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Review: Arms of the Dragon #6

Arms of the Dragon #6

One of my favorite movies of all time is Once Upon A Time In America. The movie gave viewers perspective on exactly how the world treats immigrants. It is often cruel and unjust to people who were not born here in the place they reside. So often, you look for those who are facing the same issues, as there  is solace in knowing you are not alone.

As some people become more focused on the meaning of life that they forget to live. As the despait tends to anchor some people down. Or as some, they turn into anger and hate,  a violent yet powerful weapon. In Noir Ceasar’s sixth chapter of Arms of the Dragon, Shou begins to become who he is without his family in his life.

We find Shou much older, and in charge despite the Shottas reach as one of the capos loses a fight to him. The kid he helps, he sees a lot of himself in, which causes him to offer him help, an offer which is quickly refused .He eventually finds Shou and grudgingly gets his help, but not without some resistance. By issue’s end, they bring him into the fold, but not without making sure he belongs

Overall, Arms of the Dragon #6 is a nice book end chapter that adds a bit of back-story. The story by Marcus Johnson and John Lawrence is rousing. The art by Chris Krad is dazzling. Altogether, an arc that a tinge of drama to an already exciting story.

Story: Marcus Johnson and John Lawrence Art: Chris Krady
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Review: Arms of the Dragon #5

Arms of the Dragon #5

Throughout your life, things push you to go in certain directions. For some a tragedy sends some people spiraling. For others, they go through a life of denial. Then for others, they become a totally new person.

Some people become more focused on the meaning of life that they forget to live. The despair tends to anchor some people down. Or like some, they turn into anger and hate,  a violent yet powerful weapon. In Noir Ceasar’s fifth chapter of Arms of the Dragon, Shou begins to become who he is without his family in his life.

We find Shou, shortly after discovering that the girl that gave him food, had been taken by the Shotta Mafioso, leads him to track them down. He eventually gets to their hideout, where one of the capos, has just killed a pair of cops, and Shou finally finds his nerve. He gets in a skirmish with the capo who took the girl, eventually killing him. By the issue’s end, we take a leap forward, where the boys are street avengers.

Overall, a promising episode that will adds a layer of intrigue to the story. The story by Johnson and Lawrence is stirring. The art by Krady is stunning. Altogether, a story that shows sometimes tragedy makes who they were always meant to be.

Story: Marcus Johnson and John Lawrence Art: Chris Krady
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Review: Yeehaw Blue #3

Yeehaw Blue #3

The way the world forces certain people into our lives is almost always remarkable.  It is also befuddling why certain people you meet, you really ever get along with. Case and point, a job I was recently at, this one person, where we were the same age, same situation and yet we did not connect. Then it dawned on me exactly why and I now consider that a blessing.

As I soon realized this person was of low character and often was considered one of the organization’s “snitches”. On the same token, someone who came at me with initial apprehension at a different job became one of my best friends.AS who gets dropped into your life is both a wondrous and beautiful coincidence of living. In the third issue of Yeehaw Blue, Reya meets someone who will become one of her best friends.

We find Kia Johnson, an unassuming young woman, at school where some of the mean girls are trying to have their fun with her, something that they would come to regret. We also find Reya back at school in Ms.Blikeson’s office, where her nonconformist attitude gets her in trouble. Both Kia and Reya meet and get along famously. By the issue’s end, though both of them end up at the Dean’s office, they find a similar spirit in each other.

Overall, an enjoyable episode that injects some levity into the story. The story by the creative team is exhilarating. The art by Jones is striking. Altogether, a story that shows that even misfits are only that to people who don’t understand.

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: Yeahaw Blue #2

Yeehaw Blue

As a fan of the show, Supernatural, I have always loved when they poked fun at themselves. The Winchester Brothers, from the very start, have always been the Luke Skywalker and Han Solo of monster hunting. As Dean’s cynicism is always matched with Sam’s righteousness. Through the show’s 11 seasons, it has always found a way to make the siblings relatable yet stoic in some aspect.

