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Review: The Troop #5

TheTroop_05_Cover_aThe Troop prepare for their first mission as a team; they even have snazzy uniforms and everything. But can superpowers in the hands of a few reckless kids stand up to the controlled rage of Chalice?

With The Troop #5, this series doesn’t seem slow down much as, the mysterious group that is killing kids with powers is finally confronted. Things go sort of according to plan, as tensions between the twin the sisters cause some internal conflict.  Which makes things interesting as Edward is confronted by an old friend. Except this friend is more than aware of the gifted children and that Edward is collecting them, despite the prophecy.

They finally get costumes. Like most similar mutant based comic books, the costumes are made to work with their specific powers. However unlike say The X-men for example, the Troops costumes are unique to each individual, which is a nice change of pace.  It portrays a sense of individuality despite being part of a team. As for the rest of the artwork, it is solid. Fluid, as the action and fight begins, ending before it gets out hand as the villains pull a radical move in attempt to destroy the Troop.

Story: Noel Clarke Art: Joshua Cassara
Story: 9 Art: 9 Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

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Preview: The Troop #5

The Troop #5

Writers: Noel Clarke
Artist: Joshua Cassara
Colorist: Luis Guerrero
Publisher: Titan Comics
FC – 32PP – $3.99 – On Sale: April 20

The Troop prepare for their first mission as a team; they even have snazzy uniforms and everything. But can superpowers in the hands of a few reckless kids stand up to the controlled rage of Chalice?

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Review: The Troop #4

TheTroop_01_CoverWith one of the team killed, the young, naive members of the Troop must face up to the reality of their situation. They can return to the grim misery of their previous lives – or fully embrace their powers and rain their righteous fury down upon those out to do them harm! Time to decide!

Take a chance at a normal life hiding what you are, or are you willing to use what you have? That seems to be the underlying question in this issue, as everyone tries to have a normal life. At least as normal as they can given they are a more than most humans. Of course that doesn’t end well, as the past comes back to some of them.

Nothing says family, quite like strange coincidences, as they all share one home. Now that the home has become more than just a hideout, the artist does a supreme job filling in the blank spots of the penthouse.  Even the scenes where they attempt to have to a normal life by finding jobs, going to school, working are supremely well done.

I’m curious to see how this story continues, as past and present mingle into a strange tapestry. One thing is certain though, it will be interesting.

Story: Noel Clarke Art: J. Cassara
Story: 9 Art: 9.5 Overall: 9.25 Recommendation: Buy

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Preview: The Troop #4

THE TROOP #4

Writer: Noel Clarke
Artist: Joshua Cassara
PUBLISHER: TITAN COMICS
PAGE COUNT: 32PP
PRICE: $3.99
RELEASE DATE: March 9

With one of the team killed, the young, naive members of the Troop must face up to the reality of their situation. They can return to the grim misery of their previous lives – or fully embrace their powers and rain their righteous fury down upon those out to do them harm! Time to decide!

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Review: The Troop #3

THE TROOP #3 COVER A by Josh CassaraThe ranks of the Troop continue to swell… teenager torch, Hotshot, and Virus, a little bundle of virulence, have been joined by Torrent, a young girl who gives a whole new meaning to ‘stream’ of consciousness. Now they begin to dig like fingernails in a scab to uncover the secrets of their origins…

In most comics there is an origin story of sort of how, and why the character(s) came to be. While that is common to happen in the first issue, this one takes place in the third issue of The Troop. At least some of it does, anyway, as the main characters learn “how,” and to a limited extent the “why,” they existent. Honestly, the series so far has been a a violent, super-powered thrill ride so far, and I doubt it will end soon.

While the past issues have been been violent, this issue kicks thing up a few notches in both story and art. The art by J. Cassara manages to capture the story’s action packed, conspiracy as Illusion hunts down more of the powered beings. Of course like previous issues, this issue manages to introduce a few more characters. Including a “dead,” boy and an odd Brazilian family.  Both of which have intriguing, and odd styles of being drawn, along with a back story.

