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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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Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Hacktivist_001_rev_Page_1It’s new comic book day tomorrow and while there’s a lot of fantastic releases, particularly not by the big two, we’ve slimmed down the massive list to 10 comics for you to check out. This week, I’m flying solo for the top choices, so here’s what I look forward to this week.

Top Pick: Hacktivist #1 (Archaia/BOOM! Studios) – I’ve been looking forward to this series debut since it was announced at last year’s San Diego Comic-Con. Two of the world’s top tech industry leaders are also hacktivists during their free time. This look at politics in a technology age should be interesting.

All-New Invaders #1 (Marvel) – Marvel’s original super hero team is back to deal with a danger in the modern age.

Bo Plushy Gangsta #1 (Action Lab) – The images I’ve seen for this new series puts it on the list. A foul mouthed teddy bear is just too awesome to not check out and I recommend you do too.

Deadly Class #1 (Image Comics) – Rick Remender’s name is on this series. That alone makes it a pick for me. This deadliest school where the next generation of assassins sounds a lot like another Image series, Five Weapons, Remender’s name on it will make it stand out.

Hawkeye #16 (Marvel) – The fact this series topped numerous “best of” lists last year should be reason enough for you to check it out.

Henry and Glenn Forever and Ever #3 – From Microcosm Publishing, I found out about this series at last year’s SPX. Subversive and awesome, the series has two guys who look a lot like Glenn Danzig and Henry Rollins and they’re much closer than band mates.

Jack Hammer #1 (Action Lab) – Great detective action from a solid independent publisher.

Mind MGMT #18 (Dark Horse) – Another series that was on a lot of “best of” lists last year. This is a series you’re probably best starting from the beginning and it is worth it.

Scribblenauts Unmasked: Crisis of Imagination #1 (DC Comics) – I love the Scribblenauts video game series. The fact this mixes that with DC characters makes it more awesome.

The X-Files: Conspiracy: Ghostbusters #1 (IDW Publishing) – The first issue of this series which has the Lone Gunmen looking at the various phenomenon in the IDW universe is amazing.

Action Lab in March 2014

BO, PLUSHY GANSTA #2 (Bi-Monthly)

Writer(s): Pavel Balabanov
Artist Name(s): Pavel Balabanov
Cover Artist(s): Pavel Balabanov
Variant cover: Pavel Balabanov

After clashing with the “Roswell” gang, Bo lies in a coma. Now it’s up to his posse to help him fight back from limbo to finish the job of taking out the next big boss, Serpent (a.k.a. Puppet Master). It’s plushy teddy vs. alien mutant gang warfare… can you dig it!?

Bo Plushy is like Ted meets Scarface in Vice City video game combat!

28 pages/ Mature Readers  /FC $3.99

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FRACTURE VOL.2 #4 (of 4)

Writer(s): Shawn Gabborin
Artist Name(s): Chad Cicconi (p/i), Bill Blankenship (c)
Cover Artist(s): Chad Cicconi (p/i), Bill Blankenship (c)

In this climactic last installment of the newest arc of FRACTURE, the city of Triton is held hostage by the Society of Thorns and its minions, while Virtue fights Jeff for control of their shared existence. An unexpected ally joins the battle with disastrous consequences, leading to a final shocking twist.

Variant cover by Dark Horse Comics (Athena Voltaire) creator Steve Bryant!

32 pages/ Rated PG/ FC $2.99

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GHOST TOWN VOL.1 TPB

Writer(s): Ryan Lindsay, Dave Dwonch
Artist Name(s): Daniel Logan, Justin Greenwood
Cover Artist(s): Justin Greenwood

Collecting the hit series’ first arc.

The unthinkable has happened. In the wake of time displaced terrorist attacks on Baltimore and Las Vegas, Washington DC has been evacuated. With the government uprooted, the abandoned Capital has become a refuge for bandits, smugglers, hardened criminals and those who have chosen to stay behind in this pre-apocalyptic Ghost Town.

116 pages/ Mature Readers/ FC $11.99

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JACK HAMMER #3 (0f 4)

Writer(s): Brandon Barrows
Artist Name(s): Ionic
Cover Artist(s): Ionic
Variant Cover9s0 Des Taylor

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 pop art Superstar Des Taylor (The Trouble with Katie Rogers)

32 pages/ All Ages/ FC $2.99

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PRINCELESS ENCORE EDITION TPB

Writer(s): Jeremy Whitley
Artist Name(s): M. Goodwin
Cover Artist(s): M. Goodwin

The 2011 Eisner Award nominated series is collected in a brand new printing.

