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Review: Web of Lives Collection 1

The world has both progressed and regressed in many ways over the last few decades. The fight for visibility and acceptance seems like an almost eternal struggle for so many. Members of the LGBTQ community know this fight all too well. The choice to either live out loud or in silence carries consequences for them both and can weigh heavily either way. They must risk the fear of their lives, of un-acceptance by loved ones, the dismissal by co-workers, and outright hate by some on society. The decision in how open to be can be impacted be all of that and more

As more of the maligned masses starts to grab streams of the spotlight that the world has denied until recently, their stories have started to enter the public conscience. These stories show the world that it is more than binary. It’s a kaleidoscope of love and choices. Though progress is a slowly bending arc, these struggles remain. In some ways they’re less harsh than in the past they remain. Some of these stories are told masterfully in Kristen P. EnosWeb Of Lives: The Collection Volume 1

In “Berserker,” a family moves into a new neighborhood, where a young girl, Casey who just so happens to be a tomboy, starts having feelings for a neighbor, Cynthia. As they grow older, both of them become closer, as Casey hides her feelings from Cindy, but a terrible ailment has rendered Casey unconscious, leaving her future uncertain. Casey comes out of a coma, still  not realizing why she passed out . Meanwhile, her parents and friends try to convince her to join the LGBTQ club, somewhere she can meet like personalities. Also, at a medical facility in New York, it seems as though some strange characters are very interested in Casey, for her physical traits. As she gets more comfortable in her skin, a boy picks on her for being gay resulting in retaliation. In “The Good Child,” Yoshiko, the daughter of a powerful Yakuza lord Master Watanabe, is shaken to the core as the family’s matriarch passes away. The Yakuza lord remarries someone close to him, his mistress while at the same time Yoshiko, is betrothed to an older man, one whose demure demeanor gives Yoshiko pause. As her wedding day approaches she feels a change in the wind. With her wedding day, her father ‘s enemies are the gate, as chaos ensues with an assault on the family mansion. Yoshiko soon realizes that everything is not what it seems and the attack was deliberate and was planned from the inside. Soon she finds out that her husband’s business partners are shadier than she originally perceived. She soon finds every man in her life, her husband and brother, have either has underestimated or undermined her, as such disregard has no place.

Overall, two very different stories which both show the struggles women both gay and straight. The stories are action packed, relatable,  and always intriguing. The art by creative team is gorgeous. Altogether, a a great book which shows how great a writer Kristen P. Enos is.

Story: Kristin P. Enos Art: Song Ye, Pablo Romero, and Howard Cruse
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Scout Comics’ Solar Flare #1 Gets a Second Printing and New Cover

Scout Comics has announced that Solar Flare #1 by creator James Haick, artist Branko Jovanovic and colorist Song Ye, a dystopian tale of a world that has been plunged back into the dark ages when a solar flare wipes out all the electricity and modern technology in the world, has sold out of its first issue and gone back to a second printing with a brand new cover.

Please use Diamond code MAR178525 to order this edition — coming to stores June 7, 2017. Branko Jovanovic has created a new cover for this second printing as a thank you to the readers that made this possible.

Review: Solar Flare #1

Where were you when the world went dark? The world has been plunged into darkness and society as we know it has launched into chaos. Jake Clifford was just a regular guy, a man trying to achieve greatness in his career and a father doing his best to be the man his daughter deserved. That is, until a solar flare makes contact with earth, wiping out all electricity and modern technology with one fatal blow. Now Jake must adapt to this new world, hoping to one day be reunited with his daughter who was states away when the lights went out.

Apocalypse stories are a dime a dozen at this point, so to stand out you either need to present it in a new way or do something really solid with the material. Writer James Haick III doesn’t necessarily give us something new, but what he does do is present it in a way that the story feels fresh and interesting.

The first issue of Solar Flare is a slow build to the collapse. The various players on the board are introduced and situations set up enough that we care about who they are and how they’re connected. But, beyond the relationships, Haick focuses on building tension. I knew the basic idea before reading this, but even with that I could feel the intensity build until that final page when things hit. This is the 15 minutes of the disaster film before the disaster hits, but instead of just setting up the situations the various characters will need to overcome there’s also a focus on setting and vibe.

That’s the thing I really enjoyed with this first issue. We know electricity and electronics are about to go bye-bye, but there’s a subtle focus on what that means without being in our face about it. And through pages dedicated to a countdown of sorts those two combined really builds the setting and situation.

Branko Jovanovic’s art adds to it all. There’s a nice focus on technology without things being over the top and we get to see how much of it is in the various characters’ lives. Haick and Jovanovic form like Voltron to emphasize what’s about to happen without beating us over the head with it. The characters all look different as well. There’s no cheats here, each person is unique in their own way and distinguishable.

Solar Flare #1 is a fantastic start of a disaster comic whose focus on tension and the build pays off by the end of the issue. I can’t wait to see if that continues throughout the series, but no matter, this is a great issue to start things with.

Story: James Haick III Art: Branko Jovanovic Cover: Song Ye
Story: 8.50 Art: 7.95 Overall: 8.45 Recommendation: Buy

Scout Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Here Comes Solar Flare from Scout Comics

Scout Comics and Entertainment has announced the April release of Solar Flare, part of their expanding line of comics. The series is written by James Haick with art by Branko Jovanovic and cover art by Song Ye.

Solar Flare is a modern-day story where a massive x-class solar flare hits Earth wiping out all electronics and electricity. The comic is based on real science and focuses on Jake Clifford and his friends as he attempts to road trip it in an electronic-less world to reunite with his daughter. There’s also a scientist who’s attempts to get to a secret military base, ground zero in re-establishing the country’s electrical infrastructure.

With society unraveling, the journey is perilous.

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