Story: Noel Clarke Art: J. Cassara
Story: 9 Art: 9 Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

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Preview: The Troop #3

THE TROOP #3

Writer: Noel Clarke
Artist: Joshua Cassara
Cover A: Joshua Cassara
Cover B: Yishan Li
Publisher: Titan Comics
Format: Softcover
Page Count: 32 PP
Price: $3.99
On Sale Date: February 10, 2016

The ranks of the Troop continue to swell… teenager torch, Hotshot, and Virus, a little bundle of virulence, have been joined by Torrent, a young girl who gives a whole new meaning to ‘stream’ of consciousness. Now they begin to dig like fingernails in a scab to uncover the secrets of their origins…

THE TROOP #3 COVER A by Josh Cassara

Review of The Troop #2

TheTroop_02_Cover A - Joshua CassaraTorrent, a young woman who can turn herself into water and travel via people’s bladders! Hotshot, sex bomb and pyro-boy! Virus, a little girl who spreads disease like a plague louse! Superheroes with very little that’s super about them, they have been brought together by a mysterious billionaire who seems keen to protect them from an equally mysterious but far more lethal organization with big guns and cool suits.

The Troop #2 continues the enthralling, action filled story from the first issue with barely a break in the pace. Still managing to contain that adult humor, this issues brings in a few more characters, who have powers. Introducing two of the three new characters with sad, unique, but basic, (hopefully building,) backstories. A third character is revealed but, lacks any backstory except they reveal one very critical thing. She isn’t friendly.  While the title is still new, writer Noel Clarke seems to be creating a large world, and more is waiting to be revealed.

While I can’t show you the end panel, that is one of the most interesting panels in the story. By all means J. Cassara makes good use of their talent to amplify the mystery of the chamber. The artwork throughout is superb, with an excellent degree of realism. Every well drawn scene is detailed, and rarely lacks action.

This pairing is definitely two creators to keep an eye on in the future, and see what they write/illustrate. Looking forward to the next issue, eagerly.

Story: Noel Clarke Art: J. Cassara
Story: 8.5 Art: 9.0 Overall: 8.75 Recommendation: Buy

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Preview: The Troop #2

THE TROOP #2

Writer: Noel Clarke
Artist: Joshua Cassara
Cover A: Joshua Cassara
Cover B: Yishan Li
Publisher: Titan Comics
Format: Softcover
Page Count: 32
Price: $3.99
On Sale Date: Jan 13, 2016

Torrent, a young woman who can turn herself into water and travel via people’s bladders! Hotshot, sex bomb and pyro-boy! Virus, a little girl who spreads disease like a plague louse!

Superheroes with very little that’s super about them, they have been brought together by a mysterious billionaire who seems keen to protect them from an equally mysterious but far more lethal organisation with big guns and cool suits.

TheTroop_02_Cover A - Joshua Cassara

Review: The Troop #1

The troopAcross the planet and unknown to each other, a group of troubled teenagers lead lives of quiet desperation. But hell is about to befall them and they find their lives destroyed when they are targeted by dark forces.

On the run, they discover they have unbelievable powers and must come together as The Troop!

If you were recreating X-men comics, with more of adult feel in both violence, story, and art work it would be The Troop. The story starts off slow, and rockets up to an intense speed in only few pages, as chaos ensues. It comes complete with an unknown organization hunting the main characters, along an order of religious zealots called the Balance. If the first issue is a small hint at what is going to hopefully continue in the next issues, it will be one thrilling read.

Keeping with the fast pace story, the art work amplifies that with use of  a multitude colors. Outside of the few slower bits in the beginning, the artwork keeps up with story wonderfully. Rarely skipping on the gore, when the intense and often brutal fight scenes happen. Even in the few calmer and more “adult,” scenes the panels are well drawn, sharing an odd sense of realism. While balancing the action, and violence superbly well.

Story: Noel Clarke Art: Joshua Cassara
Story: 9.5 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.25 Recommendation: Buy

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Preview: The Troop #1

THE TROOP #1​

WRITER: NOEL CLARKE
ARTIST: JOSHUA CASSARA
PUBLISHER: TITAN COMICS
PAGE COUNT: 36 PP
FORMAT: SOFTCOVER
PRICE: $3.99
RELEASE DATE: DECEMBER 9

Across the planet and unknown to each other, a group of troubled teenagers lead lives of quiet desperation. But hell is about to befall them and they find their lives destroyed when they are targeted by dark forces. On the run, they discover they have unbelievable powers and must come together – as The Troop!

Issue #1 comes with two covers to collect: an art cover by series artist Joshua Cassara (order code: OCT151684) and ​a variant art cover by red-hot Doctor Who artist Elena Casagrande (order code: OCT151685).

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