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Review: The Casebook of Rabbit Black #1

The Casebook of Rabbit Black #1

One of my favorite authors right now is J.R. Rain. His flare for prose and unhinged characters makes his stories pretty much feel like a sonnet. It doesn’t hurt that he was a private investigator, which is why it feels like most of his stories feels you are more than a tourist in his worlds, but an eyewitness. His Vampire for Hire series is a great new twist on urban fantasy with a tinge of family drama.

The series features characters, though fantastical in nature, that feel visceral. It’s as if you shared the same air as them, which needless to say his realism is off the charts. So, when his new book series, Dead Detective, came out as I was instantly captivated by its premise. The story revolves around a detective who dies and wakes up seeing her dead body in a chalk outline.  Though the book was underwhelming, the premise is quite interesting and put to better use in Kate Sherron’s The Casebook of Rabbit Black #1, which involves a “problem solver” who ends up dead.

We meet Rabbit Black, in “the Case Of The Undying Detective” whose job is to solve everyone else’s problems, that is until he is found dead. By some stretch of the imagination, he is not quite dead, thanks to the magic of a necromancer, as he tries to figure out who killed him and why? By story ‘s end, we find out that it was a love triangle turned deadly. In “The Case of The Nicked Kitsch”, Rabbit’s friend, Ira, gets a mysterious call from his brother, one who is in charge of a prestigious collection, where a portrait has gone missing.

Overall, an intriguing set of stories which paints a world not so black and white. The stories by Sherron are intense, intelligent, and powerful. The art by Sherron is beautiful. Altogether, a character and a world that feels both lived in and brand new, which is always the mark of a great creator.

Story: Kate Sherron Art: Kate Sherron
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Review: Chimera #1

Chimera #1

One of my favorite actors of all time, was Robert Urich. He was one of those actors that as soon as his presence filled the screen, you felt s though you have known him all your life. He was also in one of my favorite if not most underrated sci fi movies ever, Ice Pirates. In the film, he played a space smuggler who helps a young princess find her father. In Tyler EllisChimera, we find a crew of thieves much like in Urich’s seminal film, who is more than what they seem.

We find a company of thieves which includes the siblings, Charlie and Alice, who are hiding out in a desolate patch of land on the planet of Kismet, where they are looking for a relic which looks to be more than their next big payday but a way out of the war that is raging in the universe and the persecution Charlie faces as a gay man. We also meet Cassandra, a young priestess whose weary of the prophecy that lies ahead, and foreknows that there is an artifact, known as the Chimera. As we find out more about Alice, a one-time steadfast soldier whose exploits are being highlighted to show that the reason to fight the war is for the greater good but who harbors deep regrets and secrets about what exactly made her a war hero. Meanwhile, a zealous religious conclave, also aims to steal the Chimera, for their own preposterous purposes. By book’s end, the crew must choose a side, a crewmember has an ulterior motive, and the real reason for the war is about to revealed to all while we say goodbye to a friend.

Overall, an exciting comic that is both heartfelt and pulse pounding. The story by Ellis is tight, sensitive, and brimming with heart. The art by Ellis is incredible. Altogether, a story that no one who reads it will soon forget.

Story: Tyler Ellis Art: Tyler Ellis
Story: 10 Art: 9.8 Overall: 9.77 Recommendation: Buy

Review: Lost Angels Vol. 1 Paradise High

Lost Angels Vol. 1 Paradise High

If you’ve never seen it, the show Star Crossed depicted a future Louisiana where an alien race has arrived and is placed an internment camp while also integrating into a suburban high school.  The show had one wonder how can you cohabitate with people not from this world? In the first volume of Lost Angels we find a dystopian world where Los Angeles has alien angels living among them and not everyone can live with that.

We are taken to Los Angeles, where an angel is flying in restricted airspace and the reader is introduced to Silver City, what used to be Santa Monica, as we know it. We are also introduced to Alex Martinez, a young human girl, who moved Silver City as part of a “cultural exchange program” and whose mother is a police officer and whose partner is an angel, Daurek. As the divide between the humans and the angels, especially at Alex’s school, is pretty transparent, forcing many including Alex to pick a side. Also, a drug made from a material the Angels brought with them, called Ambrosia, has hit the streets, leading to a one of her classmates getting killed because of it. This leads Alex to find out who gave it to him and for what reason they have for leading him to his death and to clear the name of one of the angels. By book’ end, Alex has found about the darks secret that Angels have been hiding from humans and she has finally found a true friend.

Overall, an excellent story that imagines a world both innovative and fantastic. The story by David Accampo is suspenseful and complex. The art by Chris Anderson is utterly beautiful. Altogether, an excellent comic which will have readers coming back for more.

Story: David Accampo Art: Chris Anderson
Story: 9.6 Art: 9.5 Overall: 9.5 Recommendation: Buy