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Review: Aleister and Adolf HC

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Media theorist Douglas Rushkoff weaves a mind-bending tale of iconography and mysticism. During the Second World War, the legendary occultist Aleister Crowley develops a powerful and dangerous new weapon in the conflict against the Axis powers. But this unconventional new form of warfare could cast the world into Armageddon!

Magic, sex, and war. While Aleister & Adolf does merge both fiction and nonfiction, it identifies more with fiction than anything else. Despite the shortness of the book, it does take a little while to read as the plot is decently complex. If you have any interest in the strange nature of history, I would suggest you check this out.

The black and white color scheme was a surprise, yet it works really well for the book in my opinion. The choice manages to focus more on the occult and sexual elements in the story, then anything else and enhances the art by Michael Avon Oeming. I will admit the sexual scenes are graphic and well drawn, but it’s good to get a heads up for that just in case you’re not comfortable with that. That gets really interesting considering the war is toned down for the most part.

Story: Douglas Rushkoff Art: Michael Avon Oeming
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Dark Horse provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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Manga Monday: Attack on Titan Anthology

aot_anthology_nycc-450x675The manga megahit Attack on Titan, reinterpreted by some of comics’ top talent! Featuring original stories by a long roster of comic superstars such as Scott Snyder, Gail Simone, Faith Erin Hicks, Michael Avon Oeming, Paolo Rivera, Cameron Stewartand Babs Tarr!

This unprecedented, full-colour collaboration between East and West will be released first in English, making it indispensable for Attack on Titan fans and curious comic fans.

When it comes to Attack on Titan my only real exposure to the series was watching the horrendous live action film that came out. I haven’t watched the anime and I haven’t read the manga, but when I heard the Attack on Titan Anthology was coming out, I made sure to grab a copy during New York Comic Con. If I was going to buy it, might as well go with the limited edition cover.

While this anthology isn’t a traditional way to be introduced, it was an interesting one as a who’s who of Western creators tackle this manga phenomenon. And what’s nicer is that each creator gave it their own spin sticking to their style of storytelling and moving the settings of the stories around for different situations and locations.

This is an eclectic mix in a good way with stories that seem to stick to a setting and story that you’d see in the manga series while other creators went with a complete break. There’s horror. There’s humor. There’s action. There’s a little of everything and it’s all enjoyable in its own way.

What’s really interesting to me is recognizing the creators based on their entries. I read the entire graphic novel in one sitting and played guess the creator as I went along creating a fun little game and each creator really does bring their own style. So, if you’re a fan of the folks’ work, you’re probably going to enjoy this.

I knew so little about the world and what to expect going in other than the creative talent lined up, but coming out of it, I want to check out more. If you’re interested in finding out a bit about Attack on Titan, but don’t want to take the chance on manga, this is a solid way to go to find out a bit more about what it’s all about.

Story and Art: Ray Fawkes, Scott Snyder, Rafael Albuquerque, John Rauch, Evan Dorkin, Sarah Dyer, Bill Murdon, Afua Richardson, Genevieve Valentine, David Lopez, Faith Erin Hicks, Cris Peter, Michael Avon Oeming, Taki Soma, Paolo Rivera, Gail Simone, Phil Jimenez, Alonso Nunez, Elmer Santos, Sam Humphries, Damion Scott, Sigmund Torre, Rhianna Pratchett, Jorge Corona, Jen Hickman, Ben Applegate, Ronald Wimberly, Kevin Wada, Brenden Fletcher, Cameron Stewart, Babs Tarr, Jiji Knight, Si Spurrier, Kate Brown, Paul Duffield, Dee Cunniffe, Asaf Hanuka, Tomer Hanuka, Kate Leth, Jeremy Lambert
Story: 8.35 Art: 8.35 Overall: 8.35 Recommendation: Buy

Preview: Cave Carson Has a Cybernetic Eye #4

Cave Carson Has a Cybernetic Eye #4

(W) Jonathan Rivera, Gerard Way (A) Tom Scioli (A/CA) Michael Avon Oeming
In Shops: Jan 18, 2017
SRP: $3.99

Cave and his team find the underground city of Muldroog, and it’s not what he expected. Plus, Cave has visions of his deceased wife, but are they hallucinations, or is there more to this than meets the cybernetic eye? Also features a Super Powers backup feature by Thomas Scioli (G.I. Joe vs. Transformers)!

