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Review: Fubar: Mother Russia

MotherRussiatpb_ONLINEStalingrad. 1943. One baby. One rifle. Two million zombies. A soviet sniper risks her life to protect something she hasn’t seen in a long time: A perfectly healthy two year old boy who has just stumbled right into the middle of the zombie apocalypse.

Zombies in Stalinist Russia, in one of the worst defeats of the German Army is genius. If you look close enough, there is some degree of authentic appearance in both the zombies, and the few living humans. Honestly you can tell, they wanted to keep Fubar: Mother Russia as authentic to the actual events as possible, with the exclusion of the zombies of course. That focus gives the entire story a sense of history, and realism.

The same sense of realism continues, with the dress of the characters. Even the weapons they use are historically accurate in their drawing. Despite the lack of color,that gives the world and contributes to the odd hopelessness the characters probably feel in the cold Russian winter.

Story: Jeff McComsey Art: Jeff McComsey
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: buy

Fubar Press provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Mother Russia

Mother Russia

Print Release (also available in Digital)
$11.99,  120 pgs, BW, 17+
(W/A) Jeff McComsey

Stalingrad. 1943. One baby. One rifle. Two million zombies. A soviet sniper risks her life to protect something she hasn’t seen in a long time: A perfectly healthy two year old boy who has just stumbled right into the middle of the zombie apocalypse.

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Review: Mother Russia TPB

Mother Russia TPBHaving survived the zombie apocalypse that ended World War II, Svetlana Gorshkav, also known as ‘Mother Russia’, risks everything she has built for the life of a small child. Understanding Svetlana’s willingness to sacrifice the safe life she has created for a stranger’s is truly the heart of this story. Mother Russia works with large ideas such as the value of family, the worth of innocent life, and the indoctrination of political ideals, all while creating a highly suspenseful story of one young woman trying to survive the end of the world any way she can.

The story opens with very minimal dialogue, which helps truly show the lonely life that Svetlana now leads. Her only escapes from the monotony of the highest room of a tower overlooking Stalingrad within which she lives, is to read, exercise, and shoot the zombie horde walking below. This all changes when she sees a small child in her scope and decides to run and save him. Her rescue attempt quickly goes awry until she is saved by a dog named Brunhilde and her owner, Major Otto Steiner. From there, the four begin a plan to move from the shelter they find themselves in, where supplies are running low, towards a place where there is enough food and water to survive a bit longer.

The interaction between the four main characters are truly where the larger aforementioned ideas are truly fleshed out. Writer and artist Jeff McComsey does a fantastic job creating a sense of caring between these characters, especially considering the child and dog cannot even speak. In the midst of the apocalypse, Otto has created an unbreakable bond with the only family member he has left, Brunhilde. Their strong bond is evident every moment they are together. To say Svetlana and Otto become family is a stretch but, their bond is built more on their perceived value of life and how little of it is left. Even though Svetlana does not completely trust him because he fought for the Nazi Regime, she begins to understand how those ingrained political ideologies she learned fighting the German enemy means nothing when the true enemy is not even human. These ideas are very well done and help the story, which could have easy fallen into the ‘just another zombie book’ category, into something more; a very intimate look at humans and the lengths they will go to survive.Mother Russia TBP 2

The art only helps to enhance the story. The entire narrative is done in black and white, creating a bleak sense of dread. Each zombie looks unique and hideous. The violence of seeing bullets fly through their rotting flesh is appropriately gory. The action panels are well laid out and create a sense of tension as the zombie hordes continue to close in despite the survivors best efforts. The more intimate moments are equally as impressive. The decaying, and dark buildings are haunting. Each room is well detailed and, in many instances, the remains of former lives from before the apocalypse tell a story all their own and help enhance the use of minimal dialogue in many places.

