Saturday, May 27, 2017

Dark Side of the Moon

Two Sides to Every Coin

Comic Unknown would like to introduce the retro styled, Lord of the Cosmos. Set on a world called Aiden, the citizens use the power of the planet to fuel their machines. Society has created what they believe is utopia by combining their knowledge of magic and technology. As the natives achieve peace and prosperity throughout the majority of the planet, their ignorance is both their joy and potential demise. While the people of Aiden completely disregard the waste they leave behind as they live in their castles. The dark side of their utopia begins to creep up with those who were exiled from the promised land known as the Disciples of Umex in the outer lands and slums. There are many whispers about Umex's origin but was all pedestrian until now that has awakened from his long slumber and is ready to claim Aiden as his own. He calls upon the help of his underlings to wreak havoc across the planet. Will Umex wish come to pass or will his it be nothing but a dream?


Using what they know and love from the 80's Dennis Fallon, Jason Lenox, and Jason Palmatier forged Lord of the Cosmos. The essence of the first issue suggests that there's always a dark side, a consequence of every action people take even if they're unaware of it. Lenox created the concept and penciled the comic but Fallon and Palmatier brought this to life. The story is extraordinary in all the right ways and leaves the readers wanting more. The characters themselves were beautifully designed by all three of theses artist and each has their own history which can be seen in the issue. The illustration is brilliant and the black and white color scheme is very old school. This art style is seen throughout all the stories and it serves well. Lord of the Cosmos is elegant, immense and fantastic. It was fully funded on Kickstarter on September 26, 2016, but it never hurts to get more supporters. Lord of the Cosmos is available for $7 (including shipping) at Jason Lenox's site as well as on Comixology for $1.99. Readers can follow Jason Lenox on Facebook, Twitter, Ugli Studios site or his site for any updates in regards to Lord of the Cosmos or any other books he is working on.





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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Stiched Together

THE MORTICIAN AND THE ICEMAN


Welcome to another tailored review at Comic Unknown. We return to the creative team of Caleb Thusat and Katrina Kunstmann for another series known as Zed. Unlike Alter-Life, Zed is a gray scaled story that follows a duo (one alive, the other not so much) in search of a scientist for answers. Set at the end of a zombie outbreak, our main character Zed was involved in an experiment that caused him to become a zombie but somehow manage to stay with his humanness. As Zed and his mortician Bill locate the hospital where he might find some answers, they stumble their way to get in. Fighting the zombie hunger, Zed gets flesh hungry when more infected are around him, Zed manages to get some unnecessary attention and get injured long the process.  Fortunately for him, Bill manages to sow him back together when needed and build him anew. The story has these two fighting their way through zombies and government officials as if it is just another Tuesday. They trek through the city as if it is just another mundane trip to god knows where.

Written by Caleb Thusat, Zed Issue One takes a different turn than the usual zombie book. Allowing Zed to keep his humanity, intelligence, and some sanity, Thusat's storytelling is highly entertaining. The story launches the readers into a buddy adventure with the zombie twist and the complimentary art style can make the series comparable to an old-fashioned sci-fi cartoon. Katrina Kunstmann's art style creates a world that is attempting to restore from the zombie plague. Its grayscaled color scheme fits perfectly as it sets the tone for the post-apocalyptic story and allows the reader to project themselves into a zombie environment without any bites. If readers need an arm or any other limb to find Zed Issue One, they can be purchased as a physical copy or digital copy at the Village Comic site with a Halloween Variant that is still available. The Zed-iverse can be followed on Facebook as well as Village Comic's site for any news and updates. You can check the Village Comics Patreon for a lot of awesome perks including Instant Access to Issue #1 of both Alter-Life and ZED and even find Zed on Webtoons for free!


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Saturday, May 13, 2017

Flannel Sorceress

STATUS QUO

Welcome to another necromantic review at Comic Unknown. We return to Rats and Crow Publishing to find ourselves in the Pond Scum Comics imprint. We enter the world of sorcery in The Charmer, an intriguing piece involving magic with an enigmatic character and her mysterious uncle. Starting off in a cabin in the woods, our hero Samantha Jean Wyrick is a sorceress that is seen chopping wood as she is ambushed by a pair of armed men in suits. Her retaliation involves great agility, magic, an ax, and a great swing. The action is quickly halted once Samantha is informed by the men in black that her uncle “Mike” is requesting her presence. After being taken to him, the two share some bitter banter and her uncle state that he needs her help finding the Calvarian Obol: an ancient coin of great luck only known to most believe as a myth. As a sorceress, Samantha's outfit differs from one's idea of what one may believe a sorceress wears. Her style is a nice change of pace by naturally wearing a red flannel shirt and jeans. One may say her outfit fits her character as she can be perceived as tough and rugged. 