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Preview: Cave Carson Has a Cybernetic Eye #3

Cave Carson Has a Cybernetic Eye #3

(W) Gerard Way, Jonathan Rivera (A/CA) Michael Avon Oeming
In Shops: Dec 21, 2016
SRP: $3.99

Cave and his ad hoc team of spelunkers (his daughter Chloe and best-bud mechanic Jack Wheeler) have answered the call to adventure! But as they search for the lost city of Muldroog, Cave’s employer sends a crack team of his own in the latest in subterranean transportation: the Mighty Mole MK 2, led by a famed explorer from Cave’s past. And it looks like they’re out for more than just the return of EBX property…

This issue features a variant cover by Paul Rentler that combines with this month’s other variant covers from DC’S Young Animal to form a single image.

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Preview: Cave Carson Has A Cybernetic Eye #2

Cave Carson Has A Cybernetic Eye #2

(W) Gerard Way, Jonathan Rivera (A/CA) Michael Avon Oeming
In Shops: Nov 16, 2016
SRP: $3.99

Something is rotten in the subterranean state of Muldroog, the ancestral home of Cave’s wife Eileen (a.k.a. Princess Mazra P’thrall), forcing Cave to step out of adventurer retirement to solve this mystery. To do that, he must to steal a massive piece of mobile technology and recruit an old friend for this mission. Also in this issue: How Cave got that cybernetic eye. And explosions. Lots and lots of explosions.

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Review: Cave Carson Has A Cybernetic Eye #1

cavecarson_1With 78 years of accumulated history, the DC Universe is really a strange place, and writers Gerard Way and Jon Rivera and artist Michael Avon Oeming mine that strange side in Cave Carson Has A Cybernetic Eye #1, the latest release from Way’s Young Animal print. Cave Carson is a Silver Age era “daredevil” hero, who was created in response to characters like the Challengers of the Unknown, but with a side of spelunking. His adventures were featured in backup stories for books like Brave and the Bold and Showcase , and Cave has made cameos in comics like the villain Eclipso’s solo series and even Infinite Crisis.

Way and Rivera make Cave a compelling character by giving him the very relatable problem of dealing with grief and escaping into the hallucinations of his cybernetic eye to avoid the emotions surrounding the death of his wife, Eileen. The comic doesn’t fall into the melodramatic trap of making Cave’s daughter Chloe, a total rebel, and him being a deadbeat dad, but there is some strain in their relationship as depicted in a diner scene. Oeming draws Cave as listlessly scanning his daughter with his eye before she snaps him out of it, and he finally opens up about how all the minerals and things he discovered underground couldn’t save his wife. This panel is the melancholy heart of Cave Carson.

Colorist Nick Filardi makes Cave Carson #1 drearier than an entire year of rainy days while occasionally making the book’s color palette look like someone dropped acid when Cave uses his cybernetic eye. The grey skies during Eileen’s funeral look like actual skies and not some kind of film noir knockoff, and there is not an ounce of brightness as Cave returns to his home and lab. Oeming’s double page spread shows the sudden nature of grief as he condenses an entire funeral and road trip in two pages, and Filardi’s bleak color scheme finishes the job. However, he’s not afraid to get a little weird, like the puke green shade he picks out for the monster that looks to be Cave Carson’s first antagonist.

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While keeping the story very stand alone, Way and Rivera place Cave Carson firmly into the both the science hero and mad scientist tradition of Silver Age comics where every hero was scientist, or fought them. He is more comfortable talking shop with Will Magnus and the Metal Men or running his fingers through his old spelunking vehicle than having normal human interactions. And, like in Doom Patrol, Way (and Rivera) doesn’t tip off his the twists and turns of plot too soon through the use of the Ben-Day dot filled flashbacks, a possibly extradimensional monster, and an intriguing fellow on the final page, who has the body of a superhero, but the wardrobe of a serial killer. However, Cave Carson #1 gives readers a good idea of what makes its hero tick along with his problems and interests before monsters start exploding.

Michael Avon Oeming has one of the most aesthetically pleasing art styles with his angular figures finding a perfect balance between Mike Mignola and Bruce Timm just like Cave Carson has a little superhero and a little body horror going for it wrapped in a science fiction package. Gerard Way and Jon Rivera also make Cave Carson himself a likeable protagonist with dry sense of humor and love for science buried beneath his sadness.

The combination of character study from Way and Rivera with exemplary storytelling and atmosphere from Oeming and Nick Filardi and just a touch of Silver Age whimsy are a few reasons why Cave Carson #1 is my favorite Young Animal comic so far.

Story: Gerard Way and Jon Rivera Art: Michael Avon Oeming Colors: Nick Filardi
Story: 9 Art: 10 Overall: 9.5 Recommendation: Buy

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review.

