Friday, July 30, 2010

Indies Preview Review For September Part 3 of 3

Humanoids Inc
Madwoman of the Sacred Heart HC by (W) Alexandro Jodorowsky (A) Moebius
Professor Alan Mangel's journey of madness begins when he impregnates Elisabeth, a student, with what she believes is John the Baptist reincarnated. They meet and conspire with people convinced in bringing forth the Second Coming of Christ. Are they delusional? By the creators of The Incal, Moebius and Jodorowsky. $29.95
Lee: I got as far as Moebius on art and I ordered a copy. Then I read it slowly and saw that Jodorowsky of Incal and Metabarons fame was the writer and I knew this would be great. Then I read the description and thought… wtf did I just order? Oh well, I’m still getting it.
Jim: You need to do a review after you read it, it has potential to be glorious or a total disaster.

Insight Editions
Morav: History of Robotic Warfare GN by (W) Fon Davis, M. Zachary Sherman (A) Budi Setiawan
Lt. Michael Okeda, a cocky fighter pilot with a sketchy past is thrust into the terrifying new world of giant robotic warfare when he and his fellow soldiers uncover a conspiracy to dominate the globe. As they struggle to make their way back to their home nation of Tangri, they are forced to use every ounce of guts, mettle, and wit they have to survive. Going up against a private army of trained mercenaries with the latest cutting-edge robotic warfare technology at their disposal, Okeda and his comrades in arms are about to experience the fight of their lives. 132 pges collecting the 6 issue comic book series combined an extra 30 pages of bonus material. $19.95. Check out the website here.
Lee: This book is just a complete cluster! PRO: I complain about indie marketing all the time but these boys got it right. A simple search yielded a website that was loaded with information. Good job boys! CON: The website is useless for comic geeks. It appears that this has been in the works since 2004 and gone through various revisions. It also appears that this might have been the basis for a game, video or board, pitch that was never accepted so it became a comic book instead. PRO: Sherman was the writer for the Radical comics Shrapnel series and we interviewed him here. I will always try to support anyone that is willing to take time to talk to us.
CON: I managed to find two preview pages buried in the site which looked good but nothing else anywhere.
I have no clue what to do with this book, I want to support it I need some previews before I’ll order cold.
Jim: Just reading everything you wrote has turned me off on this book.

Oni Press Inc.
Guerrillas Vol. 01 SC by (W/A) Brahm Revel
Private John Francis Clayton is on his first tour of duty in Vietnam, facing death at every turn in the middle of a war he doesn't understand. Clayton is just trying to stay alive when he encounters an entire platoon of... simian soldiers?! This squad of chain-smoking chimps is the most dangerous fighting force in the jungle... but whose side are they on? $14.99 The official Guerrillas site here and Jim’s interview with him… right here at ComicsAnd, here.
Lee: This is an easy, easy buy. Revel has had some trouble with the publishing schedule but now that it’s all collected in one place I can’t wait to read it. Jim raved so much way back when and now I can see what all the excitement was about.
Jim: Plus he will be finishing the story over a couple of volumes. I love this book!!!!

Penny Farthing Press
Shadrach Stone: The Big Man GN by (W) Stuart Moore (A) Jon Proctor, Jeff Dabu
Meet Shadrach Stone, a successful Manhattan literary agent who has told lies his entire life to get whatever he wants. These lies have enabled Stone to have a life that most would envy, until tragedy strikes the city and life as he knows it ends. As fast as he had acquired wealth and success, he loses it as his ability to lie disappears. He becomes a recluse in his apartment, until he is introduced to a group of people who need an expert in lies to regulate the damage that has been done to humanity by the lies told over the centuries. $19.95 There’s a really, really old blog here about Shadrach here and Stuart Moore’s blog here.
Lee: Stuart Moore has written quite a bit for Marvel and DC so he’s not a new name. In fact, his book, Spider-Man: Back In Quack #1 hits stands in September, the same month that this book is scheduled for release. But, I think this was written in 2009 and only seeing the light of day now. I don’t think it’s bad, just the truth about getting creator owned properties published in this day and age.
Jim: It is a very cool concept and I think Moore has some great ideas so I'm signing up for this book in hopes it gets published.

Radical Publishing
Ryder on the Storm #1 by (W) David Hine (A) Wayne Nichols
Ryder on the Storm follows Ryder, a private eye hired by the beautiful femme fatale Katrina Petruska to investigate the horrifically bizarre suicide of her lover, Michael Hudson. Ryder's journey to solve the case and finish Hudson's work leads him to discover a truth more sinister and terrifying than he could have ever imagined -- demons walk among us. Now he must team up with the last demon hunter, Charles Monk, to take down the cabal of ancient evil controlling the city while struggling to reconcile with the dark side of his own nature. #1 of 3, $ 4.99
Lee: This is expensive at $5 for a single issue but with David Hine writing it should be good. His strength has always been the bizarre and horrorific. I’m looking forward to this.
Jim: Don't forget this are over sized issues clocking in at more pages then you would get from either of the big two, the bang for the buck is always there with Radical. All I needed to see was David Hine's name and I'm in on this book.

Titan Publishing
Charley's War: Great Mutiny HC by (W) Pat Mills (A) Joe Colquhoun
Renowned UK comics writer Pat Mills (Marshal Law) and legendary artist Joe Colquhoun (Johnny Red) continue the thrilling, humorous, and horrifying story of World War One soldier Charley Bourne. In September 1917, Charley is caught in the mutiny by troops against harsh treatment at Etaples and faces divided loyalties as the rebellion gathers pace. Eventually, back on the front line, he faces death once more as a stretcher bearer. $19.95
Lee: YAHOO! A brand new edition of Charley’s War. The best, bar none, WWI war story ever. This is one of the absolute classics of war comics without any of the feel-good stuff in a Sgt Rock comic. As grim, gritty, and real as it gets. If you like war stories you need to read this.
Jim: I have one volume of this book and I have to read it. So many people love this series and I'm sure I will also.

WW Norton
Stitches GN by (W/A) David Small
2010 Eisner nominee! One day David Small awoke from a supposedly harmless operation to discover that he had been transformed into a virtual mute. A vocal cord removed, he had not been told that he had throat cancer and was expected to die. Readers will be riveted by his journey from speechless victim to his decision to flee his home at sixteen with nothing more than dreams of becoming an artist. Stitches will transform adolescent and adult readers alike with its deeply liberating vision. $15.95 David Small's site, with art, here.
Lee: I picked up the hc of this book and it was every bit as good as people say. Now it’s being released in an affordable paperback so there’s no good reason not to get this. An amazing story that you will enjoy.
Jim: Great premise and a strong recommendation from Lee, I'm sold, plus it is only $16 retail, not a lot to gamble on what sounds like a great book.

Lee: This was another strong month with lots of interesting offerings. But, Stitches is the book to read in case you missed it. I'm glad it's going to sc because it more people will take a chance on it and enjoy it.
Jim: I'm sold, I'm sold already, I'm getting Stiches, geez! No indy month should leave your wallet full.

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