The show has always endured because the brothers with the help of their winged friend, Castiel, and occasionally from their father figure, Bobby, are all of us. We are not one thing because of our family but are many things because of those we call friends. In an episode in the previous season, we saw, the Brothers play out their own version of One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest. In the second issue of Yeehaw Blue, Reya much like the Winchesters must recover to persevere.

We find Reya, shortly after her fight with a Teras, as she recovers in the school infirmary. As we soon find out that Reya and Boonie were both burnt, and neither of them nor the school knows how a Teras could breathe fire. As the nurse and the headmaster discuss the implications of what may come from the incident, they soon realize the school may have been underestimating Reya’s skills. By the issue’s end, Reya’s family heirloom seems to be more a knickknack, as it causes eerie visions that only Boone can see when holding it.

Overall, it’s a fun chapter that dives a bit into character exploration. The story by the creative team is exciting. The art by Jones is stunning. Altogether, a story that gives a different look at the underdog.

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

Review: Arms of the Dragon #4

Arms of the Dragon #4

When one suffers a tragedy, it becomes sometimes hard to get past it. As life throws you these curves and makes you question everything. It becomes sometimes untenable as to how much our heart can’t take before it goes asunder. Then that heartbreak can lead to some very dark places.

As it becomes easy to get caught up in it to the point, that you feel that the world is working against you. The truth is that you have to define what that new normal is for you. As you can become inspired or never be the same for the worst. In Noir Ceasar’s fourth chapter of Arms of the Dragon, Shou is left to pick up the pieces.

We find Shou, in shambles, as his family is now gone, and all he has left is a letter from a girl who he showed some grace. As the girl, Chizuru, left him some food, knowing that he is looking for a bit of hope. It would not be long before one of the Shottas finds out what she did and makes her an example. By the issue’s end, Shou finds out what happened to Chizuru, leaving him in a rage.

Overall, Arms of the Dragon #4 is a harrowing episode that will adds a layer of despair to the story. The story by Marcus Johnson and John Lawrence is moving. The art by Chris Krady is beautiful. Altogether, a story that digs into the evils of this world.

Story: Marcus Johnson and John Lawrence Art: Chris Krady
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Review: Arms of the Dragon #3

Arms of the Dragon #3

The show Hunters on Amazon was one of the most controversial shows of recent memory. Not necessarily because of the violence but of how it sought to tell a different alternative history of World War II. This is where art and fact, often conflict and where the oft-neglected uncomfortable conversations come up. This is where actual discussion should take place but instead gets ignored.

What the show does brilliantly is discuss post-traumatic stress disorder. It deftly shows how that condition is tied into the horrors of war in all its ugliness and how humanity is a concept unutilized in times like those, and to be honest, rarely today. In some very difficult, often unwatchable scenes it shows the cruelty the Nazis inflicted on different Jewish prisoners. In Noir Ceasar’s third chapter of Arms of the Dragon, Shou suffers a public indignity, one this community will not recover from.

We find Shou being made an example by the Shottas as his family restaurant burns for the whole neighborhood to see. As the leader of the gang barbed spike into Shou’s hand, everyone watches in terror as different people attempt to take out the spike only to get shot in the head if they don’t. Even his friend, Deito couldn’t pull out the spike in time suffering a similar fate. By the issue’s end, a young lady is able to pull it out in time, saving hers and Shou’s life.

Overall, Arms of a Dragon Chapter 3 is a gruesome entry that will have the reader panting. The story by Marcus Johnson and John Lawrence is affecting. The art by Chris Krady is eye-catching. Altogether, a story that doesn’t shy away from the brutality a world like this yields

Story: Marcus Johnson and John Lawrence Art: Chris Krady
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Review: Try Again #2

Try Again

When does your morality keep you from doing something? That is the question that idealists have asked as long as the world could dream of eloquent ideas. This what separates idealists from pragmatists. One only wishes it could be such a ways while the other knows how the world actually works. That make sthe vitriol troops got when they came home from the Vietnam War so abhorrent.