Following the main story are three backups titled, The Sniper, The Child, and Kindern. These three tales help flesh out the history of what happened during the lead up to the zombie apocalypse. Each story is heartbreaking and insightful in its own way but, does take away a bit from the original story by taking some of the mystery out of who these people are. Although, they do add an extra layer of knowledge for the reader as to how this all occurred, even if the reasoning is nothing groundbreaking or new. The art is as solid as the rest of the book, with the art in The Child by Giles Crawford being especially impressive, creating a dreamlike sensation as we follow the journey of the child which Svetlana eventually discovers.

Overall, this is a fantastic story that explores large ideas but never forgets that when the zombies take over, sometimes you just have to fight to survive.

Story: Jeff McComsey Art: Jeff McComsey, Steve Willhite, and Giles Crawford
Story: 9 Art: 8 Overall 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

Alterna Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Fubar: Mother Russia #3

MOTHER RUSSIA #3

story and art by Jeff McComsey
$3.99, print release, mini-series, bw, military/horror, 17+

It’s a Ballroom Blitzkrieg in the streets of Stalingrad as Mother Russia fights her way through a sea of undead while a toddler is strapped to her back. The odds are a million to one and that’s the good news. Not one step backwards in this 44-page conclusion to FUBAR’s first stand-alone tale!

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Preview: Mother Russia #3

MOTHER RUSSIA #3

story and art by Jeff McComsey
$3.99, print release, mini-series, bw, military/horror, 17+

It’s a Ballroom Blitzkrieg in the streets of Stalingrad as Mother Russia fights her way through a sea of undead while a toddler is strapped to her back. The odds are a million to one and that’s the good news. Not one step backwards in this 44-page conclusion to FUBAR’s first stand-alone tale!

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Preview: Mother Russia #2 (of 3)

Mother Russia #2

story and art by Jeff McComsey
cover by Matt Smith
$1.99, digital release (previously released in print on 5/27/15, $3.99), mini-series, black & white, horror/military, 17+

Caught out in the middle of the zombie apocalypse, Svetlana must make an uneasy alliance if her and the child hope to live through the day.

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Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Fight Club 2 #1 CoverWednesdays 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!

We’re bringing back something we haven’t done for a while, what the team thinks. Our contributors are choosing up to five books each week and why they’re choosing the books.

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

Brett

Top Pick: Fight Club 2 #1 (Dark Horse)Fight Club is both a fantastic book and movie. When I heard a sequel was being made as a comic, I was initially apprehensive, even with it being written by Chuck Palahniuk. But, after the first issue, I’m beyond all in. The first issue is absolutely amazing, both in story and art.

Captain Canuck 2015 #1 (Chapter House Publishing) – I grew up mostly in Buffalo, right along the Canadian border. And due to that, I’ve known about Captain Canuck for a while. A new updated version? Hells yes!

Fubar: Mother Russia #2 (Alterna Comics) – The Fubar series of comics gives us a zombie twist on history. The latest volume puts us in Russia during World War II, where a zombie outbreak is causing the Russians some issues.

Material #1 (Image Comics) – A man comes home from Guantanamo Bay, irrevocably changed. An actress receives an offer that can revive her career. A boy survives a riot and becomes embedded within a revolutionary movement. A philosopher is contacted by a being that dismantles his beliefs. Ales Kot‘s latest sounds fascinating.

You Don’t Say (IDW Publishing/Top Shelf)Nate Powell‘s latest release from Top Shelf. All you need to know is it’s Nate Powell. That should be enough for you to pick this one up.

 

Edward

Top Pick: Surface Tension #1 (Titan Comics) – This new series puts a twist on the zombie/post-apocalyptic genre by taking a look at the world’s oceans and the environmental impact of our actions there.

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad #3 (Marvel/Disney) – This Disney adaptation is doing what the best adaptations do – remind nothing of the original material (in this case a theme park ride) while capturing the same spirit.

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina #3 (Archie Comics) – Archie’s darker comics have been pretty fun so far.  Sabrina is not getting as much attention but she returns here for some more dark tales of sorcery.

He-Man Eternity War #6 (DC Comics) – Fantasy and Sci-Fi meet here and produce the best in the genre at the moment.  Those with inhibitions about He-Man should let go of the past and hop in for a wild ride.

