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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Project Black Sky: Secret Files

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In the late 1930s, a covert government agency was established to protect Earth from potential extraterrestrial threats. These brave men and women were called Project Black Sky, and what they discovered would change the course of human history.  Collects Free Comic Book Day 2014: Project Black Sky and sixty pages of the ProjectBlackSky.net webcomic.

Every once in a while there’s a title that you open up and wonder what the hell is going on right from the start.  Sometimes it’s just because you had no knowledge of the content from the book whatsoever, which is my excuse this time.  I was unable to grab the free comic teaser this year, so any content from the world in Project Black Sky: Secret Files is completely foreign to me.  Even so, I pushed forward despite my utter confusion and found out how fun this title was to read for the first time.

To anyone else unfamiliar with this book, it’s almost like a parody of other superheroes.  Not only that, but these superheroes are all linked in a universe with multiple realities.  There’s a lot of separate stories going on, which in some way are connected via this alternate reality business (which is always confusing)  It honestly perplexed me at first, but once I got deeper into it I caught on and you should as well.  What’s nice about Secret Files is that if you’re like me and know nothing about Project Black Sky, this is a good way to break into it.

With so much going it, you need solid art to make sure everything stays glued together.  The artwork definitely held up its responsibility in moving the story along.  The visuals here were consistently strong with every subsection, which is no easy task working in a multiverse.  Once you realize what each parody story is, you’ll appreciate the similarities and differences in the character designs.

Although it was so unusual to me at first, in the end the book turned out to be a good read.  I’m still not entirely sure what the direction is as a whole, but that’s actually part of the fun.  It's a multiverse after all, so the possibilities are supposed to be infinite.  As this is part of a webcomic, it makes it a bit easier to follow along and wouldn’t be a bad one to pick up as an intro to the series.

For more on Project Black Sky: Secret Files or other Dark Horse Books, check out Dark Horse Comics.

Geek-o-Rama received a copy of this book for the purpose of this review. All thoughts, comments and opinions are those of the individual reviewer.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Quantum Conditioning - "Straight Answer"

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Vachss: Underground

Posted by Geek-o-Rama Admin on 11:00 AM

When all sources of "news" are so clearly biased that none can be considered even remotely trustworthy or reliable, there is no news . . . and The Terror descends. For decades, The Rulers have been using prisoner/slave-labor to construct Underground, confident that those who flee there will willingly trade their freedom for security. Now, "truth" is what the Rulers say it is, and The Rulers rule all aspects of the human existence. But even within this antiseptically evil world, a revolutionary movement is brewing. A new breed of journalists--"The Book Boys"--risk everything to graffiti the truth on Underground's pristine walls. The intolerable act of creating a reliable source of truth--"If it's written in blue, it must be true."--is against The Rules --a huge bounty has been offered for identification or capture of any of this crew.

Lately I’ve had the fortune of being able to read a handful of graphic novel adaptations for screenplays which never came to life.  It’s been quite interesting to see these works of fiction that unfortunately never saw the light of day.  Vachss: Underground is the most recent in this list, spawned from a very serious and pretty dark piece from Andrew Vachss.

With Underground, we take a look at a series of stories all based in a grim dystopian future where “The Rulers” sit at the top.  The primary drive behind these tales is how the new, guerilla media aka “The Book Boys” are fighting back against this oppressive society.  Although the book is split into multiple chapters that can stand on their own, by the end you come to find out how the all in some way are linked.  Each part tells its own account of different sides of this society and the harsh life most live within it.  Some of the stories are more interesting than others, but as a whole the writing is extremely remarkable.

The brutal, dismal world that is narrated in the book is illustrated in an equally dark manner.  As dirty as the world may be, the artwork is wonderfully clean.   I liked how everything throughout the entire book retained a muted, shadowy look to it.  This really drove home the overall feel to the story and helped reinforce the setting the story is based in.

While this story may be a bit much for some readers to take in, it is totally worth the effort to read through.  I’m always a sucker for anything dystopian and this was a refreshing new addition to my experiences with the genre.  I would definitely say to check this off on your list of grabs for comic day and put aside that afternoon for reading it.

For more on Vachss: Underground or other Dark Horse books, check out Dark Horse Comics.

Geek-o-Rama received a copy of this book for the purpose of this review. All thoughts, comments and opinions are those of the individual reviewer.

Kickstarter/Indiegogo Spotlight: Mobster Graveyard

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Monsters plus mobsters, sounds like a good combination right?  I certainly thought so when I first spotted this week's spotlight project.  Mobster Graveyard is actually a follow up to another successful project called Frontier Graveyard.  Same universe follow of the supernatural, just 60 years in the future.  For more on this project, make sure to check out their Kickstarter.

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