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Review: Shadow of the Cat #2

Shadow of the Cat

The thing about heist movies is that a heist has to occur. You spend a large amount of the movie getting to know the logistics. You also find out about the characters and the many obstacles they have to face. An example is my favorite heist movie, Gone in 60 Seconds.

We know our protagonist had been retired for more than a few years. He gets out of retirement so that his brother doesn’t owe a debt for a job he committed to. The actual heist is the most exciting part of the movie. Geoff Thorne jumps right into the heist with the second issue of his comic, Shadow Of The Cat.

We find Kit, in the middle of the heist, as she stares in awe for what seems like a few hours, at the crown jewel she came for. Before she could put it away, a crew explodes the diamond exchange and it is not of her doing. She soon finds out it is a rival crew, for the same thing, The Poachers. By the issue’s end, Kit tries to think on her feet, calculating how much time before the Poachers get there and how fast before she can escape, but not before a rival appears out of nowhere.

Overall, an engaging second issue that is wall to wall action. The story by Thorne is engrossing. The art by Thorne is dazzling. Altogether, a story that drops the reader in the middle of the action.

Story: Geoff Thorne Art: Geoff Thorne
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Review: Sist3rs #5

SIST3RS #5

One of the best storylines in comics of all time is the Dark Phoenix Saga. Chris Claremont is one of those names in comic books which simply gives readers that warm fuzzy. Memories of how great the X-Men were during the 1980s was largely in part to how reinvigorated the characters. He is the main reason for the 1980s cartoon series and why Bryan Singer brought them to the big screen with their first movies at Fox.

It was the later movies which proved a mixed bag. X-Men-First Class was a masterpiece. X-Men-Dark Phoenix is a whole different story. The original storyline was probably one of Claremont’s best works in comics ever, showing a hero, not in control of their powers. Geoff Thorne unpacks a similar sequence like the Dark Phoenix Saga within the fifth chapter to his book, Sist3rs.

We meet Para, as she delves into the a spiritual plane with the fire monster. As she finds out that the fire monster is a man who has been terribly cursed by someone or something. Para eventually finds out the whole story and how he got entrenched by an act of evil. By issue’s end, what Para discovers is an evil the three have never seen

Overall, an great fifth issue which gives the story even more context. The story by Thorne is riveting. The art by Thorne is elegant. Altogether, a story that looks to explore the extent of valor.

Story: Geoff Thorne Art: Geoff Thorne
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Review: Sist3rs #4

Sist3rs

The story of Moby Dick is one that has been told and retold. What has attracted readers to the story is the internal struggle. Ahab was a metaphor for man’s incessant obsession for conquest. The story told more about Ahab than it did of the whale. What is more fascinating is that the story itself was based on Melville’s experiences as a sailor on whaling ships.

Ahab and Ishmael were mere conduits to explore the evil of man. The book itself though written in 1851 is still an engrossing read, as Melville’s prose is masterful. Every creator has put their spin on the tale in one way or the other. Geoff Thorne uses this archetype quite wondrously in the fourth chapter to his book, Sist3rs.

We find Izzy being comforted by Para, as her paranoia sets in leaving Ruul to fight against the fire monster. As we find out a bit of Ruul’s backstory, how she was a misunderstood orphan with extraordinary powers and is rescued by a skilled female warrior. Eventually, Ruul defeats the monster rendering it almost lifeless. By the issue’s end, Para discovers the monster is a bit more than it looks; it is an actual man under that.

Overall, an excellent fourth issue that endears the reader to three protagonists. The story by Thorne is enthralling. The art by Thorne is stylish. Altogether, a story that shows heart should be a central part of all tales.

Story: Geoff Thorne Art: Geoff Thorne
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Review: Winterman Comics #3

Winterman Comics

Muscle memory to me is a fascinating thing. There may be things you have done since childhood that you automatically remember right away. I’ve seen this throughout my life in multiple situations. It’s kind of cool and kind of spooky, but nonetheless intriguing.

One time I saw in the military, where something somebody I worked with had not done something in ten years but he remembered how to do it like riding a bike. Then one time, my Dad drove to a place he had not seen in 20 something years but knew the way like it was nothing and this was before GPS. Memory recall goes with those actions, as the person remembers exactly when they last did it.  Geoff Thorne unravels our hero’s origins in the third chapter to his book, Winterman Comics.

