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Review: ENIAC #2

The mission to take out ENIAC really begins but how do you stop a computer that’s five steps ahead?

Story: Matt Kindt
Art: Doug Braithwaite, Doug Lapham
Color: Diego Rodriguez
Letterer: Dave Sharpe

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Review: ENIAC #2

ENIAC #2

ENIAC delivered a solid debut with a story that mixed action and a bit of history. The combination felt like a story that came from the headlines but with a fantastical spin. ENIAC #2 delivers more of the same quality with an issue that features more history and a lot of action.

Matt Kindt does a nice balancing act of a story that feels like classic 80s action films. But, mixed in the clichés and explosions is some history and 90s paranoia. ENIAC #2 delivers a story about technology gone wrong. ENIAC is loose and counting down to something which has forced a crack squad to attempt to destroy the computer. What we learn is ENIAC is far more advanced than we first expected. The computer isn’t just toying with life but also delivering peace as well. It has created the balance and safety that social systems like Marxism promised. The computer has achieved what humans could not. But, at what price?

Kindt delivers a wrinkle in that way. The series could easily be a countdown to destruction, much like the latter half of Wargames. But, with this new bit of information we’re challenged to debate if ENIAC is all that bad. ENIAC #2 creates a bit of a gray area for our villain. It also throws up a huge question mark for readers to questions the motives surrounding its destruction. Is this computer really a threat? We assumed the countdown would lead to destruction. What if it would bring peace to the world instead? Isn’t that as much a threat to leaders?

Dough Braithwaite’s art continues to be top-notch. It dances between the past and present with a detail and look that’s fantastic. Diego Rodriguez delivers colors and Dave Sharpe the lettering. The look of the comic balances that action vibe with that of horror. ENIAC #2 really is an action-horror story. Numerous images deliver a shock while others increase the tension as you wonder who will survive or what might explode. The art nails down the tension that Kindt’s story sets up.

Kindt also delivers a backup story with artist David Lapham. “The Bloody Mess” feels like a solid Twilight Zone addition. The story is about a husband who crawls out of a shallow grave only to be accused of killing his wife. The mystery zigs and zags and leaves you guessing until the very end. Its punchline is a direction that’s unexpected. The only downside is the story doesn’t match in “tone” to the main feature creating a combination that’s a bit disjointed. They’re both quality stories though.

ENIAC #2 is a great second issue. The series is a hell of a start and high bar for new publisher Bad Idea. It mixes solid action with a techno-thriller mixed in with a little bit of horror. The combination is a fresh take on a classic concept. The series may be hard to get being limited to a couple hundred comic shops but it’s one that’s well worth seeking out.

Story: Matt Kindt Art: Doug Braithwaite, David Lapham
Color: Diego Rodriguez Letterer: Dave Sharpe
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy


Purchase: Zeus Comics

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

ENIAC #2

Wednesdays (and now Tuesdays) are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in

Each week our contributors choose what they can’t wait to read this week or just sounds interesting. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look at!

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this week.

Avengers #44 (Marvel) – “Enter the Phoenix” wraps up and leads into “Heroes Reborn”!

Beasts of Burden: Occupied Territory #1 (Dark Horse) – An elder member of the occult-battling pack of Wise Dogs recalls a harrowing mission in U.S-occupied Japan after World War II. Yeah, we’re in for this.

Championess (Legendary Comics) – Based on the true story about female bare-knuckle boxers.

Batman #107 (DC Comics) – The series has really found its footing post-Future State and with the seeds being laid out for that fascist future, we want to see how it all plays out.

Crime and Punishment (Digital Manga Distribution) – We don’t know much about the publisher but the title and description caught our eyes. On the eve of the revolution a young student murders a pawnbroker but an innocent man is quickly arrested.

ENIAC #2 (Bad Idea) – The first issue about a computer gone mad was solid. We want to learn more.

