Thursday, August 27, 2015

Another great review for I Play the Bad Guy #6 by Steven Leitman

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I Play the Bad Guy #6 (of 6)
Bliss On Tap Publishing 2014
Created & Written by Andy Arnott
Art, Lettering & Design by Alex Cormack
Colours by Ashley & Alex Cormack

I am a huge fan of this story.  Andy has done a spotless job in introducing us to these characters, their motivations and their lives.  Taking soldiers and trying to make them enhanced so they can be more effective killing machines while a good idea to some isn’t without it’s drawbacks.  They, the government, hadn’t thought things through and only did the enhancement but never created a way to contain or end it should it have to happen.

Adams and Eric are looking for Lloyd and we quickly see they have a group of guards wrapped up in coils.  This is a very well played scene as Adams daughter comes to the rescue and gets the information from them that they need.  Andy’s structuring of the story is fantastic and that Margaret is in on their plan without anyone else knowing it is great stuff.  Also that his genetic enhancement has been passed onto his daughter and that she’s hidden it shows us that this creation by the government has larger implications.

Alex’s interior artwork here is fantastic!  His detail on the coils and the people’s faces during the opening really does showcase his growth as an artist.  

The crazy Colonel seems to have literally lost her marbles.  She’s stark raving angry and that’s make for sloppy work.  Rallying the troops and ordering them about while she goes off on her own.  The trio splits up looking for Lloyd and Frank is the one she finds and is more than eager to end his life.  Had she come into the fight under a cooler demeanor and with her wits about her she might have fared better but in her current state of mind it isn’t any wonder how Frank was easily able to handle her.  Also personally I was rooting for Frank during all this.

Since this is the final issue of this story it doesn’t take long for Lloyd and Crystal to hook up with everyone.  You’d think this was going to be pretty much the end and that they’d all be able to use their abilities to get out of the complex and go back to their normal lives, until the Colonel regrouped and went after them all.  However the story takes a completely unexpected turn and it’s one of the WTF moments that as a reader you love to see happen.  

Little Crystal is a great character and well beyond her years thanks to her ability to communicate with computers.  She’s got knowledge and a strong sense about her and to see her with these adults is delightful.  The dialogue between them is again the kind you are excited for and are thrilled to see.  

The end of this story is unlike anything you’d expect and leaves you breathless in anticipation as to what the real outcome of it all is.  The only thing we know for sure is that a very banged up and scared Crystal is found and ends up leaving the complex on her own two feet.  There was so much happening here and it comes at the reader fast and furious leaving a lot questions.  

This was a great series from start to finish it is excellently crafted and told.  It’s smart and interesting and leaves you wanting more when it’s over.  This is the kind of story that demonstrates why independent self-published books shouldn’t be overlooked.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Fanboy Comics advanced review of i Play the Bad Guy #6

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‘I Play the Bad Guy #6:’ Advance Comic Book Review

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‘I Play the Bad Guy #6:’ Advance Comic Book Review
I Play the Bad Guy #6

In this, the final issue of I Play the Bad Guy, Frank has finally been reunited with his daughter. All that remains is to rescue his other friend from Mazur HQ, and they’re home free. But, of course, it can’t really be as simple as that, and after all the death and destruction that Frank has caused along the way, he’s not getting out without a whole lot more.
I’m not entirely sure how I feel about the ending to IPTBG, but, without giving too much away, I suppose it’s in keeping with the tone of the rest of the comic. It’s been an exciting adventure all the way through and very different from a lot of other superhero comics. I’ll be sad to see it go.

Honestly, at this point, there’s not a lot left to say about the comic. I’ve said most of it already in my previous reviews. The artwork is great, the story is unique, and the way they develop it keeps you constantly interested and engaged over the course of the 6-issue arc. You never know where things are going to go next, right up to the very end. The characters are also a lot of fun. Somehow, Frank remains sympathetic, even identifiable, despite the fact that he kills a whole lot of people, right from the start.

All in all, this is a great comic and worth checking out from the beginning. There are a lot of superhero comics out there, and they can honestly get kind of tiring after a while. So, it’s a bit of a breath of fresh air to see someone completely and unabashedly play the bad guy.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Future Proof #6 review by Steven Leitman

Future Proof #6

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Future Proof #6
Bliss On Tap Publishing 2014
Written by Alex Murillo
Illustrated by Alex Cormack
Coloured by Ashley & Alex Cormack

The boys are back and things here are getting more and more involved and offbeat.  This issue revisits Hitler at the beginning of his reign where we see him and Goebbels discuss the first acts to do and the reveal of what he’s planned for the Reich’s new flag.  Only our boys aren’t the ones here at this time as we see two different agents are the cause of the Reichstag fire and what happens here doesn’t bode well.

Our boys however make the jump and end up in Spitafields, London in 1888.  Their mission comes as well a major surprise but it’s one that well I gotta admit explains a few things history wise and has the potential for creating that ripple effect which can go a long into the future as well.  Their bags contain Lorre uniforms so they are coppers at this time and you’ve really got to hand things to Alex here because what he does with the interiors is something wonderful.

We really have this chance to see how much Alex has grown and matured as an artist here and what he brings us of this time in history is incredibly beautiful.  Page twelve with the buildings are intricately done and amazing to behold it’s a moment you realize you seen the emergence of a great talent hitting his stride.

I’m a little surprised by the seriousness this story has taken, granted there is still plenty of that humour we’ve come to expect but there’s a deeper thing happening here that really hits the reader.  As the boys realize where and when they are and who the target is the actions kicks into overdrive.  With one look at a victim laying splayed out in an alley there’s no doubt as to whom the boys are looking for.  Again this was a very tasteful way to demonstrate the horror of the situation and while it’s gory and bloody it isn’t over the top or vulgar it’s just well done.

Alright we know that James and Simon have had to do some unseemly stuff to ensure that the timeline remains intact but this one takes the cake.  How they complete this horrifying, for them, mission is thankfully filled with the levity I’ve come to expect out of them.  Though once inside the carriage the boys notice the man’s shoes and there’s a symbol on them that has significance and hopefully we’ll see more of the ramifications of that soon enough.

I do like that the boys are seemingly in over their heads here as they continue to get the job done but sometimes act more like Abbott and Costello than season agents.  Still I can see and feel that they are going to be embroiled in something they just aren’t prepared for and it’ll all be set up by the Sing.

Folks I cannot stress enough that you should be reading this series!  Find it, ask your store to carry it or if your subscription service can get it because it’s books like this that make reading comics fun.  With a great premise, wonderful writing and characterization alongside some really good solid artwork this is one of those titles that should be sought out.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

San Diego Comic Con 2015 Pictures

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