While she wields some sort of mystic power, the reader still does not know too much about her background or history. The Charmer Issue one was written by Bill William and creates an adventure for the leading heroine as she begins to map out her journey. The traditional art style gives the readers simple details that can still catch the readers attention. The Charmer Issue One holds a promising narrative as the readers are charmed by the story. Ricardo Silva (pencils) and Natalie Marques (colors) blend their artistic work flawlessly as pages are easily turned until the end of the issue. The Charmer has a mysterious uncle, a secret cult, a lost mythical Obol, and a super powered, sorcery wielding, flannel wearing heroine all in one series. The story invites everyone with a fun story, great art and awesome lettering (thanks to Thom Zahler). The Charmer issue one was a Kickstarter success story on November 21, 2016. Check them out on Facebook and find the comic available at Rats and Crows Publishing.

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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Roof Jumping

HEROIC GENETICS



Welcome back to an awesome review with Comic Unknown! We enter a new comic series and discover a new potential superhero in town. What's the catch? There has been only one superhero in existence up to date. What's the twist? The new "hero" is the first superhero's daughter! We welcome readers to Like Father, Like Daughter Issue One. The issue follows a teenage girl named Casey that lives with her single mother. She absolutely despises her father but like most teenage rebellion, her emotions to her father has a unique difference. Casey's father left her mother and herself to become the first superhero and called himself Invulnerable. Requiring his undivided attention, Invulnerable made the superhero business his number one priority and left everything else behind. It was not until Casey saves a young boy's life that she notices that she too has abilities. A bit unsure of what to do, she confides in her best friend Stephanie and tells her all the nitty gritty. Now convinced that she can do some better for the world, Casey begins to train her newly found abilities and see what her limitations are. She tests her speed by jumping rooftops and her endurance by taking pitches directly to her body. 

As the story begins to show our new hero grow, the story also shows a glimpse of Invulnerable's thoughts on what he did. Does he regret his past decisions with his family or does he live with it and enjoys the spotlight? Written by Kathryn Calamia,  Like Father, Like Daughter Issue one is the base of a potentially great series. The outrage Casey has towards her father will forever be engrained as she now has special abilities thanks to him. The art adds an extra layer of her character development as it emphasizes on her emotions and allows the readers to enter both her father and her world. With Wayne Brown (Pencils/ Inks), David Aravena (Colors), and John Palmer IV (letters) all working together in this creative team, Like Father, Like Daughter Issue One is well worth a look. Like Father Like Daughter is available in print for $3.99 at the Short Fuse Media site, digital for $1.89 at the Short Fuse Media site,  and in digital on Comixology for $1.99. To keep up to date with Like Father, Like Daughter, make sure to follow them on Facebook and Twitter


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Sunday, April 30, 2017

Steampunk Dream

Go Big or Go Home

Comic Unknown would like to welcome a tenacious blue alien named Delilah Blast. This self-titled comic takes place in a steampunk post-apocalyptic era where science governs the world. Our blue alien turns sixteen and wants to join the Earth's Science Association, E.S.A. for short. Unfortunately, she overslept and missed her opportunity to take the entrance exams let alone she's late for school. Nothing was going to stop her from attempting to join the E.S.A. Her dream from earlier piques the interest of her godfather and invites her to a special demonstration. Given another opportunity presenting itself, Delilah wasn't going to let this opportunity slip from her (even if it means going to another planet). Will her resolve be enough to make her wish fulfillment? Afterward, there's a bonus short called Duplicity about a teen flown to Tokyo as an exchange student with a deceptive twist.

Delilah Blast is a rare delight that feels very genuine. Marcel Dupree created a brilliant and energetic story that follows the courageous female protagonist Delilah. The series is something very scarce in the comic book realm as the well-executed visuals done by Joel Cotejar and Ramon Bunge are vibrant and pops on every page. The collaboration done by this team is phenomenal and it seduces you to the very end wishing for the next issue to arrive sooner rather than later. Delilah Blast Issue One was successfully funded on Kickstarter on March 18th, 2017. To learn more about the series, make sure to follow the blue alien on Facebook. As for the bonus comic, Duplicity. After reading the story the name is quite self-explanatory and it was written by none other than Dupree himself. Both the narratives he created are short and sweet leaving you in awe and wanting more. The artwork belongs to Pericles Junior and Ryan Burt respectively and it works. 


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Saturday, April 29, 2017

Ruthless Samurai

THE FEARFUL SWORDSMAN


Welcome to another feudal review at Comic Unknown. Based on William Dale Jennings' epic novel, “The Ronin” is the comic equivalent to the zen myth created by Chris Dickens. Successfully funded on Kickstarter on January 8th, 2017 The Ronin is dark and as edgy as the main character’s katana. The Ronin is a comic taking place in days of Feudal Japan with a very unapologetic main character. The unnamed “hero” as it will show is menacing throughout the issue in various and brutal ways.  The story starts with our hero walking around town with an eternal grimace and menacing towards the locals. The comic itself has an interesting way of seeing the main protagonist as it holds no bars on deciding his likeability. When the wanderer demonstrates his power, he holds no emotional restraints as he attacks a lowly shopkeeper after his stroll. Furthermore, he shows more ferocity on his next encounter when what seems to be an old monk attempts to arrest him and take his sword. The Ronin responds by slicing his opposition in half without so much as a verbal taunt. The only thing that can halt the psyche of this seemingly unstoppable force is a young boy with a cryptic note telling him to meet at the crossroads in a year.


