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Review: The Catalyst #1

The Catalyst #1

When it comes to the characters who make you invested in a story, there are some general types. There’s the antagonist, which is the main reason for the existence of the hero. This character usually is the source of evil acts, making them a villain. Then there’s the protagonist, the character whose inherent goodness makes them the eyes and ears of the audience, thus making them the hero. Of course, every story can have multiples of these character types. An example of this is in Game Of Thrones.

Then there are those characters that feel like a hurricane. The moment they enter the scene no one can take their eyes off of them. Daenerys Targaryen was one such character. Her arc felt like she went through the gauntlet. Her turn as the Mad Queen was not really surprising for most of us who watched and read this story. Her family history and the events that lead her to that point became a catalyst for her turn. Every character in that story eventually became a catalyst to push the story and other characters forward. In the one shot, The Catalyst, we find one character who jumps into different stories in different genres moving each plot.

We meet The Catalyst, a robot. As he enters Universe #1945, his entrance allows for characters to change their destinies. In Universe #1006 The Catalyst finds himself sent to a medieval setting as a Friar. He does his job but not without being burned by a dragon. In just about every universe (story/genre) he jumps to, though his efforts keep the story on track, it comes at great harm to him. By story’s end, The Catalyst has done better than he will ever know. The reader is also treated to an additional adventure of the Bravest Warriors, an equally entertaining story that will have the reader in stitches.

Overall, an excellent one-shot comic that will remind readers of Quantum Leap but with robots. The story by Nick Bryan is brilliant, funny, and heartfelt. The art by the creative team is beautiful and endearing. Altogether, a great story that has made this reviewer a fan of this creative team.

Story: Nick Bryan
Art: Robert Ahmad, David B. Cooper, Emily Brady, Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou
and DC Hopkins
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

Dynamite Entertainment Comes to Comichaus’ App

Comichaus have announced a deal with esteemed publishers Dynamite Entertainment to license some of their books for the Comichaus App.

Whilst continuing to build content for their comics distribution app, Comichaus reached out to Dynamite Entertainment who were very supportive of the project.  They have agreed to make some of their exciting titles available to be streamed via the app, described as the ‘Netflix’ for indie comics.

With titles such as Kevin Smith’s Green Hornet and Bionic ManFlash GordonSherlock HolmesSuper Zombies, and many more, Comichaus hope to attract a wider audience, which will be great for readers and creators alike. New titles will be added every week, so keep your eyes peeled for some of your favourite indie comics!

Review: Rebound #1

The allure of literary magazines is the simple escape that words can provide. They transport you to a world that your imagination takes you. This is what made Edgar Rice Burroughs books so infectious to read. Anyone who picks them up instantly gets pulled into how sweet the prose drips off the page. What brought this to mind, is that I recently found in The Mucker (The Man Without Soul), a ruffian that carries some characteristics from his more celebrated characters but has a grit all his own. I feel as though if Burroughs was alive today, he would have certainly explored the anthology format, magazine, or book, as his interests were not constricted to one genre.

From the geniuses at ComicHaus, we a get new anthology series Rebound which plays in more than one sandbox and readers are that much more fortunate for it.

In the first story, “Owl Tribe Music Chapter 1,” two friends from indigenous tribes embark on a murder mystery as young musician is taken under mysterious circumstances. In “The Bored and The Eternal,” a languishing superhero, reminisces about his better days, but chooses to continue journey by becoming a celestial being. In “The Tales of Jeff & George,” we follow two friends as thy are on a rollicking quest to find the “perfect scene.” In “Apes N Capes Chapter 1,” we are introduced to world where animals fill the human roles, and we a beleaguered superhero, who is dourer than Batman. In “Creator Process: Vince Rodriguez,” the talented artists give upcoming artists a lesson on how to draw hair. In “The Deep,” an undercover agent almost loses her herself and her life, as the lines get blurred. In “Dawn of The Dad Part 1,” a Ouija board brings “up” an unexpected surprise for one college student. In “Modern Testament: The Old Man and The Sea Serpent,” a grandfather still reaches out to his grandchildren from the stories he told. In “Shadows of Vicenti Chapter 1”, a family dinner, has a man wrought with guilt, as he knows his family’s misfortune was all his undoing.

