August 29, 2014

A Review: BRAINSTORM #1

The Fellowship was fortunate enough to obtain a copy of BRAINSTORM #1 from FutureDude Entertainment. Jeffrey Morris and Ira Livingston IV write, and Dennis Calero draws and colors.

Cale Isaacs and his team have been working with the government to develop what can only be described as a weather control system. It uses nanotech to, in its first successful test, take an EF-5 tornado apart at the seams. But the military has its own ideas on the system’s use, and Cale is sent packing. And the general has an experiment of his own in the work.

This book has an interesting take on the “us vs. nature” story, adding a liberal dash of science to the science fiction (they have a science consultant – how cool is that?). They also do a really nice job of setting Cale up with character depth (the brother is a hoot, to be sure). It’s also got some really beautiful weather-based art that just jumps off the page – the lightning panel is just amazing.

If you’re up for a bit of science and a whole lot of attitude, this is a great book to grab. It’s also a really promising start for a new comic publisher, so get out there and support them.

BRAINSTORM #1 is available now at your FLCS or at futuredude.com.

~Mike ( @MikeyGeek )

A Review: GROO VS. CONAN #2

The Fellowship was fortunate enough to obtain a copy of GROO VS. CONAN #2 from Dark Horse Comics. The story is by Sergio Aragones and Mark Evanier, illustrated by Aragones and Thomas Yeates, colors by Lovern Kindzierski, and letters by Richard Starkings and Comicraft.

 Conan has learned of Groo’s task and decided to stop him. Thanks to the villagers’ crazy stories, Conan believes Groo to be a huge, multi-headed monster. The two heroes eventually meet and (not knowing who the other is) team up to destroy the “monster.” Meanwhile in the real world, Mark is trying to deal with an injured and overmedicated Sergio who believes he is Conan the Barbarian. Mark is also concerned about Benny’s Comic Shop, which may be doomed to be demolished in favor of a new megaplaza.

As expected, this has been a fun read. It’s hard not to laugh out loud at the jokes. If you are familiar with Groo, you know about the humor Aragones and Evanier bring to the table. The thing that really impresses me is the meshing of Aragones and Yeates’ art. The opposing styles work together better than one would think. Whatever you do, do not err by missing this book!

GROO VS. CONAN #2 is in stores now, or available for ordering at www.Darkhorse.com.