghosts all meet in the convergent chaos of its universe. Jarring at first, as the story reveals itself it is no longer so, the seemingly disparate bits build coherent bytes, growing in detail and interconnection.

With so many dishes spinning, it will be interesting to see how it unfolds in future. Sometimes difficult to categorize, if required to render classify it in a single phrase space opera would be closest — but not quite adequate.

 

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Comic Review: Green Wake Volume 1

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Green Wake, Volume 1

Green Wake, Volume 1

There is a nigh-palpable miasma cloaking the denizens of the town of Green Wake, seeping through their bones, settling into the brick, mortar, and rotting wood of its buildings. Coupled with a collective amnesia about the place and its origins, it pervades the narrative, tainting everyone and everything, taunting the reader with half revealed glimpses behind its masks.

Green Wake feels, at first, a cousin to other dark corners of the earth, such as Innsmouth, but it horrors are more unworldly – if anything could be. As in that misbegotten, best forgotten town of New England lore, things are not as they first appear. Unlike the forsaken stopover en route to venerable Arkham, however, Green Wake is further removed from the familiar while appearing more familiar. No one arrives in Green Wake with luggage, but everyone has baggage.

How and where their paths cross and interconnect is only where the narrative begins. How it unfolds is where the artistry of Kurtis J. Wiebe and Riley Rossmo shines — in a glass darkly.

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Comic Review: Comeback

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Comic Review: Comeback

Comeback

Comeback

A company that can go back in time to save your loved ones. With such a new technology, surely all the kinks and dangers have been worked out, right? An image comic from local author Ed Brisson (Prophet, Change) and illustrated by Michael Walsh (Murder Book, The X-Files: Season 10).

Reconnect is a company that is very exclusive, only those with cash can afford it. If your loved one happens to die, reconnect can go back in time to make sure that doesn’t happen. A team has been sent back to save life of a car crash victim, when things go horribly wrong. Stuck in the past, one of them receives an e-mail from the present, telling him not to trust anyone. On top of this, the FBI is also looking into the company.

I met Brisson once here in Burnaby, BC and he is a super nice guy. So I’m always happy to read his stuff when he is writing. This is an amazing story, that has a deep understanding of time travel and it’s consequences. You’re always on the edge of your seat waiting to see how things are going to turn out. I highly suggest you check out his other series Murder Book, it really has a Vancouver feel to it.

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Comic Review: Mark Millar’s Jupiter’s Legacy

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Jupiter's Legacy #1 Image Comics

Jupiter’s Legacy #1 Image Comics

Jupiter’s Legacy Image Comics

Fans of Mark Millar rejoice! The creator of best selling comic series such as Kick Ass, Superior, Nemesis and Wanted is back with a brand new title, Jupiter’s Legacy. Teamed with Frank Quitely, penciler of titles such as All-Star Superman and New X-men.  First issue arrived in May 2013 with 4 regular variant covers.

The story starts in 1929 when a group of friends set on a journey to an island that will forever change both their lives and the future of the world. Returning from the island, these friends are given the power to protect the world. Fast forward to the future, their children now have the burden and responsibility to continue what their parents have started.

This series definitely kicks off with a great story that you would expect from Mark Millar and the artwork is superbly drawn by Frank Quitely!

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Comic Review: The LI’L Depressed Boy Volume 1

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Comic Review: The LI’L Depressed Boy Volume 1

The LI'L Depressed Boy

The LI’L Depressed Boy

Step into the life of LDB (LI’L Depressed Boy) who battles with boredom, self seclusion, anti-social behavior and love. This bleak and heartwarming Image comic is written by S. Steven Struble (Chew, United Front) and illustrated by Sina Grace (The Walking Dead, Invincible).

Sick of living in a world of self loathing and doubt, LDB sets out into the world. Leaving the warming and depressing comfort of video games, TV and books behind. It starts with the meeting of a friend for coffee and from this his world begins to change. A chance conversation with a girl and continual random encounters turns into something more. Is LDB starting a new life or simply going through the motions?

A wonderfully simple book that gives much more than you would expect. LDB is a character that we have all seen before. Whether it be a friend we know or us at some point in our lives. The artwork works well with the idea of this series, it’s not trying to be extravagant and over the top. Instead it is exactly what is needed to get the point across. I highly recommended this if you are looking for a more down to earth comic about the trials and tribulations of everyday life.

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Comic Review: Bedlam Volume 1

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Comic Review: Bedlam Volume 1

Bedlam Volume 1

Bedlam Volume 1

Is evil just something you are or something you do? In this Image comic written by Nick Spencer (Morning Glories, Iron Man 2.0) and illustrations by Riley Rossmo (Proof, Green Wake) the question is asked , can you cure evil?

Madder Red is a psychopathic terrorist who kills for the pure joy of it. After being caught he blows himself up or at least makes it look that way. Now Madder is living a normal life. That is until he recognizes a string a murders. Hoping to help he goes to the police to enlist. Will they accept him or begin to question what he really knows. The bigger question is where did go after he faked his death and how did he get better?

A very brutal series. The artwork is murky and dark which goes along with the strangeness of the characters. Even though you know how much evil this man has done, you’re compelled to see him make a change.

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