Adrienne Ashe never wanted to be a princess. She hates fancy dinners, is uncomfortable in lavish dresses, and has never wanted to wait on someone else to save her. However, on the night of her 16th birthday her parents, the King and Queen, locked her away in a tower guarded by a dragon to await the rescue of some handsome prince. Now Adrienne has decided to take matters into her own hands! Come join the Eisner-nominated team of Jeremy Whitley and M. Goodwin for a tale of swashbuckling in the face of sexism. Princeless is the action adventure for the girl who’s tired of waiting to be rescued and ready to save herself.

128 pages/ All Ages/ FC $11.99

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PRINCELESS VOL.2: GET OVER YOURSELF TPB

Writer(s): Jeremy Whitley
Artist Name(s): Emily Martin
Cover Artist(s): Emily Martin

Offered again! A new collection of the adventures of everyone’s favorite runaway princess, the incomparable Adrienne. This time she’s out to rescue her older sister Angelica, the most beautiful princess in the world. It won’t be easy though. Not only does Adrienne have to deal with Angelica’s legions of admirers and their sibling rivalry, but the King has hired a band of ruthless mercenaries to track her down. Can she save Angelica? Does she want to? And how willshe deal with these deadly knights who are after her head?

128 pages/ All Ages/ FC $14.99

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SKYWARD #9 (Monthly)

Writer(s): Jeremy Dale
Artist Name(s): Jeremy Dale
Cover Artist(s): Jeremy Dale

All-out war! Three Rivers is under attack by Herod’s armies, and it may just beup to Quinn, Abigail, and the Rabites to save the city from certain destruction! But wait…who rides on the horizon? Plus: A HUGE REVELATION you won’t see coming– not to be missed! THE SMASH HIT SERIES CONTINUES! From rising star creator Jeremy Dale (GI Joe, Marvel Kapow!), this issue also features a stellar homage RETAILER INCENTIVE variant cover by Gene Ha (Top Ten, Action Comics)!

32 pages/ All Ages/ FC $3.99

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SKYWARD VOL.2: STRANGE CREATURES

Writer(s): Jeremy Dale
Artist Name(s): Jeremy Dale
Cover Artist(s): Jeremy Dale

Jeremy Dale and Action Lab proudly present the second volume of the runaway hit action-fantasy, Skyward! New, curious allies and strange, twisted enemies emerge as Quinn runs headfirst into a conflict that’s bigger than he ever dreamed possible. Who will catch up to our young hero? Enter… The savage Rabites! Or will it be Skerrigan who ends our hero’s journey? Continuing the series that TMStash lauds as “…Breathtaking. You won’t be able to put this down!” Thrill to the fantastic storybook adventure from Jeremy Dale (G.I. Joe, Marvel Kapow!), following the exciting tale of Quinn and his dog, Jack– left orphaned by an invasion of his homeland. Collects Skyward #4-6, as well as the critically-acclaimed Halloween Comicfest 2013 short story, “Into the Grim.

96 pages/ All Ages/ FC $8.99

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Feel the Love..Ugly Love…

When you think of February, ones thoughts automatically go to flights of fancy as lovers of all ages celebrate Valentines Day. But, at Action Lab Entertainment their thoughts go to thoughts of eclectic, original and jaw dropping comic book entertainment. To help celebrate all things love, Action Lab has enlisted the help of cartoonist and writer John “Super Ugly” Williams. Super Ugly will be the featured variant cover artist on six Action Lab titles through the month of February.

An artist who works in a world of round monsters and strange creatures, Super Ugly is the creator of Monsters Are Just Like Us and the upcoming Action Lab release, Atomic Fred, as well as publishing Check Please! A Collection of Art on Guest Checks.  A man of many talents, Super Ugly hosts a podcast, The Geek Savants, and has released music and toured with his band Unified School District.

Ugly Love” month is about finding a different kind of love. Sometimes strange, and probably in the background, but always real and passionate.” said Super Ugly “This month at Action Lab “Ugly” is the new “romantic”.

Super Ugly’s brand of romantic expression will be featured on Final Plague #5, Skyward #8, Jack Hammer #2, Fracture #3, Princeless Encore Edition #4, and Zombie Tramp #3!

