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Review: Broken Frontier Anthology

The overused term, “rules are made to be broken,” has been said repeatedly when it is thought that someone has gone against convention. As the world slowly embraces the diversity that surrounds it, so has popular media. Comics have always challenged type but has mostly been monochromatic. It has only recently been proactive about being diverse in not only race and sexuality, but also ability. Wave Blue World‘s Broken Frontier offers up stories where they do just that, break the rules.

In “Phantom Limb Ghost Puncher,” a police officer who loses his arm during a rescue, magically receives a mystical weapon which changes his life instantly. In “Stranger Than Fiction,” a clairvoyant helps out a murder suspect, by revisiting the day of the crime through his unconscious mind. In “Dark Dark World,” young imaginative writer plays out a scene for a story, all in her father’s work shed. In “The Wall,” set in a dystopian future, societies’ fortunes are separated only by allegiance.

In “Flyer,”  a elderly man, gives a prep talk to his adolescent granddaughter, as she prepares to engage in a dogfight by way of rocketpack. “In The Night, Mountains Grew,” a ranger’s gross miscalculation proves fatal for those she protects. In “The Beard,” a young woman uncontrollably grows a facial hair at a unusually rapid rate, something befuddles her day after day, until she realizes her greater destiny, one that would change her life forever. In “Purgatory,” a woman falls into a coma, and gets transported to a different world, where she gets to be her true self.

In “The Trip,” a rather routine start of a morning for a man and his daughter, becomes a lesson in realizing every day is precious. In “Its About Time,” a scientist uses his considerable powers to time travel before his wife died, but what he finds out changes his whole outlook on her. In “Inside Outside,” a woman coming off her meds is constantly irritated by “cute squishy monsters.” In “Last dance at Omega Point,” as a rocket heads to its firing point, a woman’s life unpacks in alternate reality.

Overall, an excellent comic anthology which explores what can be or what will be. The stories by all the writers pluck the emotions of the reader in the best way possible. The art by the creators are all beautiful. Altogether, a plus sized comic treat which entertains on every page and you will wish was longer.

Story: Greg Pak, Tyler Chin-Tanner,Cullen Bunn, Phil Hester, Robert Dammelin, Justin Zimmerman, A. David Lewis, Fred Van Lente, Carla Berrocal, Jamie Coe, Edie OP, Joshua Hale Fialkov, Merguerite Bennett,Frederik Hautain, Kurt Belcher,  Adam Egypt Mortimer, Karrie Fransman, David Hine, Noah Van Sciver, Sean Wang, Salgood Sam, Box Brown,  PJ Holden, Scott Ferguson, INJ Culbard, Steve Orlando, Steve Bryant
Art: Steve Bryant, INJ Culbard, Yaroslav Astapeev, PJ Holden, Salgood Sam, Sean Wang, Box Brown, Noah Van Sciver, Mark Stafford, Karrie Fransman, Jeff McComsey, Facundo Percio, Rob Croonenborghs, Varga Tomi, Ryan Kelly, Edie OP, Toby Cypress, Jamie Coe, Robert Sammelin, Carla Berrocal, Daniel Warren Johnson, Nathan Fox, Alison Sampson, Noel Tuazon, Aysegul Sinav, Mike Lawrence, Tom Raney, Simon Bowland, Taylor Esposito, Gina Going, Jason Wordie
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

Review – Broken Trinity: Pandora’s Box #5


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Broken Trinity Pandoras Box #5The biggest shame of Broken Trinity: Pandora’s Box is that it’s a prequel of sorts for Top Cow’s red hot Artifacts, but due to delays it’s still going on.  It’d be a stronger series if it had kept the schedule it should have.  But, that being said, its poor form to judge a series based on when it comes out, especially one so entertaining.  Written by Bryan Edward Hill and Rob Levin with pencils by Facundo Percio the story focuses on three artifact bearers.  One empowered with fire, one with ice and a third with Pandora’s Box, which I’m still not quite sure what it does.

The ARTIFACTS lead-in series reaches its penultimate issue!

The End of Days has come! When Elias and his Disciples of Adam unleash the dark power of Pandora’s Box, a terrifying villain is let loose upon the Earth. Will Glori and Finn rise to stop Armageddon, or will their compulsion to destroy each other doom millions of innocent lives?

