Future Proof

Future Proof


"Future Proof #1 is a thought-provoking tale about the perils of time travel, and has this reader eager for more."-kastorskorner.com

"...the art, the writing, the concept itself just gets better and better. Buy this one. This one gets a very well deserved 5 out of 5 stars!" -whatchareading.com

"…I can say without a doubt that if you are a fan of the X-Files or any of the numerous shows that have aired in the last few years that take on some of society’s greatest mysteries then this is a comic series you will not want to pass up!"- PREVIEWSworld.com

Monday, February 23, 2015

'I Play the Bad Guy #3' review from Fanboy Comics

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‘I Play the Bad Guy #3:’ Advance Comic Book Review

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This issue of I Play the Bad Guy takes a bit of a detour from Frank and his story of superhero revenge and takes us, instead, to the Reagan administration. We see an Ugandan youth tasked with taking down a violent warlord by an American government that couldn’t really care less about either. The young man infiltrates the warlord’s ranks as they attempt to subdue another city, until finally—well, you’ll have to read it for yourself.
Eventually, we do catch up to Frank again, joining him in a small diner just as the cops catch up to him. Of course, as we’ve already seen, this means much more bad news for the cops than it does for Frank. We do a bit of exploration into Frank’s sense of morality, as well as some more of the consequences of being saddled with these powers.

With each issue, we get a bit clearer of a picture of just who these characters are and where they’re coming from. And, with each issue, we’re able to empathize just a bit more with Frank and what he’s doing, even if he is, “playing the bad guy.” All in all, this is a solid issue and a good continuation of what’s proving to be a good and compelling story. Definitely worth checking out.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Friday, January 30, 2015

Great write-up of I Play The Bad Guy #2 by Reading with a Flight Ring...

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I Play the Bad Guy #2

I Play the Bad Guy #2
Bliss on Tap Publishing 2014
Created & Written by Andy Arnott
Art, Lettering & Design by Alex Cormack

This is a perfect example of why people should search through Previews and read various reviews of small press books because then you’ll find some of the most interesting stories being published today.  Free of the constraints of big corporate decisions saying what they can and cannot do with character.  So far this is an interesting story we’ve got super-powered folks who work with something inside the military to make good soldiers.

In the here and now Adams’ is on the run in complete control of his powers and more than likely stronger than he’s ever been.  As the latest mission to capture him has failed and we see a play by play as they analyze him and what he’s capable of doing it becomes clear someone thinks he’s a massive threat, uncontrolled and possibly someone that needs to be neutralized.

Major Sullivan is a bitch there’s no getting around that and honestly it’s totally what you picture a woman in the military trying to prove she’s as good if not better than any man around her.  She’s also ruthless and doesn’t mind using a child to get what she wants, oh and she’s not making any friends along the way.   This is after Frank messed Al up while he was with his granddaughter in a supermarket.

Enter Mr. Venona who can read minds.  He goes in and tries to make contact with Al  and learn what Frank is up to for Major Sullivan.  I like this because these people are sticking by each other and not giving a crap what Sullivan wants.  There’s some good subterfuge happening here and the Mazur boys, that’s what they are called those with powers, they are a tight fraternity and it’s interesting to see.

The characters are interesting and the characterization is freakin phenomenal!  These people are complex and their motives are unclear and the story has yet to really unfold to tell us who is good and who isn’t though for all intents and purposes it would seem they’d like us to think it’s Frank whose the bad guy.  Me I think they are trying to make him out to be one and that they are using him and forcing his actions so they can blame him for something.  After all the military can’t let them just be if they aren’t working for them or learn their secrets so they can create more for themselves.

This is some great thought provoking stuff.  You really have to read it, pay attention to it and try to read more into what is going to see if your right.  This is heavier stuff than you see at the so-called big companies because it’s a more realistic view and what would happen if people with powers existed.  This is the exciting kind of stuff that grabs your attention keeps you reading the story.

Alex is really in his element as well and more than coming into his own as bona fide illustrator.  His work is original, fun and fast paced and descriptive plus there are plenty of instances with great attention to detail.   Plus the effects of the powers were just incredibly well done.   Each individual character is full of life and personality.

