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White Savior #3 is a fun issue where the story really unravels

White Savior #3

How do you get people to listen to you when you are not the loudest voice in the room? It becomes damn near difficult for anyone to hear you when certain people are listened to more. It becomes almost suffocating when people obfuscate you at every turn.  That is what made Quantum Leap not only compelling but relatable especially in its current iteration.

In the original series, Sam Beckett often faced uneven odds to correct mistakes from the past. In the new series, Dr. Ben Song has had to deal with the same issues but these feel even more personal, as he is of Korean American descent. It is this fact, which you know he understands the plight of the downtrodden, given the character’s back story that has been revealed. In White Savior #3, we find Todd at a crossroads, knowing he is the only who may be able to stop a deadly blunder from happening.

We find Todd and Maggie shortly after seemingly killed “the hero” , so they do what they can to make sure they don’t get blamed, and hide his body in a liquor barrel. As the two discover that Garin was hired by the opposing clan m so Todd decides to make one more plea to stop the disaster from occurring by posing as Nathan, where they decide to reconvene in the morning, which causes the opposing clan to  become confounded as they realize their plan did not work. Todd returns to the village as a conquering hero when he is greeted by the warlord’s daughter in his quarters, as things get complicated when they find Nathan’s body and mistakenly identify for Todd’s  By the issue’s end, Todd ends up fighting one on one with someone from the opposing clan, who he ends up finding out is his best friend from the present, and from there, everything goes off the rails.

Overall, White Savior #3 is a fun issue where the story really unravels, much to the reader’s delight . The story by Nguyen and Burman, is awesome. The art by the creative team is elegant. Altogether, a story that really gives readers of this series both comedy and action like they have never seen before.

Story: Eric Nguyen and Scott Burman Art: Eric Nguyen
Color: Iwan Joko Triyono Letterer: Micah Myers
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Dark Horse provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Purchase: TFAWZeus ComicscomiXology/Kindle

Scott Burman and Eric Nguyen spend time talking their time travel trip White Savior

White Savior #1

I recently got a chance to catch up with the very busy creators behind the recently acquired Dark Horse property, White Savior, Scott Burman and Eric Nguyen, the master minds behind this brilliant concept which I had  the pleasure of reviewing the debut issue back in 2019, where  I described it as a “cross between Back To The Future and Real Genius” but also an old school fan of the show Heroes in its first few seasons , it absolutely harkens back to Hiro’s storyline, if you know, you know.

Graphic Policy: How are you doing during the Pandemic? How has it influenced your art/comic?

Eric: Pandemic was a killer for comics – I know a lot of stores had trouble staying in business, but I think things are picking up again.

GP: Let’s talk about how the deal with Dark Horse came about?

Eric: The whole thing started when Scott sent me a blind email. No idea who he was, but I read one of his scripts – How I Got Drunk and Saved the World – and it was the funniest thing I ever read. I was working for Marvel at the time, but we kept in touch. And when I was free, I called him up, and said, let’s make something funny.

Scott: I think he’s crazy going from Marvel and DC to some nobody named Scott Burman, but I wasn’t complaining. So we brainstormed, came up with this idea, and went to work. We did this without any publisher interest at all, and we actually self-published the first issue – very briefly – when we heard from Dark Horse.

Eric: Yeah. I got an email about them wanting to turn another one of my books, Gigantic, into a movie. So I sent them White Savior and within one day, Mike Richardson, the president of the company, read it, said it was hysterical, and gave us a deal.

GP: What were your favorite comics growing up?

Scott: This is when I want to be cool and pretend like I was into stuff that wasn’t totally mainstream, but I’m not cool at all, so Spider-Man and Batman. Every comic that involved the two of them was solid gold for me.

GP: Are there any specific comics creators that influenced you?

Eric: Todd MacFarlane. When he came along, he changed the game. 

GP: Since normally we see people of color in supporting roles in books, movies and television shows with the exception of the most recent reboot of Quamtum Leap, did you feel a need as creators ot subvert expectations?

