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Preview: The Resistance Vol. 2 #1

The Resistance Vol. 2 #1

(W) J. Michael Straczynski (A) C. P. Smith (CA) Rahzzah
In Shops: Apr 07, 2021
SRP: $3.99

Acclaimed writer J. Michael Straczynski returns the prescient, ambitious world of The Resistance! In the wake of the assassination of their leader, the Resistance is in disarray, disconnected from each other and hunted by authorities around the world – including an army of “reborns” recruited by the American government. To avert decimation at the hands of a fascistic government crackdown, the Resistance must discover the ace up their sleeve, and then the key to unlocking it.

The Resistance Vol. 2 #1

Review: Byte-Sized #1

Byte-Sized #1

An army base has had something break out. It disabled the vehicles so no one could follow. It hitched a ride through the snow to end up in the home of a family, hidden safely in its Christmas tree. It’s a robotic creature of sorts and it’s sights, whether friendly or not, are set on the family’s daughter.

The timing on this book is a bit perfect, as it’s set during Christmas and we’re a few weeks away. Byte-Sized #1 is that kind of book for those who want a holiday story that is a bit more kid-friendly. That said, I thought this book was a bit boring. Really, so much does not happen in this book. We don’t see the creature break out. We don’t see much of anything except glowing eyes and we get a reveal at the end. The most action is when the family dog chews up a sock. I think writer Cullen Bunn maybe took it a bit too easy with this one. Hey, I might not even be the targeted audience for this but I just didn’t dig it. It happens.

Nelson Blake II’s art is a bit basic. There’s not a lot of detail but he does a good job of telling a story. It certainly fits the tone of Byte-Sized #1 well and was probably my favorite part of this book. Snakebite Cortez’s colors are good but would be suited better with some art that was a bit more detailed.

Do you love stories where robotic creatures break free from the government stooges and eventually befriend some young child? I’m pretty sure that’s where we’re going with Byte-Sized. I get that there’s probably a lot of inspiration from the likes of Gremlins or Batteries Not Included but maybe I need more issues to get some enjoyment from Byte-Sized. Kudos to AWA Studios for continuing to do different material with everything. Their scope is so wide in what they put out that you are bound to find something you’ll like. It just might not be this.

Story: Cullen Bunn Art: Nelson Blake II
Color: Snakebite Cortez Letterer: Sal Cipriano
Story: 4.0 Art: 5.0 Overall: 4.5

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Review: Byte-Sized #1

Byte Sized #1

Cullen Bunn, master of science-fiction storytelling, brings his talents to a Christmas story in Byte-Sized #1. The first issue of this four-part series from AWA Upshot is due to hit stands on December 9th. Every kid looks forward to opening presents on Christmas morning. On this particular Christmas morning, siblings Katy and Ben are in for a surprise bigger than whatever Santa Claus is planning to bring them. A group of robots possessing artificial intelligence had escaped from a government research facility and has found their way beneath Katy and Ben’s Christmas tree.

A sense of mystery bubbles beneath the surface of the entire first issue, culminating in an exciting cliffhanger. Bunn does a great job of setting up the story while keeping the robots’ intended purpose and full capabilities unknown. The combination of the magic of Christmas, the innocence of children, and the mysterious agenda of the robots make for a very compelling start to this limited series. I would have liked to see a little more happen in this first issue as several scenes seemed to drag. More panels were dedicated to certain events in the story than seemed necessary. Out of all the characters in this issue Gizmo, the family’s dog, stood out the most by far. Gizmo drives the second half of the plot forward and is adorable while doing it. In my opinion, one thing that would have improved on the story is if the entire thing was told/drawn from the perspectives of Gizmo and the robots. Those panels where this was the case were the strongest in the entire issue.