Many of those men and women who only followed orders found rebuke and death threats when they came home. The choice of not following orders is only the thing of movies and television and not how it works in the real world. A moral compass has no place in the battlefield. In Noir Ceasar’s Try Again #2, Danielle does find her moral compass but maybe to her own peril.

We find Danielle as she grapples with whom she is doing the hit for, and how she only hopes to walk away alive. When she realizes who the target is and the reasons behind it, she understands immediately why she needs to finish the assignment. Of course, nothing is easy, but being a revenant, comes with its advantages, as she swiftly executes him. By the issue’s end, Danielle uneasily completes the ritual that every revenant must do to ensure payment, a task that is more difficult than it sounds.

Overall, it’s a great chapter which is a bit different than every other entry in the genre. The story by Will Brown, Marcus Johnson, and John Lawrence is exciting. The art by Win Dolores is stunning. Altogether a story that adds some horror to the crime noir genre.

Story: Will Brown, Marcus Johnson, and John Lawrence Art: Win Dolores
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Review: Arms of the Dragon #2

Arms of the Dragon #2

When it comes to action stars, not many do it as good as Sammo Hung. Many people have never heard of him but if you’re a fan of Kung Fu films you would most certainly know who he is. He’s a very good friend of Jackie Chan and has starred in many films with the international action star. In fact, they can be considered Simon Pegg and Nick Frost before there was Simon Pegg and Nick Frost but instead of the comedy genre, the whole Hong Kong film industry.

One of my favorite movies by the duo is Mr. Nice Guy where the two were at the top of their form,. They often infusing comedy in this otherwise action-packed film. The movie showcased the two best friends’ chemistry in a way that most film fans wished they collaborated more. In Noir Ceasar’s second chapter of Arms of the Dragon, much like Chan and Hung, best friends must come together to move forward.

We find Tosh’s gang shortly after killing Shou’s big brother, thankfully the police arrive, but unbeknownst to Shou, they are being paid by Tosh, leaving the family vulnerable to these predators. This forces Shou’s dad, Benji, to sign this restaurant over, but right when they thought it was over, Tosh executes Benji for what he feels is a slight. Right when Shou, thought it could not get worse, Tosh’s gang kills the rest of his family and burns their family restaurant down. By the issue’s end, Shou inherits something he would never imagine.

Overall, Arms of the Dragon #2 is a heart-wrenching chapter that will have the reader gasping. The story by Marcus Johnson and John Lawrence is powerful. The art by Chris Krady is stunning. Altogether, a story that feels as raw as any crime story.

Story: Marcus Johnson and John Lawrence Art: Chris Krady
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Review: Try Again #1

Try Again

When it comes to hired guns, one of the most explored archetypes just so happens to be assassins. The genre has taken on an even mythical status, with the Assassins Creed franchise. You can see the archetypes’ influence in everything from ninja movies, Westerns, to even Ray Donovan. Most of these stories go, you have a lone operator whose personal life is in shambles while their professional life is what gives them satisfaction.

My favorite “lone gunmen” were the ones who didn’t say much of anything, like Boba Fett or Duke Togo. In their worlds, both protagonists’ most redeeming quality is their steadfast obedience to the job and their lack of need for distractions. In other stories, they would be boring, but in these stories, they are intriguing. In Noir Ceasar’s take on the genre, Try Again, we meet another character whose world is more complicated than they would like to admit, as we find out in the debut issue.

We meet Danielle Burroughs, an assassin, who has just been given a job, which she has some doubts about.  As she catches up with her spotter, Damien, she espouses her guilt over killing a family man, but also one of the city’s biggest crime bosses. Just when she takes out her target, there seems to be an unintended casualty from the job. By the issue’s end, Danielle finds out her guilt is not easily escaped, as a far worst fate is waiting.

Overall, a strong debut that’s a fine entry to the hitman genre. The story by the creative team is pulse-pounding. The art by Win Dolores is beautiful. Altogether a story that will grab you and won’t let you go.

Story: Will Brown, Marcus Johnson, and John Lawrence
Art: Win Dolores
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 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

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