The #ComicsGate Crowdfund Successes Keep Rolling

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Honestly, it’s starting to look like we have our own little pocket industry here. While the books I’m talking about now aren’t making the $300-400k amount, they are making far more than most other first time comic kickstarters that I see launching.

The most recent success story is Mike S. Miller’s Lonestar: Heart Of A Hero. Miller is another former DC Artist who has an extreme amount of artistic talent, and his superhero has a cool patriotic theme which appeals very well to our budding movement. He just launched over the weekend and already has made more than $20,000 for a 48-Page book.

Shortly before that was Trump’s Space Force, by veteran creators Chuck Dixon, Timothy Lim and Brett R. Smith. This over-the-top pro-Trump concept has been on the minds of many ever since Trump announced a space force, and with this level of talent, it has the whole industry excited. In its first week, the single-issue book has made more than $25,000.

Mitch Breitweiser’s Red Rooster has also reached near-Ethan Van Sciver level of success since it’s come out. His new superhero is a very unique concept and with him and his wife doing most of the artistic work, and friend of the movement Mark Pellegrini on writing duties, people took to this project very early on. It should break $90k this week.

And Blake Northcott, writer of Aspen Comics’ Executive Asisstant Iris put out a kickstarter for a new novel, not even a comic. It broke $10,000 in tis first weekend  and is on its way up, and I haven’t seen many prose books do this kind of funding at all.

The train keeps rolling. This movement is not just something stuck on a couple of lucky YouTube stars, but it’s people committed to fun comic books across the board. Even with so many projects in just a span of a couple of months, these books keep funding — which means there’s a lot of readers out there who are very excited for the movement. It’s rolling. This is the summer where the comic industry changes. We are building something new together.

Comics are a lot like science fiction, and I’m working to change that industry as well. I write fun books just like the comics I’m about to put out, and if you haven’t checked out For Steam And Country, now’s the time. A sequel novella, “Knight Training” is coming out this week, followed by 2 more full books this summer. It’s the #SummerOfSteampunk. #MoveTheNeedle in Science Fiction and read For Steam And Country today! 

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Blacklisting Didn’t Work, So They’re Trying To Harass Us Out Of The Industry

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Ever since I came out of the closet with how I voted, it’s been one thing after another in an attempt to gatekeep me out of the industry. It started with a convention removing me from their speaker circuit as most readers are aware, with many of the same people from that convention then enacting a full ban in an unprecedented move at Worldcon, so they literally wouldn’t have to even see a conservative because it might trigger them.

When I started getting big last summer, the lone professional writer’s guild Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America decided had their president go on a blacklisting and defamation campaign—not only to try to make sure markets wouldn’t publish me, but asking authors to not speak with me.

Her antics led to attacks from big NYT Bestsellers like John Scalzi and Chuck Wendig, both of whom would ramble about me on their blogs and twitter out of nowhere in an effort to try to destroy me.

SFWA’s president’s followers also went way overboard in those months, doxing my children, posting about their medical issues, and all culminating in sending an anonymous spring-loaded package to my house. SFWA’s president has never apologized, never told her fans this was over the line, but last week made bizarre false accusations about me (without naming me) on Twitter to further escalate the rhetoric.

It only gets crazier on the comics side.

A year ago, I wrote an expose about how Marvel Comics blacklists conservatives. Rich Johnston of Bleeding Cool turned it into a fake news hit piece on me (I was a nobody at the time, so very odd he would dedicate a piece to that on his site). From there, I had several trolls come over from the SJW comics fandom. They still follow me around to this day, though I’m not sure what they want as they’re not looking at my work. Several anonymous people, making account after account to just come say nasty things to me. And they’re all white males attacking a Hispanic, I might add.

But these last couple of weeks have had complete harassment of professionals who have fans in the #ComicsGate crowd by online cowards who are actively attempting to hurt our businesses.

Both Ethan Van Sciver and Diversity & Comics have IndieGoGo campaigns running, and both campaigns were hit by duplicate mock campaigns to try to confuse buyers and frighten away customers. They were identical in every way, making clear impersonation attempts to fraudulently raise money based on the names of these hardworking professionals.

On top of that, the imposters took to twitter making mock accounts of EVS, D&C, Mitch Breitweiser, Brett R. Smith, Jon Malin, and me. They went to trouble trying to make a number of identical tweets to us, and then set to following all of our fans. I was inundated with messages (do you have another account, were you banned?) for a few days as the person harassed me and others. Eventually, the person broke the bit and started making posts rambling about how terrible President Trump is, making it look like I was doing it.

