This week we are taking a hint from our very good friends The Lazarus Pit Pod with their top 5Hero’s podcast. (The Lazarus Pit Pod) So we give you a fan art Friday full of Hero’s . If you have a suggestion for a subject you would like us to cover, or if you are an artist with something to share, please contact us on our social media pages or email at Southdevongeeks@gmail.com
Ryan Showers (pencils/inks)
This is a brilliantly written tale of tragedy and vengeance from beyond this realm. The tale begins with the tragic death of Professor Lawrence Miller’s son, Val, from a drug overdose at a house party. The Professor cannot shift the feeling that his son is lost in between this plane of existence and the afterworld. This prompts him to make the incredibly brave decision to take his own life, to try and find his son.
He wakes in the afterlife to see his late father, who is there to greet him and to help him to make the final journey into the afterlife. Professor Miller decides, instead, to remain in limbo, so that he can search for Val’s soul and seek vengeance for what happened to him. This leads to some very dark and gritty scenes of violence and censored bad language and it is a powerfully real scenario.
The Shepherd is a passionately written, and wonderfully illustrated story about the tragedy of loss and grief; and the lengths that a father will go to in an attempt to find and save his son’s soul. Lawrence’s character starts off with a moving and very powerful story arc of vengeance. I find that the way he makes the evil-doers suffer is very reminiscent of the “penance stare” used by Ghost Rider.
The fact that this story is written and told by a father and son team just draws you in even more, and makes the whole tale of a father’s loss, tragedy and retribution feel even more personal. An excellent and emotional read
This week we are taking a hint from our very good friends The Lazarus Pit Pod with their top 5 villains podcast. (The Lazarus Pit Pod) So we give you a fan art Friday full of villains. If you have a suggestion for a subject you would like us to cover, or if you are an artist with something to share, please contact us on our social media pages or email at Southdevongeeks@gmail.com
This month’s recommended read is another book by the English powerhouse of the comic world, Alan Moore. His most well-known works include Watchmen, V for Vendetta and Batman – The Killing Joke. But this month, we are looking at…. The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen, which is also a major motion picture.
As the 12th Century approaches, there is a need for a new type of hero who is not tied down by the rules and regulations of the last era. With this, British Intelligence begins recruiting a team of individuals that can not only do what is needed, but also be expendable.
The team, comprising of Allan Quatermain, Mina Murray, Captain Nemo, The Invisible Man & many more famous literary characters, is almost a Victorian version of The Avengers mixed with The Suicide Squad.
The graphic novel is well-written and illustrated with fantastic skill and talent on every page. Each panel is, upon close examination, aimed at readers who have some understanding of the classics and can see the humour behind his artwork and words. This was probably the reason that such a vastly complex story was not done any justice when it was translated to the big screen in 2003.
This week saw the first release of the trailer for Resident Evil The Final Chapter. This game and movie franchise is 20 years young this year. So we give you a Resident Evil fan art Friday. If you have a suggestion for a subject you would like us to cover, or if you are an artist with something to share, please contact us on our social media pages or email at Southdevongeeks@gmail.com
We were fortunate enough to be sent this story to have a look at by the creator Brian Hawkings and we were really blown away by his project which begins on Kickstarter on the 28th August. For more information please visit their Facebook page.
We love alternative history ideas and this is on a par with The Man In The High Castle by Philip K Dick.
America’s Kingdom is an ongoing comic book series set in an alternate reality where America never became a democracy after the Revolutionary War, but a monarchy. It is modern-day America but under the rule and reign of one family – the descendants of George Washington, known now as King George I, after the end of the American Revolution in 1776. The series begins shortly after the demise of the latest sovereign, King George X, when his son, Prince Geoffrey, is poised to take the throne.
America’s Kingdom is a groundbreaking and “history” making (or should I say, “history remaking”) new comic book series that not only looks at the re-telling of America’s glorious history but also a reshaping of it. The first story arc, Issues 1-6, will focus on introducing the plight of the United Kingdom of America under the rule of Prince Geoffrey I, the several times removed grandson of General and King George Washington I. Unfortunately, America’s Kingdom in the last decade has gone through tremendous civil unrest and rebel groups have formed to remove the monarchy and replace it with democracy. The rebel forces are led by a mysterious and enigmatic character named Peerless Fortane. It is America’s monarchy – the soon to be King and the Royal Guard of Knights against the rebel forces for democracy.
Warning contains potential spoilers!
Having read the bad press about the new DC movie “Suicide Squad”, and having regularly seen the trailers and posters heralding it’s birth, I was intrigued to go and see it on the day of release, to see if it lived up to the hype.
Despite some initial doubts over certain casting choices and characters, the cast worked very well together. Two characters – Captain Boomerang and Slipknot – did very little except to act as filters but this aside, Jared Leto pulled off a stunning performance as the Clown Prince of Crime and Margot Robbie was brilliant as Harley Quinn, seeming as if she had been projected straight out of the comic book . Will Smith was a great Deadshot and Jay Hernandez really made for a well-balanced, somewhat repentant, Diablo.
Full of entertaining dialogue, it has some superb action scenes and tastefully used CGI – after “Batman vs Superman”, this was most welcome. The first third of the film did seem to be the “Origins” story of Joker and Harley Quinn – and, to a lesser degree, Deadshot. The remainder of the film focused on other Origins stories, which seemed to be far too rushed and therefore a missed opportunity.