Far Sector #11 (DC Comics/DC’s Young Animal) – The series is soon wrapping up and we want to see how it all comes together in this very socially relevant series.

Geiger #1 (Image Comics) – Geoff Johns and Gary Frank team again for this new series about the scavengers of a dying Earth post-nuclear war.

Green Lantern #1 (DC Comics) – We want to see what the future holds for this series as DC’s cosmic side of things attempts to get things in order.

The Impure #1 (Scout Comics) – Nero must stop his sister before she causes humanity’s downfall.

King in Black #5 (Marvel) – The event wraps up and looks like it’ll have some interesting ramifications on the Marvel Universe.

Magic #1 (BOOM! Studios) – Magic: The Gathering returns to comics!

Nocterra #2 (Image Comics) – The first issue of this world plunged in darkness was very entertaining and we want to see where it goes and how it uses the darkness to tell its story.

Nottingham #2 (Mad Cave Studios) – This new take on Robin Hood was fantastic in its debut and we’re expecting more quality.

Project Patron #1 (AfterShock) – Years ago a hero battled a beast as Earth’s protector. What the world doesn’t know is he died that day and was replaced.

The Rise #1 (Heavy Metal) – A prequel to the horror franchise Night of the Living Dead!

Sam & His Talking Gun #2 (Scout Comics) – It’s John Wick… but with a talking gun.

The Silver Coin #1 (Image Comics) – A new horror anthology with each issue telling a story in a shared supernatural world.

Suicide Squad #2 (DC Comics) – The first issue was pure action and fun plus the bodies already began to pile up. We’re excited to see what happens next as the jailbreak of Talon continues.

Tankers #1 (Bad Idea) – A time travel story about oil execs and dinosaurs.

Bad Idea in June 2021 includes Tankers #2 and ENIAC #4

TANKERS #2

Written by ROBERT VENDITTI
Art by JUAN JOSÉ RYP
Colors by ANDREW DALHOUSE
Cover by LEWIS LaROSA with LAURA MARTIN
PLUS: An All-New BAD IDEA B-SIDE
THREE ISSUES | BI-MONTHLY

$5.99 EACH  |  40 PGS.  |  RATED: T+  |  ON SALE JUNE 2, 2021

The CEO of global energy conglomerate Greenleaf Oil has just discovered a terrifying secret: the planet only has a decade or less of petroleum left before it’s gone forever. But he has a plan to make sure his great-great grandchildren can continue to generate maximum shareholder value – and secure his own legacy in the process. Rather than develop a game-changing renewable energy source through the power of corporate innovation, Greenleaf has perfected the next best thing – time travel (duh) – so that a team of six field-rat contractors armed to the teeth in individually customized mech suits can go back to the Cretaceous Period, tweak the trajectory of the meteor that killed the dinosaurs, and give mankind another 500 millennia worth of oil reserves. What could go wrong? Only all of human history, of course – because when Greenleaf’s team of Tankers come home, they’ll discover that not only did the dinosaurs never die out, they’ve kept evolving for another 60 million years…and they’re more pissed off than ever.

Bone-shredding destruction! Wanton corporate malfeasance! Reckless use of industrial machinery! And lots and lots of ammunition. Like a Saturday morning cartoon that’s run irresponsibly over-budget, New York Times best-selling writer Robert Venditti (Justice League), blockbuster artist Juan Jose Ryp (Wolverine), and colorist extraordinaire Andrew Dalhouse (The Multiversity Guidebook) are here to take all of our insecurities about mankind’s most self-destructive impulses and turn them up until the knob snaps off with the second of THREE MEGA-SIZED ISSUES SHIPPING BIMONTHLY (that means every other month, don’t look it up).