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Action Lab Entertainment in February 2014

EHMM THEORY VOL.1TPB

Writer(s): Brockton McKinney
Artist Name(s): Larkin Ford, (colors – Jason Strutz)
Cover Artist(s): Larkin Ford

Gabriel Ehmm was doing just fine until the morning he woke up… dead! Now, along with his talking kitten, Mr. Whispers, the two begin the wildest ride of their un-lives. Ehmm Theory Volume One collects the critically acclaimed mind-melting adventure that features all that plus pint-sized zombie clowns, giant cybernetic crustaceans, and a super-team of the bizarre!

Special Notes: Collects the first four critically-acclaimed (Fangoria, Aint It Cool News) issues of the break-out hit series.

112 pages/ Rated Mature $9.99

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THE FINAL PLAGUE #5 (of 5)

Writer(s): JD Arnold
Artist Name(s): Tony Guaraldi-Brown
Cover Artist(s): Tony Guaraldi-Brown

1 in 5 variant ratio variant: John (Super Ugly) Williams

As the opening arc comes to close, can Drs Stohr and Friedman escape the overrun facility at Lakehurst? Will the Michaels be forced from their family farm? And a major character falls! The end is just the beginning for this zombie animal epic!

Special Notes: Features the series’ first variant cover, part of Action Lab’s Ugly Love variant cover month.

32 pages/ Rated Mature $2.99

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FRACTURE VOL.2 # 3 (of 4)

Writer(s): Shawn Gabborin
Artist Name(s): Chad Cicconi (p/i), Bill Blankenship (c)
Cover Artist(s): Chad Cicconi (p/i), Bill Blankenship (c)

1 in 5 variant cover by John “super Ugly” Williams. 1 in 5 variant cover by Bill Blankenship.

In this penultimate issue of FRACTURE volume 2, the path of Virtue takes unexpected turns, and the troubles of Jeff and his alter-egos ensnare unintended victims. Jeff seeks help yet again from the dubious Doctor Atomic, and an electrifying secret is revealed!

Variant covers by Bill Blankenship (Double Jumpers) and John “Super Ugly” Williams celebrating Ugly Love month!

32 pages/ Rated PG $2.99

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JACK HAMMER #2 (of 4)

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

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 Brett Weldele (The Surrogates) and John “Super Ugly” Williams!

1 in 5 variant cover by Brett Weldele
1 in 5 “Ugly Love” variant cover by John “Super Ugly” Williams

32 pages/ All Ages $2.99

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MOLLY DANGER: BOOK ONE HC

Writer(s): Jamal Igle
Artist Name(s): Jamal Igle (p), Juan Castro (i), Romulo Farjardo Jr. (c)
Cover Artist(s): Jamal Igle (p), Juan Castro (i), Romulo Farjardo Jr. (c)

OFFERED AGAIN! She’s the hero you’ve been waiting for! Eternally child-like and inhumanly strong, Molly Danger has protected the citizens of the once sleepy town of Coopersville, New York for the past 20 years from the terror of the sinister Supermechs. But what secrets from her past threaten to destroy everything she holds dear when new D.A.R.T. recruit Austin Briggs becomes her pilot?

  • Written and drawn by Inkpot award winner Jamal Igle (Supergirl, KISS, G.I.Joe)
  • All ages action adventure
  • Great for fans of Ben 10, The Powerpuff girls and Cardcaptor Sakura

48 pages/ All Ages $19.99 9″x12″ Hardcover Album

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PIRATE EYE VOL.1 TPB

Writer(s): Josiah Grahn
Artist Name(s): Carl Yonder
Cover Artist(s): Carl Yonder

Once a pirate with a keen eye for finding wealth in unlikely places, Smitty now lives exiled from the sea. Landlocked, he has carved out a new niche as a “finder,” a man who, for a price, will utilize the same skills that served him as a treasure-hunting scoundrel to unearth any item, person, or secret. As his reputation and caseload swell, Smitty must contend with the gangster who all but rules his new hometown, a dangerous collection of local brigands and politicians, and the pall of threats from old enemies. Through it all his focus on what he values most-his own success-never wavers. Though his circumstances have changed, in his chest still beats the heart of a pirate!

Special Notes: Collects the first four issues of the quarterly Pirate Eye comic. An all-new cover!

