Friday, April 24, 2015

Look what just arrived in Alex Cormack's mailbox!

I Play the Bad Guy #4 - available in stores and online April 29th!

I Play the Bad Guy #4

Today on ... I Play the Bad Guy #1

Forty years ago Frank Adams was a recruit in the government’s Cold War attempt to grant soldiers the ability to manipulate bio-electricity, known as the Mazur Project. Now, Frank has learned that his estranged daughter has been recruited in a revival of the Mazur Project and he’s not about to let the government transform his daughter into the freak they made out of him. Can a super-powered man in his 60’s avoid the younger Powered Retrieval Operations (P.R.O.) unit sent to stop him?
Set against a a backdrop of “Visceral Superhero Action & Suspense” ( the morality of granting the older heroes powers during Cold War experiments by the U.S. Government is explored throughout the course of the series as they try to prevent the next generation of powered soldiers from being created. As we learn more about the scientist and government officials who convinced and created them the idea of good guys becomes more hazy with each issue.
Ideal for readers 14 and up this series doesn’t hold back on the action with often graphic displays of violence. While some of the powers activated in the team’s genes may seem familiar their use of these energy based emissions is far from it. This is enhanced but Alex Cormack’s colorful and detailed illustrations and sometimes viscous dialogue in Andy Arnott’s writing.
This high powered and carnage filled series will wrap up with issue number 6 in August so be sure to get caught up now before the finale!

-Andy Arnott, Writer/Creator of “I Play the Bad Guy” from Bliss on Tap Publishing

Monday, April 06, 2015

I Play The Bad Guy #4 advance review by Reading With A Flight Ring

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I Play the Bad Guy #4 Advance Review

I Play the Bad Guy #4 (of 6)
Bliss On Tap Publishing 2015
Created & Written by Andy Arnott
Art, Lettering and Design by Alex Cormack
Colours by Ashley & Alex Cormack

With each issue of this series that I read I become more and more enamored with it.  Andy’s writing is incredibly good and it seems with each issue he’s learning and growing and finding himself as a writer and it just blends this humor amidst the horror of the Project is currently doing.  

Today Lloyd meets Crystal, the little girl looking for her Grampy Al.  Yeah this makes Lloyd nervous because if i’m not mistaken he’s in the room Lloyd just left in that hospital style bed.  Crystal is a little kid and she’s so cute but thanks her ability she can darn scary at times too.  It i s nice to see though that while she may be fluent in computer language, a word she doesn’t know, she still a kid and unaccustomed to not knowing what something means.

Still their conversation is kind of cute and she doesn’t hold back when she wants to know something and for the most part he’s willing to share except about the hole in his head that’s too hard to explain to someone her age or it’s too sore a subject for him.

Oh the Major is a bitch and she really needs to get laid badly.  Though even that might not help her she’s wound so damn tight.  So while in Pittsburgh the alarm goes off because Crystal is on the loose but she’s not aware of that yet.  She has to realize though since the photograph is prominently on display that Adam’s is getting the band back together as it were.  As she scrambles to get back to base we move to another location.

It’s the past as we see the mad scientist who came up with the procedure of giving them these abilities talking to an assembled group.  Yeah he kind of drones on and they are half paying attention but it becomes clear that he’s able to now create these abilities in people without them knowing he’s doing it and they decide to pick children, unknowingly, to use as test subjects and monitor what happens to them “in the wild” as it were.  Highly unethical and completely illegal but the military doesn’t really care anymore than the Government people do.

Goodness there is so much going on here and it’s a conspiracy theory nuts greatest find should one ever find it.  The story Andy’s bringing us is growing and the cast of characters seems to be expanding keeping the reader guessing as to what’s really going on here.  With Alex’s interiors being so expressive and giving off such emotions it’s easy to get lost in the tale and be more than slightly frightened by it.
Bliss on Tap is hopefully here to stay because the work they are doing is worthy of all the attention we give it. 

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Notes on Future Proof #4 by Reading With A Flight Ring

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Future Proof #4
Bliss on Tap Publishing 2015
Created & Written by Brian Phillipson
Illustrated by Alex Cormack
Created, Lettered & Book Design by Alex Murillo

Alright so we start off this issue in a most surprising way and I have to admit that the introduction of whom appear to be the boys counterparts.  How they’ve been brought together and their true purpose while remain a small mystery what they are going to add to the mix is immeasurable.  Plus the whole Roswell, New Mexico incident just goes to show that time travel and people’s agendas well they don’t always come from the best of intentions.

Brian’s able to weave what we perceive to be historical facts into this tale in ways that make them not only plausible and believable but necessary.  The Roswell incident where a ship crash lands to Earth well I love the explanation  for how that came to be and why there were no survivors as well.  Cruel, unusual but explained better than I could have hoped for.  The Umbrella Man and former Nazi Scientist Dr. Dagmar Wernher this team will be something.

Meanwhile on a battlefield in Belgium, south of Ypres-October 15th, 1918 a young messenger is tasked with taking a message to the front lines immediately.  Okay here’s where I suppose some liberties are taken because I have no clue if Hitler was serial masturbator but the imagery is fantastic as is the way it’s described to us.  The rules as well that say certain people need to live in order for history to unfold as it’s supposed to well while they may not be agreed with the boys do enforce them.  Much to ones chagrin but the writing again makes this so worthwhile to me.

Alex is brilliant as well here because while his black and white stuff is nice and expressive and easily understood there are moments that just surprise the hell out of you.  When we see Yusupov’s Moika Palace, Russia--December 30th 1916 you will be blown away period.  Plus of those that know history this is involving Rasputin and the dinner party where his friends have sentenced him to death which he survives.  Again the line worked is wonderful and seeing the different characters with different styles to them pop out even more prominently in his style and that’s always a pleasure.

The boys have one more stop to make this issue, yes they are extremely busy keeping history on track today as they come to ensure the assassination of Franz Ferdinand the Archduke of Austria.    You’d think that with so much going on in one issue things might feel too rushed but while it is chock full it isn’t rushed it’s more an example of why they are needed.  Though who, what, why or how they are needed so much isn’t explained at the moment I have hopes the other teams like the one formed from the Umbrella Man are out there as well.

Plus the fact that these meshuggah's make the perfect buddy pairing for both laughs and seriousness balancing things out is like the delicious icing on a cake.   Here we’ve got a small mystery building alongside some seriously overworked dudes who are still going a mile a minute that showcases a unique outlook on history with drama and intelligent humor thrown in for good measure.

Future Proof is purely a pleasure to read.