Eric: That’s an interesting question, because oddly enough, when we first started writing this, we didn’t set out to do anything except make readers laugh and give them a good story. The whole concept started from a joke about the movie The Great Wall, with Matt Damon. 

Scott: Yeah. We basically said, what if the guy destined to save everyone was an idiot? And from there, we started developing it.

Eric: And it was only when we started writing and researching a bit more, that we realized the underlying importance of what we were doing. 

White Savior

GP: With Octavia Butler’s book, Kindred being made into a television show, what was your initial reaction and , having read it myself multiple times, to include the john Jennings graphic adaptation, Butler never wrote for the faint of heart, where many of her scenes were tough to read and even see  in the graphic novel, do you think the world is ready for it?

Scott: Even though the title is definitely head-turning, I like to think our book is a very light-hearted comedy.  So in terms of the world being ready, I don’t know if the world is ready for any comedy in general. That’s why you’re seeing a lot less comedy movies and comics, mainly because the reaction, no matter what, is always so divided. So I guess my answer is, ready or not, here we come. 

GP: What influence do your parents have on your work? What was their reaction, when you told what you wanted to do for a living?

Eric: My parents wanted me to be anything but an artist. Steady income, that’s what they definitely were insistent on. When I got my first big two paycheck, it definitely helped sway their opinion.

Scott: So I’m Jewish, and I think there are certain similarities between Jewish and Asian parents. The stereotype of Jewish parents wanting their sons and daughters to be doctors and lawyers may be rooted in a little bit of truth. Or, a lot of truth. My parents were supportive, but they also wanted me to have a back up plan, and in hindsight, a backup plan might have helped out during some tough times.  I’m 40 and this is my first break, so maybe they had a bit of a point. I’d never admit that to them, though. You’re not going to print that, are you?

GP: How did you get started in comics?

Eric: I got started doing Strange Girl for Image and Rick Remender. 

Scott: And I got started close to twenty years later when I somehow convinced him to work with me.

GP: I read the review about the original script from The Black List, do you still have some hopes for a movie?

Eric: We do. And I think the hopes are becoming closer and closer to a reality every day. 

Scott: That’s all we’ll say about that for now. Cause I’m sure what we are and aren’t allowed to say at this point.

GP: Is there any “white Savior movie you think was completely horrible in message and story or either? Are there any that you like?, mine is Cool Runnings, but I am a big John Candy fan, and it was based on a true story

Eric: I think that just because something is a “white savior” movie doesn’t mean it’s a bad movie. Our book spoofs The Last Samurai a lot, and we both love that movie. Same with Cool Runnings. Same with dozens of other similar stories. I think our book just focuses on the fact that the majority of these stories, where an outsider comes to a town and saves them from whatever ailment, had protagonists who were….

Scott: Who looked like me. A white guy. Well, usually a taller, more handsome version of me. And there weren’t enough stories being told from a different point of view.

GP: Is there any musicians you listened to that molded your consciousness?

Scott: Not sure if they molded my consciousness. And even if they did, they definitely wouldn’t want to be responsible for whatever craziness my consciousness possesses. But I can tell you, to get the energy cranked up, I throw AC/DC on Spotify and I’m ready to go.

GP: Eric, what is your favorite Marvel character to draw? Favorite DC character?

Eric: I did Old Man Logan with Jeff Lemire, and I got to say, there’s just something so badass about Wolverine. You can’t go wrong with Logan. For DC, I did a little work on Batman, and would love to take another crack at that.

GP: Scott, I was scrolling through your Instagram, and saw your favorite background is McDonald/s can you tell us more about it?

Scott: Ha! I’m not a social media guy – which is either a good or bad thing for our comic, depending on how you look at it. But I went on a 4 month Eurotrip, and whenever I saw a McDonald’s, I took a pic in front of one, and sent it to my family as my “Europe photos”. Instead of the Eiffel Tower or Big Ben, I showed them photos of McDonald’s. People seemed to like it, so I said, what the hell, and posted them on Instagram.