But, the anthology doesn’t just feature comics, it also has interviews.  “Creator Focus: Richard Starkings”, allows us to get in depth with creator of Elephantmen.

The stories by the creators are all different but all very well told. The art too varies from story to story but complement each well. Overall, an excellent new series which will captivate the reader on every page.

Story: Kieran Squires, Bradley Golden, Thomas Hugo, Frank Martin, Grainne Mcentee, Edward R. Norden, Jason Snyder, Lukasz Wnuczek, Anita Zaramella
Art: Thomas Hugo, Reinaldo Lay, Edward R. Norden, Luca Salzano, Matt Rooke, Glenn B. Wang, Lukasz Wnuczek, Anita Zaramella, Michael Stock, Christian Docolomansky, Vince Wooten
Story: 9.2 Art: 9.4 Overall:9.6 Recommendation: Buy

Graphic Policy was provided with a FREE copy for review

Review: Lizard Men #2

At no time in recent history has popular culture and politics clashed in the ugliest ways. As America faces several conflicts in the coming years, just a few years ago, I can remember when many of this was just fodder for late night hosts, now much of it is a scary future. As part of the recent documentary about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., “King in the Wilderness,” much of the documentary covered what happened in his last years. The years when no one cared for his message, when no one funded his demonstrations, and when much of the movement struggled in the shadows of its former self.

The “wilderness” that is referred to in the documentary is the future and as much as one wishes to be optimistic about geopolitical issues, it is certainly grim. Our current political climate feels like a mediocre reality show, with an incompetent frontrunner who continuously screws up despite the many chances. The more our news reflects many of the political parodies of yesteryear, the harder it becomes to tell the difference. In the most recent installment of Lizard Men, we find out just how difficult it is to govern, especially for someone so far out of their depth.

We catch up with Dylan, as he struggles with his new digs, as his old haunts still calls out to him. We are also introduced to a new character, a young British spy, who is hired to find and protect at all costs. We soon find out the current mess he thought he got himself into, is an elaborate hoax by the Lizard Men to assert their authority. By issue’s end, every action has a consequence, as Dylan finds out rather quickly, leaving peoples live in great danger.

Overall, an excellent continuation to a great series as the story expands showing to what extent the Lizard Men will go to stay in power. The story by Steven Horry is funny, dramatic, action packed and gritty as hell. The art by the creative team is astonishing and vibrant. Altogether, a great issue which only elevates the book.

Story: Steven Horry Art: Catia Fantini, Chiara Bonacini, Ken Reynolds and Mira Manga
Story: 9.7 Art: 9.3 Overall: 9.8 Recommendation: Buy

Review: Comichaus #10

Anthology shows are a thing these days, as increasingly networks are considering the format, because of the flexibility. As the rigors of telling a story, but conventional means, has stifled not only creators but also audiences.  One such example of unconventional storytelling is the popular This Is Us, where the story is not only told form two timelines but also various characters, all interconnected, and each story sharing the same message of that episode. During all this, the story evokes all senses and emotions, form laughter to tears, the show reaches us every viewer.

A genre show, which does the same thing, but adds some scares, is the almost undefinable Room 104, which has just about touched every genre since it has entered popular media. The very fist episode, manipulated viewer’s understanding of multiple personalities and lets the audience know of the costs of not identifying it. In the tenth issue of Comichaus, each creator brings their “A game,” as some conclude their stories and others bring it to a climax. In the fourth part of Homeopaths, our heroes eventually defeat the evil Doctor, and though they are a bit scarred from what she did to them, they both could now finally get a good night’s sleep.

In the conclusion to “Mandy The Monster Hunter,” our heroine soon finds out that no tall monsters are bad, and peace can have attained without killing each other. In “Splendid Grins,” a man of the law finds himself at odds, as he questions his reason for being. In the conclusion to “Cold,” our heroine ends the evil that destroyed her life for the last time. In the last story, “The Lost Legionnaire,” a group of Roman soldiers gets trapped in a forest full of supernatural creatures, before meeting their fate.

Overall, a strong group of stories which not only anchor this issue but makes this one of the premiere books for all readers. The stories by the creator are strong, smart and most of all, entertaining. The art by the creators more than complement the stories. Altogether, another strong installment in what is an excellent series.

