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Review: Suicide Jockeys #1

Suicide Jockeys #1

Ten years after a catastrophic mission gone wrong, Denver Wallace, leader of the Suicide Jockeys – a poor, usually drunken, almost certainly mentally ill crew of monster-fighting, tank-and-aircraft-piloting suckers – must pick himself up off of the proverbial and literal floors, slap his estranged, desperately-fractured team back together and right what once went wrong.

I’ve been meaning to write this for awhile, but life has a way of keeping me busier than I intended. Regardless, by the time I finally got a chance to finish the review for the first issue, I realized that far too much time had passed and the second issue previews hit my inbox.

Suicide Jockeys #1 sets the stage and introduced you to the world of Suicide Jockeys, explaining the relationships ruined over the years while making sure to show you exactly what is involved in being a suicide jockey. The comic was very enjoyable, and left me hanging for the second issue. Honestly, that was the only drawback of the first issue, is that other than fleshing out the characters and their motivations, the plot didn’t advance much beyond the preview text.

That minor drawback aside, however, the comic explores the other side of heroes once the spotlight shifts away for whatever reason and the hero – whether that’s famous sports people, actors or even the super kind – is left without any real way of supporting them. Rylend Grant really captures feeling of being a down and out has been whilst flashing back to the glory days; this expositional flashback moments really serve to underline just how far Bruce Willis look alike Denver Wallace has fallen (while your mileage may vary, I loved the look of Wallace, and his likeness to Bruce Willis helped me get to know the character a little more as I heard his voice when Wallace was talking. Intentional or not, it was a fantastic way for the character to worm his way into my mind.

Davi Leon Dias and Iwan Joko Triyono, artist and colourist respectively, are joined by letterer Hde for the first issue (and likely beyond). The visual side of the creative team deliver everything you want from a comic set against a backdrop of monsters verses machines (the fact that it has taken me this long to bring the monster vs machine up should tell you how enthralling the personal drama of the comic is).

It has taken me far too long to review Suicide Jockeys #1, but with any luck you’ll be able to find the first two issues on the racks at your LCS. This is a really interesting comics and the debut leaves me excited for the second issue.

Story: Rylen Grant Art: Davi Leon Dias
Color: Iwan Joko Triyono Letterer: Hde
Story: 8.7 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.6 Recommendation: Buy

Source Point Press provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


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Preview: Suicide Jockeys #2

Suicide Jockeys #2

(W) Rylend Grant (A) Iwan Joko Triyono (CA) Edson Ferreira (A/CA) Davi Leon Dias
In Shops: Sep 29, 2021
SRP: $3.99

After learning that his lost love might be still be alive, adrift somewhere in the vast ocean of space and time, Denver Wallace must convince his estranged team to set aside years of bad blood, saddle up, and bring her back home. Also, there’s a pretty funny reality show subplot, a panel where a dog takes a massive dump, and you know… plenty of cool monster-fighting stuff.

Suicide Jockeys #2

Strap in for Tokusatsu Action with Suicide Jockeys from Rylend Grant and Source Point Press

Ten years after a catastrophic mission gone wrong, Denver Wallace, leader of the Suicide Jockeys – a poor, usually drunken, almost certainly mentally ill crew of monster-fighting, tank-and-aircraft-piloting suckers – must pick himself up off of the proverbial and literal floors, slap his estranged, desperately-fractured team back together and right what once went wrong.

Creator Rylend Grant describes Suicide Jockeys as diverse cast Tokusatsu for the contemporary action movie fan. It’s essentially Voltron meets The Fast and the Furious… with an extra dollop of heart and soul.

Grant reteams with artist Davi Leon Dias, colorist Iwan Joko Triyono, letterer HdE, and producer RJ Hendricks, all of whom helped bring the Ringo award-winning political action thriller Aberrant to life. Aberrant is being developed for television by 24 & Felicity Executive Producer Tony Krantz.

Suicide Jockeys is a Tokusatsu comic through and through. Inspired by classic Japanese action television like Ultraman and Super Sentai, Grant teamed with Toku Expert Brad Warner, who previously worked for over a decade in Japan as an executive for Tsuburaya Productions.