GP: Do you have any favorite comics you are reading right now?

Eric: Everyone should read The Good Asian by my buddy Pornsak Pichetshote. 

Scott: Seconded on that. Too many other ones to name. 

GP: Are there any current artists/writers out there you admire and would like to work with?

Scott: So one of the best parts of this experience, for me, has been interacting with some awesome creators I admire. I try not to be too much of a fan, but it definitely comes out. I’ve spoken to Mark Russell, Michael Avon Oeming, Skottie Young, Darick Roberston, Cliff Chiang… so many great creators, and I’m still floored they’re talking to me. I should be washing their cars, not talking to them about comics.

GP: When was the first time, you identified with a character on TV/in the movies/ or between the pages of a comic book?

Eric: I never really saw myself in any comic. I never thought about it too much, but that might be one of the reasons we created this. The main character, Todd, is very similar to me. He’s not a kung fu guru, not good at math. He’s just, a regular guy.

Scott: I always thought Batman was basically Scott Burman. We’re pretty much the same person. That’s a joke, folks.

GP: What do you want readers to get from” White Savior”?

Eric: Honestly. Just a good time reading a funny, action packed comic. If a message comes across, even better, but ultimately, the goal is to bring people together through the laughter and fun of our comic.

GP: What is your favorite word?

Scott: In honor of our book, I’m going to go with “Fugnuggets.”

GP: What do you value most in your friends?

Eric: Loyalty. Can’t beat that.

GP: If you were reincarnated as some other plant or animal, what would it be?

Scott: A very fat dog.

GP: What is your favorite occupation?

Eric: That’s easy. What I do now.

GP: Who are your favorite fictional heroes?

Scott: Spider-Man’s always been my guy.

Eric: I’m going with Todd Parker. Can’t go wrong with that.

GP: What natural gift would you most like to possess?

Scott: I wish I could draw. I think my goal is to be like Eric.

GP: What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?

Eric: Video games. Either owning the company or designing them.

Scott: For me, retired billionaire. That’s the goal.

GP: What profession would you not like to do?

Eric: Anything with math.

GP: If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?

Scott: Can I get your autograph? White Savior was my favorite comic.

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It’s one of two new comic book days! What are you all getting? What are you excited for? Sound off in the comments below! While you think about that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web.

CBR – Leiji Matsumoto, Captain Harlock and Galaxy Express 999 Creator, Dies at 85 – Our thoughts are with his family, friends, and fans.

The Beat – A Year of Free Comics: What’s in the woods in HIGH SCHOOL BITES? – Free comics!

The Comics Journal – “You’ve Got to Constantly Reinvent Yourself”: Dan DiDio Is On a Mission to Save Comics From Itself – An interesting interview.


CBR – Choujin X Vol. 1
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Comic Crusaders – X-O Manowar Unconquered #1

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The weekend is almost here! What geeky things are you all doing? Sound off in the comments below! While you wait for the weekend to begin, here’s some comic news and a review from around the web!

CBR – Brubaker, Phillips’ Comic Series Criminal Lands TV Deal at Amazon – Cool.

The Hollywood Reporter – ‘Hit-Monkey’ Renewed at Hulu, Loses ‘Marvel’ From Title – Interesting…

ICv2 – ‘Flaming Carrot’ Creator Bob Burden’s Collection Burglarized – If anyone has any info, please help out!


The Mary Sue – White Savior #1

White Savior #1

White Savior #1 is a fresh take on the time travel parody

White Savior #1

True history and what the world teaches us are often at conflict. In a world where war is commonplace, the victor tells the story. This creates a problem as we find stories promulgated by the ruling class while those who challenged those in power become vilified. The most prominent example being Hannibal, who had the Roman Empire shaking from the threat of his might and his threat to their existence. To this day, his storied tales are rarely told in schools where they teach world history and his people’s genocide, is met with skepticism at the mention of most.