Story: Sambrook/Jones, Matt Warner, Fraser Campbell, Simon Birks, Gary Welsh
Art: Gavin Fullerton, Vincent Hunter, Iain Laurie, Lyndon White, Gary Welsh, Robin Jones
Story: 9.6 Art: 9.4 Overall: 9.8 Recommendation: Buy

Review: Comichaus #9

Having just watched the documentary Future Shock, one epiphany I had is the indie scene in for comics is huge in England. I learned a few things about how those first creators at 2000AD changed the way we see the future, not only in comics, but largely throughout popular culture. The recent boom in dystopian fiction, can be attributed to these creators, too many to name but include in their ranks are the creators of Watchmen, Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons. Denzel Washington’s dystopian rogue movie, Book Of Eli, has heavy influences from Judge Dredd’s Cursed Earth storyline.

Even some of the more obscure science fiction movies of the 1980s like Hardware, derives much of its story from Patty Mills stories in the storied magazine. The influence of those creators up to today can be seen in today’ s writers and artists, especially in indie comic magazines like Comichaus. In the latest issue, Homeopathos, James and Alan retrace their steps back to the mad scientist who abducted them in the first place, but unexpectedly must fight for their lives. In Mandy the Monster Hunter, Mandy has to train the children who were left as orphans due to the carnage of the monsters, as they become empowered to use their strengths to fight them.

In Cold, the survivors who are left over, try find some normalcy amongst each other, but just as they get adjusted the Colds, invade their quiet moment. In Splendid Grins, a criminal serving out his time taking out demons, finds a cult leader, whose is more than what he was told. In The Monochrome Kid, a mind melding being steals song ideas from a rival songwriter, causing chaos in his life. In Sandwiches, a demon uses people’s insecurities against them.

Overall, another strong installment for this epic series, as each issue is a fun trip. The stories contained prove that each writer are ones to watch. The art by each other artists are beautiful, especially the work done in Sandwiches. Altogether, a great issue, that proves Britain is still fertile soil for  new comics talent.

Story: Robin Jones, Michael Sambrook, Matt Warner, Liam Baldwin, Simon Birks, Fraser Campbell, Dave Bowling
Art: Gavin Fullerton, Vince Hunt, Liam Baldwin, Lyndon White, Iain Laurie, Rebecca Horner, Matthew John Soffe
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

The Comichaus App Has Launched

The Comichaus App is dedicated to indie comics. For a subscription fee of £3 a month (£30 a year) you can:

  • Get access to stream and discover all the indie comics in their catalog
  • Save as many of the comic books offline as your device storage will allow
  • Search by title, creator, genre, and publisher
  • Discover more about creators
  • Support creators – 50% of advertising and subscription revenue will be split with creators based on how many times their books are read

The Comichaus App will work on Apple/iOS devices listed here, and Android/Amazon handsets and tablets running android version 4.4 and above. Kindle store availability will be very soon!

Comichaus wanted to create a model that was beneficial to the creators/publishers and one that would also be self sustaining. The adverts on the app are non intrusive but will mean they can generate income to go back to the creators and publishers, whilst also covering the running costs of the app itself. Members can opt for the £5 a month ‘No Ads’ subscription if they wish.

Anyone can contribute to the Comichaus database. Whether you want to add/amend data on your favourite mainstream books – or you are an indie creator/publisher wanting to add your own. For any new additions simply go to the top right hand corner of this page and click ‘add to database’. Once this database listing is approved your comic book can be uploaded to the Comichaus App.

Review: Lizard Men #1

Many movies over the years have taken swipes at people in power, either in dramas or comedies.  They are even more ridiculous, when they’re comedies, as they rarely pull no punches. Who can forget Jack Nicholson’s superb performance as President Jack Dale in Mars Attacks. Then there is Kevin James portrayal as both a relatable but strong president in Pixels.

There is Kevin Kline’s excellent work as doppelganger to an actual president alongside Sigourney Weaver in Dave. Then there is my favorite movie, which draw some real-life parallels to some existing oligarchies, Moon Over Parador, starring Richard Dreyfuss and immortal Raul Julia, where Dreyfuss occupies a similar doppelganger situation but is humorously controlled by Julia’s iron-fisted chief of staff. The line between reality and these films, are becoming ever increasingly slimmer, as the current political climate looks more like a schoolyard.  This is why the debut issue of Lizard Men, was almost too real to read, as certain reactions of the protagonist reminded so much of a certain orange colored glutton.

