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Review: Playboy #2

Playboy

Jodie Foster is one of those actors whose body of work is so impressive and so varied, you cannot help but be constantly in awe. As she knows to navigate between genres and drill down to what drives a character. Her work behind the camera is just as impressive, imbuing characters with both vulnerability and strength and stories that actually say something. Her work in Silence Of  The Lambs has made her a pop culture icon.

Her work behind the camera in Money Monster is both socially relevant and shows the depth of her talent, as the way she envisions a scene, is so enlightening.   One of my favorite movies by her is Panic Room. The movie circled around a newly divorced woman and her diabetic daughter, who take refuge in their new house’s safe room, from a gang of robbers. In the second issue of Playboy, we find Leroy and Kitchen trapped in their own abode by a pair of hitmen.

We find Leroy telling Kitchen to hide in his panic room with their dog, fearing for his safety, as the two hitmen try their best to open the front door. As one of the assassins breaks through, Leroy finds out exactly who has put on him and why. As he finds out he has been sleeping with a married man’s wife, and the man doesn’t want Leroy to see the light of day By issue’s end, Leroy gets outmuscled but necessarily outgunned.

Overall, an exciting second issue that delivers wall to wall action. The story by Johnny O’Bryant and Corey Mikell is compelling. The art by Mikhail Sebastian is striking. Altogether, a great continuation of an entertaining story.

Story: Johnny O’Bryant and Corey Mikell Art: Mikhail Sebastian
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Review: Playboy #1

Playboy #1

Viggo Mortensen is one of those actors whose ability to blend into films is what makes him so magnetic. In each of his films, he brings both a strength and tenderness to the role. Like most pop culture fans, I initially found out about him in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. His portrayal of Aragorn in that film was of a reluctant hero, one that people can see in  Kit Harington’s portrayal of Jon Snow in Game Of Thrones.

It this exact archetype which he brings something so personal too, that this wasn’t the only film which he has done this. His most recent work in The Green Book which gave him such gravitas, you can’t help but admire. This can also be seen in History Of Violence, where the character’s true nature comes out in more than one instance. In the debut issue of Playboy, we find a protagonist much like the ones played by Mortensen, whose true nature only requires some gesturing

We meet Leroy Armstrong, a headstrong soldier, who is caught up in a firefight and is pinned down, being one of the only men left in his platoon, and because of his actions get kicked out of the Marines. Fast forward to the present day, where he live snow in a city called Vegas, as he enjoys civilian life, making a living as a Gigolo. He has a woman, a house, and even a roommate, his best friend, Kitchen and a dog, needless to say, his adjustment has been pretty smooth so far. By issue’s end, Leroy gets some unknown unwanted company, in the form of some men dressed in black suits and sunglasses, looking to take his head.

Overall, Playboy #1 is an interesting debut issue that introduces an intriguing protagonist. The story by Johnny O’Bryant and Corey Mikell is entertaining. The art by Mikhail Sebastian is gorgeous. Altogether, an excellent introduction to this world and these characters.

Story: Johnny O’Bryant and Corey Mikell Art: Mikhail Sebastian
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Review: Xogenasys #1

Xogenasys

One of my all-time favorite movies is Menace II Society. It’s a film which showed quite a different take on how it is to grow up Black and poor. Right before that movie came out, only a few short months before, Boyz N Da Hood and South Central told different narratives. What set Menace II Society apart from the previous two was not the optimistic conclusion but the redeeming qualities of its antagonist characters. It showed the world that Black people are not monolithic in appearance or narrative.

Life is that much messier and people are even more complicated. When you grow up in poor communities your world is a bit more skewed and grounded in reality than those with advantages. Rarely has this narrative been told in the dystopian genre. In the debut issue of Xogenasys, we find a protagonist whose circumstance is so disparate, life becomes one fight at a time.

We meet Darius Smith. Young men who live in areas like his literally fight for their lives in an online streamed fight. Raised by a single mother he looks to transfer to a different school so that he can be eligible to fight as well. His new school comes with its own set of troubles in the form of an old acquaintance who tries to rope him in illicit activities. By the issue’s end,  those activities catch up to Darius but not before an unexpected opportunity shows up and changes his life.

Overall, an excellent debut issue that gives a unique take on a well-traveled genre. The story by by Tre McIntosh and Nickolas Draper-Ivey is excellent. The art by Draper-Ivey is gorgeous. Altogether, a story you will not soon forget.

Creator: Johnny O’Bryant Story: Tre McIntosh, Nikolas Draper-Ivey
Art: Nikolas Draper-Ivey
Story: 8.8 Art: 9.1 Overall: 9.3 Recommendation: Buy

Review: Yeahaw Blue #1

Yeahaw Blue #1

Mathew McConaughey is one of those actors whose presence on screen is both captivating and powerful. People get caught up in how striking he is but that is not what has made him who he is. He’s a true actor, whose ability to become the character is something to watch.