Another story where whitewashing had been commonplace is the story of Magellan and his visit to the Philippines. The reckless explorer as the hero in Elcan Magellan, and the man who killed him, Lapu Lapu, is a dangerous native, even a villain. The movie, like Last Samurai and Dances With Wolves, propel the White Savior syndrome, something that disgraces most stories about people of color. In White Savior #1, we find a protagonist who soon finds out one story he was told as a child is not completely true.

A grandfather recounts a story about a white man, Nathan Garin, who leads a group of warriors into certain doom. It’s a story he has told his grandson, Todd Parker, a hundred times. As an adult, his reticence for the story has only become ever-present. Todd’s grandfather assures him that this story is true and that his being a history teacher is important to why he should teach it, as in his grandfather’s mind, it’s all true. The story shifts to feudal Japan, where the Akuna Clan is at war and where Todd is suddenly transported. From there, his grandfather’s story and reality clash.

Overall, White Savior #1 is a fresh take on the time travel parody. It challenges stereotypes, presents realistic people of color, and still feels groundbreaking. The story by Eric Nguyen and Scott Burman is exhilarating, perceptive, and captivating. The art by the creative team is magnificent. Altogether, a story that feels like a cross between Back To The Future and Real Genius, both irreverent and pertinent.

Story: Eric Nguyen and Scott Burman
Art: Eric Nguyen, Micah Meyers,
and Iwan Joko Triyono
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

Purchase: TFAWZeus ComicscomiXology/Kindle

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The weekend is almost here! What geeky things are you all doing? Sound off in the comments below. While you wait for the weekday to end and the weekend to begin, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web.

The Beat – Tiilting at Windmills #293: What’s Wrong with the Periodical??? – Thoughts?

The Beat – Adult Graphic Novel sales rose 4.6% in 2022 – Interesting.


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It was new comic book day yesterday! What’d you all get? What’d you like? Sound off in the comments below. While you think about that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web to start the day.

ICv2 – People on the Move: Tokyopop Promotes Marc Visnick to COO & Publisher – Congrats!


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Collected Editions – Justice League Incarnate
Comicbook – Nightwing #100
Comicbook – Wasp #1
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Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

GCPD: Blue Wall #4

Wednesdays (and Tuesdays) are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in

Each week our contributors choose what they can’t wait to read this week or just sounds interesting. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look at!

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this week.

Barbaric: Hell to Pay #1 (Vault Comics) – More Barbaric? Yes please! The series has been amazing off the rails fantasy.

Bomb (Roaring Brook Press) – The story of the development of the nuclear bomb.

Chicken Devils #2 (AfterShock) – A gang is now pissed about the lies our favorite fast food restaurant has been telling. More bodies will pile up in what’s sure to be insane violence!

GCPD: Blue Wall #4 (DC Comics) – The series has been amazing showing the gray and difficulty of being a part of the GCPD.

I Hate Fairyland #3 (Image Comics) – The series has been the full of the over the top violence we’ve been expecting and loved. Here’s hoping it keeps up its balance of insanity.

Immortal Sergeant #1 (Image Comics) – On the eve of his unwelcome retirement, Jim Sargent (aka “Sarge”) a grizzled, old-school detective, catches a break on a murder case that’s haunted him for decades.

Maniac of New York: Don’t Call It a Comeback #1 (AfterShock) – The previous two volumes have been amazing with their riff on classic slasher horror.

Vanity #3 (Scout Comics/Black Caravan) – The true story about Elizabeth Bathory, the Blood Countess. This one’s focused on the legendary witch hunts of 15th century Europe and their impact on Bathory.

White Savior #1 (Dark Horse Comics) – it’s up to Japanese-American teacher Todd Parker to warn the good people of Inoki of Nathan Garin’s true nature before he causes the very death and destruction they are counting on him to avert!