Nelson Blake II’s artwork fits the story of Byte Sized #1 perfectly. His style makes the characters look realistic while always capturing the tone conveyed by Bunn’s script. Even locales as mundane as a truck stop or a laundry room are brought to life by Blake’s artwork. He does a great job of rendering expressive faces, especially the characters’ eyes. Each character’s eyes are vibrant and perfectly capture the emotions that character is feeling in any given scene. Colorist Snakebite Cortez ups the ante on Blake’s illustrations with an expert use of shading, adding depth to the character designs. Every panel in this first issue, even the ones where people are just standing around talking, has a dynamic look and feel to it because of the art team’s collaboration.

In Byte-Sized #1 Cullen Bunn once again showcases his talent for blending genres. This first issue has horror and sci-fi elements, all wrapped up in a Christmas bow. The last few pages left me legitimately excited to see where the story will go from here. The art team breathe life into Bunn’s script and give each panel a unique look. Plus, you can’t go wrong with cute doggie action! Get in the holiday spirit and pick up your copy of Byte-Sized #1.

Story: Cullen Bunn Art: Nelson Blake II
Color: Snakebite Cortez Letterer: Sal Cipriano
Story: 8.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

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Early Review: Byte-Sized #1

Byte Sized #1

Cullen Bunn, master of science-fiction storytelling, brings his talents to a Christmas story in Byte-Sized #1. The first issue of this four-part series from AWA Upshot is due to hit stands on December 9th. Every kid looks forward to opening presents on Christmas morning. On this particular Christmas morning, siblings Katy and Ben are in for a surprise bigger than whatever Santa Claus is planning to bring them. A group of robots possessing artificial intelligence had escaped from a government research facility and has found their way beneath Katy and Ben’s Christmas tree.

A sense of mystery bubbles beneath the surface of the entire first issue, culminating in an exciting cliffhanger. Bunn does a great job of setting up the story while keeping the robots’ intended purpose and full capabilities unknown. The combination of the magic of Christmas, the innocence of children, and the mysterious agenda of the robots make for a very compelling start to this limited series. I would have liked to see a little more happen in this first issue as several scenes seemed to drag. More panels were dedicated to certain events in the story than seemed necessary. Out of all the characters in this issue Gizmo, the family’s dog, stood out the most by far. Gizmo drives the second half of the plot forward and is adorable while doing it. In my opinion, one thing that would have improved on the story is if the entire thing was told/drawn from the perspectives of Gizmo and the robots. Those panels where this was the case were the strongest in the entire issue.

Nelson Blake II’s artwork fits the story of Byte Sized #1 perfectly. His style makes the characters look realistic while always capturing the tone conveyed by Bunn’s script. Even locales as mundane as a truck stop or a laundry room are brought to life by Blake’s artwork. He does a great job of rendering expressive faces, especially the characters’ eyes. Each character’s eyes are vibrant and perfectly capture the emotions that character is feeling in any given scene. Colorist Snakebite Cortez ups the ante on Blake’s illustrations with an expert use of shading, adding depth to the character designs. Every panel in this first issue, even the ones where people are just standing around talking, has a dynamic look and feel to it because of the art team’s collaboration.

In Byte-Sized #1 Cullen Bunn once again showcases his talent for blending genres. This first issue has horror and sci-fi elements, all wrapped up in a Christmas bow. The last few pages left me legitimately excited to see where the story will go from here. The art team breathe life into Bunn’s script and give each panel a unique look. Plus, you can’t go wrong with cute doggie action! Get in the holiday spirit and pick up your copy of Byte-Sized #1 when it hits shops on December 9th.

Story: Cullen Bunn Art: Nelson Blake II
Color: Snakebite Cortez Letterer: Sal Cipriano
Story: 8.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

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AWA Studios, Magnetic, and Harlequin Deliver 8 New Digital Comics Today

ComiXology Delivers eight new digital comics for you today including the first round of collections from AWA Studios. You’ll also find new releases from Harlequin and Magnetic Press. Find all eight comics and get shopping here or check out the individual releases below.