Bliss on Tap is a prime example of why you NEED to pay attention to the little guy.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

New Future Proof #2 review by Reading with a Flight Ring


Future Proof #2

Future Proof #2
Bliss on Tap Publishing 2014
Created by Brian Phillipson & Alex Murillo
Written by Alex Murillo
Art by Alex Cormack

One of the things I got from reading this issue is that this is kind of like seeing Blue Beetle and Booster Gold without their suits traveling through time trying to stop evil from happening.  It’s filled with all the fun that would entail in two characters who seem to have good intentions but bumble their way through it all.  Murillo has managed to weave an interesting tale of time travel and stopping terrible things from happening with some of the best buddy antics around.

So our boys have made it to the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard on October 28th 1943 and the U.S.S. Eldridge.  As they are going to board they are approached by a hooded figure who as it turns out is actually Albert Einstein.   He thinks the mission of this ship must not be undertaken and that it’s doomed to fail.  A cryptic warning from someone of his caliber.

On board their commanding officer is quick to put them in their place and point them in the right direction.   I dunno about military life but this guy is an ass and he likes to yell, a lot.  I’m guessing that this is semi-normal for this era and those who are in command.  Of course there is a mystery surround this ship like why are there empty animal cages on board?   Still the boys retain their sense of humor throughout the inspection and duty assignments.  Where of course another sailor thinks the boys are up to something and will do whatever he can to find out what.

As luck, fate, the gods would have it our boys now Hopper and Brody are assigned to the MP’s since they are short handed.  So while changing into their new uniforms they take a peak at what it is their mission is.  This was awesome because it appears to be some sort of Nazi weapon, well it has a swastika, in the form a bell.  So while they are learning what the parameters of the mission the one who thinks something is up is spying on them and jumps to the wrong conclusion cause he’s an idiot.

So what happens from here on out is a series of events that do and don’t go as planned.  I’m really beginning to think that whoever recruited these two had no idea what they were doing.  However the circumstances that they find themselves in are incredibly weird, fun and interesting to put it mildly.  Including the man who created the Bell on board the ship for them who is a defector of the Furor and stole the original plans one Dr. Strughold.  This is where Cormack shines, I mean the boys look amazing and slightly bromance sexual but Dr. Strughold is beyond creepy and all sorts of don’t trust me i’m still a Nazi looking man.

To understand the things that happen around the table when they are talking you have to read this but suffice it to say that Tesla is dead and Einstein doesn’t want anything to do with this so they’ve got this defected German helping them.  So on a time deadline the boys have to work fast but that guy who wants to bust them rushes them into action and well yeah it all hits the fan.  The result of what they do to the bell can be seen in Cormack’s impressive artwork.

It’s interesting how the mind works to create this story because its them trying to prevent events like others using time travel but end up influencing the course of history the way it’s supposed to unfold.  It all looks like it’s happening by accident to boot.  With a discovery found in ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphs pointing everyone in the right direction this is freakin creative stuff.  Both Alex’s have gone above and beyond the call of duty here.  This is what the imagination used to create something special is all about.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Latest Future Proof review, courtesy of Steven Alloway and Fanboycomics.net

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‘Future Proof #3:’ Advance Comic Book Review

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In each issue of Future Proof, things get just a little more complex and a little more twisted. As we learned in the first issues, time travel always has repercussions, and though the purpose of our heroes’ mission is to fix those repercussions, their new adventures can’t help but have repercussions of their own. The threads from previous issues are becoming entwined with one another, and someone is using them to accomplish something sinister.
While previous missions have been to cause the Kennedy assassination and stop the Philadelphia Experiment, this issue’s seems a little tamer. It involves hanging out with Babe Ruth. It’s fairly straightforward, but things aren’t always what they seem—the issue ends with a sinister “Continued in Part 2.”

This is a fun issue, less intense than the previous one, with a bit of dark humor, and just the right amount of intrigue. Every issue draws us further into this strange web of time travel. Issue #3 is one you won’t want to miss.