On top of this, the same person (I believe, as it’s all anonymous) made accounts dedicated to mocking my Christianity, made more accounts to mock my science fiction writing, and just continued over and over to just make out of left field nasty remarks. The other comic professionals received the same.

This is the type of harassment the SJWs all claim they face, and then never actually have anything beyond someone criticized their work and it sent them into a mental-disorder aided tailspin. It’s being done to us, and it’s being done on levels that would absolutely break these people if they truly had to face it. They’re trying to mess with our psyches and make the pressure so immense that it forces us out of the business. Why? Because we’re starting to be successful. All of the crowdfund campaigns have done very well so far in comics, and we’re bypassing the gatekeeping establishment that’s been culling comics for decades. For the first time. This is a revolution like indies were to Amazon several years ago in books, and they don’t want that to happen to their fragile comics.

But we’re going to keep going. And we’re going to keep winning. It just needs to be out there how much pressure we face simply for the act of speaking out.

In a society where everyone’s got telepathic bonds, it’s very hard to speak out when you see problems going on in your society. The pressure that mounts is even worse. Commander Tamar has to deal with this among the Aryshan people as they’re getting drawn into an interstellar war that will be bloody for both her people and the humans they face. Read how she handles herself in The Stars Entwined. 

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The #ComicsGate Success Is No Fluke – People Crave Good Comics

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We’ve had a few different successes in comicsgate now that it’s actually becoming a full on subset of the industry, not just a couple of guys with flukes. This is very positive, and I hope we continue toward this trend. I’m personally cutting back my DC Comics purchases (which ranges from about ($12-20 per month in books) in order to make sure I can keep funding these awesome indie projects and move the needle.

The movement started with Alt-Hero. People came from the sci-fi book world and political realm to back this project which made over $225,000 in its run — not even on one of the major crowdfund sites, but on the alt-tech Freestartr website. This shook the industry both from the comicsgate side and as a whole. It received no media attention. The comics industry tried the “if we ignore it, it’ll go away” tactic, and yet it was wildly successful. Vox Day launched an entire publishing company on the heels of this that continues to crank out comics. And moreover, the books have been going to #1 on amazon upon release. Alt-Hero has continued to reshape the industry, and as Vox is continuing to release comics monthly, it should for a long time to come.

The second experiment was Jawbreakers, by Richard Meyer and John Malin. This has gone crazy to date, over $350,000 in its indiegogo sales, helped by the fact that people in the industry actively tried to make sure this book never showed up in comic stores. Readers spoke, and they really disliked the gatekeeping.

But as they say, two can still be a fluke, three becomes a pattern. Ethan Van Sciver went to bat next with his Cyberfrog project, which is still going on indiegogo and is at $430,000 as of this morning. His unbelievable success is because of his charming youtube videos and following, and being a well known DC Comics artist who does extremely good work. With his success, it’s shown that this movement is really something that will continue on repeat.

But there’s a lot of smaller projects that aren’t getting as much attention. They’ve been successes in bypassing the gatekeepers of the comic industry as well and show this is a very healthy and vibrant market.

Chuck Dixon released not just one, but TWO jungle themed books on indiegogo over the last month. Ravage: Kill All Men, and Jungle Comics. Between the two, the books have made close to $40,000, and these are for individual issues not full graphic novels.

Mitch Breitweiser, another former DC artist, also recently put his superhero concept, Red Rooster up a few days ago. As of this writing this is fast approaching $70,000 for a 60 page book featuring the character.

Richard Meyer put out a second comic crowdfund for his book Iron Sights, a black and white book which has to date reached close to $50,000.

What can we learn from this? The comic book companies keep telling us we’re “not the market”. “These books aren’t for you.” “The industry is changing, deal with it”. While trying to force SJW political stories down our throats. The thing is — this very clearly IS the market. People are going out of their way and spending a lot of money supporting these projects that are standing up to that, without big brands to attach to. People want good story, good art, and a certain feel from their comics. It’s insane that the industry won’t listen.

But if this keeps going as it does, they’ll have to listen. This is a substantive amount of the market share that’s getting peeled off. If people are like me and stopping buying Marvel/DC to allocate their funds to buy these, we’ll see a rapid industry change over the next few years. We just have to keep this ball rolling and keep this fun spirit of comics alive. Join me in supporting indie creators and moving the needle for this next generation of comics.