Archangel 8

Written by Michael Moreci
Art by C.P. Smith
Colored by Snakebite Cortez
Cover by Jeff Dekal
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In a world beyond the sight of mortals, Heaven and Hell wage war for the souls of mankind. Principal among God’s legion are seven archangels written about in religious texts for millennia. But there is an eighth archangel, known only from passing allusions in Apocrypha, who operates under a different code. Fighting without God’s sanction, he faces the enemy on his own terms, and shows just how bad good can be.

Archangel 8

A Baby For The Boss

Written by Maureen Child
Art by Megumi Toda
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Jenny is at a loss. Finally getting a big opportunity for her career, she finds out she’ll have to work with Mike of all people. Jenny had once felt an instant connection with the tall, handsome billionaire. But it had all disappeared when their one-night stand led to a horrible misunderstanding the next morning. Now, trying to forget their past intimacy while working with Mike makes it increasingly difficult for Jenny to deny her feelings. She succumbs and they share another passionate night together. Jenny finds out she’s pregnant, but Mike can’t seem to get over the past…

A Baby For The Boss

The Contaxis Baby

Written by Lynne Graham
Art by Kanako Uesugi
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“A horrible woman who drove her boyfriend, Connor, to his death.” That’s the cruel reputation that haunts Lizzie. But worse still is the truth about Connor, which Lizzie refuses to reveal. With a heavy heart, Lizzie agrees to a friend’s invitation for a night out. There, she draws the eye of a Greek man named Sebastian. She spends the night with him…but little does she know, his true intention is revenge!

The Contaxis Baby

Hotell

Written by John Lees
Art by Dalibor Talajic
Colored by Lee Loughridge
Cover by Kaare Andrews, Keron Grant
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You won’t find it on any map, but if you happen to be driving down Route 66 late at night and you’re truly desperate for shelter, sanctuary or secrecy, you might see a battered sign on the side of the road: The Pierrot Courts Hotel – where many check in but few check out.

Hotell

Red Border

Written by Jason Starr
Art by Will Conrad
Colored by Ivan Nunes
Cover by Tim Bradstreet
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A young Mexican couple narrowly escapes the Juarez Cartel by fleeing across the border into Texas, only to be run down in the desert by the Cartel’s most brutal thugs. Rescued by a mysterious local who takes them to the safety of his family’s ranch, the couple soon realize their hosts have more than just skeletons in their closet. Trapped in a house of horrors beyond their wildest imagination, the army of assassins on their trail might be the least of their problems.

Red Border

The Collected Toppi Vol. 4: The Cradle of Life

Written by Sergio Toppi
Art by Sergio Toppi
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The fourth volume contains ten tales set in Africa, India, and Australia, presented in English for the first time: The Kokombo Dossier, Bwuma, my Son, Warramunga, M’Felewzi, and Pacific Island. Featuring a foreword by NYTimes and Eisner-winning author John Jennings.

The Collected Toppi Vol. 4: The Cradle of Life

The Resistance

Written by J. Michael Straczynski
Art by Mike Deodato Jr.
Colored by Lee Loughridge, Frank Martin Jr.
Cover by Rahzzah, Mike Deodato Jr.
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J. Michael Straczynski – creator of Babylon 5, co-creator of Sense8, and writer of beloved runs on The Amazing Spider-man, Thor, and Superman: Earth One – returns to comics teaming with Mike Deodato Jr. – the blockbuster artist of The Amazing Spider-Man, The Incredible Hulk, and Infinity Wars. Together they plant the flag for a new universe of heroes and villains. A global disaster leaves hundreds of millions dead in its wake. Shortly after, a few thousand suddenly manifest superhuman powers. Are they harbingers of more perils to come…or Earth’s last hope?