We are introduced to Dylan Zamani, a washed up former rock star, who seems to be always on the right side of luck.   As he becomes the Prime Minster of Great Britain, a race he could not believe that he would have won. As he takes office, he soon realizes that many of things that comes with the new job, are not what they seem. By the end of the issue, the power he thought came with the job, comes from somewhere more insidious.

Overall, a excellent first installment which combines, melodrama, with comedy and science fiction, into something highly enjoyable. The story by Steven Horry is hilarious and surreal. The art by the Catia Fantini, Chiara Bonacini, and Ken Reynolds is visceral, smooth and gorgeous. Altogether, a good debut for a miniseries, which will make you wonder, can any of this be real?

Story: Steven Horry Art: Catia Fantini, Chiara Bonacini, Ken Reynolds
Story: 9.0 Art: 9 Overall: 9.2 Recommendation: Buy

Review: Comichaus #8

I recently read in an article where they interviewed Charlie Adlard of Walking Dead fame with his thoughts on comics. He had been recently named, the United kingdom’s Comics laureate, an honor, which befuddles me why America has not adopted this title to honor our greatest comic creators. In the interview, what I felt most, was not only love of his craft, but his passion of comics. He even mentioned how the French, call comics, the “Ninth Art”.

The intrinsic value of comics, can only be seen by those understand what the medium yields. It is truly a convergence of storytelling and gorgeous art. In the eighth issue of ComicHaus, each creator exhibits this passion in full force. In this installment of Chalk, our heroes take on the Reaper only to land in a sanctuary that they did not see coming. In the latest installment of MIA, our heroines foil a terrorist plot but remain wanted by the police.

In this episode of Mandy, the Monster Hunter, she uncovers a underground cave filled with crystallized humans and even runs into the monster who looks to make a victim out of her as well. In the second part of Homeopathos, our protagonist gets caught in an existential dream that will change his life forever. In this installment of Cold, our heroine, finds out she has a knack for trouble finding her but she also finds out her paranoia is well founded. In Click, a man is reunited with his wife, in a probably the most extreme of cases.

Overall, an excellent issue, that proves ComicHaus is on top of their game. The stories are very well written. The art is gorgeous. Altogether, this issue proves this publishing house is not messing around.

Story: Steven Horry, Chris Robertson, Sambrook/Jones, Simon Birks, Marcello Bondi
Art: Catia Fantini, Richard MacRae, Gavin Fullerton, Lyndon White, Daniele Folegatti
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

Review: Comichaus #7

I have been an avid reader of Mad Magazine ever since I can remember, as have aunts that still ask do I read as they remember I read it back when I was seven. I was also a reader of Cracked Magazine. In my humble opinion, both magazines were funny, and asking me to choose one is better is nonsense. To me, it is like comparing Star Wars to Star Trek, as there really is no comparison, as both are deserving of their fanbases.

In every issue, every creator, understood their audience and was not too high on their horse not to pick on themselves. That fearlessness only lives in some of the best creators and that I what I am seeing at Comichaus. In the new installment, of Chalk, Jacqueline finds out someone is stealing souls and almost loses her life in finding out. In this installment of, MIA, our heroines are caught up as the police are on their tail and thy are on the hook for the massacre but one knows what to do next.

In Mandy the Monster Hunter, Mandy skillfully destroys a monster and reloads for the war on the road with the tourist couple. In new story, Homeopathos, a man fighting insomnia gets some medicine which gives him a more than he expects.  In Cold, our couple gets embroiled in the middle of an outbreak, which renders some mindless flaming zombies. In new story, Gods Of a Lesser Sphere, a post-apocalyptic world, which is very familiar looking yields a new superhero which will give some readers wish fulfillment.

Overall, every story including the new stories innovate and are not scared to challenge the reader. The stories contained within, are excellent. The art makes this issue shine. Altogether, a great issue, where the reader’s imagination will reach new heights.

Story: Steven Horry, Matt Warner, Chris Robertson, Simon Birks, Jimmy Furlong, Robin Jones, Mark McCann, Michael Sambrook
Art: Catia Fantini, Norrie Millar, Ed Bickford, Vincent Hunt, Richard MacRae, Lyndon White, Andrew Hartmann, Gavin Fullerton, David Yeh
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

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