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Kickstarter Spotlight: Reach

Reach_TPB_FINALBy James Ninness

REACH is a three-part adventure that follows a family line over three distinctly different time periods as they pursue a particular type of mythical treasure. We begin in the time of King Richard, through to the samurai of the Sengoku Period, and eventually arriving in the American West.

A different team tells each of these tales. We’ve worked together to ensure that the elements that need to link the stories are there but outside of those links, these stories couldn’t be much different…

Joe Pezzula (Where the Witches Lurk) and Scott Irwin (SAMSARA) kick things off with a medieval heist tale. If Ocean’s Eleven and Ironclad had a baby, and that baby drank five or six cups of coffee a day, it would look something like their tale.

Next up, Michael Drace Fountain (IN SANITY, AZ) and Chris Burkheart (The O.D.D. Chronicles) take us on a journey through the Sengoku Period with some samurai seeking a mythical flower… Remember that movie The Last Samurai and the white guy who saved everyone? This is like the opposite of that.

Finally, Mike Vasquez (MikeGoesGeek) and I (Hammer Down) track some pioneers across the American West. Brigands, wolves, and shootouts await an unfortunate family of British folks hoping for an escort across some fairly ominous desert. Ever see City Slickers II: The Legend of Curly’s Gold? Our story and that movie have almost nothing in common.

Three distinct stories, each self-contained as a stand-alone tale, connecting over the centuries to manufacture a single narrative of warning to all those who would overextend their…reach.

This Kickstarter campaign is for the entire book. All three stories are here. It’s done. If we get this thing funded, REACH is finished. So don’t worry, you won’t have to wait for another volume because there isn’t one. Support this and get the whole shebang. The finished book will be between 80 and 100 pages.

To entice you even further we’ve lined up rewards from everyone involved in the book, including colorist and letterer Ben Glibert (IN SANITY, AZ).

Not enough? Fine. How about art from Joel Gomez (Detective Comics), Livio Ramondelli (The Transformers), and Vincent Kukua (Liberator)?

Still not enough? Okay. We’ve got stretch goals from Ray Anthony-Height (Midnight Tiger), Axur Eneas (The Adventures of Aero-Girl), and Andy Taylor (Bigfoot: Sword of the Earthman)?

We’re pretty excited about the book and we hope you’ll take a moment to grab some goodies and help us make the REACH: A Graphic Novel Kickstarter a successful campaign, for all our sakes.

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Preview: The Adventures of Aero-Girl #1

THE ADVENTURES OF AERO-GIRL #1

Writer(s): DeWayne Feenstra
Artist Name(s): Axur Eneas
Cover Artist(s): Axur Eneas & Juan Paul Reibeling (reg), Joel Gomez & Beth Sotelo (var)
32 pgs./All ages/ FC
$3.99 (reg.) / $4.99 (var.)

As Aero-Girl, Jacqueline Mackenzie is the protector of Foxbay. As the sidekick to Battle Jack, her father, her life couldn’t be any better; but tragedy is just around the corner! Will she be ready to defend her city against the evil of Dr. Chimera and his army of AniMen? Can Aero-Girl be the hero she (and her father) always dreamed of being? Variant Cover by Joel Gomez & Beth Sotelo Limited to 1500 copies.

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Review – The Iron Saint Volume 1 Trade Paperback


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It’s a good thing when you come to the end and are angry that it’s over right?  The Iron Saint published by Top Cow, written by Jason Rubin and art by Joel Gomez and Francis Manapul is so entertaining.  The worst part about it is it ends in a cliffhanger.  I wanted to read more, I wanted to see it continue and find out what comes next.  Everything negative I can think about it, are positives!

From the creator of Crash Bandicoot and Jak & Daxter!
The long-awaited collection for Jason Rubin’s original comic series, previously released as Iron and The Maiden is finally here. Set in an alternate-universe 1930s metropolis, a reformed hitman and an innocent debutante get caught in the middle of a three-way power struggle between the government, a religious sect and an underworld criminal organization.

