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Review: Space Pop #1

Space Pop #1

Within the Game Of Thrones universe, it was always interesting to watch the dynamics between the houses. We found out long-festering feuds and bitter alliances, that was only forged for political gains. What was even more entertaining was the family dynamics within each house, as we found out for the most part, except for the Targaryen house, how they came to be. As each family’s dynamics had modern-day models that we all saw ourselves in.

The characters that really made me curious were the black sheep of each family. Everyone can say the most flawed character was Jon Snow as his honor often betrayed him. The one character, who was exiled from his family, but fought with honor to the very end, was Jorah Mormont. In the debut issue of Space Pop, we find an exiled noble whose job much like Jon and Jorah, is one where heroism is something these men just have.

We meet a spaceship crew, who all hate each other, as most of them are teenagers and are different alien species. As the crew is hired for a job which none of them can agree on which plan to deploy and resident diva, Rosalina, wants to use a more incognito direction, while the captain and the legacy holder Joshua, decides for a more flashy style of doing the job. As the job turns out to be more than they expected, as a whole slew of new problems pop up, leaving the crew at a disadvantage. By issues end, Joshua gets in trouble with the local magistrate and a behemoth of a problem.

Overall, a fun introduction to these characters and this world. The story by Corey Van Mikkell is exciting and funny. The art by Sebastian Riera is beautiful. Altogether, an excellent story that looks to add to the pantheon of space heist crews.

Story: Corey Van Mikkell Art: Sebastian Riera
Story: 9.3 Art: 9.5 Overall: 9.66 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