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Comic Review: Saga Volume 1

Saga Volume 1

Written by Brian K. Vaughan

Artist Fiona Staples

Lettering & Design Fonografiks

 

 

 

If you have a social media account then you have probably seen a post or two about Brian K. Vaughan’s book Saga. Over the past few years, I’ve seen the hype but never took the time to read it. Recently, I picked up volume 1 in trade paperback. This book consists of the first six issues. Let me tell you I’m so glad I started reading this book.

Saga is a space version of Romeo and Juliet with many twists. Two soldiers from opposite sides of an interstellar war (Alana and Marko) fall in love, they risk everything after the birth of their daughter, Hazel. Throughout the story they are continually being hunted. The world Brain K. Vaughan has created is simultaneously laughable, wild and emotionally grounded.

One of the main elements I enjoy in this book are the characters. There is a Royal family constructed of humanistic robots with TVs for heads, babysitting ghost, and a lying cat ( a giant cat that serves as a lie detector) and so many more.
The art in this book by Fiona Staples is brilliantly breathtaking. The panels flow so smoothly complementing Vaughan’s writing. Brilliant colors are found throughout this book, as well.
One thing I should mention is this book is not for children. It’s an adult graphic novel. If you can handle a lot of adult topics ( explicit sexual scenes, violence, and language) then I say, pick up this book you will not be disappointed!

By  Fred Etten

Image Comics 2015 Annoucements

This week at the 2015 Image Comics Expo announced their upcoming line up for this years comic releases. Image the leader(in my opinion) creator own comics has numerous comics rolling out. Writers and artists such as Scott Snyder (WYTCHES, Batman) and artist Jeff Lemire (Trillium, Sweet Tooth). Skottie Young (Fortunately, the Milk, Rocket Raccoon, Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz) and Jean-Francois Beaulieu (Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz). Writer Kieron Gillen (THE WICKED + THE DIVINE, Young Avengers) and artist Jamie McKelvie (THE WICKED + THE DIVINE, Young Avengers). Many more of the top writers and artists in the world of comics.

Image has become a leader in helping creators get their work out  and into the hands of comic book fans. Success like  The Walking Dead, Saga, Invincible, Spawn and Rat Queens have showed the company’s wiliness to take a chance on books and their creators.  DC and Marvel are still the top dogs in the industry but for original ideas you can not go wrong with a Image book.

Some of the titles coming in 2015 are AD: After Death, Black Road, I Hate Fairyland, Heaven, Island & 8House and many more. Follow the link, Image Comics to see a complete list of the comics.

TPCC Presents: Comic Culture

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The Pop Culture Cafe Presents: Comic Culture with Paul and John. Hey folks welcome to a hopefully continuing show where myself and Paul from BKPlayground get together once a month and geek out about comics. We sometimes stray from the topic but eventually we get back in line. The first show we talk about Hawkeye vs Deadpool, Fairy Quest Out Cast, Walking Dead, Fanboy vs Zombies, Bob and His Beer, Father’s Day, Shadow vs Grendel, Deep State, The Every Day from GreatBeastComics.com. So have a listen and enjoy

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Apocalypse AI: Review

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APOCALYPSE AI #1 of 4

Publisher: Image Comics

Writer: J. Michael Straczynski

Art: Sid Kotian

Color: Bill Farmer

Lettering: Troy Peteri

Alison Carter is a private dick or if you like a private detective even though dick seems to fit better. Alison has taken up the family business. The family business is saving the world from the constant threat of the world ending. Using guns, magic and a smart ass attitude to help her do her job.

We are introduced to Alison on one of her normal jobs, stopping a crazy from using a eater of worlds.  Using the seal of Balthasar to awake a world eater the crazy can use the seal to control the creature. Well Alison simply shoots the seal destroying it. Once the seal is destroyed the crazy loses control of the world eater and being pissed because it has been waken, eats the crazy. Done with snack time, the world eater goes back to sleep. You see the world eater comes out only when the end of the world actually happens, not before. So with a single shot problem solved.

ApocalypseAl-01-pg2So in those few pages you get a idea of Alison Carter and what her job details. Dealing with a world filled with monsters, demons, trolls, zombie detectives and just the crazies that inhabit this odd world.

