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Review: Haxor #2

Haxor #2

As a kid of the 80s, I grew up watching some very iconic movies. One of those movies was Tron. Watching it now, one would say the technology was very crude, and it was, but at the time, it was cutting edge. It showed a world where everything was connected to technology.

The sequel would capitalize on this very notion, utilizing today’s technological advances, giving viewers, a true view of the new world. How we were connected was not only clairvoyant but relevant. As we are approaching a world in which much of that is becoming very true. In the second issue of Walter Ostlie’s excellent Haxor, we find a new world, where technology blurs what is visceral

We find Iso at the beginning of the game where she is meeting up with the rest of her team, right before a game starts. One of her teammates, Verve, senses something is wrong with the lineup, giving them some cause for concern, but still ready to play. As they are watching where one team is getting obliterated by the game, often making moves that would otherwise have them on the winning side. By the issue’s end, the team in the game gets “deleted” but Iso remains vigilant despite what she just saw.

Overall, Haxor #2 is an excellent chapter that gets us deeper into the story. The story by Ostlie is exciting. The art by Ostlie is stunning. Altogether, a story that explores the possibilities of technology.

Story: Walter Ostlie Art: Walter Ostlie
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Review: Firebrand #3

Firebrand #3

I have been a fan of Terry Brooks for too many years to count. I remembered the first time I saw one of his books. It was at a School book fair, and Scholastic was there. As all of us loved to get our books by class mail order, bringing in money so we can get the books we checked off. So we all got excited and of course, we’re happy that we did not have to wait for the books to come because they were there.

As Scholastic were not the only booksellers there. In fact, there was one who sold used books, and right there I saw Magic Kingdom for Sale and was hooked from that point on. I of course got into the Shannara Chronicles and was dazzled by the strong female protagonists. In Jessica Chobot, Erika Lewis, and Claudia Aguirre’s third issue of Firebrand, our protagonist finds out who her family really is, much like Shea in The Sword of Shannara.

We find Natali meeting her aunt, her mother’s twin for the first time, Selena, and whom she would call Izeba(aunt) Selena, as she finds out that she is part of a race of powerful witches. Fast forward, eight years later, and she hasn’t seen father in all that time and must take part in a deadly competition, Basa Gerra,  which would weed who was the best witch/wizard of them all and who would be her Aunt Selena’s next apprentice. She would face some stiff competition from her cousin, Jenna. By the issue’s end, the young witches and wizards see what awaits them, almost certain death.

Overall, Firebrand #3 is a chapter that ramps up on the action. The story by Chobot and Lewis is thrilling. The art by Aguirre is stunning. Altogether, it’s a story that all readers can enjoy.

Story: Jessica Chobot and Erika Lewis Art: Claudia Aguirre
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Review: Arms of the Dragon #5

Arms of the Dragon #5

Throughout your life, things push you to go in certain directions. For some a tragedy sends some people spiraling. For others, they go through a life of denial. Then for others, they become a totally new person.

Some people become more focused on the meaning of life that they forget to live. The despair tends to anchor some people down. Or like some, they turn into anger and hate,  a violent yet powerful weapon. In Noir Ceasar’s fifth chapter of Arms of the Dragon, Shou begins to become who he is without his family in his life.

We find Shou, shortly after discovering that the girl that gave him food, had been taken by the Shotta Mafioso, leads him to track them down. He eventually gets to their hideout, where one of the capos, has just killed a pair of cops, and Shou finally finds his nerve. He gets in a skirmish with the capo who took the girl, eventually killing him. By the issue’s end, we take a leap forward, where the boys are street avengers.

Overall, a promising episode that will adds a layer of intrigue to the story. The story by Johnson and Lawrence is stirring. The art by Krady is stunning. Altogether, a story that shows sometimes tragedy makes who they were always meant to be.

Story: Marcus Johnson and John Lawrence Art: Chris Krady
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Review: Yeehaw Blue #3

Yeehaw Blue #3

The way the world forces certain people into our lives is almost always remarkable.  It is also befuddling why certain people you meet, you really ever get along with. Case and point, a job I was recently at, this one person, where we were the same age, same situation and yet we did not connect. Then it dawned on me exactly why and I now consider that a blessing.

As I soon realized this person was of low character and often was considered one of the organization’s “snitches”. On the same token, someone who came at me with initial apprehension at a different job became one of my best friends.AS who gets dropped into your life is both a wondrous and beautiful coincidence of living. In the third issue of Yeehaw Blue, Reya meets someone who will become one of her best friends.

