Cover #5 Creates New Levels Of Extraordinary Story Art

Cover #5 Creates New Levels Of Extraordinary Story Art

Cover #5 Creates New Levels Of Extraordinary Story Art, with stories within stories full of sharp humor, wit, and magnificent art.

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Make no mistake, this tale reaches epic heights in its penultimate chapter.

Rarely do entertainment, philosophy and art appear as elegantly and impactfully together as they do in Cover #5 from David Mack and Brian Michael Bendis (and Ivan Reis on the variant cover).

This article will have SPOILERS*** for Cover #1-Cover #5.

Last we saw Max, he was tied to a chair and being beaten to a bloody pulp by fellow comic book creator and rival spy Essad Sinns.

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Like all of the issues of Cover, the story begins on a surprising note.

A Thanksgiving dinner shows Max’s tightknit family: friends, their spouses and children, and talk of comic book legends and the stories surrounded their geeking out when confronting their heroes.

The sequence only gets funnier as Max listens to the conversation from the toilet where he does some research reading comic books.

It is a hilarious and endearing sequence of the desire to be ‘cool’ in the eyes of the ‘cool guys.’

When all of them get an all expenses paid trip to Brazil for a highly lucrative gig at a convention, Max becomes suspicious and nervous.

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As the plot turns, Max’s hit story Ninja Sword Odyssey emerges.

In a gorgeous sequence, he learns that ancient calligraphers changed their name and mark after a new art style was adopted.

An old skin, an old life is left behind, and a new one is embraced.

The boy draws birds, trees, cats, and his father, clear as day, though the visage is different every time, because of his wavering memories.

The land is in turmoil and the young traveling apprentice changes his name over and over again.

A giant set of scrolls depicting a fearsome tiger is unfurled at the new ruler’s and he, being the man to kill the apprentice’s father and banish the swordmaker is faced with the unexpected.

The apprentice leaps from the fourth scroll with his tanto sword brandished and ready to change everything or die.

The swordmaker’s apprentice is reborn for the last time.

It is truly a remarkable story and the watercolor artwork is stunning, full of feeling and depth.

In Brazil, Max meets Julia who informs him that all of his friends did indeed get paid and the convention is real.

It is just funded by the CIA for the sake of espionage and foreign relations.

For the first time in months, Essad Sins is appearing in public too.

And Julia thinks, with Max having called out the man for being a fan of Jack ‘King’ Kirby who would have punched Sins out for being in league with fascists that Max’s mind rattling quip can help turn him to their side.

But it is Max who must flip him . . .

POWKABAM Score For Cover #5 = 10/10

  • Writing: 10
  • Art: 10
  • Dialogue: 10
  • Innovation: 10
  • Intrigue: 10

“Cover #5 Creates New Levels Of Extraordinary Story Art” was written by R.J. Huneke.

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Soviet Daughter: A Graphic Revolution: Two Moving Life-stories

Soviet Daughter: A Graphic Revolution: Two Moving Life-stories

Soviet Daughter: A Graphic Revolution: two moving life-stories are encased in a graphic novel memoir by Julia Alekseyeva that intertwines her life as a Jewish immigrant and refugee living in Chicago with that of her great grandmother, Lola, whose birth in 1910 outside Kiev would pit her against revolutions, civil war, the Holocaust, and the rise and fall of the Soviet Union.

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Oftentimes there is a member of your family that one connects with on a deep level.

Sometimes no one else but this special person understands you.

For Julia Alekseyeva, Lola was that special family member.

Living to be 100 years young, Lola left behind a loving family that had moved to the US as refugees from Kiev, and she also left behind a memoir that her great granddaughter Julia found and decided to bring to life with vibrant art and a deeply poignant look at her own life and relationship with her great grandmother, Lola, whose overcame incredible life obstacles in Eastern Europe for nearly a century.

Though the tumult of the pre-, present-, and post-Soviet Union era is exciting, frightening, and painful to witness through the eyes of the Jewish woman who grew up and lived through it all, the stories of both her and Julia resonate here for two very important reasons:

First, the art by Julia Alekseyeva is remarkable.

Using her own way to take the comic strip and comic book mediums she makes each page stand out, with strong emotion in the faces, in the weaving of different panels, almost like looking back on past dreams, and the overall detailed scenery, inside and outside, gives the reader a vivid sense of what is going on and why it is important to the two figures.

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Second, the writing in Soviet Daughter: A Graphic Revolution in its subtlety resonates deeply.

Like many of the ups and downs of the region, Lola experiences stark terror and poverty, stability and success, in waves, while Julia grows up with much more perspective than many of her fellow Americans.

The horrific way Lola, as a child, witnessed her father nearly get killed for being Jewish during a nationalist pogrom is one instance.

The way Julia is scared of Germany and Germans until grad school because of her grandparents that lived through WWII and her grandfather who sang marching songs that spoke of bayonetting Germans and fascists is another.

This speaks to the times, to the people who have to live in such times, and to difficulties we all experience through our feelings of the ripples caused by the times of our lives.

