Deep Maniac Redemption
I hope the grammar in the blog hasn't dipped in quality too much, but if you've noticed it I apologize. My editor has been taking a medical sabbatical and unfortunately that leaves me and me alone to struggle in vain to work the written word into coherence. I bet that was a run on sentence. Anyways, On to the reviews!
See You Around The Shop -- Ed
"Deep Beyond" Image: Mirka Andolfo strikes again! There is a lot to unpack here but I will try to keep it brief. The world is plunged into an eco-apocalypse, humanity survives through technological superiority in sealed colonies. From that premise let the drama and horror of the unknown unfold. 7 Defeatists out of 10
"Maniac Of New York" AftershockI: Do you like "Friday the 13th" or other slasher flicks? Because that's exactly what this book is. A mass murdering nigh unstoppable force of nature with a hockey mask and machete wreaks havoc across New York. Excellently executed, though surprisingly lite on the blood and gore. The focus is on the cops trying to track this killer down, not the gruesome and grisly murders. Equally great is the way Harry The Maniac has been folded into everyday life, on the news you'll get; weather, traffic and Harry sightings. Public broadcasts in bus terminals that remind you that "if you see something, scream something". Also I love good back matter, like the map of his major attacks! 7 screams out of 10
"Redemption" AWA Upshot: Redemption is a post-apocalypse western with a dash of post-humanism added in that settles nicely in the mix. The genre blending here is masterful, equal parts "Unforgiven", "True Grit", "The Book Of Eli", and "Mad Max". There's a strong female protagonist, an idealistic youth, and a machiavellian "priest" using the good word to enrich himself. Plus you can't go wrong with art by MIke Deodato JR., who captures the feel and pacing of classic westerns with aplomb. 8 monsters out of 10
"Avengers Mech Strike" Marvel: It's a fun read! The Avengers are fighting a Biomechanoid (I love that name) and Iron Man just so happens to have Hulkbusteresque suits for everyone! If you ever wanted the Avengers to look like robots this is the series for you.
"Fear Case" Dark Horse: A pair of FBI detectives are trying to find a literal case that brings havoc and murder whereveer it turns up, the only problem is every agent working the case eventually goes insane!.
"Luna" Boom: A lost woman wakes up in the midst of a hippy commune. The art is appropriately trippy as she experiences altered states of being, but something darker lurks under the surface.