We find Kia Johnson, an unassuming young woman, at school where some of the mean girls are trying to have their fun with her, something that they would come to regret. We also find Reya back at school in Ms.Blikeson’s office, where her nonconformist attitude gets her in trouble. Both Kia and Reya meet and get along famously. By the issue’s end, though both of them end up at the Dean’s office, they find a similar spirit in each other.

Overall, an enjoyable episode that injects some levity into the story. The story by the creative team is exhilarating. The art by Jones is striking. Altogether, a story that shows that even misfits are only that to people who don’t understand.

Story: Shay Jones, Johnny O’Bryant, Marcus Johnson, and Corey Mikkell Art: Shay Jones
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Review: Yeahaw Blue #2

Yeehaw Blue

As a fan of the show, Supernatural, I have always loved when they poked fun at themselves. The Winchester Brothers, from the very start, have always been the Luke Skywalker and Han Solo of monster hunting. As Dean’s cynicism is always matched with Sam’s righteousness. Through the show’s 11 seasons, it has always found a way to make the siblings relatable yet stoic in some aspect.

The show has always endured because the brothers with the help of their winged friend, Castiel, and occasionally from their father figure, Bobby, are all of us. We are not one thing because of our family but are many things because of those we call friends. In an episode in the previous season, we saw, the Brothers play out their own version of One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest. In the second issue of Yeehaw Blue, Reya much like the Winchesters must recover to persevere.

We find Reya, shortly after her fight with a Teras, as she recovers in the school infirmary. As we soon find out that Reya and Boonie were both burnt, and neither of them nor the school knows how a Teras could breathe fire. As the nurse and the headmaster discuss the implications of what may come from the incident, they soon realize the school may have been underestimating Reya’s skills. By the issue’s end, Reya’s family heirloom seems to be more a knickknack, as it causes eerie visions that only Boone can see when holding it.

Overall, it’s a fun chapter that dives a bit into character exploration. The story by the creative team is exciting. The art by Jones is stunning. Altogether, a story that gives a different look at the underdog.

Story: Shay Jones, Johnny O’Bryant, Marcus Johnson, and Corey Mikkell Art: Shay Jones
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Bu

Review: Arms of the Dragon #4

Arms of the Dragon #4

When one suffers a tragedy, it becomes sometimes hard to get past it. As life throws you these curves and makes you question everything. It becomes sometimes untenable as to how much our heart can’t take before it goes asunder. Then that heartbreak can lead to some very dark places.

As it becomes easy to get caught up in it to the point, that you feel that the world is working against you. The truth is that you have to define what that new normal is for you. As you can become inspired or never be the same for the worst. In Noir Ceasar’s fourth chapter of Arms of the Dragon, Shou is left to pick up the pieces.

We find Shou, in shambles, as his family is now gone, and all he has left is a letter from a girl who he showed some grace. As the girl, Chizuru, left him some food, knowing that he is looking for a bit of hope. It would not be long before one of the Shottas finds out what she did and makes her an example. By the issue’s end, Shou finds out what happened to Chizuru, leaving him in a rage.

Overall, Arms of the Dragon #4 is a harrowing episode that will adds a layer of despair to the story. The story by Marcus Johnson and John Lawrence is moving. The art by Chris Krady is beautiful. Altogether, a story that digs into the evils of this world.

Story: Marcus Johnson and John Lawrence Art: Chris Krady
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Review: Arms of the Dragon #3

Arms of the Dragon #3

The show Hunters on Amazon was one of the most controversial shows of recent memory. Not necessarily because of the violence but of how it sought to tell a different alternative history of World War II. This is where art and fact, often conflict and where the oft-neglected uncomfortable conversations come up. This is where actual discussion should take place but instead gets ignored.

What the show does brilliantly is discuss post-traumatic stress disorder. It deftly shows how that condition is tied into the horrors of war in all its ugliness and how humanity is a concept unutilized in times like those, and to be honest, rarely today. In some very difficult, often unwatchable scenes it shows the cruelty the Nazis inflicted on different Jewish prisoners. In Noir Ceasar’s third chapter of Arms of the Dragon, Shou suffers a public indignity, one this community will not recover from.

We find Shou being made an example by the Shottas as his family restaurant burns for the whole neighborhood to see. As the leader of the gang barbed spike into Shou’s hand, everyone watches in terror as different people attempt to take out the spike only to get shot in the head if they don’t. Even his friend, Deito couldn’t pull out the spike in time suffering a similar fate. By the issue’s end, a young lady is able to pull it out in time, saving hers and Shou’s life.