From newcomers Rob Levin (THE DARKNESS: SHADOWS & FLAME) and Bryan Edward Hill (BROKEN TRINITY: AFTERMATH), and artist Alessandro Vitti (SECRET WARRIORS). Featuring covers by Tommy Lee Edwards (Book of Eli, TURF)!

The issue really is one big giant fight issue with the two pseudo heroes forced to face each other by the bad guy.  That parts all about the art and action.  What’s great though is the ending, completely unexpected and not where I thought it’d go, it’s kept me on my toes to check out what the sixth issue brings.

As a whole this is one of those issues that are hard to judge on their own.  It’s one issue in a six issue series.  Each issue is an important part of the story, and the story would fail without one of those issues.  For people who haven’t been keeping up with the series, you can definitely skip it, but for those who’ve read the previous four, I think you’ll enjoy it.

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Review – Broken Trinity: Pandora’s Box #4


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Broken Trinity: Pandora's Box #4 COVA_stampedBroken Trinity: Pandora’s Box #4 is an interesting series.  I feel like this is something that should of wrapped up a bit before the recent start of Top Cow‘s event Artifacts.  This series leads into that, and there’s some cool things here when it comes to characters and always the action is entertaining.  While Artifacts leans a bit towards the emotional, this leans a bit towards the action.

The ARTIFACTS lead-in heats up!
The quest to locate and claim Pandora’s Box forces Finn and Glori to face the full depth of Elias’ depravity, while the legacies of the Ember Stone and Glacier Stone draw them into brutal conflict with each other.

From newcomers Rob Levin (Pilot Season: 7 Days From Hell, The Darkness: Shadows & Flame) and Bryan Edward Hill (Pilot Season: 7 Days From Hell, Broken Trinity: Aftermath), and artist Facundo Percio (Anna Mercury). Featuring covers by Tommy Lee Edwards (Book of Eli, Turf)!

The most interesting part of this story wasn’t so much the action, but the discussion.  We have a man who’s been given enormous power doubting his destiny and contemplating giving it away to someone he thinks can do better.  That dynamic and discussion is interesting.  I’d love to see a series who’s entire plot is around this.

The point of this series is simple and laid out at Baltimore Comic Con.  It can be enjoyed on it’s own, but along with Artifacts it creates a richer and deeper experience.

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Broken Trinity: Pandora’s Box #4

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BROKEN TRINITY: PANDORA’S BOX #4

(W) Rob Levin & Bryan Edward Hill   (A) Facundo Percio   (Cov) Tommy Lee Edwards

The ARTIFACTS lead-in heats up!
The quest to locate and claim Pandora’s Box forces Finn and Glori to face the full depth of Elias’ depravity, while the legacies of the Ember Stone and Glacier Stone draw them into brutal conflict with each other.

From newcomers Rob Levin (Pilot Season: 7 Days From Hell, The Darkness: Shadows & Flame) and Bryan Edward Hill (Pilot Season: 7 Days From Hell, Broken Trinity: Aftermath), and artist Facundo Percio (Anna Mercury). Featuring covers by Tommy Lee Edwards (Book of Eli, Turf)!

32 Pages   Full Color   Limited Series   $3.99

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Preview – Broken Trinity: Pandora’s Box #3

Official Press Release

Broken Trinity: Pandora’s Box #3 (of 6)

(W) Rob Levin & Bryan Edward Hill   (A) Alessandro Vitti & Facundo Percio  (Cov) Tommy Lee Edwards

The ARTIFACTS lead-in heats up!
Elias and the Disciples of Eden are drawing closer and closer to Pandora’s Box, one of the 13 Artifacts, threatening to remake the world in their mad vision. Meanwhile Finn and Glori, the bearers of the Glacier and Ember Stones, race around the globe to beat the Disciples and each other to the same goal.

From newcomers Rob Levin (The Darkness: Shadows & Flame) and Bryan Edward Hill (Broken Trinity: Aftermath), and artist Alessandro Vitti (Secret Warriors). Featuring covers by Tommy Lee Edwards (1985, Turf)!

Full Color        32 pages        $3.99      limited series

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