Written by Jason Rubin (Crash Bandicoot, Jak & Daxter) and drawn by Francis Manapul (The Flash, Adventure Comics) and Joel Gomez (Witchblade), The Iron Saint Volume 1 Trade Paperback collects the sold out Iron and The Maiden #1-4 plus the hard-to-find #0 issue, along with a cover gallery and much more. Featuring covers by Jim Lee, Joe Madureira, Michael Turner, and Chris Bachalo

This comic book was planned like a video game or animated movie and feels like it with beautiful art and amazing scenery, the story is top notch as well.  While the story is familiar (mob vs. government vs. church), set in a universe that’s a mash-up of a lot other items, there’s just something pure fun about this story.

The characters are all stereotypes, but who cares.  It’s fun, entertaining and that’s all that matters.  This is the art I love with character designs by Joe Madureira that set the tone for everything else, it all fits perfect.  The art by Gomez and Manupal is fantastic with an over the top exaggeration and images that pop off of the page.  There’s just fantastic use of the pages to convey the action and the art, color, really everything is beautiful to stare at.  I’m a huge fan of Madureira’s and Gomez and Manupal have a similar style.

Overall, again, the worst part of the comic is it ended.  I want to find out what comes next and see what happens to Michael Iron and Angel Chase.  The story is entertaining, art is fantastic, this is a definite buy.

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Preview – The Iron Saint Volume 1 Trade Paperback

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THE IRON SAINT VOLUME 1 TRADE PAPERBACK

(w) Jason Rubin   (a) Joel Gomez, Francis Manapul   (cov) Chris Bachalo

From the creator of Crash Bandicoot and Jak & Daxter!
The long-awaited collection for Jason Rubin’s original comic series, previously released as Iron and The Maiden is finally here. Set in an alternate-universe 1930s metropolis, a reformed hitman and an innocent debutante get caught in the middle of a three-way power struggle between the government, a religious sect and an underworld criminal organization.

Written by Jason Rubin (Crash Bandicoot, Jak & Daxter) and drawn by Francis Manapul (The Flash, Adventure Comics) and Joel Gomez (Witchblade), The Iron Saint Volume 1 Trade Paperback collects the sold out Iron and The Maiden #1-4 plus the hard-to-find #0 issue, along with a cover gallery and much more. Featuring covers by Jim Lee, Joe Madureira, Michael Turner, and Chris Bachalo

Full Color   176 pages    $14.99

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Review – The Authority: The Lost Year Book One


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I only know about The Authority through the praise it’s gotten over the years.  I was surprised to find a copy of the latest trade paperback The Authority: The Lost Year Book One which covers The Authority #1-2 and The Authority: The Lost Year #3-7.  Boy was I happy to have it land at my door step, because it’s a great read and intriguing concept.

The seven issues can be broken up into three chapters each having a distinct theme.  Grant Morrison and Keith Giffen take over the story and writing duties and Brian Stelfreeze handles the storytelling for chapters six and seven.  Artists include Gene Ha (chapter one and two), Darick Robertson and Trevor Scott (chapter three and four), Jonathan Wayshak (chapter five) and Joel Gomez (chapter six and seven).

The first chapter follows the Authority who have landed in a world without super powers and on the brink of World War III, but why aren’t their any special people?  The story explores the familiar themes of people with god like powers lording over regular people.  Debate over how to handle the situation focuses on the Authority’s responsibility to do right.  But what is exactly right?  And who determines that?

The second story sees the group back in the Bleed and challenges you to think about order in the animal kingdom and survival of the fittest.  A team that seems to throw Darwin’s teachings out of the way by intervening on worlds must choose if they’ll do the same to save their sentient ship.

The third story lands them on a world torn apart by an Authority team who’s fallen apart and divided the nation between two factions.  This arc plays heavily back into the second one.

All together the series was easy to understand and get into and it’s a fantastic mix of philosophy and action with some interesting and unique characters.  This is definitely a series I can get into and think I might just have to.  I highly recommend it.

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