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Review: Diskordia #8

Desires are something that humans have from birth, it is most primal element of our personalities. We crave, we obsess, we use these motivations to push us, in our wants and needs. We also curb these desires, before they become carnal, before lust sets in. This is what separates people like Harvey Weinstein, from the rest of us, the possession of human decency and respect for your fellow human being.

That is why the stories of his sexual harassment pervaded our sensibilities, because we know of someone who has gone through similar incidents. Fiction, in all its forms have shown, how this affects its victims, leaving the scarred for years. The most vicious example is Alias, Jessica Jones post traumatic disorder from the mind control and rape that Killgrave inflicted on the character. In the eighth issue of Diskordia, the reader gets little more background into what made Jackal the way he is now.

We find out Jackal, has had his trust broken by the mother figures in his life, in one of the most perverse of ways, through sex. First, by the hands of his music teacher, who showers him with attention. The second, by his best friend, a girl he thought he could trust. By the end of this issue, we find a more peaceful Jackal, one who knows who he is and who can determine his own destiny.

Overall, an introspective installment which gives the reader more information into the character of Jackal. The story by Rivenis feels personal and beautiful. The art is exquisite. Altogether, an excellent ending to a very interesting story arc.

Story: Rivenis Art: Rivenis
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

Review: Diskordia #7

Growing up , I used to read a lot of books about being in war. This initial obsession started when my maternal grandfather used to tell me stories about working for the American in the Philippines during World War II. His stories often were about the Americans he worked with and the dangers he often PI was occupied by Japan during that time. One of the first books I read about and eventually saw the movie which it was based on was The Bridge On The River Kwai.

I would go on to read and watch every book/movie I could get my hands on.  I read Sgt Rock and Unknown Soldier comics all the time, as they captured the essence of how it is to be the tip of the spear. This became clear, when I joined the military and the reality is much more gruesome than any book/tv show/movie can I ever portray. In the seventh issue of Diskordia, we find Iverna and everyone in the towers in midst of conflict.

Within the opening pages, we find Iverna, getting her staff ready for a battle, with a nightmare king, known as “The Patriarch”. One by one, each of the inhabitants get attacked by him, everyone suffering their own version of a nightmare, being killed in a unique way. Jackal Squid Girl and Iverna band together to fight the Patriarch, evading his goons, one step at a time. By issue’s end, Iverna has fought the Patriarch back but an ally me be lost forever.

Overall, a fun trip, that reminds me of some of the best battle scenes in The Hunt For Red October. The story by Rivenis is both mind bending and exciting to read. The art by Rivenis is as always, gorgeous. Altogether, another exciting installment in this story that challenges storytelling tropes at every turn.

Story: Rivenis Art: Rivenis
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Review: Diskordia #6

Growing up at a time when I remember HBO, went off at a certain time, the idea of channels where they never go off air sometimes sounds nuts.  Even the number of channels and now, streaming services that exist, are almost mind blowing. As Seth Myers even alluded to this fact at the most recent Emmy Awards, as he pointed out a pretty good problem, there is countless shows. There are not only too many shows but also too many movies.

This has made the necessity for quality not at the top of the reasons to make a show/movie. As many projects usually devolve to brutish tendencies of standard story tropes.  I bring these things up, because HBO was prestige television for the longest time, and making shows that not only were great but pushed the envelope, one of those shows being their adaptation Todd McFarlane’s Spawn. In this issue of Diskordia, Rivens paints shades of the type of eerie that the show brought in those days.

We catch up with our protagonist, as a dream of certain shaft looking vessel is heading his direction. We catch up as Jackal and Squid Girl finally meets Iverna Deskerna, as they soon find out they are not the only ones there for the auction. They soon meet a group of some very unsavory characters, which feels like cross between the movies, Clue and Murder on The Orient Express. By issue’s end, the walls are breached and King of Nightmare are headed for Iverna and Jackal.