I’ll be putting out my own crowdfund at the end of the month for my superhero book, Flying Sparks. It’s got great art, and a fun storyline with a lot of personal tension. “The kind of stuff that reminds me of early marvel comics,” said Comic Book Resources on the book.  I hope you’ll check it out when it launches July 23rd.

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Authors Don’t Trick Your Readers – An Analysis of The Batman/Catwoman Wedding

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DC Comics’ big event hype over the summer has been the Batman/Catwoman wedding. Now we all know how comics have worked the last couple decades, and we know by proxy that “nothing is forever” – and by forever, I mean lasts more than 2-3 years before it gets rebooted, redone, respun. How anyone can take these comics’ continuity seriously anymore is beyond me, but that’s another story for another blog.

I want to talk about the importance of staying true to your readers, and how DC failed spectacularly in doing that in this issue. Spoilers of Batman #50 ahead if you care about such things and haven’t already seen it posted all over the internet.

Over the last several months, DC has put out a ton of issues tying into a Batman/Catwoman epic. Readers have had to drop significant amounts of money to keep up, like with every event, and the big wedding shebang was supposed to hit in issue 50. Long story short, DC hyped all of this with marketing machine, invitation cards at local comic shops, dozens of books with THE WEDDING stamped onto it.

As a reader, one was being led by the marketing hype to expect Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle relationship drama on a level we’ve never seen before. While we knew this would be temporary because of the way comics work these days, it sounded like an interesting storyline to many.

The big issue, oversized, overpriced, overextended then features Catwoman leaving Batman stranded at the altar.

That’s right, after all that hype, DC Comics ended with, “Ha! We tricked you!”

Moreover, tricked Batman, the “world’s greatest detective” and beautiful billionaire playboy by getting him completely shafted, and blindsided never seeing this coming. It doesn’t make sense on a character level, and from all the promises DC made to the audience, it doesn’t make sense on that level either.

It’s so important to fulfill promises as a writer. And unfortunately what we have here is current literature’s obsession with “the twist” taken to much too high a degree. For those who aren’t into writing and the like, when you have a story going linearly, writers usually add a twist so something unexpected happens that makes sense in context of the story. This gives the reader a sense of surprise so they’re not bored with having everything happen as they’ve expected.

But there’s a fine line between that and tricking your reader. With all the marketing jazz, we needed a wedding here. We were prepped for it, and it’s not a twist to not do that, it’s a broken promise. It leaves readers feeling angry because they were led so far down a path only to have the rug yanked out from under them.

It’d be a lot as if I promised my readers a #SummerOfSteampunk with sequels to my hit novel, For Steam And Country, and then turned around and delivered a bunch of urban fantasy werewolf romance novels. When you hype something on the marketing end, it has to match the product you deliver, and if it doesn’t, you’re going to lose big.

I think writers tend to think they’re clever when they’re tricking readers. And the end result of what it does is makes readers feel like their intelligences are being insulted. And they are. Readers aren’t stupid, but they are buying into several event tie-in books based on what the event’s supposed to be. If the book hadn’t been hyped for what it is, there are still so many character issues with the story, but at least the readers wouldn’t have been tricked into their purchases.

And that’s where comics have gone wrong for a long time. It’s always about a hype gimmick, it’s never about the story, the characters, real development. It’s not always about politics with these companies, sometimes they just treat their readers with disrespect in other ways. It’s leading to their downfall, but also giving independent artists a new avenue to compete.

If you like character development that goes in a direction where I promise, then do read For Steam And Country. It’s the #SummerOfSteampunk after all, and there’s going to be a lot more adventures to come. Read it here.

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The Charm Of Older Comics And Returning To That

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I was reading through some old Amazing Spider-Man issues by Gerry Conway and found that the stories are so compelling compared to a lot of modern comics. I picked right up in issue 139, and though Peter Parker had a lot of drama he was juggling in his personal life, the info was all there, I caught up fairly quickly, didn’t feel lost, and the issue both had a satisfying personal element to the story and a super villain battle.

The serial nature of it is what’s coolest, however. it’s not designed for a 6 issue arc where the beginning is in one issue, the middle goes on, they don’t do too much in the 5th because they’re trying to save the big battle for the finale and draw it out, and then it ends. That style of storytelling really doesn’t work well for an ongoing character. The serial where personal items are set up, some side things are set up for future issues, and it kinda rolls along with a single issue story that’s a bigger part of a whole is very exciting stuff.

There’s actually a charm to the structure in and of itself that you can just show up, pick up an issue, figure out what’s going on, and start the series from there without having to hunt down the beginning of the arc or run. You might want to because of the quality of it, but you don’t -have- to.

