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Review: Sist3rs #5


One of the best storylines in comics of all time is the Dark Phoenix Saga. Chris Claremont is one of those names in comic books which simply gives readers that warm fuzzy. Memories of how great the X-Men were during the 1980s was largely in part to how reinvigorated the characters. He is the main reason for the 1980s cartoon series and why Bryan Singer brought them to the big screen with their first movies at Fox.

It was the later movies which proved a mixed bag. X-Men-First Class was a masterpiece. X-Men-Dark Phoenix is a whole different story. The original storyline was probably one of Claremont’s best works in comics ever, showing a hero, not in control of their powers. Geoff Thorne unpacks a similar sequence like the Dark Phoenix Saga within the fifth chapter to his book, Sist3rs.

We meet Para, as she delves into the a spiritual plane with the fire monster. As she finds out that the fire monster is a man who has been terribly cursed by someone or something. Para eventually finds out the whole story and how he got entrenched by an act of evil. By issue’s end, what Para discovers is an evil the three have never seen

Overall, an great fifth issue which gives the story even more context. The story by Thorne is riveting. The art by Thorne is elegant. Altogether, a story that looks to explore the extent of valor.

Story: Geoff Thorne Art: Geoff Thorne
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Review: Sist3rs #4


The story of Moby Dick is one that has been told and retold. What has attracted readers to the story is the internal struggle. Ahab was a metaphor for man’s incessant obsession for conquest. The story told more about Ahab than it did of the whale. What is more fascinating is that the story itself was based on Melville’s experiences as a sailor on whaling ships.

Ahab and Ishmael were mere conduits to explore the evil of man. The book itself though written in 1851 is still an engrossing read, as Melville’s prose is masterful. Every creator has put their spin on the tale in one way or the other. Geoff Thorne uses this archetype quite wondrously in the fourth chapter to his book, Sist3rs.

We find Izzy being comforted by Para, as her paranoia sets in leaving Ruul to fight against the fire monster. As we find out a bit of Ruul’s backstory, how she was a misunderstood orphan with extraordinary powers and is rescued by a skilled female warrior. Eventually, Ruul defeats the monster rendering it almost lifeless. By the issue’s end, Para discovers the monster is a bit more than it looks; it is an actual man under that.

Overall, an excellent fourth issue that endears the reader to three protagonists. The story by Thorne is enthralling. The art by Thorne is stylish. Altogether, a story that shows heart should be a central part of all tales.

Story: Geoff Thorne Art: Geoff Thorne
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Review: Sist3rs #3


I’ve been a fan of Alexander Dumas as long as I’ve been able to read. Many of his stories talked about valor and honor. These are attributes that many writers have tried to project onto their characters. Just like most people who read his books, I’m a fan of his Musketeers stories.

Each of the main characters brought their own savoir-faire to the stories. My favorite is The Man In The Iron Mask. When the Three Musketeers became the Four Musketeers, by adding Dartagnan, they added a whole different feel to the character dynamics. Geoff Thorne adds the third member in the third chapter to his comic series, Sist3rs.

We find Ruul and M’Para, meeting the third member of their triumvirate, Izzikay. As Ruul, vocalizes her doubts, as she senses Izakiin’s age and immaturity. Soon Izakiin would learn quickly and the three would start to sync their abilities collectively. By issue’s end, the three unearth on purpose, an ungodly evil, to test their abilities together.

Overall, a brilliant third issue that shows our three protagonists together. The story by Thorne is enticing. The art by Thorne is graceful. Altogether, this installment starts to bring the action to the story.

Story: Geoff Thorne Art: Geoff Thorne
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall:9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Review: Sist3rs Book 2


I recently wrote what some would coin a “love letter”. It’s something I haven’t done in a long time. When I was in high school it used to be so simple. Trying to catch someone’s attention was easy. Sometimes, rejection was part of the equation, a necessary but painful part of being a teenager. Getting your heart broken is only part of the equation, sometimes they feel the same way.

As you get older, the murkier the waters get, as professing your feelings to someone is not as easy. So, I wrote this letter in hopes of reciprocation but I have to accept if it is not the same for her. Geoff Thorne writes of a love in the second chapter to his webcomic, Sist3rs.

We find Ruul, sensing her husband may be in distress, walking through literal fire for him. As her husband faces a supernatural power, before Ruul and her husband understand what happening, they are changed by the deity. Both inheriting abilities only a God can bestow on a mortal being. By the issue’s end, Ruul and her husband’s love for each other are what overwhelms the deity and they absorb his powers.

Overall, an excellent second issue that gives perspective on how Ruul gained her powers. The story by Thorne is beguiling. The art by Thorne is elegant. Altogether, a story that illustrates the beauty of true love.

Story: Geoff Thorne Art: Geoff Thorne
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Review: Sist3rs Book 1


When one thinks of monsters, you also think of the ones who vanquish them. For Dracula, it’s Van Helsing, which was last seen in the BBC Netflix co-production. It offered, under Steven Moffett’s deft guidance, a relatable yet fierce version of Van Helsing. It also provided an almost infallible version of Dracula, who ultimately gets outwitted by this version of Van Helsing. This is one of the most popular and most prominent examples of this archetype.

It has translated to comics, in both relationships at DC between villain and hero, Batman & Joker, and Superman & Lex Luthor.  What I find confounding is the lack of monster hunters that are POC, which is why I was so glad when I read David Walker, Chuck Brown, and Sanford Greene’s masterpiece Bitter Root. It’s about a Black family who just so happens to be monster hunters. The book added another set of protagonists who were complex and relatable. Geoff Thorne also has ventured to add to the canon with his book, Sist3rs.

We meet Ruul, a young woman growing up in an Afrikan village, who has just gotten married, and whose husband must go through a trial that all young men in their village undergo. As her husband departs for his trial, Ruul, looks as he leaves with sorrow. As in this rite of passage, he must fight for life and to a certain extent, temptation, as his true nature will determine whether or not he passes. By the issue’s end, Ruul also succumbs to true nature, as she raises shield and spear to fight for her husband.

Overall, a powerful debut issue that introduces one of the protagonists and the moment she becomes what she was always meant to be. The story by Thorne is enthralling. The art by Thorne is gorgeous. Altogether, a story I definitely cannot wait to continue.

Story: Geoff Thorne Art: Geoff Thorne
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

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