Suicide Jockeys will also feature variant covers from Fabio Alves and Edson Ferreira who were both nominated for Ringo awards for their work on Grant’s much-lauded superhero noir Banjax. Banjax made a dozen critics ten-best lists in 2019 and was nominated for a total of 4 Ringo Awards.

Suicide Jockeys #1 will be available in comic shops and online at sourcepointpress.com on Wednesday, August 25, 2021.

The Peacekeepers is a Twisted Comic Book Love Letter to Crime Dramas

Out now on Kickstarter, The Peacekeepers is a brooding and decidedly wicked crime drama that pulls no punches, that suffers no fools, that repeatedly gets knocked down, but always gets back up again with a smile. It’s an utterly treacherous comic dance.

All hell breaks loose in quaint a northern Michigan community when a team of in-over-their- heads bank robbers kills a beloved Sheriff’s Deputy. In a small town with BIG secrets, local detective Richard Holton races to peel back the layers of a depraved down-home conspiracy before the bungling Federal Agents assigned to the case send everyone involved to ground.

The Peacekeeper is by writer Rylend Grant, artist Davi Leon Dias, colorist Iwan Joko Triyono, and letterer HdE… the same twisted team that brought you 10 rip-roaring issues of Action Lab: Danger Zone’s critically-lauded political action thriller Aberrant. That comic is being developed for television by 24 & Felicity Executive Producer Tony Krantz.

This isn’t Grant’s first Kickstarter campaign. He raised over $15,000 back in July with a high concept sci-fi thriller titled The Jump. This Kickstarter campaign has already passed its goal guaranteeing it will be funded. You can chip in $5 for PDFs of Grant’s past work and $10 gets you the first two issues of The Peacekeepers. $20 will get you the print edition. Other pledges include variants, signed comics, original art, and more. The campaign ends on November 19.

The Peacekeepers

Review: White Savior: The Comic Book Spook #1

White Savior: The Comic Book Spook #1

True history and what the world teaches us are often at conflict. In a world where war is commonplace, the victor tells the story. This creates a problem as we find stories promulgated by the ruling class while those who challenged those in power become vilified. The most prominent example being Hannibal, who had the Roman Empire shaking from the threat of his might and his threat to their existence. To this day, his storied tales are rarely told in schools where they teach world history and his people’s genocide, is met with skepticism at the mention of most.

Another story where whitewashing had been commonplace is the story of Magellan and his visit to the Philippines. The reckless explorer as the hero in Elcan Magellan, and the man who killed him, Lapu Lapu, is a dangerous native, even a villain. The movie, like Last Samurai and Dances With Wolves, propel the White Savior syndrome, something that disgraces most stories about people of color. In the debut issue of White Savior – The Comic Book Spoof, we find a protagonist who soon finds out one story he was told as a child is not completely true.

A grandfather recounts a story about a white man, Nathan Garin, who leads a group of warriors into certain doom. It’s a story he has told his grandson, Todd Parker, a hundred times. As an adult, his reticence for the story has only become ever-present.  Todd’s grandfather assures him that this story is true and that his being a history teacher is important to why he should teach it, as in his grandfather’s mind, it’s all true. The story shifts to feudal Japan, where the Akuna Clan is at war and where Todd is suddenly transported. From there, his grandfather’s story and reality clash.

Overall, a fresh take on the time travel parody. It challenges stereotypes, presents realistic people of color, and still feels groundbreaking. The story by Eric Nguyen and Scott Burman is exhilarating, perceptive, and captivating. The art by the creative team is magnificent. Altogether, a story that feels like a cross between Back To The Future and Real Genius, both irreverent and pertinent.