The Ronin is very well detailed in its art and dark in illustration as it sets the mood for the comic as a whole. The characters are well drawn with defined facial features as well as dark inks all throughout thanks to Gian Carlo Bernal (pencils and inks), Jeremy Shepherd (colors), and Sean Glumace (letters). The comic is a form of a masterpiece when the details are shown in great depth. The writing in “The Ronin” allows for an easy read for readers. Issue one is the stepping stone to a great series as readers will have to patiently wait until the next issue. A Ronin is defined as a leaderless samurai and draws certain questions to the story and character's background. Who was his leader? Is the loss of his leader the reasoning behind the madness? Why the cryptic note to meet at the crossroads a year from the present day? Issue one opens the door to many questions. It also generates a bloodstained and crude introduction to this series. We look forward to following the series and we observe where the Ronin will venture to next. Be sure to check out their Facebook,  Twitter, and Lion Heart Comics website for more information on “The Ronin” comic series and all other projects.


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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Radiating Interview

Welcome back to another great interview at Comic Unknown! We have the opportunity to ask James Johnson a few questions so let us check out his response!


Comic Unknown (CU): What made you want to work in the comic book industry?

James Johnson (JJ): Working in comics has been a dream of mine since I was a little kid. I grew up reading comics and always loved to draw. So it was a natural fit. I actually had my first comic published in a local newspaper when I was 11 years old.

(CU): How did you come up with the story line of Radiation Burn?

(JJ): When I started, all I knew was that I wanted to do a Post Apocalyptic series that was kind of wacky and in the style of Gamma World or Snarf Quest. I saw a picture of the Aztec god of Death so I started sketching various characters based on that. That’s when Mick appeared. Ideas started flooding in just thinking about what a death-dealing robot would do in the wasteland.  Were any of the characters inspired by another character or person?  Zend Angling is based on Glenn Danzig. (From the Misfits and Danzig.) His name is actually an anagram of the rock star. Annabelle is also loosely based on an ex-girlfriend, but I won’t say which one...

(CU): How many issues do you have in mind for the series?

(JJ): I have one other issue planned out, but I imagine I’ll be returning to these characters throughout my life. 

(CU): Will the comic's universe continue after the series?

(JJ): Definitely. It’s a bit of a shared universe with some of my other artist friends, so I imagine a lot will be going on in the wasteland long after I’m done with it.

(CU): What was the most difficult part in the production of Radiation Burn?

(JJ): Writing. My background is in visual arts and I only recently started writing my own stuff. So I struggle with it quite a bit. It’s slowly getting easier though.

(CU): Are you planning on any new series after Radiation?

(JJ): I have a few projects planned for 2017 already. A zombie book with Kim Roberts called Resurrected is one of them. A licensed book, called 100 Acres of Hell is another.

(CU): Who is your favorite all-time superhero/villain? Why?

(JJ): Spider-Man. He’s just a regular Joe that happens to have super powers. No pretension, no weird background story. I like that his personal life has its ups and downs, all the garbage we all deal with, and yet he still manages to be a hero.

(CU): What is the best way readers can find Radiation Burn?

(JJ): They can grab a digital or (soon) print copy over at WP Comics.  

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Terror Showdown

 Fear the Nightmare

Welcome back to another tormenting review at Comic Unknown. We return to the supernatural world of The Nightmare Patrol. The story behind issue two guides the readers through two origin stories that were left out from the previous issue: The Golem. and Night Corpse. Originally as the protector of the Jews in the 16th century, The Golem was put into a sleep and was not reactivated until the present time. The Golem assists The Nightmare Patrol by smashing and plowing through a mindless legion as they attempt to enter the Pantheon Fortress. Having the team regroup and The Golem on their side, the group barrels through and traps the legion so they can enter the stronghold. As the audience takes a sneak peek into what led Melvin to his vampiric conversion and becomes the Night Corpse, the encounter between the group and the army of legion only intensifies. Even though Night Corpse can be absolutely silly at certain points, he definitely shows his loyalty to the group and becomes an asset to the team as he flies through the legion.

The Nightmare Patrol issue two gives the reader an additional layer of who the characters are. The story continues to build and develop the characters as they are still in a heated battle with the legion from the previous issue. The art puts the story together from cover to cover as Frankie B. Washington fleshes out the pages bringing this monster comic to life and Mae Hao perfecting it by giving the true colors to the story. Just like the previous issue, the letterer Zen does not skip a beat on the details. All in all, issue two stand up right next to the first issue as the monster squad continues their mission assigned. While The Nightmare Patrol Issue Two is currently unavailable on Comixology, readers can have their local store contact Jeff Haas to stock their local comic store at vectorcomics@aol.com or follow The Nightmare Patrol on Facebook for any updates. 




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