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Review: John Carpenter’s Tales of Science Fiction: Surviving Nuclear Attack #2

John Carpenter's Tales of Science Fiction: Surviving Nuclear Attack #2

One of the few movies that I believe is completely underrated, but is definitely one of those rare unsung gems is Idiocracy. Creator Mike Judge created a dystopian movie that’s rooted in reality. The story revolves around a soldier who volunteers for a hibernation program and awakens to a world where stupidity is commonplace and greed rules everything. Many viewers saw it as pure fantasy. Many others, like me, saw the movie as a mirror to our reality.

The movie always made me wonder how many different ways our future can lead. What is considered a threat today may be considered nonsense tomorrow. Just like when the country was wary of the Cold War and the Arms Race. The movie made me wonder what it’d be like if he woke up to something grimmer and colder. In the second of John Carpenter’s Tales Of Science Fiction: Surviving Nuclear Attack, we find our protagonists trapped and in an unforgiving situation that they soon will regret.

Int he second issu, the five friends stand in the same room where the corpses of the Kutter family sits, they wonder first, will they get out alive and second what happened to them? Donnie, the most curious of the five friends, finds out that through a flyer on one of the bodies. It’s a clue which leads him to why they were there in the first place. Meanwhile, the rest of Jimmy’s friends look for medical supplies and rations. He starts to have visions of what seems to be the Kutter children as they play. His friends initially believe that he is in shock. The issue features the first fatality and a reveal as to what exactly is going on, both upping the tension of the series.

Overall, an engrossing chapter to this already captivating tale. The story by Joe Harris is layered, well developed, and knows how to make the reader jump at the most uneasy points. The art by Cat Staggs is more than a compliment to Harris’s story. It truly is a canvas of fine art. Altogether, a story you won’t be able to put down. It’ll put you on the edge of your seat wanting to know if our protagonists can survive.

Story: Joe Harris Art: Cat Staggs
Story: 10 Art: 9.6 Overall: 9.8 Recommendation: Buy

Review: Tales of Science Fiction: Surviving Nuclear Attack #1

Tales of Science Fiction: Surviving Nuclear Attack #1

When the show Doomsday Preppers first aired, I initially thought it was purely a novelty or worse case, a staged ploy like some reality shows are. My misconceptions and preconceived notions were forever altered once I actually sat down to watch one of the episodes. Immediately, I was both riveted and puzzled by these people. They’re not very different than I was, just that they live underground and thought to believe in certain truths. The most ubiquitous fact about the show is that everything they believe in is based on some fact.

Many American in the 1950s and beyond believed in this omnipresent threat of nuclear bombs and the world powers fighting to seize control of the arsenal. Soon most of the world either chose to forget or chose to believe in the safety of these weapons. But for those who readied themselves for the worst day ever, it was all too real. In Tales Of Science Fiction: Surviving Nuclear Attack #1, we meet one such family and the extremes they went to keep their home safe.

We meet Captain George Kutter and his family, in the middle of a nuclear bombing drill. The American government has chosen them to be legacy survivors. We cut to the present day, where a group of friends gets together for a hunting trip, somewhere in Pennsylvania wilderness. These friends thought this was a normal hunting trip. One of the guys triggers an alarm, becomes startled and falls over, which is when the group discovers a hidden bunker. By issue’s end, they are able to enter the shelter, but what they find is more like a catacomb of secrets, one where the answers may prove deadly.

Overall, a story shrouded in mystery, one where choices and their consequences may lead to fatal ends. The story by Joe Harris is dense, skilled, and well developed. The art by Cat Staggs and Janice Chiang is breathtaking. Altogether, a story that looks to leave the reader captivated and frightened. A job done very well.

Story: Joe Harris Art: Cat Staggs and Janice Chiang
Story: 9.6 Art: 10 Overall: 9.8 Recommendation: Buy

Preview: The X-Files #17

The X-Files #17

Joe Harris (w) • Matthew Dow Smith (a) • menton3 (c)

“Resistance,” Part 4 (of 4): The final piece of the puzzle falls into place, threatening to send Mulder over the line, just as shadowy forces are revealed to have compromised the upper echelons of government.

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Valiant Releases a New Look at Michael Rowe as Ninjak

On Monday, August 28th, Valiant and Bat in the Sun Productions will release the official trailer for Ninjak vs. the Valiant Universe a new brutal, six-episode, live-action digital event.

The digital series stars Michael Rowe as Colin King aka Ninjak. It also features Jason David Frank as Bloodshot, Derek Theler as X-O Manowar, John Hennigan as the Eternal Warrior, Ciera Foster as Livewire, Chantelle Barry as Roku, Kevin Porter as Armstrong, Alex Meglei as Archer, Damion Potter as Shadowman, and Craig Robert Young as Neville Alcott.

The series is directed by Aaron Schoenke and written by Aaron and Sean Schoenke, Joe Harris, and Andrew Rowe.

Valiant has also released a new look at Michael Rowe as Ninjak.

 

 

 

Preview: The X-Files #16

The X-Files #16

Joe Harris (w) • Matthew Dow Smith (a) • menton3 (c)

“Resistance,” Part 3 (of 4): With Scully under arrest, Mulder must partner with a hated enemy in order to bring down a corrupt official.

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Preview: The X-Files #15

The X-Files #15

Joe Harris (w) • Matthew Dow Smith (a) • menton3 (c)

“Resistance,” Part 2 (of 4): The final piece of the puzzle falls into place, threatening to send Mulder over the line, just as shadowy forces are revealed to have compromised the upper echelons of government.

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Musical Mystery Series Rockstars Kicks Off a Heavy New Arc this August

Writer Joe Harris and artist Megan Hutchison will launch a new story arc in their ongoing series Rockstars this August: Children of the Beast.

In Rockstars #6, self-proclaimed “rock ‘n’ roll investigators” Jackie Mayer and Dorothy Buell uncover a sinister connection between an ‘80s metal legend and the hot, new shredding sensation Dani Dangerous.

ROCKSTARS #6 (Diamond code: JUN170790) hits comic shops Wednesday, August 16th. The final order cutoff deadline for comics retailers is Monday, July 24th.

Preview: The X-Files #14

The X-Files #14

Joe Harris (w) • Matthew Dow Smith (a) • menton3 (c)

“Resistance,” Part 1 (of 4): Scully receives an invitation from Firas Ben-Brahim after months of silence, and she soon discovers the dark secrets he’s been keeping from her… and the rest of the world.

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Preview: The X-Files #13

The X-Files #13

Joe Harris (w) • Andrew Currie (a) • menton3 (c)

“Skinner,” Part 2 (of 2): Assistant Director Walter Skinner finally gets the spotlight! When a face from the past resurfaces, Skinner must confront painful memories of the Vietnam War in his effort to keep a dark secret from being exposed.

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Preview: The X-Files, Vol. 2: Came Back Haunted

The X-Files, Vol. 2: Came Back Haunted

Joe Harris (w) • Matthew Dow Smith (a) • Menton3 (c)

For years, FBI agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully toiled in the X-Files Unit, a one-office division of the Bureau dealing with cases deemed unsolvable and related to unexplained phenomena. Eventually, both agents left the FBI and began new lives in peaceful anonymity. However, recent events prompted them to return to the Bureau and the X-Files. In “Came Back Haunted,” a thwarted attack puts a community of refugees at risk, but when a connection to a recent mall shooting is found, Mulder and Scully must determine the cause of the violent outbreaks, why the government is covering it up, and just what the connection to old secrets they’d believed dead and buried really is. Collects issues #6-9.

TPB • FC • $17.99 • 100 pages • ISBN: 978-1-63140-862-5

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