Story: Eric Nguyen and Scott Burman
Art: Eric Nguyen, Micah Meyers,
and Iwan Joko Triyono
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

Preview: Aberrant Season 2 TPB

ABERRANT SEASON 2 TPB

Writer(s): Rylend Grant
Artist Name(s): Davi Leon Dias (Artist), Iwan Joko Triyono (Colorist), HdE (Letterer)
Cover Artist(s): Davi Leon Dias (Artist), Iwan Joko Triyono (Colorist)
160 pgs./ M / FC
$14.99

The follow-up to the critically acclaimed first season! A U.S. Army Special Operations Commander must team with the man he hates most in this world – a wildly eccentric, usually very drunken, former superhero – to bring down the renegade General responsible for the deaths of his unit.

ABERRANT SEASON 2 TPB

Preview: Aberrant Season 2 #5

ABERRANT SEASON 2 #5

Writer(s): Rylend Grant
Artist Name(s): Davi Leon Dias (Artist), Iwan Joko Triyono (Colorist), HdE (Letterer)
Cover Artist(s): Davi Leon Dias (Artist), Iwan Joko Triyono (Colorist)
***Same artists for both the regular and the Live or Die?/Karate Kid 2 variant covers.
32 pgs./ M / FC
$3.99

CHAPTER 5: END OF THE ROAD. The whole twisted 10-issue symphony comes to a rousing, cacophonous crescendo. David races to stop Cordrey from making a deal that would gravely affect the balance of power in the world. Garret takes an ugly ride on CON AIR. Rook has a teary-eyed reunion with his beloved parrot, acquires a cracking new pet fish, and then he leaps from a C-130 without a parachute. Although we’ve come… to the end of the road… still I can’t let go…

ABERRANT SEASON 2 #5

Preview: Aberrant Volume 1

ABERRANT VOLUME 1

Writer(s): Rylend Grant
Artist Name(s): Davi Leon Dias (Artist), Iwan Joko Triyono (Colorist), HdE (Letterer)
Cover Artist(s): Davi Leon Dias (Artist), Iwan Joko Triyono (Colorist)
160 pgs./ M / FC
$14.99

David, a U.S. Army Special Operations Commander, distraught after losing his entire unit to a superhuman attack, wages an absolutely brutal one-man war on the eccentric billionaire and former superhero, Lance Cordrey, whom he believes is ultimately responsible. That is until Nelson Little, the head of a clandestine paramilitary outfit called Article 13, presents David with evidence that Cordrey may be a patsy, and David’s men were killed as part of a vast and twisted government/military conspiracy. Armed with this new information, David must dismantle the machine of said conspiracy piece by human piece while coming to terms with his own mysteriously emerging superpowers and wrestling with sincere doubts about Little’s trustworthiness.

Preview: Aberrant Season 2 #2

ABERRANT SEASON 2 #2

Writer(s): Rylend Grant
Artist Name(s): Davi Leon Dias (Artist), Iwan Joko Triyono (Colorist), HdE (Letterer)
Cover Artist(s): Davi Leon Dias (Artist), Iwan Joko Triyono (Colorist)
***Same artists for both the regular/Point Break and “Fuckface” variant covers.
32 pgs./ M / FC
$3.99

CHAPTER 2: THE BALLAD OF COLBRENNER AND CORDREY.
As the freshly-chummy David and Cordrey drink, fight, and fornicate their way through South America in search of a top secret NORCO base, we get a fascinatingly twisted peek at Rook’s home life. And if you’re all good little boys and girls, we may just finally give you a peek behind the whole wicked conspiracy curtain…

ABERRANT SEASON 2 #2

Preview: Aberrant Season 2 #1

ABERRANT SEASON 2 #1

Writer(s): Rylend Grant
Artist Name(s): Davi Leon Dias (Artist), Iwan Joko Triyono (Colorist), HdE (Letterer)
Cover Artist(s): Davi Leon Dias (Artist), Iwan Joko Triyono (Colorist)
***Same for both regular and variant cover.
32 pgs./ M / FC
$3.99

CHAPTER 1: I NEED A HERO. As a wholly new and delightfully twisted story arc begins, David is forced to team with the man he hates most (and trusts the least) to complete a key mission. Disgraced former superhero Lance Cordrey wonders if he has one last save-the-world push left in him.

ABERRANT SEASON 2 #1
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