ENIAC #4

Written by  MATT KINDT
Art by DOUG BRAITHWAITE
Colors by DIEGO RODRIGUEZ
Cover by LEWIS LaROSA with DIEGO RODRIGUEZ
PLUS: An All-New HERO TRADE story as a BAD IDEA B-SIDE
FOUR ISSUES  |  MONTHLY  
$3.99 EACH  |  40 PGS.  |  RATED T+  |  ON SALE June 2, 2021

Seventy-seven years ago, the United States unlocked the key to defeating the Axis powers, but, in their desperation to end the war, accidentally created a far more powerful threat: ENIAC (Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer). Designed to be a cutting-edge breakthrough in supercomputing that could deliver a decisive victory to the Allies, ENIAC did just that…by ordering the bombing Nagasaki without human consent or approval. A fully autonomous A.I free from the bounds of programming or morality, ENIAC spent the decades since manipulating global superpowers from the shadows, secretly shaping everything we thought we knew about the history of the geopolitical order. And, throughout it all, one classified question has plagued presidents and prime ministers, generals and spymasters alike: “What is ENIAC planning next?”

Now, after years of silence, ENIAC has re-emerged with a 72-hour countdown until it unleashes every weapon in Earth’s atomic arsenal. Its motives? Unknowable to humankind. Its endgame? Destruction on an unthinkable scale. As ENIAC’s clock rockets toward zero, it’s down to two covert operatives to infiltrate a Russian black site and free the one man alive who knows how to kill the machine…before it erases mankind, once and for all.

Around the Tubes

Jonna and the Unpossible Monsters #1

We’ve got lots coming at you this week with reviews, previews, news, and so much more! While we get things rolling, check out some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

iO9 – Neil Gaiman Stars as Neil Gaiman in an Audible Original About Neil Gaiman – Well ok then.

CBR – When the United States Government Asked Stan Lee to Ignore the Comics Code – Some interesting history.

CBLDF – Bangladeshi Cartoonist Ahmed Kishore Released from Jail – This is a good thing.

Reviews

Collected Editions – Batman Vol. 2: The Joker War
The Beat – ENIAC #1
The Beat – Jonna and the Unpossible Monsters #1
CBR – Suicide Squad #1

Review: ENIAC #1

It’s finally here! Bad Idea has launched with ENIAC #1. But, after so long, does it live up to hype and expectations? Here’s a hint… it does.

Story: Matt Kindt
Art: Doug Braithwaite, Doug Lapham
Color: Diego Rodriguez
Letterer: Dave Sharpe

Find a comic shop to get your copy or, buy your copy through Zeus Comics!

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Updated: At Least One Comic Shop Expelled from Bad Idea’s Distribution

This Wednesday saw the launch of Bad Idea with ENIAC #1. The publisher is going with a different distribution model selling directly to shops instead of going through traditional distribution channels.

The publisher has also limited the number of shops participating in the program. For a shop to join, they must accept certain rules. The two rules that directly impact customers are:

  1. One copy per person
  2. Shops must sell copies for cover price for 30 days from the street date

Bad Idea has announced that at least one store violated these rules by selling first issues over cover price. Based on social media, some individuals have also been able to get more than one copy, though it’s unknown if they purchased them from multiple stores or if stores broke the rule of one per person.

ENIAC #1 has been a hit causing prices to skyrocket on sites such as ebay.

It’s unknown exactly which shop has been expelled but there has been requests to identify the shop so customers will be able to find alternatives.

Update: Jesse James Comics of Glendale, Arizona was the store whose account was terminated. Copies of ENIAC #1 were listed above cover price on Facebook. A post on Facebook has since gone up apologizing for the mistake.

Bad Idea ban

Bad Idea’s Whalesville Gets Rocks and Minerals. See All of May’s Releases

Bad Idea has announced that Whalesville is getting more packed in with additional Rocks and Minerals. Whalesville x Rocks and Minerals is one epic 72-page, ad-free tome!

See below for all of Bad Idea’s May releases.

