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Review: Amala’s Blade #1, The Answer #4, The Massive #11, Mind MGMT #10

Amala’s Blade #1

Amala's Blade #1 CoverThe kingdom of Naamaron is bitterly divided into warring factions: the low-tech Purifiers and the high-tech Modifiers. Both fear the great vizier’s deadliest assassin, Amala. But for all her lethal skills, Amala’s drawing too much attention for the vizier’s taste. So what better way to deal with a troublesome cutthroat than to send her on a suicide mission?

I’m always up for a new female kick-ass lead character and Amala’s Blade features just such a character. I read the zero issue and like the first I was entertained. It’s a fun read and the world presented seems interesting.

But, like the first issue, I wanted more. We get glimpses as to the kingdom of Naamaron, it seems a bit steampunk-ish, but there’s not a lot of detail to it. That frustrated me a little as a reader.

I’d think my issues with this first issue will go away as the series progresses. It seems like a lot of fun and will be a nice read each month. But, as far as first issues goes, it was good, but didn’t suck me back in to be super excited for the second issue.

Story: Steve Horton Art: Michael Dialynas
Story: 7.5 Art: 7.75 Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Read

The Answer #4

The Answer #4 CoverA mind is a terrible thing to waste. Can Devin and the Answer think their way free of the Brain Trust before CHEMICAL X breaks their brains for good? The explosive conclusion of this superhero mystery!

This is it for the four issue limited series and overall it’s been fun. There was something entertaining about it all, but after four issues there’s still so many questions that I don’t have answered. The series in a way promises “the answer” and it just wasn’t there.

It’s been a fun series. Mindless entertainment where you really can’t think too hard about what’s going on. But, as far as stories, this feels like a second or third story arc for me.

The story is about a secret organization that wants a Librarian and we find out what in this issue, but what that would accomplish and the why isn’t really there. Then there’s the main character of the Answer himself.

Overall, for a series that’s been called The Answer, there’s a lot of questions left. Here’s hoping we get some more issues and get some actual answers.

Story: Mike Norton, Dennis Hopeless Art: Mike Norton
Story: 7 Art: 7 Overall: 7 Recommendation: Read

The Massive #11

The Massive #11Following a mutiny, the crew of the Kapital are in a race against time to catch their increasingly elusive sister ship, The Massive, when a school of aggressive great white sharks cross their path!

I named this the best non-super hero series of  last year. Overall, I felt it was the best series period. The Massive so far has kept that up and is making a case for repeating this year.

This issue is a prime example of why it’s so good. We get the continuation of the ramifications of the previous issue, a bit of a lesson about the environment and a lot of tense moments.

There’s also the subtle theme of this issue, legacy. While discussing the history of the shark, we get an allegory about one’s greater picture in the eco-system and how things can carry on even in the face of disaster. It’s a commentary on Callum Israel’s legacy and that of the Ninth Wave and it’s crew.

The issue just shows how amazing of a series this is, one I can’t recommend enough. It is the best comic on the market, hands down.

Story: Brian Wood Art: Declan Shalvey
Story: 9 Art: 8.75 Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

Mind MGMT #10

Mind MGMT #10 CoverOnly the Futurist can help Lyme and Meru find Mind Management’s hidden training ground, Shangri-la. But how can they track a man who knows their every move before they do?

I really should spend this review yelling at folks for not reading this brilliant series. It’s one of the few comics on the market that is a complete package from the front cover to the back cover.

The attention to detail on every page is amazing. There’s a side story along the edges, fakes ads, hidden messages, it’s just amazing. There really is no other comic like it on the market, for that alone it’s a must buy.

But then there’s Kindt’s story and art. The story itself is crazy. It follows a shady organization who uses people with special abilities to shape the world. The series is now preparing for a battle to take down that organization as sides are being taken.

The art is Kindt’s usual, which is to say unique and distinctive. If you see his work, you know it’s his. I personally love the style myself.

The series is consistently solid, one of my favorites each and every issue. It’s not too late to get reading and find out what you’ve been missing.

Story and Art: Matt Kindt
Story: 9 Art: 9 Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

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Review – The Answer #1, Mind MGMT #7 and The Massive #8

The Answer #1

The Answer #1 CoverDevin McKenzie is an insomniac librarian with a knack for solving puzzles. The Answer! is a masked crime fighter with a giant exclamation point on his face. Aside from a penchant for late nights, they share nothing in common . . . until both become embroiled in a deadly mystery surrounding a sinister motivational speaker!

I’m a fan of pulp and so far have enjoyed Dark Horse’s re-entry into that and crime fighter comics. This latest series is entertaining, but it seemed a bit light for me in the story department.

There’s a set up of a librarian solving this puzzle, then being taken to a website, then suddenly folks are trying to kill her while this crime fighter is trying to save her. It’s the beginning of a chase movie, with little explanation, a series of events, not a complete story, but this is a miniseries…

The first issue to me is good, didn’t blow me away, but it’s a fun entry into the crime fighter noirish genre. I have a feeling when taken as a whole, the series will be much better than the individual parts. I was hoping to be blown away or at least hooked enough by this first issue. While I liked it, can’t say I’m uber excited for the second.

Story: Dennis Hopeless Art: Mike Norton Colorist: Mark Englert

Story: 7.25 Art: 7.25 Overall: 7.25 Recommendation: Read

The Massive #8

The Massive #8The Kapital stumbles upon a newly declared sovereign nation—a community of hundreds living on oil platforms with dreams of a new utopia. With the world’s governments and economies in shambles, is this new “country” the hope for the future that Callum Israel and Ninth Wave are looking for?

Set up in the last issue is continued with all kinds of mysterious actions being taken by the crew of the Kapital while a storm bears down. Communications lines are being destroyed, the Kapital is facing some hostile actions and Callum and his crew are aboard this new nation, either locked up or doing… something…

This issue is the middle of an ongoing story, not good for new readers, but you should be reading this series anyways, so that’s not an issue.

Add in an ending that shocked me and had me blurt out wtf while reading, and I was blown away by this issue. I can’t wait to see what happens next. This is one of the few series I devour as soon as I get my hands on it. Easily the best comic series on the shelves today.

Story: Brian Wood Art: Garry Brown Colorist: Dave Stewart Cover: J.P. Leon

Story: 9 Art: 9 Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

Mind MGMT #7

Mind MGMT #7 CoverWe’ve learned some of the secrets of Henry Lyme; now get ready to meet the rest of MIND MGMT, beginning with the Ad Man! With the remains of MIND MGMT on Lyme’s tail, the former spy is forced to seek help from other defectors.

Up to this point, we’ve had a hell of a build up as we’ve learned what Mind MGMT is and how it’s shaped the world. Now we get to meet various members of the clandestine organization. But, as we do that, we’re also dragged into further mystery.

The Ad Man presented in this issue gives us more of a background as to how Mind MGMT has changed the world, but from his perspective. We also get even more of an idea in how in depth their day to day control is.

Kindt each month puts out a brilliant package. The comic is so much more than the story in between the covers, instead there’s shorter comics on the inside covers and then in this issue small drawings throughout the bottom of the comic just adds to the experience and adds to the overall feel. There’s nothing else like it in comics today.

This is the beginning of a new story arc, so now’s a perfect time to find out the excellence you’ve been missing.

Story, Art and Cover: Matt Kindt

Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

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