Overall, this story goes places no one would ever see coming. The story by Rivenis goes down some familiar roads, but take turns where others don’t. The art by Rivenis feels fluid and vibrant. Altogether, another great installment to an ever-engaging story.

Story: Rivenis Art: Rivenis
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

Review: Diskordia #5

There is a lot of adjectives that one can use to describe the movie, Fifth Element. As it pushes the boundaries of fantastical, as the concepts descried throughout the story is both familiar and groundbreaking. It is very much luminous, in its use of colors, as they not only pop off the screen, they push the limits of good taste. This was one of those movies, one had to re-watch, as the notions and nuances were so carefully placed, you were most assuredly going to miss them, first time around.

Chris Tucker’s performance was something to behold in that movie, as his portrayal of Ruby Rhod, stole the show from everyone in the movie including Bruce Willis and Gary Oldman. One can only wonder what Prince, who was originally offered the role, would have brought to it. The biggest takeaway from the character, is his seeming loss of control of his surroundings but total command of his destiny. In this latest of Diskordia, we find Iverna Diskerna, alluding to these same grand gestures.

WE catch up with Diskerna, shortly after making it back from the Underworld, which not only takes a part of her but leaves her famished. We also catch up with Cutter, who is still getting accustomed to hi surroundings, and meets Iverna’s assistant, Anko. He is taken to a seemingly innocent tea party, until a savage attack occurs. By the end of this issue, Cutter, I entrenched into this new world, and while Jackal finally meets Iverna.

Overall, an interesting exposition as this issue aims to bridge some gaps. Rivenis continues to thrive in his expansion of the story arc, which uncovers even more than the reader would expect. The art manna from heaven, almost like a beautiful hallucination. Altogether, an engaging stop on this ride we called Diskordia.

Story: Rivenis  Art: Rivenis
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Review: Diskordia #4

The last iteration of Lord of The Rings by Peter Jackson, revived a lot of fans interest in the story. As the last time, anyone even saw anything resembling the prequel to the Fellowship of The Rings, was Ralph Bakshi’s interpretation. As most of the enthusiasm around the rehash of this universe centered on the nostalgia from the first trilogy, there were a few surprises. One of those surprises was the introduction of Smaug, a major player in the original story.

Benedict Cumberbatch’s portrayal more than exceeded expectation, it reinvigorated the dialogue aesthetic between hero and villain. Something that rarely gets explored in movies nowadays, in fact, the last one I remembered was on Sherlock, as the titular character traded barbs with Moriarty. In this latest of Diskordia, we find Jackal and Squid Girl, in one of those epic dialogues.

As our protagonists, are trying to escape the clutches of a sand monster, that resembles the sand pit in Return of the Jedi. They soon find themselves in something resembling a mall, but with everything from the walls to the shoppers, parts floating about. The reader is then taken back to Diskerna’s headquarters, as her staff is waiting for her return and devising of ways to combat the evil outside. By the end of this issue, a new character has joined Jackal and Squid Girl while Diskerna, returns battle beaten and half dead.

Overall, a trippy ride, as each issue surprises and turns, and this one does in the zaniest of ways. Rivenis continues to challenge societal perceptions of plot and timing. The art continues to thrill, no matter how lucid the story. Altogether, a truly lucid ride, that challenges the reader while entertaining them.

Story: Rivenis Art: Rivenis
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Review: Diskordia #3

Neil Gaiman’s psychedelic Sandman, portrayed the world as it is and how it could be. The art and the storyline melded so well together, that it feels like a lucid dream. Every issue was not only about a story but the world of stories. The mere “keeping up” with the storyline could be taxing on the reader, as at times it felt it was on me when I read the seminal series.

As with all epic stories, there must be a source of conflict, something that pushes the story forward. Sometimes, that conflict can be as simple as sexual tension. Other times, can tension between friends and/or family. Then there is the one type of conflict, which if portrayed right, can be excellent, a fight.