At times the reader’s heart aches to hear things like the young newly married Lola, in 1930-1933, who had to survive consuming only a cup of hot water with a sugar cube and a piece of bread for breakfast because they could barely support themselves, like most around them.

The insightful look into these two amazing women’s lives set amidst a riveting account of history as they experienced it is truly remarkable.

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OUTRUN This Cyber Punk Future Car Chase From Aces Weekly 10/10

OUTRUN This Cyber Punk Future Car Chase From Aces Weekly 10/10

OUTRUN This Cyber Punk Future Car Chase From Aces Weekly 10/10 rated, reviewed and rasterized by POWkabam.

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OUTRUN by Matteo Filippi and Marco Morale is a claw into your seat thrill ride into the grim future!

There are a few vague similarities to Tank Girl here, in that we are in a post-apocalyptic future where areas outside of major cities, or the cities themselves, are ravaged from war, but that ends them.

OUTRUN is utterly unique in its bright, visceral style.

The art and writing take on cyber punk, burgeoning tech that is still shaping the future and one hell of an upgraded muscle car named Gyro – possibly a 68 Camaro RS merged with a 60’s Chevelle – complete with a stick shift, voice command, and a clutch pedal!

ACES WEEKLY Volume 37 features this humorous and deadly romp, and it is a gem.

From the ACES WEEKLY description of OUTRUN:

In full: the block-busting, kaleidoscopic, journey into the future from Matteo Filippi and Marco Morale.

[Acesweekly.co.uk]

MILD Spoiler Warning****     

A mysterious and badass heroine has taken on saving one young man named William Douglas and his bum, just as he is about to be arrested in his home for sedition.

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The detailed yet cartoonish look and feel bleeds into the action scenes, as heads can be punched waaaay off their stretched necks.

The wide format, vibrant colors, and intensity on-screen are precisely why Aces Weekly is a digital only comic book publisher.

OUTRUN’s tight quips and gorgeous use of shadows and shading come across in brilliant detail.

The humor offsets the grim world and adds some much needed comedic relief to the escape plot hatching before the reader’s eyes.

We are just two weeks and thus two parts into the book and already the tricked out Gyro car is enthralling.

Lightning leaps from the ground in a major city (read the book to find it which) that has been transformed into a possible nuclear and possible dire climate change desert.

Yet the great use of neon color highlights all of the area, as it reflects the societal dependency of electric tech.

Why is the government after poor Willy?

He may have created a way to block all digital . . .

You will have to read it to find out more!

Aces Weekly is unique in that it offers parts of six comics, serially, every Monday and each volume is a smorgasbord of intrigue.

You can subscribe for JUST £1 per week in any currency and jump on board with the world’s digital comics revolution (see: ACES WEEKLY Comic Art Magazine Sparks Digital Revolution).

POWKABAM Score For OUTRUN 1 = 10/10

  • Writing: 10
  • Art: 10
  • Dialogue: 10
  • Innovation: 10
  • Intrigue: 10

 

“OUTRUN This Cyber Punk Future Car Chase From Aces Weekly 10/10” was written by R.J. Huneke.

ALIEN 3 THE UNPRODUCED SCREENPLAY: William Gibson’s Vision

ALIEN 3 THE UNPRODUCED SCREENPLAY: William Gibson’s Vision

ALIEN 3 THE UNPRODUCED SCREENPLAY: William Gibson’s Vision is grandiose, terrifying, and feels very much alien.

There are quite a few busted scripts that never made it to the silver screen.

And there are other excellent scripts that are written on top of, often to dire results, such as Frank Miller’s Robocop 2 script.

Coincidentally, Mr. Miller’s sexier, bloodier, and more suspenseful original script also got the graphic novel treatment some years back.

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Back to the now: Alien 3 could have been totally different.

I had no idea that a favorite author of mine had penned an entirely abandoned script for Alien 3, one of my favorite space-horror-sci-fi cinema series.

To clarify, yes, we are talking about that William Gibson.

The man who wrote one of the most original science fiction novels of all time, Neuromancer, where he coined the term ‘The Matrix’ (oh so many years before those movies).

ALIEN 3 THE UNPRODUCED SCREENPLAY Issues #1-2 Reveal High Stakes Intensity Absent from the movie.

The movie itself is damn good and rounds off a H.R. Giger nightmare universe nicely.

But it certainly was a letdown to have all of our new favorite character ties in Hicks and Newt severed in the outset.

In ALIEN 3 THE UNPRODUCED SCREENPLAY issues #1-2, Hicks, Bishop, Newt and Ripley are all alive, if not all well.

The following may have some *****Spoilers for the books.

In the second comic, Ripley is comatose and wearing a weird breathing apparatus while Corporal Hicks tries to make heads or tails of a particularly messy situation that they have been landed in.

From Dark Horse Comics:

After the deadly events of the film Aliens, the spaceship Sulaco carrying the sleeping bodies of Ripley, Hicks, Newt, and Bishop is intercepted by the Union of Progressive Peoples. What the UPP forces don’t expect is another deadly passenger that is about to unleash chaos between two governmental titans intent on developing the ultimate Cold War weapon of mass destruction.