128 pages/ Rated PG $11.99

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PRINCELESS ENCORE EDITION # 4 (of 4)

Writer(s): Jeremy Whitley
Artist Name(s): M. Goodwin
Cover Artist(s): M. Goodwin

Be there for the epic conclusion of the first Princeless story! Adrienne and Bedelia are in deep trouble with the city guards, but they’re not about to back down! Fisticuffs will be had! Hijinks will ensue! Stereotypes will be challenged! Princeless! Variant “Ugly Love” cover by John “Super Ugly” Williams! 1 in 5 variant cover by John “Super Ugly” Williams

32 pages/ All Ages $2.99

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SKYWARD #8

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Writer(s): Jeremy Dale
Artist Name(s): Jeremy Dale
Cover Artist(s): Chris Giarrusso

The Runaway hit series continues! At last, the decision is made…WAR! From rising star creator Jeremy Dale (GI Joe, Marvel Kapow!), this issue also features a stellar homage

RETAILER INCENTIVE variant cover by Chris Giarrusso (G-Man, Mini Marvels)!

32 pages/ All Ages $3.99

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ZOMBIE TRAMP #3 (of 4)

Writer(s): Dan Mendoza
Artist Name(s): Dan Mendoza
Cover Artist(s): Dan Mendoza
1 in 5 variant ratio variant: John (Super Ugly) Williams
1 in 5 incentive cover / nude variant: Pavel Balabanov

Janey’s zombie powers continue to evolve, while the passenger body count continues to rise, as the Taint Train of Terror chugs on! It’s an express ride of sex, gore, and cartoon grindhouse mayhem! Comes with 3 covers: regular cover by series artist Dan Mendoza, Ugly Love variant cover by Super Ugly, and “nude” incentive cover by Pavel Balabanov (Bo Plushy Gangsta).

Special Notes: Comes with 3 covers, regular cover by series artist Dan Mendoza, Ugly Love variant cover, and “nude” incentive cover by Pavel Balabanov (Bo Plushy Gangsta).

28 pages/ Rated Mature $2.99

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SDCC 2013: Action Lab Takes on Superheroes and More

ACTIONLAB_LOGOAction Lab Entertainment stormed San Diego Comic-Con 2013 with their first ever panel and announced not only a number of its upcoming new releases for late 2013 and into 2014, but also its launching of the “Return of the Hero”—a number of titles intended at pushing the boundaries of what a superhero story can be.

At the Saturday evening panel, the Action Lab’s top staff showed the audience a presentation featuring highlights of its future projects. The publisher also brought out many creators from its growing stable of creator-owned talent, including name talent from comics, toys, and other media, to share about their exciting new works!

For all-ages readers, the Eisner-nominated Princeless returns, beginning with an encore release of the original mini-series followed immediately by two new four-issue story arcs.  The first issue of the Princeless Encore Edition will be priced at an introductory-friendly $1.00, and will release in November, with future releases arriving in stores monthly.

Previewed next was Vamplets, based on the toy line created by Gayle Middleton, who played a large role in the redesign of My Little Pony and The Littlest Pet Shop.  These oversized 48-page hardcovers, released two or three times a year, tell the story of a human girl who gets talked into running the Nightmare Nursery for little monsters.  The first hardcover launches in October.

Eisner Award-winner Lea Hernandez’s The Garlicks, also an all-ages “little monster” tale, gets a similar oversized hardcover treatment.  The Garlicks is about a non-traditional vampire family and the daughter who wants to draw graphic novels, and debuts in January.

Action Lab also announced the launching of a number of superhero-related books, and used the theme Return of the Hero to connect them. The idea behind the ‘return of the hero’ is that the publisher wants to put a new spin on the superhero title—they want to give readers the genre in a way they have never seen before.

The Return of the Hero begins with the launch of Jamal Igle’s Molly Danger, a 48-page oversized hardcover graphic novel that tells the tale of a ten-year old girl with amazing powers including, apparently, the ability to stay ten years old forever.  Other titles include: Jack Hammer, a superhero who doesn’t quite cut the mustard and thus becomes a private investigator who deals with superhero crimes; The First Hero, morality tale where a man becomes a hero in a world filled with villains; and the launch, in December, of volume 2 of Fracture, about a hero with multiple identities, some of which he can’t control.

DANGERZONE_LOGO_FINALAction Lab also previewed plans for its mature readers line, Danger Zone.  Phase Two of the Danger Zone line begins with a new volume of the popular Zombie Tramp by Dan MendozaZombie Tramp moved to Action Lab from its prior life at Super Real Graphics when SRG’s Jason Martin joined Action Lab to lead its Danger Zone brand.  Zombie Tramp V2 #1 releases in October.

Danger Zone also showed off Bo Plushy Gangsta, a tale of a gang boss who becomes the victim of a voodoo curse and is turned into a cuddly teddy bear, but retains his lethal personality. Created by a Russian video game artist, Bo’s wild concept is equally matched by its amazing visuals, and will hit shelves starting in January 2014.