In this issue, Iverna Diskerna, a multimillionaire, still being interviewed by Vernon Cutter, has a first seat view to war between Iverna and someone who has come to be known as the Nightmare King. Jackal also is also being introduced this world he has found which is known as the Bone Desert, which happens to be in a constant state of Dreamtime, a concept explained by Squid Girl, who he is still trying to figure out as well as what he stepped into. Before the end of the issue, Jackal, finds out exactly how “dreamlike” it is. Also, Iverna is on her way to take the battle to the Nightmare King.

Overall, “the calm before the storm”, which is a great setup for the next issue, and leaves the reader wondering where he is going next. The story by Rivenis is entertaining and absorbing. The art by Rivenis shows his influences throughout. Altogether, an excellent third issue that will keep the reader guessing.

Story: Rivenis Art: Rivenis
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

Review: Diskordia #2

To keep an audience’s attention throughout a book, movie, or comic strictly is a difficult task.  To keep that audience’s attention strictly on dialogue is an even harder task. This is no to say it is impossible, but words and their intention must engage the reader enough stay just for it. Some of the best writers in the world can hold a room just on dialogue, so it is understood dialogue is as just as important as prose.

One of the examples is A Few Good Men, which was written by Aaron Sorkin of The West Wing fame, which is intriguing as a story but also works because of the dialogue. Another example is Glengarry Glen Ross, which if anybody gets to see is a powerhouse drama, with multiple leads, and strong dialogue. The last example is Interview with A Vampire, written by the immortal Anne Rice, which is expertly written but thrives mostly on banter between the two main characters. This brings me to the second installment of Diskordia which is excellent dialogue.

In this issue, we are introduced to Iverna Diskerna, a multimillionaire who is being interviewed for a piece, by a reporter by the name of Vernon Cutter, who uncovers more than he bargained for. Instead of a recluse elitist, he finds about a world he had never known. The issue also gets into Squid Girl’s origin, where the reader finds out that she used to be a moss maiden. How she gained human form, is straight out of a Tales from The Crypt episode, as it is just as eerie as one would never believe.

Overall, an unexpected turn in tone and in the story as what the reader uncovers in this installment will make you wonder what twist is coming next. The story by Rivenis is very much multifaceted and intriguing. The art by Rivenis, continues to show his range and the limitlessness of his imagination. Altogether, a great second issue that will keep the reader guessing.

Story: Rivenis Art: Rivenis
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

Review: Diskordia #1

Coming of age stories are always interesting to read as outsiders normally tell them. Those individuals who most of society does not see and does not necessarily fit in a certain category. As these people are normally light years ahead of their peers and do not know it, until years later when thy become adults. The first coming of age story, that caught my attention, was the movie, Cooley High.

This story captured what it is to grow up in those surroundings, facing challenges that would otherwise make you a statistic, and rising above that to make a way in the world. As simple as those hurdles sound, it is far more difficult than one would ever imagine, as growing up in those surroundings, really if I was not able to join the military, who knows where my life would have taken me. Since that film, there has been many coming of age tales, like Boyz N the Hood and American Me, which explored similar issues. This brings me to Diskordia, a surreal fantastical coming of age story, that revisits these issues in the debut issue.

We meet someone that goes by the name of Jackal, a typical teenager, who gets labeled as crazy and who happens to be growing up in a thriving metropolis replete with mass marketing everywhere, He ends up getting bullied by a group of thugs and gets friendly with a girl by the name of Penelope. He also deals with teachers and counselors don’t know what to do with him, but just when it seems like a typical coming of age story, takes a spectacularly weird twist. Before issue’s end, he runs into a serial killer and a demon, which leads to him being surrounded by police for the murder of another student, forces him through a toilet bowl and what he thought was a psychosomatic frenzy but leads to a wondrous new world.

Overall, an entertaining and unexpectedly story that takes the reader on a strange ride. The story by Rivenis is complex, relevant, and more than challenges the reader’s perceptions. The art by Rivenis is simply beautiful as his exposition within sequential art pushes the boundaries. Altogether, a trip worth taking that the reader would enjoy more than they would ever expect.

Story: Rivenis Art: Rivenis
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

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