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Preview: Jack Hammer: Usurper #2 (of 2)

JACK HAMMER: USURPER #2 (of 2)

Writer(s): Brandon Barrows
Artist Name(s): Ionic
Cover Artist(s): Ionic
32 pgs./ All Ages/ FC
$3.99

Betrayed, bloody and mad as hell, it’s Jack’s turn to go on the hunt, sucking chest wound or no. But Jack hasn’t even met the man called Usurper face-to-face and he’s already fighting for his life.With both Jack and Ramona’s lives on the line, who’ll go down for the count?

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Preview: Jack Hammer: Usurper #1 (of 2)

JACK HAMMER: USURPER #1 (OF 2)

Writer(s): Brandon Barrows
Artist Name(s): Ionic
Cover Artist(s): Ionic
32 pgs./ FC/ All Ages
$3.99

Just as things are starting to get back to normal for Jack McGriskin and friends, a new shadow falls across their path… and lands squarely on Ramona! A mystery man stalks her through the streets of Boston, but is she his target or only a means to an end?

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Preview: Jack Hammer #4 (of 4)

JACK HAMMER #4 (of 4)

Writer(s): Brandon Barrows
Artist Name(s): Ionic
Cover Artist(s): Ionic
32 pgs./Teen / FC $2.99 / $3.99 Variant

The conclusion to the “Political Science” storyline! Jack McGriskin may be down, but he’s not out. The Black Smile is confident he’s won, and that might just give Jack the edge he needs to bring one of Boston’s most-notorious killers to justice at last! But he’ll need a little help–okay, a lot of help–from his friends! Variant cover by Rafer Roberts.

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Preview: Jack Hammer #3 (of 4)

JACK HAMMER #3 (of 4)

Writer(s): Brandon Barrows
Artist Name(s): Ionic
Cover Artist(s): Ionic

With the architect of Eddie Newman’s death revealed, Jack goes on the offensive to confront the mastermind pulling the strings of Boston’s underworld and rescue Newman’s kidnapped widow. He knows the who and the how, but the questions remain: why? And does he stand a chance?

Variant cover by Des Taylor (The Trouble with Katie Rogers)

FC/ 32 pages / $2.99 standard /$3.99 Variant edition     ALL AGES

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Review: Jack Hammer #3

Part of this review originally ran in 2011 when the series was published by a different company.

JACK HAMMER 3Jack Hammer is back with a new publisher behind the detective’s adventures. Originally published by Reasonably Priced Comics, The detective meets super powers series by writer Brandon Barrows and artist Ionic has a new publisher Action Lab Entertainment as part of their “Return of the Hero” line of comics.

With the architect of Eddie Newman’s death revealed, Jack goes on the offensive to confront the mastermind pulling the strings of Boston’s underworld and rescue Newman’s kidnapped widow. He knows the who and the how, but the questions remain: why? And does he stand a chance? The protagonist Jack Hammer is still on the trail of the murder and winds up going against a villain from his past.

Much I like I thought when I originally reviewed this comic, even three years later, it’s still a nice solid read, it’s good. Sporting an entertaining mix of super heroes and a crime/noir story it hits the notes you’d expect as far as dialogue, character personalities and action.  There’s great flow to the story.

There’s also been a lot of growth over the three issues as far as the look and style of the characters, many of the nitpicking issues I had with the first issue have smoothed away and/or grown on me.  The style fits the series and makes the comic series stand out a bit.  Issues I had with things like hair are not as prevalent, as a depth that was missing at times has been added. The angles and use of panels is solid as well.

There’s one more issue to go in this volume, and it’ll be interesting to see if it still holds up over the years. I expect it’ll leave me with the same satisfied feeling I had during the first read through. Hopefully we’ll see more of Jack Hammer through Action Lab, a publisher that seems like a perfect home to him and his world.

This issue also sports an amazing variant cover by Des Taylor.