One title that the panel audience seemed to embrace instantly was the quirky Itty Bitty Bunnies in Rainbow Pixie Candy Land, by Australian cartoonist Dean Rankine, touted by Action Lab as “the foulest comic you will ever read.” Danger Zone president Jason Martin explained, “It’s basically Adventure Time by way of Freak Brothers!” It is scheduled for early 2014 release.

Other 2014 Danger Zone titles include Scum of the Earth, advertised as “southern-friend grindhouse with a twist”, and Crimson Society, featuring a man, infected with lycanthropy, in a near-future world that puts a new spin on monster archetypes.

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.

RP Comics Review – Science #1, Jack Hammer: Political Science #3, Reasonable Priced Comics #2 and #3

Science #1

Science! CoverRP Comic’s latest entry into their anthologies, the comic lives up to its name and focuses on science fiction.  Five stories all too varying quality but overall a solid collection.

Surefire Means follows a crashed spaceship’s two remaining members and the one way to escape.  The story telling is great and the ending just caught me off guard.

Yours, Mine and Ours is the second entry and follows a squabbling couple on a remote base in space.  There’s some great humor here and has a nice Twilight Zone feel to it.

A Place in History, two explorers are caught underground in a cave.  The story is ok, and the twist is somewhat M. Night Shamalan.  I’m not quite sure it fits into the theme, but is a decent short story.

R-Net is another good Twilight Zone type story following a man who wants to take down a corporation.  He has a device that’ll allow him to do it over and over if he fails.  So what happens when he confronts the evil corporate head?

Lateral Murder is a murder mystery with detectives trying to figure out how someone was killed in a society that doesn’t allow murders.

All of the stories are good, some are in fact great.  RP Comics is a company that should definitely get your attention, as this issue shows, they do quality.

Writer: Brandon Barrows, Ted Woods, Jay Townsend, Martin Brandt II Art: Joel Cotejar, Ted Woods, Rowel Roque, Jay Townsend, Ionic Publisher: Reasonably Priced Comics

Story: 8 Art: 8 Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy

Jack Hammer: Political  Science #3

Jack Hammer: Political Science #3The third in a four part limited series.  The protagonist Jack Hammer is still on the trail of the murder and winds up going against a villain from his past.  The series is good.  It’s an entertaining mix of super heroes and a crime story and the dialogue of the characters, action of the story are all great.  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.  It’s grown into its own and the style has grown on me.  Hair stands out a bit more which adds a bit of  depth to the characters (this was a problem in earlier issues).  The angles and use of panels is solid as well.

But with one more issue to go, we’ll see how the overall story holds up.  The third is just one chapter, but, it’s a pretty decent one.

Writer: Brandon Barrows Art: Ionic Publisher: Reasonably Priced Comics

Story: 7.5 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Buy

Reasonably Priced Comics #2 and #3

Reasonably Priced Comics #2The original anthology from Reasonably Priced Comics shows off some of what it does best.  Each issue has three stories in it, all by some talented folks.  This is a good group of folks coming together to put out some fun reads.

Voyaga continues in both issues following our stranded NASA pilot and the future world he’s wound up on.  It’s very Planet of the Apes but stands up on its own.  It’s a very entertaining story that’s almost worth picking up the three issues on its own.

My Way an extraterrestrial Rat Packer has to ditch the mob.  It’s a funny story that has its moments.

The Communicators, two individuals sit across from each other working for their entire lives.  Then the ending just comes up and hits you in the gut.

In the third issue along with Voyaga we have two more entries.Reasonably Priced Comics #3

Kidthulhu has a following and you can see why.  A really funny comic that involves Kidthulhu playing fetch with his dog.  It got me to laugh a few times throughout it.

Western Addition – “Dinner Guests” is a western shoot out that just comes out of nowhere.  Lots of bullets fly around and then it just kind of wraps up.  I’m not the biggest western fan but this was decent with a feel that fits the genre.

These two issues are just solid examples of what this company does.  All of those involved are talented writers and artists and I have them on my radar to expect some solid work in the future, because what they’re doing now is pretty damn good.

Writer: Brandon Barrows, Alex De-Gruchy, Michael Nichols, Martin Brandt II Artist: Ionic, Robert Durham, Joshua Calloway, Jason Stephens, Leandro Panganiban Publisher: Reasonably Priced Comics

Story: 8 Art: 8 Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy

Reasonably Priced Comics provided Graphic Policy with FREE copies for review

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