We’re taken back to Other Country, where our hero is still in the fight with the Merk but is soon overwhelmed. . As we find Kally waking up as her younger self, naïve and untested.  Kally eventually sees her sister and her brother, who both are reticent of what has happened. By the issue’s end, we find out our hero is in some type of dream state as her present is converging with her stasis.

Overall, a great third chapter which raises the stakes for our protagonist. The story by Thorne is delightful. The art by Thorne is graceful. Altogether, a story that seeks to be unique.

Story: Geoff Thorne Art: Geoff Thorne
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Review: Shadow of the Cat #1

Shadow of the Cat

When I first read Alias, all those years ago, I thought that Brian Michael Bendis was a genius. It was one of the burgeoning titles at the just started Marvel Max. Max was an imprint from the House Of Ideas, which sought to create comics that spoke to its readers who were becoming parents, and wanted material that spoke to them. Bendis heard that call and answered, as the book traversed the superhero genre while dealing with sensitive issues like sexual trauma.

The book became the line’s most recognizable title, it also made Bendis one of the line’s most sought after storytellers. He would set off a wave where creators looked at female protagonists differently. His run inspired the show Jessica Jones which furthered his narrative as they explored many toxic relationship archetypes. Geoff Thorne introduces us to another complex female protagonist with the first chapter of his comic series Shadow Of The Cat.

We meet Kit, our female protagonist, as she training to fight blindfolded, as she relies on her muscle memory when she used to be a ballet dancer. As her senses are so quick, that she outmaneuvers her opponent, and partner, Cal. Cal, we find out, is an experienced warfighter, and gives his partner a tiny bit of leverage. By the issue’s end, Kit and Cal complete their training for the day as Kit ponders her fate.

Overall, an engaging debut issue that is pure action. The story by Thorne is absorbing. The art by Thorne is stunning. Altogether, a story that palpitates with mystery.

Story: Geoff Thorne Art: Geoff Thorne
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Review: Sist3rs #3

SIST3RS

I’ve been a fan of Alexander Dumas as long as I’ve been able to read. Many of his stories talked about valor and honor. These are attributes that many writers have tried to project onto their characters. Just like most people who read his books, I’m a fan of his Musketeers stories.

Each of the main characters brought their own savoir-faire to the stories. My favorite is The Man In The Iron Mask. When the Three Musketeers became the Four Musketeers, by adding Dartagnan, they added a whole different feel to the character dynamics. Geoff Thorne adds the third member in the third chapter to his comic series, Sist3rs.

We find Ruul and M’Para, meeting the third member of their triumvirate, Izzikay. As Ruul, vocalizes her doubts, as she senses Izakiin’s age and immaturity. Soon Izakiin would learn quickly and the three would start to sync their abilities collectively. By issue’s end, the three unearth on purpose, an ungodly evil, to test their abilities together.

Overall, a brilliant third issue that shows our three protagonists together. The story by Thorne is enticing. The art by Thorne is graceful. Altogether, this installment starts to bring the action to the story.

Story: Geoff Thorne Art: Geoff Thorne
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall:9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Review: Winterman Comics #2

Winterman Comics

When it comes to horror anthologies, some of the best are on television. The HBO adaptation of Tales from the Crypt was a prime example and oozed brilliance. Its success meant that similar revivals were possible. We soon saw the revitalization of both The Outer Limits and Tales from the Darkside.

The revitalization of the genre on television also led to some original programming. Back in the 2000s, Showtime introduced Masters Of Horror. The debut episode, Incident On and Off The Road, was especially haunting. The episode told the tale of a woman who seemed like she was destined to be a victim but we would find out she was escaping domestic abuse and would exact her vengeance. Geoff Thorne unravels some of our hero’s story while showing how her life has given her the skills to fight a new threat much like the protagonist in that Masters of Horror episode  in the second chapter to his comic, Winterman Comics

We’re taken back to Other Country, where our hero comes ot face to face with the new threat, a beast known as a Merk. As we find out how Kally trained and the weight she bears on her shoulders because of who her family is. Eventually a lesson she learned by trial and error while training becomes useful in defeating the Merk. By issue’s end, just when it seems the threat is neutralized, a bigger threat is at the gate

Overall, an excellent second issue that gives us some background on our protagonist. The story by Thorne is charming. The art by Thorne is elegant. Altogether, a story that remembers to give context fleshing out its world and characters.