Writer: Brandon Barrows Art: Ionic
Story: 7.5 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Read

Action Lab Entertainment provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Jack Hammer #2 (of 4)

JACK HAMMER #2 (of 4)

Writer(s): Brandon Barrows
Artist Name(s): Ionic
Cover Artist(s): Ionic
FC/ 32 pgs / $2.99

Private investigator Jack McGriskin is a magnet for trouble–and this time it’s a doozy. Businessman Eddie Newman is dead and Jack has suspects, but can he make the charges stick? And more importantly, can be live long enough to? Stalked by a super-powered killer, Jack’s time is running out! Variant covers by New York Times best selling author Brett Weldele (The Surrogates) and John “Super Ugly” Williams!

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Review: Jack Hammer #1

unnamed(5)Jack Hammer is back, and this time being published by Action Lab Entertainment. The series was originally published by Reasonably Priced Comics, but under Action Lab’s “Return of the Hero” banner, the series will hopefully get the greater attention it deserves.

I reviewed this comic originally way back in January of 2011, but a few years later, and a new publisher I revisited the first issue and thus an updated review. When I first saw the title Jack Hammer: Political Science #1 I imagined a series of political intrigue that might hearken back to my days as a political science major. Instead I’m thrown for a loop as it’s a pretty entertaining detective comic with superhero elements.

In Boston, where powers are real and heroes are rare, Jack McGriskin is a private detective with a wicked right cross and a penchant for nosiness.  When a missing person he’s searching for turns up dead, he stumbles onto a web of hidden corruption and a world he thought he’d left behind!

The writing is actually very solid, to the point I want to see what comes next in the second issue. The art is a little rough, but also good. You can see a lot of potential and there’s only some minor issues I have with it.

Overall, if you like detective stories, Jack Hammer: Political Science is worth checking out because 1) you’re supporting a smaller independent publisher and 2) it’s a really good read.

Written by Brandon Barrows the story is the usual standard noir/detective story and hits all of the plot points you’d expect. Crooked people, a cop you’re not quite sure you can trust, a detective with a shady past and dames. It’s all there. But still, this is entertaining and set up in a while it doesn’t seem like a list is being checked off. The dialogue is good, some flashbacks add depth to the main character and enough is hinted at to show there’s more to come as far as character development.

The art and character design is by Ionic. The art is decent, but doesn’t quite seem finished at times. You can really see this with the hair of the characters which looks stiff and flat. You have the head design (and some times you can see the rough pencils) and then the hair is penciled in with some lines and then colored. It works, but seems a bit rough, like there’s a next step to the art that’s been skipped and depth is missing. But that’s not always the case, which is weird. But overall I liked the art.

When I first read the issue three years ago, and have re-read it, I still am. Like most noir out there, it’s not totally original, but it has personality and enough to make it stand out. If you dig a detective story with a super hero twist, pick up a copy.

Story: Brandon Barrows Art: Ionic
Story: 8 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7.75 Recommendation: Buy

Action Lab Entertainemnt provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review.

Preview: Jack Hammer #1

JACK HAMMER #1

Writer(s): Brandon Barrows
Artist Name(s): Ionic
Cover Artist(s): Ionic

In Boston, where powers are real and heroes are rare, Jack McGriskin is a private detective with a wicked right cross and a penchant for nosiness.  When a missing person he’s searching for turns up dead, he stumbles onto a web of hidden corruption and a world he thought he’d left behind!  Variant cover by Riley Rossmo (Pirate Cowboy Ninja, Green Wake)!

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Action Lab Entertainment to release 200 Page Digital FCBD Book!

On May 5, 2012 Action Lab Entertainment is going “Confidential.”

This Free Comic Book Day sees the release of Action Lab Confidential; a 200 page Free Comic Book Day digital download on sites such as Graphicly, Comics+, Drive Thru Comics and additional digital outlets.