I tried to capture that feel myself when I made Flying Sparks. Because it was originally a webcomic, I didn’t write it with the intention of having a collected version, but I did individual stories in 22 pages that built up into something bigger, which was slowly getting revealed by the time we had to stop production. Reading over the series again in preparation for my crowdfund rerelease next month, I was a bit worried about the first issue, which I’d read several times. But the beauty in it is when the story starts to open up in 2 and 3 and these little seeming throw away items in issue one actually end up being very important to the overall context of the story.

That’s the kind of stuff that the old comics used to have, and why I’m so excited to get Flying Sparks back into the world. If all goes well, I’ll be making a lot more of it in the months to come, and i’m excited to build up to the story that’s been in my head for a long time, but I’ve never had the resources to complete. Either way, it will be an interesting experiment to see if the old serial style resonates with comic readers as much as it does with me.

We’re working hard on the logistics now so we can have a smooth launch. I’ll be talking a lot about comics process on the blog for the next couple of weeks as I’m working on more of it than ever before.

If you are looking at checking out my comics, but want to see my writing style/work first, check out my award winning novel, For Steam And Country. I’ll be bringing that quality of storytelling to the dialogue revisions for the remastered version of Flying Sparks.

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Announcement: The Return Of Flying Sparks (Making Comics Great Again!)

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Over the last few months I’ve been working on comics in tandem with my award winning novel series. I’ve penned several comic issues which are in various stages of development. What I’ve learned in creating comics I that it’s a slow game. More often than not, collaborations with artists don’t work out and you’re stuck with half-drawn issues and don’t really go anywhere.

It’s a difficult business because of that, and that’s why the top tier talent commands such a high price for their art — it’s really hard work and dedication to stick with a project even through a full issue, let alone a graphic novel.

The one artist I’ve loved working with beyond any other over the last decade is Jethro Morales. He’s currently hard at work at my adaptation of Richard Fox’s bestselling military science fiction series, The Ember War, but a lot of folk don’t know that he worked with me before, nor do they realize that I’ve been in this writing game a lot longer than the last couple years.

Comics Are My Passion

I started with comics. My first writing was all comic scripts. I dreamed of doing comics since I was in junior high, but never had the artistic talent myself to do anything other than write. In 2010, I decided to make a go of it. I decided to save a bit of my paycheck get a professional to do a page a week for me, and I created the webcomic, Flying Sparks.

At its base, it’s the story of a hero and villain in love under their secret identities. Both of them get frustrated when the other seems to disappear for their extracurricular activities, and their relationship complicates as they find themselves in over their heads with their super-lives. 

Flying Sparks was wildly successful. I created a fairly complicated superhero universe revolving around a mysterious classic golden age style hero, Meta-Man, and a corporation who is up to some nefarious things. Thousands of people read each week. CBR even wrote it up at one point, stating, it’s the kind of stuff that made me fall in love with early Marvel comics”.

There was a lot of depth to Flying, a lot of plots that were going to converge into something very epic. This superhero world was my baby. I scripted out audio dramas of Meta-Man’s old school adventures, did a backstory issue with him on the side, wrote up a series of video blogs for the main Flying Sparks heroine to document her adventures with. I was ready to go multimedia with it and have a folder full of ideas and stories in this universe.

It’s Hard Out There For A Writer

The only problem was, as a writer only, there was no way to monetize webcomics. Most webcomics are done by artist who write their own scripts, because they can do commissions or whatnot on the side and they use the webcomic to fuel it. By the time I got myself about 6 issues into the series, I saw Flying Sparks was burning a hole in my wallet, and even with its audience, the monetization problem wasn’t going to change. 

But now we’re in a new world, one where #MoveTheNeedle and #ComicsGate is changing the game. Crowdfunds for series are a real viability, and I love my superhero world and would love to be able to finish the story, or take this to the next level. 

Which is why we’re taking to crowdfunding to rerelease Flying Sparks. We’re going to start with the first 3 issues worth of content in a single collection, a 66 page giant special. And the best part is — the art’s already done. We’ll be able to deliver quickly.

What the crowdfunding is for is both for printing costs and to get the book relettered. The reletting is key because I’m so much of a better writer now than I was in 2010 when I first scripted these books, and I’m going to do a “remastered”version, with brand new dialogue to really make the book shine and make it one of the best superhero books out there.

This being by the same creative team that’s bringing you my next comic can also serve as a nice way to check out our work while it’s being completed.  As you can see from some of the sample art I have, his work is pro, and this is going to be a lot of fun.

The Announcement

We’re going to launch the crowdfunding effort around the end of June/early-July. So stay tuned for lots of updates. We’re going to have great stretch goals, lots of cool rewards and potentially swag — and if it does well enough, we’ll be pushing this to the next level by completing the story of Flying Sparks. There’s 8 issues worth of content drawn already, the 9th issue is scripted, and it was planned for about 14 issues total… onward and upward. I look forward to showing you this fun and heartwarming story. 

If you’re new and haven’t checked out my writing before, why don’t you read my award winning novel and see if you enjoy my work? 106 people on amazon have all rated it positively with no negative marks at all, something unheard of with so many people reviewing a book.  Check it out here. 

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Alt-Hero Is Sending A Message To The Comics Industry Again

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Last week saw the release of Alt-Hero #1 to backers. I read the book and thoroughly enjoyed it (though I did read the script much earlier). Now we’re seeing the digital release on amazon to the general public. Already this morning it’s the #1 new bestseller, #2 in the category overall, and at #2,200 of all books in the kindle store. An impressive start after already having broken barriers with its $235,000 crowdfunding campaign.

The book launching again to incredible success on Amazon is just another message to the establishment. Get with the times, or you’re going to be run over. The thing is, they’ve shown time and time again at Marvel and DC that they have no interest in changing, no interest in caring what their customers think, and no interest in anything except for pushing their extremist agendas, so even with success here, we won’t see these companies making a move. They’re backed by big Disney and Warner Bros. money. It doesn’t matter if they make a profit. They exist for film licenses alone.

But where this will have an impact is for companies that struggle to make ends meet like Image, IDW, Dynamite, and the other small companies. It will take more than just a book reaching this level of success, or even two now that we have Jawbreakers and Alt-Hero, but if we can keep up the momentum on our end we’ll end up changing the industry, because the companies that do struggle to survive WILL want to at the very least get advice from those who are making money. These are businesses after all.

They’ll have to get with the times and get with the cooler, non-corporate approved content in order to maintain their audiences who are expecting fresh stories with fresh takes. We are putting out fresh ideas and fresh books that are reminding people of what it was like back in the old days, when writers weren’t censored in the name of political correctness.

There’s a lot more to come. I’m 4,000 into my draft of the Alt-Hero novel after working hard this weekend, and I have comics on the way as well. For now, the momentum is on our side, let’s keep the pressure on and keep it going.

If you want to help me create comics and keep the pressure on, support my Patreon. It’s about the only way this blog is monetized if you’d like to just help out, but I also put up short stories, novel snippets, and other cool content. Support is about halfway to where I’d be able to create a weekly web comic of a page a week to get things going–which is definitely where I want to be. As soon as we get there, the sooner we can move the needle.

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Image Comics CFO’s Thin Defense Of Attacking Christians

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On Sunday, the CFO and one of the original founders of Image Comics, Erik Larsen, posted a tweet mocking Christians. It was duly reported by Bounding Into Comics as something egregious and insensitive to the religious — especially done on Palm Sunday.  Many people on Twitter were offended by the tweet, and Erik Larsen joined in the fray himself to defend his insensitive remarks.

There’s been a curious silence by Image Comics, who is already under fire because one of their creators was trying to harass a veteran by trying to stir up rumors about his discharge (which was an honorable one), going so far as to state she wished that he had died during his tour of duty. It appears there is a problem at the company with an extremist group trying to attack different classes of citizens.

Several comic fans posited — if he had made an image mocking Mohammed during Ramadan, what would the comic companies and media react?

Larsen’s response was rather unkind to those who were offended:

Larsen hasn’t openly attacked Christianity in his comic, but he has placed President Trump in a villainous role in his Savage Dragon comic, creating an outcry among conservatives last year who saw Larsen’s “heroes” attacking the president in a quite literal fashion.

His defense of his actions rings thin to commenters on the matter, who very rightly see this as an anti-Christian middle finger on social media, on top of the toxic politics that’s appearing in his and other Image books. There appears to be a culture problem at the company where they can’t focus on making fun comic content — but they’re constantly signaling what fans they don’t want, and turning readers away because of their extreme views.

Readers also note that prominent conservatives are never allowed to shrug off anything they say as “just a joke”. Why should it be different for left-wing creators who show their intense bigotry through offensive commentary?

Calls to boycott Image Comics are now sprouting up across the internet. We will follow this story and report if real apology comes down from Larsen or the company, or if there will be any change within Image Comics related to these events.

In the meantime, if you want to support content of a creator who doesn’t hate you, read my new novel, The Stars Entwined. It’s getting comparisons to Babylon 5 and classic Star Trek. Join modern readers in building a movement of fun, classic stories again, and check out The Stars Entwined here.

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Contributing To A New Site

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I’ve been reviewing comics on here for some time, lately with my quick shot simple reviews as of late to try to give a feel for what comics I’m liking reading in this environment where so much of the industry is either bad or full of toxic negative identity politics.  But I”m pleased to announce that as of yesterday, I joined the team at Bounding Into Comics.

This site has been doing work for a long time, posting comic news, reviews and interviews. They were the only comic site to even give mention to The Ember War comic adaptation, that as a novel series, sells better than any Marvel or DC comic out there except the bigger events. It’s got a professional team with a great property, so why did it not get mentioned?

We know why. The comic news world is almost worse fake news than the legacy news networks. They’ve become social justice propaganda outlets which has overridden their primary function of reporting on comics.

But Bounding Into Comics has different voices, ones who still care about comic books, which is why I’m proud to join them.

I’ll primarily be reviewing books by Valiant Comics, Alterna Comics, and Akhaven Comics, with a few other indies scattered here and there. People need to be exposed to comics beyond just Marvel/DC and reviewing the alternatives, even if it gets less clicks than the legacy names, is the way to make sure the industry is healthy and thrives. I’m committed to doing it, so look for my reviews over there (which i’ll cross post to here as much as I can).

The first I did was Right Ho, Jeeves #2, which came out earlier this week. You can read the review here. 

If you like my review work or thoughts on stories, you’ll probably like my stories even better. Support my Patreon for a new short story and more every month. 

 

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Quick Shot Comic Reviews: March 1 Edition

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My pull list was fairly small this week, so I only have 3 books to review:

Ninja-K vs. The Valiant Universe #2

This is an underrated little title. I’m not sure it takes place within the general Valiant continuity, as I believe this was originally meant for a tie in for a live action web series Valiant was going to try to do with the character, but that project went off the rails. We ended up with this comic instead. Ninja-K is on the run after having stolen some weapon from MI-6. All the valiant heroes are after him and he’s just trying to survive.

It’s really fun, high action, good character development, it’s really everything I want out of the Valiant universe but have trouble getting in the main titles that seem to get bogged down in politics or boring backstory in the main titles as of late,  not living up to the beautiful art they typically procure.

This art  is  a little more standard comic  than their big books, but it works really well. I highly recommend this series but I’d read a little of the first Ninja-K series (complete already), Unity, X-O Manowar so you can familiarize yourself with some of the characters first. It works without that, but you may care more if you know them.

8/10

Silencer #2

DC’s  John Romita Jr. Book  is back for its second issue. I feel like he settled into the art a little better in this issue which makes it flow a lot more nicely. When I read this, I thought, “wow, here’s a character with a motive, who’s developing, who can change and isn’t stagnant for ‘iconic’ status, and it’s a breath of fresh air for the DC Universe.”

And that  about sums it up.  Silencer was visited by Talia Al Ghul last issue, trying to force her into her old life as an assassin, even though she’s trying to raise a family. This issue deals with fallout from that as she takes an aggressive stance toward trying to get away from it. Great action, cliffhanger ending, and I’m excited to see where this series goes. Best new character from the Big-2 in over a decade.

9/10

X-O Manowar #12

If you’re familiar with  me at  all, you know this is my favorite comic out there. I tell people on  repeat to pick it  up. In this arc, Aric has become Emperor of a planet Gorin — and in peace, things have gone drastically wrong. There’s a planet-wide famine,  and his most trusted advisors have plotted  to remove him from his position, and succeeded. He’s left stranded and naked in a desert, and has to fight his way out.

This issue hit on every emotional cyllinder. Matt Kindt, the writer, spent so long setting up this world building and emotional stakes for what occurs here, it’s pretty amazing, and  here it’s  really starting to pay off on  the personal level for Aric. I’m pretty sad that we’ll be leaving the planet Gorin after all this is done (the next arc says it’s Aric’s return to Earth) but this has been a masterpiece so far.

My only complaint is the art quality on this arc has dropped pretty drasticlally. The first 3 arcs had some of the best art I’ve ever seen in comics, so it’s a tough bar, but they should have rotated back to one of those rather than bringing in someone with such a drastically different style.

9/10

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