Preview: Angel City #1

Angel City #1

(W) Janet Harvey
(A/CA) Megan Levens
(C/CA) Nick Filardi
ALTERNATE COVER illustrated by Michael Avon Oeming with Nick Filardi
NYCC 2016 EXCLUSIVE VARIANT COVER illustrated by Elsa Charretier with Nick Filardi
AGE RANGE: 15 and up
GENRE: Noir, Mystery
PRICE: $3.99
32 PAGES

Introducing ANGEL CITY, a hard-boiled 1930s noir starring Dolores Dare, previous Hollywood hopeful and current enforcer for the Volante mob. When her best friend turns up dead in a dumpster behind the Chinese Theater, Dolores starts her own investigation of the “April Fool’s Killer.” As she gets closer to the truth, the studios, the corrupt homicide division, and even her own gangland contacts work to cover up the scandal. Has she bitten off more than she can chew?

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Early Preview: Cave Carson Has a Cybernetic Eye #1

Cave Carson Has a Cybernetic Eye #1

Written by: Jon Rivera, Gerard Way
Art by: Michael Avon Oeming
Cover by: Michael Avon Oeming
Variant cover by: Bill Sienkiewicz, Matt Wagner, Matt Wagner
U.S. Price: $3.99
On Sale Date: Oct. 19, 2016

Cave Carson has done it all: survived countless adventures below the Earth’s surface, met the love of his life, and gotten a cybernetic eye…somehow. After he and his wife, Eileen, sent their only daughter Chloe off to college, Cave was ready to become just another mundane member of the surface world. That is, until Eileen got sick. Newly widowed, Cave tries to piece his life back together when a knock on the door of his secret underground lab pulls him back into a past that he and Eileen thought they had left buried deep within the Earth.

Adding to his troubles, Cave must determine if his recent hallucinations and visions are the work of his mind or his mysterious cybernetic eye. (Spoiler: It’s the eye.)

Written by Gerard Way (DOOM PATROL, Umbrella Academy) and Jon Rivera (Heartbreak), and illustrated by Michael Avon Oeming (Powers), this is an absurdist action-adventure story unlike any other!

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Powers Cancelled After Two Seasons

Powers March 10I was surprised that Powers was renewed for a second season, but it’s not getting a third as of now. Co-creator Brian Michael Bendis announced that Sony has cancelled the show that airs on Playstation Network.

The comic was originally published by Image in 2000 and then moved over to Marvel’s Icon imprint in 2004. The story follows a police division whose job is to deal with superpowered criminals. Sony had optioned it for a feature film in 2001. Fox optioned it for tv in 2009 and the series was passed on by FX before winding up on Sony’s Playstation Network.

Though the television show is over, the comic still continues.

TV Review: Powers S2E9 Slain Dragons

Powers Season 2Powers start dropping from the sky and Walker (Sharlto Copley) suspects an old friend is behind it. Pilgrim (Susan Heyward), however, pursues “Ghost” believing he’s responsible. Calista (Olesya Rulin) confronts SuperShock (Michael Madsen) but the encounter causes her to reconsider being a Power.

Powers confirms what was pretty clear for a while, who’s killing the various Powers out there. It’s not too surprising and it’s a storyline we’ve seen played out numerous times in comics. What is that? I’m not going to spoil it in a review, we’ll save that until next episode’s review most likely.

But, this continues the pattern this season of storylines that are predictable (for example Kutter’s fate last episode) or utterly make no sense at all (Calista’s father deciding to rob a bank). It’s been a drifting season from one setup to the next without any of the scenes really enhancing the narrative at all.

We get some action sequences and learn a lot more about Diamond’s history, but overall it feels hollow like the writers weren’t quite sure to get to the confrontation that’s coming. They had ideas but failed to connect the dots into a cohesive story that gelled. Too many side tracks and easily to spot fake outs distracted from a season that could have been greatly simplified by focus just on origins and the present.

Once again Olesya Rulin’s acting distracts as she attempts to act both scared and broken in a segment that spotlights her. Unfortunately, she can’t act making the entire scene comedic in a sad sort of way. It’s distracting and completely takes me out of the episode. What’s supposed to be serious just fails miserably and becomes comedic and laughable.

Predictable. Bad acting. It’s all here!

The series is building towards a big showdown. Will it be unpredictable? Bets are no.

The series has such potential, but this episode is a perfect example of where the potential gets sidetracked and distractions detracts from the whole. The seasons has been full of ups and downs, and there’s just been too many downs.

Overall Score: 6.0

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