WHALESVILLE x ROCKS AND MINERALS

WHALESVILLE
Written by MATT KINDT
Art by ADAM POLLINA
Colors by MATT HOLLINGSWORTH

ROCKS AND MINERALS
Written by MATT KINDT
Art by TONY MILLIONAIRE
Colors by JAMES CAMPBELL
Cover by ADAM POLLINA with MATT HOLLINGSWORTH
WHALE-SIZED ONE-SHOT | NO ADS
$9.99 EACH | 72 PGS. | RATED: E – EVERYONE | ON SALE MAY 5, 2021

First, from the limitless imaginations of New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt (River Run), virtuoso artist Adam Pollina (Pyrate Queen), and Eisner Award-winning colorist Matt Hollingsworth (Whalesville…duh) comes a very special whale tale for all ages (and species) in the tradition of Hayao Miyazaki’s Studio Ghibli and Pixar!

When young Wawae – the seaborn son of a whaling captain – is knocked overboard and swallowed by an enormous whale, he discovers the town of “Whalesville” – a colorful, cobbled-together village inhabited by all the astounding sea creatures that live in the belly of the beast. A crab named Caleb, an angler fish called Angela, and a seadragon that prefers to go by Lilly. But, to Wawae’s new friends, Whalesville isn’t just their home, it’s their whole world – they don’t realize they live inside of a whale — and they can’t fathom that Wawae’s father will stop at nothing to destroy the creature that stole his son! To rescue his new friends and save Whalesville, Wawae will have to convince them of the truth and escape the whale…before his own father sends them sinking into the murky depths forever.

Then, Matt Kindt’s highly developed brain musculature joins forces with multiple Eisner Award-winning living legend, Tony Millionaire, and the color stylings of James Campbell, for a tale of friendship and adventure in the far future.

In the time after the Great Polishing, organic life is no more. Earth is ruled by highly evolved rubble, rocks and minerals. They walk. They talk. They are free. But their age is just beginning and the world is still a largely unknown and very scary place. When the Rock Queen’s daughter and her two best friends venture into the forbidden unpolished zone, they find the world mankind left behind and meet what they think is a very quiet new green rock. To their surprise it sprouts a head, four legs and a very loud voice. This is no rock. This is Elpis the turtle, and she needs help getting back to her pond in time to lay her eggs. But what is a pond? For that matter, what’s a turtle? The three friends must venture further into the unknown to help Elpis to unravel a secret the Queen herself has fought to keep from her people. A tale of high adventure in the second stone age!

WHALESVILLE x ROCKS AND MINERALS

ENIAC #3

Written by MATT KINDT
Art by DOUG BRAITHWAITE
Colors by DIEGO RODRIGUEZ
Cover by LEWIS LaROSA with DIEGO RODRIGUEZ
PLUS: The much anticipated inclusion of THE HERO TRADE as a BAD IDEA B-SIDE
FOUR ISSUES | MONTHLY
$3.99 EACH | 32 PGS. | RATED T+ | ON SALE MAY 5, 2021

Seventy-seven years ago, the United States unlocked the key to defeating the Axis powers, but, in their desperation to end the war, accidentally created a far more powerful threat: ENIAC (Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer). Designed to be a cutting-edge breakthrough in supercomputing that could deliver a decisive victory to the Allies, ENIAC did just that…by ordering the bombing Nagasaki without human consent or approval. A fully autonomous A.I free from the bounds of programming or morality, ENIAC spent the decades since manipulating global superpowers from the shadows, secretly shaping everything we thought we knew about the history of the geopolitical order. And, throughout it all, one classified question has plagued presidents and prime ministers, generals and spymasters alike: “What is ENIAC planning next?”

Now, after years of silence, ENIAC has re-emerged with a 72-hour countdown until it unleashes every weapon in Earth’s atomic arsenal. Its motives? Unknowable to humankind. Its endgame? Destruction on an unthinkable scale. As ENIAC’s clock rockets toward zero, it’s down to two covert operatives to infiltrate a Russian black site and free the one man alive who knows how to kill the machine…before it erases mankind, once and for all.

