Thursday, June 18, 2015

God the Dyslexic Dog #tbt

#‎tbt‬ this to this cool back cover from God the Dyslexic Dog #2 (originally published in 2005) by the great Alex Nino
God the Dyslexic Dog - Issue #2 - backcover by Alex Nino

Friday, June 05, 2015

I Play the Bad Guy #5 advance review by Steven Leitman

I Play the Bad Guy #5

Bliss on Tap Publishing 2015

Written by Andy Arnott

Illustrated by Alex Cormack

Coloured by Ashley & Alex Cormack

Well I have to say I really enjoyed the way this issue opened.  Seeing a teenage girl with some anger management issues towards mother well yeah it really does set the stage for some interesting characterization and to throw you off slightly as well.  Yes you have to read the issue to discover for yourself why but trust me when I say it’s a nice development and Andy has continued to surprise me with how good this story has been.

Frank and Eric’s banter is extremely entertaining.  Poor Eric has grown soft in his old age as he forgot what killing was like and while I suppose it’s like riding a bicycle he’s falling off and into the toilet.  Still these men go way back and their honesty with one another it’s really nice to see.   I do love Frank’s skunk trail on the side of his head and his gruff manner really does belie a softer side to the man that he thinks he hides well.  The little cat and mouse game they play to get some U.S. Government plates for the car was cute and using Eric to play the foreigner who can’t speak English well yeah that was kind of cliche and perfectly played.

Well as if their little adventure wasn’t fun enough as it was we see that Frank is also relying upon Lloyd to help him out getting inside as well.  The plates for the car is like insurance not really necessary but a nice touch to keep someone from looking too hard.  So we go inside with Lloyd and his young companion and again Andy’s ability for creating fun dialogue is fantastic!

The Major is a huge bitch and seriously I hope she dies before this is all over. Her previous interactions with the young lady whose powers with computers are extraordinary will come back to haunt her here.  Oh and Lloyd’s powers and age come into play beautifully in the process of locking the Major out with his granddaughter aged sidekick at the moment.   I’m gonna go out on a limb and say Andy has a daughter or his close with a niece because being able to nail a little girl’s personality like this, trying to be grown up and still a kid at the same time is too well done for someone who isn’t around a girl of that age.

The ending was well played my friend well played indeed.  Now that next issue ties this up and hopefully not too nicely I’d love to hear that there’s a possibility that we’ll get another one down the road, as in maybe 6-8 months from now, okay I’ll settle for a year, because these characters are too awesome to be left with a one and done.  There’s a lot to explore her and they’ve managed to really create some memorable and interesting characters that as a reader I want to know more about.

Alex, man, he’s come a long way in a short time he’s been working tail his tail off and honing his abilities and it shows.  When we get to the moment we see Lloyd jacking into the headphones for the password yeah that’s amazingly well done and part of that goes to Ashley for colouring what we see of the eyes.  Plus I’m sorry Lloyd and the girl steal the show and her facial expressions and his almost naivete go hand in hand together wonderfully.

Bliss on Tap has two incredibly strong books with this being one of them showing the world that great stories also come from small/independent press companies.  I keep asking people to read stories like this because they grumble about the “big two” and keep at it because this is one those extremely enjoyable and incredibly well done series that deserves your attention.

Friday, May 29, 2015

Future Proof #5 review by Reading With A Flight Ring's Steven Leitman

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Future Proof #5
Bliss On Tap Publishing 2014
Created by Brian Phillipson & Alex Murillo
Written by Alex Murillo
Illustrated by Alex Cormack
Coloured by Ashley & Alex Cormack

A time traveling, espionage, action/adventure buddy flick style thriller, seriously what more do you need to know about it pick this up?   I love that this issue seems the be the turning point for this series as it moves forward.  The writing remains to be some of the best there is and  Murillo has done an excellent job on fleshing the boys out and making them likeable and relatable and just fun good ole boys who do their job and along the way kind of question a few things about what they are doing.  He’s managed to get us to care about them while crafting a time travel story that isn’t outrageous or hard to follow and that’s the mark of a good writer people.

I’ll say this too I’ve really enjoyed watching Cormack grow as an artist on this project.  The backgrounds, page layouts, the boys themselves and this issue that creepy owl yeah it looks really darn good.  You can see his evolution as an artist and it’s one of those things where you see his potential in the first issue and by this the fifth he’s exceeded where you thought he’d be making him one of the industry's up and coming illustrators.   Though we could have gotten a better look at James in those boxers I mean really now.

What happens this issue however is the natural progression of what we’ve seen so far.  That they are in 1910 and during their mission they kind of have an epiphany about what’s being said and done around them.  Throughout history there have been people whose intentions haven’t been the best and plenty of corrupt men have wormed their way into positions of power  in order to further their own agenda’s.  We’ve seen this in the history books and on PBS, yes I love my local stations, so when the boys see it first hand however and really get a chance to experience that kind of pure evil if you will things in their lives begin to change.  Despicable behavior happening on the train folks and ya know it kind of represents that era nicely unfortunately.

James and Simon manage to complete their mission but something else happens here that wasn’t supposed to.  The remembering of some of their most heinous missions notwithstanding another agent arrives on scene and tries to kill a man in a location that wasn’t on the agenda.  Before this new agent of the Sing can say anything though about how the company lies to them and uses them he’s well just check out what Alex does to him because it’s kind of gross, awesome and foreboding all in one image.

So what happens with all this new-found knowledge and odd things that have unraveled before their eyes?  Will we finally get to see the Sing?  Are the boys going to go rogue and take down the very organization that gave them purpose in the first place?  Oh so many questions so much more potential for greatness to come.  It seems the best is yet to come and the future isn’t written in stone.

This is why I love the small independent press titles, they are books made out of love and passion for the genre/medium.  They have some great skills and can contribute to our enjoyment in ways that sometimes the larger ones can’t.  This is one those series and companies you need to be reading and finding their books and get out of the mindset of the big two!

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

"It's a lot of fun to see it all unfold." review of Future Proof #5

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‘Future Proof #5:’ Advance Comic Book Review


It’s 1910. A group of highly influential bankers meets in a smoke-filled train car to decide the nation’s financial future—and, ultimately, ruin it in order to line their own pockets; however, our intrepid time agents have different ideas. Are they going to save the country? Being that their previous assignments have included killing Kennedy and saving Hitler, it’s doubtful that things are that simple; however, whatever they end up doing, their AI-god, The Sing, has determined that it’s the best course of action to ensure the future, so they carry it out without question.
There’s more to this mission than meets the eye, though—and possibly more to their entire job, and to The Sing itself. When you’re dealing with cause and effect with regards to time travel, things are bound to get a little bit messy.

Complex as this story is getting, though, I’m loving every page of it. Each issue is a new adventure, further back in history, but the characters and events are still inextricably linked and continue to become more so as we go on. And, it’s a lot of fun to see it all unfold.

Future Proof is published by Bliss on Tap.