Story: Geoff Thorne Art: Geoff Thorne
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Review: Winterman Comics #1

Winterman Comics

Who doesn’t like to read about new heroes, people that capture our imagination?As most heroes are simply extensions of their creators. As their imaginations lead them to some fun places. Though we have enjoyed the many different created universes throughout comics, it is alarming, the marginalization of POC creators.

The mere absence of the many creators who could have crafted worlds we would have enjoyed for years is simply sad. Even the most well known Black comic book character right now, Black Panther, was created by 2 white creators.  As we never saw the mainstream vision of Black heroes by black creators until 1993, when Milestone Comics was founded. Geoff Thorne unleashes a new universe of heroes starting with a fierce water-friendly hero in the first chapter to his book, Winterman Comics.

We are taken to a place called Other Country, where our hero is looking for some R&R. We find her in her natural habitat and spending time with old acquaintances. She finds out that her once peaceful home has come under attack from one of her neighbors forcing her into action and a search for vengeance.

Overall, a great first issue that shows heroes are also needed at home. The story by Thorne is mesmeric. The art by Thorne is graceful. Altogether, a story that boils with excitement.

Story: Geoff Thorne Art: Geoff Thorne
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall:9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Review: Sist3rs Book 2

SIST3RS

I recently wrote what some would coin a “love letter”. It’s something I haven’t done in a long time. When I was in high school it used to be so simple. Trying to catch someone’s attention was easy. Sometimes, rejection was part of the equation, a necessary but painful part of being a teenager. Getting your heart broken is only part of the equation, sometimes they feel the same way.

As you get older, the murkier the waters get, as professing your feelings to someone is not as easy. So, I wrote this letter in hopes of reciprocation but I have to accept if it is not the same for her. Geoff Thorne writes of a love in the second chapter to his webcomic, Sist3rs.

We find Ruul, sensing her husband may be in distress, walking through literal fire for him. As her husband faces a supernatural power, before Ruul and her husband understand what happening, they are changed by the deity. Both inheriting abilities only a God can bestow on a mortal being. By the issue’s end, Ruul and her husband’s love for each other are what overwhelms the deity and they absorb his powers.

Overall, an excellent second issue that gives perspective on how Ruul gained her powers. The story by Thorne is beguiling. The art by Thorne is elegant. Altogether, a story that illustrates the beauty of true love.

Story: Geoff Thorne Art: Geoff Thorne
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Review: Sist3rs Book 1

SIST3RS #1

When one thinks of monsters, you also think of the ones who vanquish them. For Dracula, it’s Van Helsing, which was last seen in the BBC Netflix co-production. It offered, under Steven Moffett’s deft guidance, a relatable yet fierce version of Van Helsing. It also provided an almost infallible version of Dracula, who ultimately gets outwitted by this version of Van Helsing. This is one of the most popular and most prominent examples of this archetype.

It has translated to comics, in both relationships at DC between villain and hero, Batman & Joker, and Superman & Lex Luthor.  What I find confounding is the lack of monster hunters that are POC, which is why I was so glad when I read David Walker, Chuck Brown, and Sanford Greene’s masterpiece Bitter Root. It’s about a Black family who just so happens to be monster hunters. The book added another set of protagonists who were complex and relatable. Geoff Thorne also has ventured to add to the canon with his book, Sist3rs.

We meet Ruul, a young woman growing up in an Afrikan village, who has just gotten married, and whose husband must go through a trial that all young men in their village undergo. As her husband departs for his trial, Ruul, looks as he leaves with sorrow. As in this rite of passage, he must fight for life and to a certain extent, temptation, as his true nature will determine whether or not he passes. By the issue’s end, Ruul also succumbs to true nature, as she raises shield and spear to fight for her husband.

Overall, a powerful debut issue that introduces one of the protagonists and the moment she becomes what she was always meant to be. The story by Thorne is enthralling. The art by Thorne is gorgeous. Altogether, a story I definitely cannot wait to continue.

Story: Geoff Thorne Art: Geoff Thorne
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

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