Posts Tagged ‘ Genre: Action ’

A selection from the cheeseboard


pdrei15.gifProtektor Drei By Gerry Swanson is a tongue in cheek homage come parody to Giant mecha and monster movies. Bear with me here but this comic starts off when a German speaking pre-Sumerian civilisation, that just happens to be located on the American Continent, creates Protektor Drei to defend the world against badly drawn extra-dimensional monsters. Fast forward three thousand years and the giant mecha awakes and starts to rampage.

The artwork is reminiscent of Godzilla movies, in that its a bit naff and unconvincing but the audience doesn’t care. I don’t mean any disrespect here as it definitely has charm. Plenty of cheesy fun to be had here. If you like to watch mass destruction and dialogue with a hint of fromage then this is the comic for you.

saturn_bio.jpgJohnny Saturn by Scott Story (artist, co-writer), and Benita Story (letterer, co-writer) is a homage to silver age comics. It tells the tale of human punchbag Johnny Saturn and his one man mission to stop Dr Synn’s campaign of terror. It starts off with a good old Butch and Sundance battle between the Utopian and Johnny. Their relationship has taken more than a little inspiration from the problematic relationship between Supes and the Batman.

I think we can safely say that the comic has its tongue firmly in cheek with characters like Madame Fishnet. The character design and storyline are one hundred percent pulp (The Utopian makes the Beyonder look like a style guru).

The art is excellently drawn and reminds me of Marvel and DC comics from the 70’s and 80’s not only in style but also through the colouring, lettering and typography.

This comic puts the kitsch back into kapow. Go retro and give it a read.

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Red Panther: Less of a flash more of a fizzle


rphp10.gifRed Panther by Spark Tan, is a flash based web comic that tries to add an element of interactivity to the form. In principle I like the idea. In execution it leaves a lot to be desired. Artistically it comes across as average wannabe manga artist at its worst. The mutimedia veneer does little to hide its shortcomings, the sound effects simply annoy and the opportunity to choose how the story should progress seems a little cheesy.
The sub-standard manga feel carries through to the the entire premise of the comic. The Burea for Paranormal invistigation (hmm similar to the BPRD) are humanities defence against vampires, werewolves and Aliens. So far so predictable. The characters and overall style continue in this vein with the title character Red Panther sounding like a Bandai action figure (come back masked rider all is forgiven).
The first issue follows the new team member Sophie on her first mission, which sees her battling werewolves and being wolfwhistled by her new team mates. She is a typically mawkish Manga ingenue complete with her cat Twinkle (I ain’t making this up) and her team mates are equally well rounded (in other words more stock manga characters).
This showed a lot of promise when I heard about it and I thought the comics execution would match the writer’s introductory spiel. I was sadly mistaken. Finally only the first comic is free to ‘review’. I can’t believe that this guy thinks he will get paying members, but then there are bound to be people who like annoying cheesy plots, characters, sfx and art.

Ghost Rider: The Road to Damnation


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Written by Garth Ennis and illustrated by Clayton Crain.
This book was something of a gamble for me . I’m not Garth Ennis’ biggest fan, while his work is of high quality he does have a tendency to crassness. However, in this book he resists. While some of his characters still retain a preacher like quality, such as Buttview to name but one, overall this is a finally crafted tale. Ghostrider is pitched into a struggle between heaven and hell. As you’d expect Ennis portrays the hosts of heaven and hell as nasty as one another. Humans are expendable to both sides. It is difficult to find a sympathetic character in this book. Ghostrider spends too much of his time at the center of the action to act as a moral fulcrum, that role falls to humble mortal Jemima Catmint. Crains’ artwork is lush in detail and colour and provides a worthy stage for the oldest cold war in creation.
As you would expect from a Ghostrider title this is a hell for leather action adventure. Not really deep and thoughtful but a diverting read nonetheless.

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