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Review: Martian Comics #4

11-4full500The secret history of the 20th century! Did the red planet cause the Red Scare? Plus, the silent “Cargo Cult” takes us to ancient Egypt!

In Martian Comics #4, the devil reveals his unique history as a shaper of the American history, after World War II. Using the rise of communism to become an influential munitions maker, with help of his charisma field. The writers manage to include real characters like Joe McCarthy, and John F. Kennedy, which is a nice touch. Definitely a unique blend of real history with fiction.

The art work is stunning. The comic provides accurate portrayals of historical figures that are used in the story. I will admit the side story has some curious artwork as the writers and artists use some of the stranger aspects of Egyptian mythology to their advantage.

Story: Julian Darius Art: Sergio Tarquini, Andi Supriyono, R. L. Campos, and Donovan Yaciuk
Story: 8.5 Art: 9.0 Overall: 8.75 Recommendation: Buy

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Review: Martian Comics #3

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Adventures in alterity! A 52-page special issue featuring seven stories, including the next two chapters of “The Girl from Mars,” a Lazarus story, and four other tales demonstrating the scope and breadth of Martian history!

Martian Comics #3 is more short stories than the previous two issues, which does provide a lot of context about previous martian history, and other possessions. That actually helps build a lot of background for the CEO, and his less than normal background. While his personal possession background comes later on, it manages to stay grounded compared to some of the stranger stories in this issue.

I will admit, I love the cover art and its martian version of the painting American Gothic. Despite having three different artists the interior art is surprisingly consistent throughout. Even the more historical themed stories, are accurate enough in their presentations to be believable.

Story: Julian Darius Art: Sergio Tarquini, Mansjur Daman, Jason Muhr, and R. L. Campos
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

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Review: Martian Comics #2

Martian Comics #2Meet the Devil! When the Devil calls, Izzy and Rita go to Dallas. Plus, the introduction of Lazarus!

Written by Sergio Tarquini and R. L. Campos, things get odd in this issue, as the sci-fi elements are interwoven into a modern grounded reality. As Izzy tries to prove her martian possession is real to her sister Rita, she gets an interesting call. A job offer, from arms company. Which given the video of her that got their CEO’s attention, it does make the job offer rather odd.

The art by Julian Darius is much more grounded in this issue, than in the previous issue. While that may seem odd for a sci-fi comic, it helps progress the story well. Especially given how grounded in reality this issue is, as the martian possessing Izzy attempts to live a normal life.

Story: Sergio Tarquini and R. L. Campos Art: Julian Darius
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

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Review: Martian Comics #1

Martian Comics #1 coverSex, drugs, and alien possession! The first issue of the independent sci-fi comics series, praised for its literary quality, features the first three chapters of “The Girl from Mars” plus “The Galilean!”

Martian Comics #1 is a cross between When Mars Attacks, and Timeline, except without the traditional idea of alien invasion. Izzy is a “normal,” but bored college student who daydreams of martian cities and martian orgies with vivid detail. Her unnamed alien self eventually becomes bored with being who she is, and tries one of the few illegal things on Mars. As the possession of Izzy gets longer, her behavior becomes odd, and gains some negative attention.

The martian landscapes are gorgeous, filled with oddly alien architecture yet, earthy buildings. Part of me is curious to know why a majority of the martians are naked, or nearly naked with some expectations. In contrast humans, are drawn almost stereotypical in appearance with the exception being Izzy herself since she has bright colored hair.

This story is not for children, just a fair warning.

Story: Julian Darius and Kevin Thurman Art: Sergio Tarquini and R. L. Campos
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

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Kickstarter Spotlight: Martian Comics 52-Page Special

coverby Julian Darius

I always wanted to make comics. I wrote thousands of pages of comics, but never found an artist or the money to make it happen. Now, thanks to Kickstarter, I am.

Martian Comics takes old-school sci-fi concepts and tells new stories about them. Mars, the next planet over, has always been the place we imagine colonizing us, or colonizing ourselves. It’s our Other, our mirror.

We’ve published a couple of issues so far, but I’m out of credit, so we’ve turned to Kickstarter to get this special done.

It contains seven different stories by three different artists. It’s some weird, mind-bending stuff. We get to witness Mars make its own moon landing, ushering in its own space age while we’re still painting in caves. We see aspects of Martian culture and different kinds of visits to Earth. We witness St. Paul’s visit to Athens. It’s an anthology that spans all of human history.

Each of these stories means something special to me, and I hope you enjoy them.

Sergio Tarquini illustrates four of the stories. Mansjur Daman illustrates a single 17-page story. And Jason Muhr illustrates two shorts. All three are brilliant artists, with whom I’m blessed to be working.

We’ve got lots of fun rewards, including all the issues so far in digital and in trade paperback collection. Sequart Organization has also stepped in to augment our rewards with their books and documentary films on comics. They’ve been so generous that the value of these rewards is about twice their price.

You can check out the Kickstarter here. Thank you in advance!

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The Best Justice League and DC Crossover Stories, Ranked and Analyzed in New Sequart Book

Classics CoverSequart Organization is proud to announce the publication of Classics on Infinite Earths: The Justice League and DC Crossover Canon, by Sequart founder Dr. Julian Darius.

In this series (of which this is the first book; subsequent volumes will focus on Batman, Superman, and other important DC characters), Darius argues that the DC Universe is old enough to have produced a canon of classic stories. Here, in this opening volume, he analyzes this canon as it pertains to the Justice League and DC’s universe-wide crossovers.

Since 1940, DC Comics has been bringing its heroes together, first as the Justice Society, then (beginning in 1960) as the Justice League, and finally (beginning in 1985) in universe-wide crossovers. Shared super-hero universes have achieved widespread attention in the wake of Marvel’s movies, but DC has been paving the way since 1940.

A decade in the making, Classics on Infinite Earths takes readers on a tour of this history, using discussion of classic stories as a unique way of illuminating the history and evolution of the DC Universe. In the process, Darius offers what may be the very first long-term study of how such a shared universe is managed.

Classics on Infinite Earths runs 428 pages, making it Sequart’s biggest book to date. It is available in print and for Kindle.