Inhumans: Attilan Rising #1 (Marvel) – There has hardly been a misstep in Marvel’s relaunch and rebranding of the Inhumans.  It continues here with a big development.

 

“Big Daddy Cool” Johnny Dellarocca

Top Pick: Convergence: Shazam #2 (DC Comics) – It’s Steampunk vs. Dieselpunk! Plus the creative team of Parker and Shaner is an unbeatable combination.

Captain Midnight #23 (Dark Horse) – One of the best monthly series out there, and it looks like it’s coming to an explosive end with issue 24!

King Flash Gordon #2 (Dynamite Entertainment) – If all of the Dynamite King titles this has been the best. The creative team of Acker and Blacker has done a great job of continuing the amazing work of Parker and Shaner and have preserved the pace and fun of what went before. This has become one of favorite monthly titles.

Where Monsters Dwell #1 (Marvel) – As a Dieselpunk fan it really doesn’t get any better that flying ace The Phantom Eagle taking on monsters and dinosaurs! Sign me up!

Preview: Fubar: Mother Russia #2 (of 3)

MOTHER RUSSIA #2 of 3

story and art by Jeff McComsey
cover by Matt Smith
$3.99, print, mini-series, action/horror, 17+

The next chapter in FUBAR’s first stand alone tale.  Caught out in the middle of the zombie apocalypse, Svetlana must make an uneasy alliance if her and the child hope to live through the day.

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Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

BitchPlanet04_CoverWednesdays 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!

We’re bringing back something we haven’t done for a while, what the team thinks. Our contributors are choosing up to five books each week and why they’re choosing the books.

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

Brett

Top Pick: Bitch Planet #4 (Image Comics) – This is the series I look forward to reading every single issue and count down until I can get the next in my hands. Taking important societal issues and packaging them in an entertaining 70s(ish) exploitation story… brilliant! This issue focuses more on the sports team that’s being but together, plus obligatory shower scene(s)!

Fubar: Mother Russia #1 (Alterna) – Stalingrad. 1943. One baby. One rifle. Two million zombies. A Soviet sniper risks her life to protect something she hasn’t seen in a long time: a perfectly healthy two-year-old boy who has just stumbled right into the middle of the zombie apocalypse.

Mayday #1 (Black Mask) – A washed-up, drug-addicted screenwriter and a transgender bartender stumble onto a Satanic cult’s plan to sacrifice people all across LA (geomapped in the form of a pentagram, of course) and bring on Armageddon. If that doesn’t interest you…

The Order of the Forge #1 (Dark Horse) – How about some alternate weird history? George Washignton. Paul Revere. Ben Franklin. This is American history you don’t learn about in school (cause it’s not exactly true, just really entertaining).

Pisces #1 (Image Comics) – A former Vietnam Vet pilot trains with NASA to make first contact. But war trauma leads to dark visions of his future.

 

Edward

Top Pick: He-Man: Eternity War #5 (DC Comics)  –  The last issue left off with some pretty big plot twists.  This series is mixing together fantasy and sci-fi in an amazing way.  This isn’t your childhood’s He-Man.

Jem and the Holograms #2 (IDW Publishing) – The first issue set up the character and provided enough background to get the series going.  It will be interesting to see where the series heads from here.

Jungle Book Fall of the Wild #5 (Zenescope) – The final issue in the final series of the trilogy.  There are lots of answers left for the series, but will they all come here?

Princess Leia #3 (Marvel) – This series got a little bit of a slow start in its first issue but got things moving in its second issue.  This looks like it will continue in this third issue.

Silk #3 (Marvel) – Overshadowed by Spider-Gwen, its fellow spin-off from the Spider-Verse.  This series is better in every way so far.

 

“Big Daddy Cool” Johnny Dellarocca

Top Pick: Convergence Shazam #1 (DC Comics) – I have been looking forward to this series since it was announced. Jeff Parker and Evan “Doc” Shaner may be the perfect creative team for the Capt. Marvel Family. Their work on Flash Gordon demonstrated Parker’s uncanny ability to write fast paced, fun pulp adventures, and Shaner’s clean retro style is the perfect choice for Shazam!

Captain Midnight #22 (Dark Horse) – this series continues to impress me with! Like Jeff Parker, Josh Williamson just really knows how to right the classic pulp character of Captain Midnight! Teamed with X, this story should one of conflict and tough choices!

Convergence Justice Society of America #1 (DC Comics) – Classic Alan Scott and Jay Garrick. Do you need any other reason to get this book?

Convergence Plastic Man & The Freedom Fighters  #1 (DC Comics) – Another return of classic versions of DC characters! And this time Eel O’Brien is leading the Freedom Fighters against the Nazis!

Princess Leia #3 (Marvel) – I am a Star Wars freakasuarus and the in-canon work Marvel is producing are some of the best Star Wars stories being told. This series in particular is my favorite so far because of the way Leia is being fleshed out as a capable pilot, scrappy fighter, and strong military leader. And the artwork is stunning. If you are looking for a solid book featuring a strong female lead, this book is THE one!

Kickstarter Spotlight: Mini-Comics, Fierce Little Girls, Drones, Suicide, Mother Russia and R.E.M.

It’s Thursday and a new Kickstarter Spotlight where I take a look at some of the cool items available on Kickstarter. This week it’s an interesting mix of mini-comics the size of match books, fierce little girls, drones, suicide, Russia, and r.e.m. (not the band, sorry to disappoint). Check out below all of the projects and speak with your dollars as to what gets funded and what doesn’t.

I’m also going with a slightly difference format now making it easier to figure out what the project is and why I think it’s cool.

Mini-Comics the Size of a Pack of Matches

2013-09-11_2132What it is: Creator Brian John Mitchell makes these mini-comics the size of a pack of matches. So far there are eighty of them. From slice of life auto-bio to Kafka-eque Lovecraftian conspiracies to westerns to horror to crime to action spoof to sci-fi action to experimental comics, and did I mention they’re all the size of match books?

Why I like it: Um, what’s not to like? Mitchell shows that comics can be in more than the two page standard sizes we’ve come to know. To support creativity in not only content, but also the way it’s presented? Yes please!

Best Pledge: $10 – Ten random mini-comics mailed to you, PDF digital subscription to our next twenty mini-comics, & the ten first issues PDF bundle. That’s a lot of cool for $10.

Risk: LOW – Prices seem about right, and Brian seems to know what he’s doing. He lays out what to expect and when you can start expecting it.

Lilith Dark and the Beastie Tree: A Graphic Novel

6142973cb8d66e4b2e1e6fcb0f1b6c44_largeWhat it is: Lilith Dark is a comic about a fierce little girl who loves kittens and fights monsters. Oh, and there’s a dinosaur. Lilith Dark is a fantasy adventure story aimed at children and adults aged 10 and up. Lilith Dark has grown a loyal and ever increasing audience over the past 2 years through the popular webcomic, social media exposure and convention appearances.

Why I like it: It’s a dark fantasy comic that’s geared towards children and has a “fierce” little girl as the lead. I’m sold on “loves kittens and fights monsters.” Plus there’s the fact it’s a webcomic, which means you can check it out before you pledge.

Best Pledge: $20 – You get a signed copy of the comic book, a pdf copy of the comic book and your name listed on the thank you page.

Risk: LOW – The prices seem a bit low for a printed comic, but Alterna is producing this, so I think they’ve got things covered, since they are a publisher.

DRONES

dronesWhat it is: This five-issue miniseries follows two Predator drone operators who hunt Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan from the safety of a base outside of Las Vegas, Nevada. After a failed mission, the war hits home in a bizarre journey that will take them from a terrorism-themed hotel to a drone-filled sky over the Strip. As part of a stage show you’ve just got to see to believe, Las Vegas starts to resemble Afghanistan, and the drone operators must confront the absurd nature of a war where terror and entertainment have begun to blur.

In addition to our two drone operators, we have a pancake-loving terrorist turned playwright, a loveable expert in improvised explosive devices, five well dressed assassins, a goat who just might know a thing or two about kung fu, an acrobatic special forces troupe called the Cirque du SEALs, surveillance up the wazoo, and a new kind of poppy that’s going to blow some minds.

Why I like it: I’ve read the first couple of issues and the series is as entertaining as it sounds. Really, how can you not read that description and not be interested in this?

Best Pledge: $20 – The Drones trade paperback for you to hold and cherish. Plus a digital edition and art print.

Risk: LOW – Again the prices seem low for what you get, but Chris has produced print editions before, so he knows what he’s doing and it’s pretty much all done.

Suicide 5. A tale that ends in death.

suicide 5What it is: Suicide 5 is about five people willing to die for what they perceive to be immortality.

These five draft Mason, a young sculptor with crippling social anxiety disorder, as a reluctant judge. His mission is to record and rate every participants’ performance. Mason watches as his friends die one by one, each more horribly than the last. Accusations of unoriginality, infidelity, and plagiarism make the already surreal competition even more horrifying.

Why I like it: I like subversive and holy shit does this sound subversive. I also got a chance to check it out at Baltimore Comic Con and for the brief minute I checked it out, it looked very cool.

Best Pledge: $25 – A signed copy of the book and a small sketch by the creator, the Suicide 5 wallpaper, and PDF.

Risk: LOW – I held a mock-up copy in my hand and the book is set to come out in May 2014. I’m feeling pretty good this will make it’s due date even with the work that’s described left to do.

FUBAR: MOTHER RUSSIA

4ce3fbd1e8991e76a92152bc41a1eb86_largeWhat it is: Mother Russia opens in zombie occupied Stalingrad in 1943. What the war started in Stalingrad the zombie outbreak finished. It’s an open graveyard for 2 million soldiers and civilians.

We follow a young female sniper as she watches the apocalypse unfold from the safety of a well supplied and impregnable bell tower. She spends her day thinning out the zombie herds one at a time.

Day after day. Month after month, until one day she sees something through her scope she hasn’t seen in a long time: a perfectly healthy 2 year old boy and he’s just stumbled right into the zombie apocalypse.

Mother Russia is one of the first two stories that originally launched FUBAR.  It first appeared officially as a 28 page story in FUBAR Volume 1 in 2009. It ended on a cliffhanger  in volume 1 as was intended to continue it in the next volume. The story will be started from scratch and re-drawn.

Why I like it: The FUBAR folks are fantastic with tons of talent and lots of fun. It’s hard not to support them and again, the original story was great. I want to see it finished.

Best Pledge: $30 – You receive a print copy of Mother Russia with front page sketch by artist /writerJeff McComsey with the 5×7 signed print and sweet mini comic. This level and all above have their name listed in the thank you section of Mother Russia.

Risk: LOW – I don’t expect there to be too many issues. Though the time frame looks short to finish it all up, this isn’t the first Kickstarter project these folks have run.

R.E.M. the Graphic Novel

8e9e6ab2eda6eaac233b7ca62026f234_largeWhat it is: R.E.M. is a 176 page Hardcover Original Graphic Novel in striking black and white about Michael Letto, a brilliant but paranoid neuroscientist. Since his first and only love died, he’s lived behind a series of locks, consumed with solving the mystery of sleep. Based on the principles of yoga, Michael invents a chair that enables one to attain a full night’s sleep in a matter of minutes. When his theories catch the attention of the military and a religious order that wants to use his research to attain enlightenment, a dangerous cat and mouse begins as Michael’s world deteriorates.

It’s a psychological thriller with elements of science fiction and film noir.

Why I like it: The story sounds cool to me. This is something I’d buy and read and the art shown looks pretty damn cool.

Best Pledge: $20 – An autographed and numbered hardcover of R.E.M.

Risk: LOW – The prices seem pretty good and there’s clearly a lot of thought put into it regarding shipping. I don’t expect a whole lot of issues here.