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Review: Disaster, Inc. #1

Disaster Inc #1

A story about tourism when we can’t go anywhere is a weird sort of escapism. A story about tourism to disaster areas feels appropriate. Disaster, Inc. #1 kicks off an interesting concept of a series.

At its heart, the story is about a rather shady individual running a tourism company that takes those willing to pay into dangerous zones they’re not supposed to go. In this case, the series begins with Fukushima, Japan which was impacted by a nuclear meltdown after a tidal wave.

But, of course that’s not all there is.

Writer Joe Harris gives us a touch of the supernatural kicking off the issue with two researchers who meet an untimely demise. Why and how? Well, that’s the mystery we’re going to figure out, it’s just the tourists have no idea that’s what lays ahead for them.

Harris also delivers a cast that’s generally unlikeable. Beyond the abused assistant Abby, all the tourists and the two other individuals running the tourism operation all come off as people I want to see catch radiation poisoning. And that makes the series really intriguing. Imagine a slasher horror film where you want to see everyone die. There’s something oddly satisfying in that.

The art by Sebastian Piriz with lettering by Carlos M. Mangual is solid. The characters all have personality oozing from how they’re depicted. What Harris doesn’t hint at for personalities through the dialogue, we get the rest of the story through clothing and body language. There’s also some beautiful moments full of unease oozing with unforeseen dread.

Disaster, Inc. #1 kicks off a really intriguing new series from a solid creative team. The concept feels fresh and different. It also feels rather timely considering all of the chaos we’re surrounded by. It’s a different sort of series delivering a little entertaining horror to the real world.

Story: Joe Harris Artist: Sebastian Piriz
Color: Sebastian Piriz Letterer: Carlos M. Mangual
Story: 8.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy

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Exclusive Preview: Disaster, Inc. #2

Disaster Inc. #2

Writer: Joe Harris 
Artist & Colorist: Sebastian Piriz 
Letterer: Carlos M. Mangual 
Cover: Andy Clarke w/ Jose Villarrubia 
Incentive Cover: Jordan Raskin
$3.99 / 32 pages / Color / On Sale 08.05.20

Paolo, Abby and Tosh lead their assemblage of “disaster tourists” deep inside the Fukushima Exclusion Zone for what they expect to be a (relatively) mundane experience…if radioactive hotspots, irradiated feral animals, and the promise of swift and harsh arrest by authorities could be classified as mundane. But this is an ancient place with no shortage of legends or ghosts. And nobody told the Samurai they were coming! 

Writer Joe Harris (Great Pacific, Rockstars, The X-Files) and artist Sebastián Piriz begin a disaster tour through the worst places on Earth while digging up more trouble than they can handle. In a world on fire and rife with calamity, catastrophe, war, and unrest…you’re going to need the right guides to see it for yourself!

Disaster Inc. #2

Preview: Disaster Inc. #1

Disaster Inc. #1

Writer: Joe Harris 
Artist & Colorist: Sebastian Piriz 
Letterer: Carlos M. Mangual 
Cover: Andy Clarke w/ Jose Villarrubia 
Incentive Cover: Cully Hamner
$4.99 / 32 pages / Color / On sale 05.20.20

In 2011, the worst earthquake in Japan’s history breached the coastal Fukushima Daiichi power plant, causing three of its four nuclear reactors to meltdown. Forced evacuations followed as the event released enough radioactive material into the air, ground, and water to force officials to set up an “Exclusion Zone”, effectively sealing off the land for what may well be the rest of human history. 

But that’s only if you don’t have the right connections and the desire to experience catastrophe, failure, and misery as it really is! Enter DISASTER INC., an underground tourism outfit intent on helping people of means, secrets, and agendas explore the dark corners and off-map attractions typical tour groups won’t go to (and various laws don’t allow). Only Fukushima, known for its famed warrior class and their protection of the land and people dating back to ancient times, is full of deadly surprises and old ghosts. 

Writer Joe Harris (Great Pacific, Rockstars, The X-Files) and artist Sebastián Piriz begin a disaster tour checking out the worst places on earth while digging up more trouble than they can probably handle. Then, in a world on fire and rife with calamity, catastrophe, war, and unrest… you’re going to need the right guides to see it for yourself!