THE HERO TRADE is included as this month’s BAD IDEA B-Side

ENIAC #3

Review: ENIAC #1

ENIAC #1

After delay and quite a wait, the first series from Bad Idea is here! And, after such a long time, it lives up to the anticipation and hype. ENIAC #1 is the first series from the new publisher bringing with it some pressure to deliver. Thankfully, it does that and then some with two solid stories and a solid presentation.

Written by Matt Kindt, ENIAC #1 is an interesting use of real events and history delivering an alternate take on our world. In World War II, a powerful computer was created. Now, decades later, that computer is still active, on the run, and it has a mission of its own. This is the story of the team tasked with taking the computer down.

The story is an interesting one with a familiarity like it’s been seen before but also something new. ENIAC #1 is a bit of Wargames but with an action spin to it. That action is delivered by two special ops members tasked with their mission. Our introduction to the duo is the type of sequence that hooks you as the comic opens with a mission for them to figure out who’s paying to get American soldiers killed in Afghanistan.

There’s an interesting political awareness in that opening, and the comic as a whole has that running underneath. While it could easily be a braindead action comic, ENIAC #1 instead has a bit of intelligence throughout. There’s use of real history, geopolitical reality, and a bit of grounded aspects about it as well. Kindt seems to extend that thought to his two protagonists, two women tasked with stopping a machine created by a man. It’s hard to not think of the symbolism in that or the fact that one woman is White while the other is Black. It feels like there’s some deeper meaning to Kindt’s choices like that.

The art is top-notch. Doug Braithwaite delivers a beautiful comic helped by the colors of Diego Rodriguez and lettering of Dave Sharpe. The comic looks fantastic in every aspect. It handles the action beautifully and can pivot from that to a mission brief in a desert. Every visual detail adds a little something to the story and helps breath life into the world.

ENIAC #1 is the main draw and within readers get a treat in the B-Side story of Kindt and artist Doug Lapham‘s Hero Trade. The story is vastly different than the main one, in both content and look. So, there’s a bit of a jarring aspect to it as if it’s an anthology without much thought into a theme. But, the story is a trippy science fiction story that’s worthy of the Twilight Zone. It got me sucked in and had me laughing at its end. As an addition to the main story, it’s the cherry on top.

ENIAC #1 is a solid debut in both a comic series and for a publisher. Bad Idea has delivered quality after a lot of hype and build-up, so pressure is off, they’ve succeeded. The comic has an intriguing plot, interesting characters, fantastic art, it’s a big budget film in comic form. It might be hard to find the issue with Bad Idea’s limited release plan but it’s absolutely worth it. Order online if you have to and pressure your local shop if they’re not on the Bad Idea train. This is one that’s going to go over big.

Story: Matt Kindt Art: Doug Braithwaite, Doug Lapham
Color: Diego Rodriguez Letterer: Dave Sharpe
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy


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Bad Idea’s ENIAC #1 Gets A Brief Case with Hero Trade

With ENIAC #1 out this week, Bad Idea has delivered a bit of a surprise with what’s packed in the first issue. The publisher has revealed that the B-side in the comic is a new entry in Hero Trade from Matt Kindt and David Lapham. Originally, Bad Idea announced that Save Now, a comic by Kindt and Tomas Giorello would be included in the first issue.

Each issue of ENIAC will feature a Hero Trade tale.

Stay tuned for:

  • HERO TRADE: A BRIEF CASE in ENIAC #1
  • HERO TRADE: BLOODY MESS in ENIAC #2
  • HERO TRADE: HERO FOR SALE in ENIAC #3
  • HERO TRADE: FABULOUS in ENIAC #4

ENIAC #1 is written by Matt Kindt with art by Doug Braithwaite, colors by Diego Rodriguez, and a cover by Lewis LaRosa and Diego Rodriguez. It’s on sale March 3, 2021.

ENIAC #1
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