Days of Dark Fire #1 – Sinopia Comics Inc. – Review and a few thoughts

 

This book had very cool art going in, so I wasn’t really surprised when the story turned out to be pretty damn good also. By now, if you have ever heard of the X-men, you have heard of the Phoenix and the Dark Phoenix. This series delves into a pretty cool saga based on the god like properties of these two Phoenixes and the followers of their faiths.

After reading a few pages of this first book I began to realize how well it flowed from scene to scene. For me, if I can imagine someone acting out these scenes on a TV or movie screen, it’s usually a positive sign to me that the dialogue is pretty good. Giovanni Smith is a great writer, who can bring together a complex story  while giving his characters dialogue that moves along the story, but develops their personalities for better or worse. Titan “Tyson” comes to mind. He’s a wise ass, but your able to see there’s good inside that character before his actions even get to that point. Can’t say enough about this great dialogue.

Artist Mike Gaughrans art  gave the story a great sense of medieval, epic adventure to it. The timing and pace of the art was in perfect synch with the emotions and dialogue that Giovanni Smiths words were trying to convey. Mike’s art has kind of a cartoonish look to it, but I say that in the best possible way. I was reminded of the old  Masters of the Universe cartoons as I was reading this book. That’s high praise for me.

I did have a few small critiques that came to mind. Melody the Amazon looked kind of masculine, and the “grackles” looked like an oversized biker gang, but those were minor details. A few other positive details I’d like to point out is the great read at the beginning of the story that fleshes out the history of the two Phoenixes and how we get to where we are at when the story began. Also at the end of the book there is a detailed map which shows this world that is being created in  detail.

Issue #2 has already been released via their website below with title #3 coming soon. Please donate if you are going to read this book. About quarter way through Volume 1 you’ll realize you have paid $4.00 for at least one book in the last 3 months that wasn’t even close to the art and story of this one…and it wasn’t 30 quality pages.  Great job guys. Cheers

Scott

https://sinopiacomics.com/comics/

 

 

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A Little Off The Top- Book #1 – Lowfive Productions

 

This was a quirky book that I wasn’t sure how to take the first time around. How could you build a story around hair cutting?!….and then I thought hmm,… Edward Scissorhands. If I could broadly compare this book, it would be a cross between Edward Scissorhands, The Star Wars Trilogy and a bit of Game of thrones tossed in there.

Abigale Theodosia is an enforcer of sorts. In a land where  hair is currency,  and being shaved of all yours strips you of your dignity,  a barber can be a dangerous figure. Abigale’s bone to pick today(or hair pick if you will)is not with the fine folks of the territory she is in but with the Queen and King of this realm. It’s about her families honor though the reasons so far have not been made quite clear.

Not sure how they did it, but the creators of this concept made it work, …..and  fairly well. From a story that is well paced(Via writer Billy Martin) to art that has a “fairy tale” feel to it(via Jazz Singh) they are able to pull together a thoughtful story and the beginnings of a larger universe of “cutters”. Along the way they plant enough seeds for future chapters where the things that are alluded to before will all make sense in the end…….or at the very least give more questions to the answers.

The hook for the next issue is set up nicely, and introduces whom I think may be to this series, it’s “Obi Wan CUTnobi”(Christ, did I just write that?!).Abigale Theodosia is an interesting character .From her facial expressions right down to the flop of hair on the top of her head(think Strong guy from X-factor)she has the makings of a strong interesting character.

I’d read the second book to see where this was going as I’ve been given enough foreshadowing that I’d like to see where it’s going. Lowfive productions website is below. They’ve got some great art and a couple of podcasts if you’d like to check them out. Cheers for now

Scott

http://www.lowfiveproductions.com/

 

 

Review Nyobi #1 – Larry Higgins

I think at some point time or another in our lives we’re all been bullied. Whether it be in school ,or out , sometimes being a teen who’s a little bit different is the most lonely road to walk. For Lucas Cassie this first issue gives a hint what his life is like in spades. On my first read through this book I wondered if perhaps this abuse had been overdone? Writer Larry Higgins had the whole world seemingly kicking this kids ass.

It certainly would explain why he was pushed to his brink, even if he did have a bit of help along the way in the form of a demon(Think Venom with a suicidal wish) goading him along just when he was at his weakest. The entire undercurrent of this issue was a sense of foreboding that this was not going to end well for Lucas.

The lead character 23, year old Japanese /American” Nyobi” Lee(based on cosplayer “Emily Zombie guts”.I just found the title to my first comic:), left me with more questions than answers after this first issue. She’s a teleporter in the vein of the X-mens” Nightcrawler” but as the story progresses you can see that by using her powers she becomes fatigued very quickly. Is she pushing herself to hard , or is it something else that is wearing her out?

There’s not a lot of fleshing out of Nyobi Lees origin in the story itself, but there is a handy dandy 2 page character profile directly after the main story to help fill in the blanks concerning Nyobi’s back story and abilities. Along with that there are various art works on the last 8 pages depicting Nyobi by local artists such as Andre Boulard, David Coates and Stefanine Acking to name a few. Andre Boulard’s version of her is probably my favourite, however I would have preferred the character show more uniqueness to her costume style. The short skirt , knee high boots and pigtails seemed a bit caricature of Japanese culture.

Overall , a good first venture out with a character with a lot of potential and a storyline that has room for a lot of growth. My understanding via some research is that the second issue has already been funded on Kickstarter and may be already out. One more very necessary and classy move I noted on the back page(literally read it cover to cover , because that’s how we roll here at Scotts house of comic reviews)was the numbers for the U.S(Suicide Prevention Line) and Canada (Kidshelpphone) prevention lines.I’m reprinting them here and anyone who is reading this if you ever need them, please use them. Hell, contact me on twitter and I’ll bring you in if need be. Oh and Larry? Dad would have been very proud. Cheers

Scott

Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273 – 8255

Kidshelpphone 1-800-668-6868

Writer: Larry P Higgins

Interior line work:David Coates

Cover and shading :Andre Boulard