Action Lab Entertainment, best known for the indie smash-hit comic book Princeless and the soon to be released Double Jumpers wants to give readers the opportunity to read extended previews of their entire catalog of comics and original graphic novels, including some titles that have yet to hit the shelves.

The goal is to continue to get readers excited in what Action Lab Entertainment has to offer with its diverse lineup of books, ranging from all-ages to mature readers. After reading this FREE 200 page monster you’ll want to rush to your local comic shop or digital tablet and demand for more Action Lab comics!

The following titles are featured in Action Lab Confidential:

Princeless – By Jeremy Whitley & Goodwin

Double Jumpers – By Dave Dwonch & Bill Blankenship

Jetta: Tales of the Toshigawa – By Martheus Wade

Fracture – By Shawn Gabborin & Chad Cicconi

Globworld – By Jeremy Whitley & Andrew Charipar

Snowed In – By Shawn Gabborin & Rick Lundeen

Back In the Day – By Dave Dwonch & Daniel J Logan

Monsters Are Just Like Us – By Superugly

Exo-1 & the Rocksolid Steelbots – By Shawn Pryor, Adam Besenyodi & Daniel J Logan

Space Time Condominium – By Dave Dwonch

Jack Hammer – By Brandon Barrows & Ionic

It also features a front cover by the talented Rusty Shackles!

200 Pages. And it’s FREE!

So this Free Comic Book Day, after you finish your journey to your comic book store, stop by Graphicly, Comics+, or the additional Action Lab Entertainment digital outlets and download your copy of Action Lab Confidential!

ABOUT ACTION LAB ENTERTAINMENT

Action Lab Entertainment was founded in 2010 by a group of indie-maverick comic creators with the sole intent to bring the world the most action packed, most thought-provoking, most entertaining comics available, thereby ushering in a new age of world peace under the dominating, yet benign control of the Action Lab. Action Lab Entertainment is the public front for all the activities of the Action Lab and its members. Although most of the Action Lab’s activities remain classified, Action Lab Entertainment can disclose that two of its many functions are the marketing of comic books through various sales outlets, and the expansion of their domination into other mediums.

Don’t Sleep On The Hammer. Jack Hammer: Political Science From Action Lab Entertainment

Jack McGriskin is a private detective with a strong right arm and a penchant for sticking his nose into other people’s problems.

When a missing person he’s been hired to find turns up dead, he stumbles onto a network of corruption stretching from the streets of Boston to the halls of Congress itself, and the trail takes him back into a world he left behind…

Murder, mystery, superhuman beings and so much more can be found in Jack Hammer: Political Science. The independent comic series by the team of Brandon Barrows and Ionic receives its first ever completed collected edition, courtesy of Action Lab Entertainment.

Jack Hammer: Political Science is now available for pre-order (Diamond Order Code APR120744) with a June 2012 release in comic book shops, and will also be available via Graphicly, Comics Plus (iVerse), Kindle, Kobo, Nook, the Apple Bookstore, Google Books and additional digital distribution outlets.

Ain’t It Cool News calls Jack Hammer “A fun, genre twisting tale… Barrows and Ionic have created something which can stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the mainstream fare…”

Comix Tribe says that Jack Hammer has “Intriguing character work and the art is incredible.”

Don’t sleep on the Hammer. Jack Hammer. Coming to a store near you this June.

ABOUT ACTION LAB ENTERTAINMENT

Action Lab Entertainment was founded in 2010 by a group of indie-maverick comic creators with the sole intent to bring the world the most action packed, most thought-provoking, most entertaining comics available, thereby ushering in a new age of world peace under the dominating, yet benign control of the Action Lab. Action Lab Entertainment is the public front for all the activities of the Action Lab and its members. Although most of the Action Lab’s activities remain classified, Action Lab Entertainment can disclose that two of its many functions are the marketing of comic books through various sales outlets, and the expansion of their domination into other mediums.

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