What could be more deadly than weaponized Xenomorphs after all?

How do you test this germ warfare?

How about on an enclosed space station where the inhabitants are trapped as government factions threaten war over the alien weapon.

The art is fantastic! It is eerie and reminiscent of the first Alien movie while giving it its own feel.

The dialogue and scenes are all top notch so far, not that writing is much of a concern when William Gibson is at the helm.

The suspense is building along with epic stakes and gory realities through the first two comic books, and I cannot wait for more!

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ALIEN 3 THE UNPRODUCED SCREENPLAY

Writer:

William Gibson, Johnnie Christmas

Artist:

Johnnie Christmas

Colorist:

Tamra Bonvillain

“ALIEN 3 THE UNPRODUCED SCREENPLAY: William Gibson’s Vision” was written by R.J. Huneke.

 

THE BATMAN WHO LAUGHS 1 Review 10/10 HAHAHAHAHAHA

THE BATMAN WHO LAUGHS 1 Review 10/10 HAHAHAHAHAHA

THE BATMAN WHO LAUGHS 1 Review 10/10 HAHAHAHAHAHA adds dark humor, a Grim Knight, and a horrifying twist to a Gotham beset with a nightmare in the flesh: the Batman Who Laughs.

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How did the Batman Who Laughs survive the epic close of Dark Knights Metal?

Why has the Batman Who Laughs resurfaced?

Who has he got by the chain this time around (last time it was a slew of evil Robins from the Dark Multiverse; see “Too F$&%*N Metal DARK KNIGHTS METAL 6 Shreds All!” for more info)?

What can Bruce Wayne possibly do to contend with a Batman who always wins, laughing all the way, no matter the cost?

THE BATMAN WHO LAUGHS 1 was created by Scott Snyder [Writer], JOCK [Artist], David Baroni [Colors], Sal Cipriano [Letters], JOCK [Cover], Greg Capullo & FCO Plascencia [Variant Cover].

The story is chilling from start to close.

The artwork contains a classic depiction of the dark knight in blue-gray, and he is nearly always draped in shadow, like a ninja, amidst ominous sunset tones and cityscapes.

The differences are subtle but intriguing, the tale mysterious, bloody, and thrilling.

There has never been a Batman book quite like this.

The following look at this grisly tale, THE BATMAN WHO LAUGHS 1, contains **Spoilers**

What begins the comic is a heart warming tale of a four-year-old Bruce running to break past his parents and Alfred’s linked arms amidst all of their resounding laughter.

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And then we are onto a rampaging runaway caravan of armored houses being trailered over a bridge and out of Gotham.

Batman has to save the lives of the citizens plowed over while figuring out a way to stop the exporting of Gotham’s dead Jane and John Doe’s.

Amidst the chaos, Scott Snyder adds the greatest Bat-joke this writer has ever heard when he tells Alfred the Batman Insurance Funds should be called ‘Dark Knight Returns’ in a nod to rank Miller’s book of the same name and Sean Gordon Murphy’s Emergency Bat Fund from The White Knight.

A badass Bat-tricycle, a one-handed-throw of three batarangs, and some bone crunching moves make for a grand kickoff.

But when the Batman gains access to the bodies, he comes upon a corpse of Bruce Wayne.

This Bruce is his exact duplicate and an autopsy reveals that it is indeed he, down to the scars, except that this body is devoid of all the marks from Batman injuries that took place after Bane’s back breaking occurred.

Meanwhile, The Grim Knight, a gray, gun-laden Rambo of a Batman breaks into Arkham and stabs skulls and kills guards and inmates alike as he approaches the Joker.

But the dealing blow does not fall to him, but rather to the Batman Who Laughs, bearing a chain in one hand and an enormous ax, which he uses to split the Joker’s skull.

And Batman is onto him.

He even warns Jim Gordon of the ramifications of a world destroying version of himself from the dark Multiverse.

But he has no idea how to go about stopping this psychopathic, albeit more humorous, embodiment.

Batman does some good old fashioned Gotham detecting and discovers the dead Joker was a decoy.

He locates the real one as he shows up at the Batcave.

The Joker is granted access by the Batman offering him protection.

A gun is brandished.

The Joker’s trick gun shoots himself and, as he dies, his heart releases Joker toxin so that Batman ‘can become him’, can become like the Batman Who Laughs in order to win.

And like when Bruce was a child, Alfred is no longer heard over the laughter.

POWKABAM Score For THE BATMAN WHO LAUGHS 1 = 10/10

  • Writing: 10
  • Art: 10
  • Dialogue: 10
  • Innovation: 10
  • Intrigue: 10

Head down to your LCS and grab ’em before these books are sold out (Red Shirt Comics in Port Jefferson has got them for us Long Island’ers!)!

“THE BATMAN WHO LAUGHS 1 Review 10/10 HAHAHAHAHAHA!” was written by R.J. Huneke.

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