Disaster Inc. #1

Exclusive Preview: Disaster Inc. #1

Disaster Inc. #1

Writer: Joe Harris 
Artist & Colorist: Sebastian Piriz 
Letterer: Carlos M. Mangual 
Cover: Andy Clarke w/ Jose Villarrubia 
Incentive Cover: Cully Hamner
$4.99 / 32 pages / Color / On sale 05.20.20

In 2011, the worst earthquake in Japan’s history breached the coastal Fukushima Daiichi power plant, causing three of its four nuclear reactors to meltdown. Forced evacuations followed as the event released enough radioactive material into the air, ground, and water to force officials to set up an “Exclusion Zone”, effectively sealing off the land for what may well be the rest of human history. 

But that’s only if you don’t have the right connections and the desire to experience catastrophe, failure, and misery as it really is! Enter DISASTER INC., an underground tourism outfit intent on helping people of means, secrets, and agendas explore the dark corners and off-map attractions typical tour groups won’t go to (and various laws don’t allow). Only Fukushima, known for its famed warrior class and their protection of the land and people dating back to ancient times, is full of deadly surprises and old ghosts. 

Writer Joe Harris (Great Pacific, Rockstars, The X-Files) and artist Sebastián Piriz begin a disaster tour checking out the worst places on earth while digging up more trouble than they can probably handle. Then, in a world on fire and rife with calamity, catastrophe, war, and unrest… you’re going to need the right guides to see it for yourself!

Disaster Inc. #1

AfterShock Announces Disaster Inc. from Joe Harris, Sebastian Piriz, and Carlos M. Mangual

Disaster Inc. #1

Writer: Joe Harris
Artist & Colorist: Sebastian Piriz
Letterer: Carlos M. Mangual
Cover: Andy Clarke w/ Jose Villarrubia
Incentive Cover: Cully Hamner
$4.99 / 32 pages / Color / On sale 04.01.20

In 2011, the worst earthquake in Japan’s history breached the costal Fukushima Daiichi power plant, causing three of its four nuclear reactors to melt down. Forced evacuations followed as the event released enough radioactive material into the air, ground and water to force officials to set up an “Exclusion Zone”, effectively sealing off the land for what may well be the rest of human history.

But that’s only if you don’t have the right connections and the desire to experience catastrophe, failure and misery as it really is! Enter DISASTER INC., an underground tourism outfit intent on helping people of means, secrets and agendas explore the dark corners and off-map attractions typical tour groups won’t go to (and various laws don’t allow). Only Fukushima, known for its famed warrior class and their protection of the land and people dating back to ancient times, is full of deadly surprises and old ghosts.

Writer Joe Harris (Great Pacific, Rockstars, The X-Files) and artist Sebastián Piriz begin a disaster tour checking out the worst places on earth while digging up more trouble than they can probably handle. Then, in a world on fire and rife with calamity, catastrophe, war and unrest… you’re going to need the right guides to see it for yourself!

Disaster Inc.

Review: John Carpenter’s Tales of Science Fiction: Surviving Nuclear Attack #3

John Carpenter's Tales of Science Fiction: Surviving Nuclear Attack #3

Living in today’s society, information is at the tip of most people’s hands. In a matter of minutes, we know information about anything and everything through the information we can find on our smartphones. One of those things that people find out about is human rights issues and the places throughout the globe where there are problems. A hot button topic that’s explored now and again is prisoner abuse.

Prisons are filled with thousands of men and women, each of them being abused by prison guards, other inmates, and other employees. The immediate remedy, which itself is a form of torture, is solitary confinement. As can be seen in shows in like Orange Is The New Black and When They See Us, both have explored the psychological effects it has on different people. In the third issue of Tales Of Science Fiction: Surviving Nuclear Attack, we see how similar circumstances affect the psyche of both the Kutter family and Donnie and his friends.

We find the Kutters having a nice family dinner where they’re homeschooling their children due to their current conditions. The threads that hold their family together start to unravel. We also find Donnie and the rest of his friend, looking for answers. They look at the files left behind and try to find the power source for the bunker. By issue’s end, a tragedy befalls Donnie’s group of friends while their action awakens a long-dormant alarm.

Overall, an eerie installment of an already captivating series that pushes readers to the edge of their seats. The story by Joe Harris is enigmatic and intense. The art by Cat Staggs and Janice Chiang is as eerie as it is beautiful. Altogether, another great issue in this tense thriller.

Story: Joe Harris Art: Cat Staggs and Janice Chiang
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

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.

 

 

 

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