Overall, Arms of a Dragon Chapter 3 is a gruesome entry that will have the reader panting. The story by Marcus Johnson and John Lawrence is affecting. The art by Chris Krady is eye-catching. Altogether, a story that doesn’t shy away from the brutality a world like this yields

Story: Marcus Johnson and John Lawrence Art: Chris Krady
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Review: Acursian Chapter 26

Acursian Chapter 26

When it comes to how a story ends, everything is if it’s able to stick the landing. You have to make sure that everything is resolved. If not, fans may feel let down having experienced an incomplete story. One thing that I realize from being overseas, is that as an American, we are obsessed with happy endings. While most of the rest of the world enjoys realistic endings, even if it does not end well.

We love for our protagonists to end up winning and our antagonists to meet what we believe is the natural ending.  Of course, the reality is never that sweet and we often lose more than we win. So when something good happens, it is often glorious. In Acursian Chapter 26, the finale, we find our heroes embracing the grandeur of their new dawn.

We open up our heroes shortly after they have defeated Bregon, and coming to the realization that Nate has Albion’s powers now, making his stay at Isle Of Shadows more than long term. Charlie returns to the new reality where Allison and Rory lived a lifetime without him. Corra decides to change this, by putting him back to before Rory was born, allowing their family to grow together. By the story’s end, Nate returns one last time, allowing him and the sisters, to gift Charlie, one beautiful surprise, for Rory to have his grandfather, Jock.

Overall, Acursian Chapter 26 is an excellent ending to this exciting story, no matter how saccharine it is. The story by John Barrowman, Carole Barrowman, and Erika Lewis is great. The art by the creative team is captivating. Altogether, Acursian Chapter 26 is a beautiful conclusion to this multilayered tale.

Story: John Barrowman, Carole Barrowman, and Erika Lewis Art: Beni Lobel and Tommy Lee Edwards
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Review: Acursian Chapter 25

Acursian Chapter 25

Within the world’s imagination, there exists Star Wars. This universe that was created by George Lucas so many years ago is not only part of pop culture but just about every piece of literature. It is hard to track how many references are made to the franchise as compared to King Arthur which at this point, has been surpassed. The franchise has many memorable characters, each with their own flavor.

The one most people identify with is Han Solo. As every man thinks he is just like him and every woman secretly finds many of his qualities attractive. What initially charms audiences is the fact that he did not want anything to do with the Rebellio. Despite that, he helps regardless.  In Acursian Chapter 25, we find Charlie helping Cora, instead of saving his own hide.

We open up on Corra battling Bregon, as his powers have grown since Corra left. We also find Ceillech telling Charlie that he should leave, as this is no longer his battle, a fact that doesn’t want to concede. He instead decides to come up with his own plan, something a bit risky, but the payoff might be enough to beat Bregon. By the issue’s end, Charlie tips the scales in the Sisters’ favor, as Bregon is completely surprised.

Overall, Acursian Chapter 25 is a great entry in the series that pushes the story to its best. The story by John Barrowman, Carole Barrowman, and Erika Lewis is powerful. The art by the creative team is enchanting. Altogether, the story is magnificent in every way.

Story: John Barrowman, Carole Barrowman, and Erika Lewis Art: Beni Lobel and Tommy Lee Edwards
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Review: Acursian Chapter 24

Acursian Chapter 24

There are always those parts in the big action movies, where it seems like the heroes will probably lose. It is where the audience, suddenly suspends disbelief  , because they are invested. It is where you realize that the people you are rooting for may not get out of it alive. That is why the movies of the MCU are so compelling.

As the Avengers movies, proved to movie fans, those characters’ times on screen was finite. There were real consequences for every action taken. This is why when Vision was killed both times, it was truly heartbreaking.  In Acursian Chapter 24, we find our heroes in the midst of the fight which also has real consequences.

We open up on Alison and Rory shortly after reuniting with Charlie and Nate, as they know they have to get to the Isle Of Shadows to save Ceillach.  We find Corra battling Bregon’s Dark Army, where she gets a little help from Nate, as we soon find out just how powerful he really is.  We also find Connell have her Battle Royale with Bregon, one final fatal fight, that will leave one of the siblings meeting their ultimate end.By issue’s end, Charlie attempts to awaken Ceillech as Bregon comes even closer to his goal.

Overall, Acursian Chapter 24 is an exceptional entry in the series that begins the penultimate phase of the story The story by John Barrowman, Carole Barrowman, and Erika Lewis is worthwhile. The art by Beni Lobel is enthralling. Altogether, it’s a chapter that astonishes by excellent storytelling.

Story: John Barrowman, Carole Barrowman, and Erika Lewis Art: Beni Lobel and  Tommy Lee Edwards
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

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