One of my favorite movies of his is Reign Of Fire. In the movie, he plays a dragon hunter, whose job is to kill these very creatures that have ravaged the world to the point of an apocalypse. In the debut issue of a dystopian future where monsters rule, we get Yeehaw Blue, and only a specific set of people can save the world.

We meet Reya Moonstone, who lives in Coralle, and is plagued by creatures known as Teras, whose only goal was bloodshed. As the world turned to ashes because of these beings, a sect rose, known as Rangers, who are trained to defend humankind and kill these beings every chance they get. As Reya gets reprimanded for her performance at the Valant Academy, where the Rangers get trained, her headmaster appeals to her, as he knows she misses her grandfather, a legendary Ranger. By the issue’s end, she gets kicked out of the academy, but not before a Teras attacks her outside of the school, leaving her future truly uncertain.

Overall, an interesting character that you will be more than happy to dig into, as Danielle’s life is little bit more than complicated. The story by the creative team is out of the ordinary. The art by Shay Jones is gorgeous. Altogether, a story that is more than your typical.

Story: Shay Jones, Johnny O’Bryant, Marcus Johnson and Corey Mikkell
Art: Shay Jones
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Review: Degeneratez #1

Degeneratez #1

Basketball movies are a dime a dozen. One of the most recent movies which has been getting a buzz is The Wayback. It’s a movie about an alcoholic coach and his struggle to balance life and basketball, without losing at both. The movie has less do with basketball, and more to do with Ben Affleck’s character, which is also why so many people love it. The one movie before that was the basketball comedy, Uncle Drew. It was not really funny and not really fun but a valiant effort nonetheless.

One of my favorite movies period, and yes it is a movie about basketball, was Above The Rim. The movie starred the late Tupac Shakur, the late Bernie Mac, Duane Martin, and Leon.  I can for sure say it was definitely a 90s movie but it also spoke volumes to those of us who loved the sport. It showed the promise of tomorrow and the shadows of that promise when your day has come and gone. In the debut chapter of Degeneratez, we get one such protagonist whose love for the game not only lifts the young men he coaches but also a city.

We’re taken to the city of New Angeles where one young man’s friend gets caught up as a drug dealer whose future is uncertain if he falls trap to what his city offers. Enter Luther O’Nealle, a once-popular basketball player, who is semi-retired and has returned home in hopes of becoming ordinary and who just has been hired as the basketball coach for the local high school St.James High. As he sits down with the principal before his first day on the job he soon finds out the school is filled with delinquent children, some who may be his players. He also senses there’s something that is not being told about the position. By issue’s end, Luther gets more than he bargains for and a fatal end may have come for one of his players.

Overall, an excellent debut chapter of this intriguing story which is about as second chances as it is about the promise of tomorrow. The story by Johnny O’Bryant and Abraham Cuzner is well characterized and absorbing. The art by Sebas Riera is gorgeous. Altogether, a story that is relevant and is a throwback to those excellent basketball movies.

Story: Johnny O’Bryant and Abraham Cuzner Art: Sebas Riera
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Review: Eagle Heart #1

Eagle Heart 1

Movies about football, or as we call it here in America, soccer, are few and far between. Many of the movies that are made about the sport are about the culture, the fans and their maniacal allegiance to their sports clubs. For instance, Green Street Hooligans, a modern epic about football and one where Elijah Wood really showed his acting chops. The movie is probably as close to that world as the mainstream can get to it. It’s hard to capture the devotion which is even more unwavering than love.

One of my favorite movies was Kuno Becker’s Goal,.The movie featured the rise of a young player in the professional world. The sequel, Goal II, showed a different side, one where the glamour of bright lights and money traps swallow young players, including Becker’s character, Santiago. For anyone curious about the sport, it was able to show an appreciation of it all. In the debut chapter of Eagle Heart, we find a protagonist like Santiago, with everything in the world he has to deal with.

We’re taken to the city of Veracruz, where one young man, Amoldo Guerrero, wakes up at the break of dawn to train for the sport he has played his whole life, Crashball. His day job is working at a fish processing plant. It helps him help his family. Along with going to school full time and his girlfriend Belecia, it leaves him no time for himself. We also meet Amoldo ‘s rival, Emiliano Reyes, who many say is the best player in Veracruz. By issue’s end, Amoldo may have blown a crucial play in a game, one where he may have been injured.

Overall, an exciting story that shows, much like Goal, the trials and tribulations of a professional athlete. The story by Johnny O’Bryant and Abraham Cuzner is fun. The art by Sebastian Riera is beautiful. Altogether, a story that shows athletes as regular humans and so much more.

Story: Johnny O’Bryant and Abraham Cuzner Art: Sebastian Riera
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy