Monthly Archives July 2017

Dollface #6

Still in SoCal, Lila and the gang decide to do a little sunbathing at the local beach. But things take a turn for the worst when witches—Orla’s cronies—come after them.

Everybody deserves a little R&R once in a while, even witch hunting teams, right? Just kick back, maybe catch some rays and get away from it all. You would think so, but that just doesn’t seem to be the case for Lila and company in Dollface issue six.

After fighting SoCal traffic, the gang finally gets to the beach to have a great day in the sun. Much to their dismay, minions from the witch they last encountered them have tracked them down. An all out brawl ends up sadly taking the life of Emily’s girlfriend Paige, reminding Lila of a hard lesson she learned in her previous life.

Although it was short lived, this issue...

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Mage Vol. 1: The Hero Discovered

Writer/Artist: Matt Wagner
Colors: Jeromy Cox & James Rochelle
Inks: Sam Keith
Publisher: Image

After Kevin Matchstick meets Mirth, the World-Mage, he develops powers and discovers he is the hero who will fight in a war of good against evil alongside his companions, a young girl called Edsel, and a ghost named Sean, against the Umbra Sprite, a force of concentrated evil, and his five children, the deadly Grackleflints.

I did not have a pleasant experience reading Mage. I’ll get into why later in the review, of course, but to give away the game here, I didn’t like it. My conclusion was that it was clearly someone’s first attempt at a comic, that their writing and art would improve over time, and so I didn’t want this review to be too much of a take-down...

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Dread Gods #1

Written: Ron Marz
Art: Tom Raney
Color Art: Nanjan Jamberi
Letter Art: Dave Lanphear

In a dystopian future in the Wasteland town, citizens can plug in to watch the daily lives of the gods of Olympus. Prometheus presents the lives of Zeus, Hera, Ares, Tyche, Achilles, Apollo, and Artemis; people literally plug and and watch as battle play out like soap operas. It is like how people of ancient times worship the gods, only in the digital age. One person, Carver, is convinced that the gods need his help to defeat Ares.

The jury is still out on the writing by Ron Marz. He has taken the classic story of the gods of Olympus who battle with the god of war Ares...

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Survival Geeks

Writers: Gordon Rennie & Emma Beeby
Artist: Neil Googe

After meeting Simon at a club, Sam wakes up the next morning in his house with his roommates Rufus and Clive only to find that Clive has turned the house into a vessel for interdimensional travel, and she’s now stuck with the three on their adventures through space and time.

I want to start with the positives of Survival Geeks. There’s clearly a lot of passion and heart put into it, and a sense of fun and adventure as each chapter opens on a new dimension with monsters to fight or an apocalypse to prevent. Nothing is taken too seriously, and the sense of fun that the series has is fairly infectious...

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Harbinger Renegade #5

Writer: Rafer Roberts
Artist: Darick Robertson
Inks: Richard Clark
Colors: Diego Rodriguez
Publisher: Valiant

Detroit has been taken over by a group of super-powered children called Generation Zero, and renamed as the Free City of Rook. A group of mercenary soldiers are sent in free the city from “terrorists”, and a bloodbath with casualties on both sides ensues.

Issue #5 of Harbinger Renegade is the first part in the Massacre story arc, and it delivers on its namesake, with deaths left and right on both sides. Unfortunately, and this doubles as a disclaimer, I haven’t read any of the previous 4 issues, so these deaths meant nothing to me...

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