J. Michael Straczynski (Babylon 5, Twilight Zone,the Saturn Award, SFWA’s Ray Bradbury Award) has created a mystical world where the human race and magically world live together. In most cases I say not very well. I am reminded of Buffy when reading this except of a stake, it is a gun. Does Alison hid something behind all the smart ass remakes or could it be for a change this is just who she is. I like her character, a woman of strength and seems like a person that actually likes her job, maybe? Alison next job may be here biggest and I am not telling you who it is, get the dam book and find out.

The one thing you will notice is that there a 30 pages of story here without any ads. I did not notice until the end because I was having a great time reading this story.

Sid Kotian is credit with doing the line art for this book. Is that just a fancy why of say he was the artist? Well Sid does a great job and his art fits well with the story. Feeling free flowing and light as the story. At times there is a cartoonist look in one panel and in the next great detail.

So if you have not gotten out and got this book then get you ASS out there and get it. Again this is a short series which I am really beginning to enjoy more and more.

So in the end I give Apocalypse AI #1 4 1/2 pops out of 5.

John G M Burke

Twiter – The Pop Culture Cafe @JohnGMBurke

The Saviors

the-saviors-1The Saviors No. 1

Created by James Robinson & J. Bone

Written by James Robinson

Art by J. Bone

James Robinson(Batman:Legends of the Dark Knight, Detective Comics,Starman) and J. Bone(Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Super Friends) have come together to make a very interesting book. The setting for is a small town called Passburg somewhere is the U.S. Our hero, Tomas works in what is the only gas station in town. Spending his days pumping gas and getting high and his nights at the local watering hole. The story is set in modern America but the book has the feel and look of a 1950’s space monster flick shown at the local Drive Inn. Tomas is just living life until by accident or from being high, see’s that the local sheriff and General of the nearby Air Force base and not what they appear to be.

Not sure what he saw Tomas heads to his best friends junk yard to tell him of what he saw. Tomas is told by Frank, Tomas best friend that maybe he needs to lay off the booze and pot for a while. Tomas take Frank’s advice and decides to relax. The sheriff shows up just as Tomas decides to leave and that is when all the action starts.

James Robinson does a great job of giving this book a feel of a B monster movie. Using the town stoner that no one would believe and turning him into the hero of the piece. The writing is easy to read and gives you what you need to know without all the tech talk that would come with other books. In one quick moment town stoner has his reason to fight against the alien invasion.

J. Bone art style fits in perfectly with the story and is the main reason for that feel of a 50’s monster movie. Blocky at times and  yet awesome also J. Bone lack of detail in other areas also stands. Stands out in a way that bring you in deeper into the story.  The book being done in black and white also helps in the tone and style.

I have to say I really enjoyed this book and plan on picking up more of the series.

So I do recommend getting this book.

I give it 4 pops out of 5

Remember comics are to be enjoyed. Not destroyed.

LLAP/POBS

Reality Check

realitycheck01_coverReality Check #1

Image Comics

Writer: Glen Brunswick

Artist: Victor Bogdanovic

Colorist: Paul Little

Lettering: Rus Wooton

Willard Penn is a struggling comic book creator that has finally had the big score. The story of his superhero with a libido problem that he is more concern with then fighting crime. On the night of getting news that his book has become a over night sensation, Willard comes face to face with his creation. Willard’s creation, Dark Hour refuses to return to the book until Willard helps him find the perfect woman. Also the books homicidal villain has also crossed over. Surprise!

I have to say this is a interesting idea and I can not remember seeing anything like this before. I sure the idea is not new and has been done before but I don’t remember it. The story by Glen Brunswick is simple and not hard to read. Hey don’t get me wrong there is nothing wrong with that. I don’t think there is any deep hidden meaning in this book and that is cool. The art by Victor Bogdanovic is not amazing but is not awful buy a long shot. Hey I have seen some bad stuff out there and Mr Bogdanovic is not one of them. The said thing to say here is that I don’t see this book lasting long if it meant to be a series book. If it is only a short arc of a few books I believe it would be best.

So if you want a nice easy light read then pick this one up.

I give “Reality Check” 3 out of 5

Remember comics are to be enjoyed, not destroyed.

LLAP/POBS