The Resistance

Year Zero

Written by Benjamin Percy
Art by Ramon Rosanas
Colored by Lee Loughridge
Cover by Kaare Andrews
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Ben Percy (Wolverine) and Ramon Rosanas (Star Wars: Age of Resistance) team up to present an epic tale that offers a global look at the Zombie Apocalypse. A Japanese hitman, a Mexican street urchin, an Afghan military aide, a Polar research scientist, a midwestern American survivalist – five survivors of a horrific global epidemic who must draw upon their unique skills and deepest instincts to navigate a world of shambling dead. Year Zero wrestles with the weighty moral and theological questions posed by the pandemic and investigates its cause and possible cure.

Year Zero

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Read The Resistance: Reborns Episode 2 Now

The Resistance: Reborns explores the origins of the newly superpowered humans after a global disaster leaves hundreds of millions dead in its wake, causing a few thousand to suddenly manifest superhuman powers.

It features writing by J. Michael Straczynski, art by C.P. Smith, colors by Snakebite Cortez, and web conversion by Iliana Jimenez.

You can read the whole chapter below!

AWA Studios Announces a New Digital series The Resistance: Reborns from J. Michael Straczynski and C.P. Smith. Read it Here

AWA Studios/UPSHOT has launched The Resistance: Reborns, a new digital mini-series exploring the origins of the newly superpowered humans after a global pandemic. You can read the full comic below.

The Resistance: Reborns spins out of the critically acclaimed series, The Resistance by title creator J. Michael Straczynski where “The end is the beginning” after a global disaster leaves hundreds of millions dead in its wake, causing a few thousand to suddenly manifest superhuman powers. The first “episode” also features colors by Snakebite Cortez and converted for the web by Iliana Jimenez.

In The Resistance: Reborns, Straczynski explores the origins of the newly superpowered humans after a global pandemic and features artist C. P. Smith. AWA Studios is giving newcomers and longtime fans alike a FREE exclusive look at how the characters introduced in The Resistance #1 received their powers.

The Resistance: Reborns, like all of their other UPSHOT comic series, is also available on popular webcomic platforms such as Webtoons and Tapas. You can read the first episode below:

Read AWA Studios’ Archangel 8 #1 for FREE!

AWA Studios has been releasing the first issues of their series for free to be read. Check out this exciting new publisher’s numerous releases and today we’re bringing you Archangel 8 #1!

In a world beyond the sight of mortals, Heaven and Hell wage war for the souls of mankind. Principal among God’s legion are seven archangels written about in religious texts for millennia. But there is an eighth archangel, known only from passing allusions in Apocrypha, who operates under a different code. Fighting without God’s sanction, he faces the enemy on his own terms, and shows just how bad good can be.

Archangel 8 is written by Michael Moreci with art by C.P. Smith, colors by Snakebite Cortez, and lettering by Sal Cipriano.

Preview: Archangel 8 #1

Archangel 8 #1

Written by Michael Moreci
Art by C.P. Smith
Colors by Snakebite Cortez
Letters by Sal Cipriano
In-Stores March 18th

In a world beyond the sight of mortals, Heaven and Hell wage war for the souls of mankind. Principal among God’s legion are seven archangels written about in religious texts for millennia. But there is an eighth archangel, known only from passing allusions in Apocrypha, who operates under a different code. Fighting without God’s sanction, he faces the enemy on his own terms, and shows just how bad good can be.

Archangel 8 #1

Archangel 8 from Michal Moreci, C.P. Smith, and AWA Studios Gets a Trailer

Archangel 8 #1

Writer: Michael Moreci
Artist: C.P. Smith
Colorist: Snakebite Cortez
Cover: Jeff Dekal
Letterer: Sal Cipriano
Diamond Code: JAN201610
On-Sale: March 18, 2020
Cover Price: $3.99

In a world beyond the sight of mortals, Heaven and Hell wage war for the souls of mankind. Principal among God’s legion are seven archangels written about in religious texts for millennia. But there is an eighth archangel, known only from passing allusions in Apocrypha, who operates under a different code. Fighting without God’s sanction, he faces the enemy on his own terms, and shows just how bad good can be.

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