Monthly Archives: November 2016

Venus Rises Kickstarter 



We have recently been given the fantastic opportunity to preview J G Birdsall’s Kickstarter project, Venus Rises EXORDIUM #1 .

Here we have the release notes and link to the Kickstarter project and of course a review by yours truly.

“In the near future, Earth is devastated by a chain of cataclysmic events leading to a pandemic collapse of governments. The human race narrowly escapes Earth with technology amassed by mega-corporations, and colonises Mars and Venus. As Venus becomes home to the working class, and Mars the seat of power, long-running political and cultural clashes return. Talk of revolution permeates the ether. Humankind finds itself once again at the crossroads of extinction as… VENUS RISES.
VENUS RISES is an independent, creator owned series by J. G. Birdsall. It was originally a live action web series, produced back in 2007. Relying heavily on physical sets, rather than green screen, it quickly became too costly to maintain. Production was shut down after just 3 episodes. In 2014, the remaining shooting scripts were adapted into a 2-parter comic book called “Venus Rises: Threshold.” It served as a proper ending to the web show.
EXORDIUM #1 (released this month) continues the adventure, this time chronicling the lives of Teresa (Terry) Holden and Hollister Pelt III, as the civil war between Venus and Mars unfolds around them.
Captain Terry Holden strives to keep her salvage business neutral in an ever escalating civil war, while Hollister Pelt is tasked to save his parent corporation from a hostile takeover. The two story lines will eventually merge into one as the new series unfolds.”


From my perspective, this is an exceptionally well-written piece of science fiction, which goes into some detail about the science and engineering behind the story. It’s almost as if the creator has a degree in space travel!

It’s also a look into a possible dark, not-so-distant future of the human race. The artwork perfectly complements the excellent storyline, with vibrant colours that make the scenes pop off the page. I think it would be very well suited to an animated format as well.

In short, a great story with brilliant artwork and a great character base. I am certainly going to back this project; if you’d like to as well, you can find the Kickstarter project here: Venus Rises Kickstarter

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Knight Review


Firstly, let me say how much I have enjoyed the character of Knight; the way the story looks and feels is brilliant and this is down to a great partnership of superb writing and amazing artwork. They work perfectly together, making the characters really come alive.

I appreciate a comic that introduces a character and takes the time at the beginning of the first issue to give the reader some backstory – a little of Knight’s history – giving a more rounded feel to our hero.

With every protagonist we need a villain or villains to face them and this series is no exception. This particular villain is interesting, fits the story perfectly and is just as well designed as the hero he opposes.

Overall, this comic delivers what I suspect will be the beginnings of a really great new hero; the plot characters and story are well thought out and the story flows seamlessly through with some stunning artwork. This is almost feels like the beginning of a brand new universe of stories, plots and characters that Interest and excited me. Looking forward to exploring further.

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Super Fighting Club Review



Super Fighting Championship By Evoluzione Publishing.

This series raises once again those age old questions you had as a kid while watching the weekend wrestling: who would win in a match – Hulk Hogan or Superman?
Well, Super Fighting Championship (SFC) shows you a world where wrestling as a sporting entertainment and superhumans combine to provide a seriously entertaining concept.
From the outset, it’s obvious that the creators have done their homework and really researched the world of wrestling. This is reflected in the well-written and well-presented storyline that delivers from the start. It’s a Fighting Championship for superhumans, introducing a whole cast of different and equally interesting characters with whom the reader can get to grips. 
With the list of different characters and storylines presented in the first issue, I can honestly say that the possibilities for this concept are seemingly endless. With the talented people who are working on the project, this title has a really bright future.

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Flesh Tones Vol 2


Dark Pond Creations are back again with a massive follow-up to Flesh Tones vol 1 and Patrick Scattergood has been kind enough to send us a copy to let you know what we think.

The first story is called Crimson Dusk, which is written and drawn by Katy Anne. This story brings us a ghostly figure, seemingly trying to find a human life to take over, so it can exist again. It’s a very well-drawn story with an ending that is reminiscent of a Twilight Zone episode.


Next up, we see the return of Scattergood as the author of Always Follow Your Heart. The follows on from Crimson Dusk with the whole premise of everything not being what you think. In this case the reader is not sure who is the serial killer and who is the victim. The art is by Stephane Cote this time, and he sets the scene fantastically, making the story really come alive.


The last story is The Black Dog In The Night. Written again by Scattergood, this is a touching tale that has an overwhelmingly personal feeling, and covers the demons of depression and insomnia. It has an ultimate message of hope, too, which lifts the story beautifully. It speaks to the reader about a taboo subject that affects so many people and that needs to be talked about. Combined with the dark, gritty artwork from Luke Cooper, which complements the story perfectly, this is my personal favourite of all the Dark Pond Creations stories I’ve read.

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Flesh Tones Vol 1


We have recently been able to take a look at Dark Pond Creations’ Flesh Tones issue 1 by Patrick Scattergood.

Volume one comprises a short, two-story issue, beginning with The Mansion. It’s not your usual zombie story, given that it has a lot less of the blood and gore that is prevalent in this genre.
The story has a couple staying at a grandfather’s mansion for a getaway, but this will turn out to be their last trip….
I loved the intensely bittersweet story and the fact that it avoided gore for the sake of gore. The only criticism is that, in my opinion, the artwork by Lee Taylor seemed a little incomplete. Nevertheless, it still managed to bring the zombies and the spellbinding story to life to a degree.


The second instalment is called Real Horror and sees Patrick Scattergood team up with a different artist, Dan Charnley’. From the offset, this story has a very much darker tone, which is a very good progression from the first part. It made me consider the hypocrisy around the horror genre and how certain horror films are “too scary and unwatchable” and that it “corrupts children”, while all the time we are being bombarded with images and stories in the news of real-life human death and suffering, to which we seem to have become immune.
All in all, I found that this issue is extremely well written and is a good solid read. I certainly cannot wait to read the next instalment from Scattergood and Dark Pond Creations.

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Take Two November


This month’s Take Two is equally epic and tragic in both real life and its story. I give you Brandon Lee’s final movie: The Crow.


The story begins with a resurrection from the dead. A rock star named Eric Draven (Brandon Lee) is murdered, along with his fiancee, on the eve of their wedding. 

His soul is escorted to the next world by a crow; but when a spirit is unhappy there because of unsettled business on earth, sometimes the crow will bring him back again.


 so a year later, on Halloween Eve, Eric reappears on earth, swearing vengeance on those who committed the murders.

That’s about all there is to the story. Flashbacks recreate the original murder, and then Eric, led by the crow, treks through the mean, rainy, midnight streets on his lonely quest. He has fashioned for himself some death-head makeup, and since he is already dead, of course bullets cannot harm him.


The camera swoops high above the city, or dips low for extreme-angle shots. Shadows cast fearsome daggers into the light. Buildings are exaggerated in their details, the comic books were not simply drawn versions of film noir; for one thing, the films tended to use their extreme-angle shots for atmosphere and storytelling, and would hold them for a time, while comics are meant to be read quickly, and give the equivalent of cinematic quick-cutting. The Crow, with its fast pace and countless camera set-ups, evokes comics excellently. It also reflects a bleak modern sensibility. The actors are adapted in appearance to this graphic noir vision.


The soundtrack is wall-to-wall hard rock by The Cure, Stone Temple Pilots, Violent Femmes, Pantera, Nine Inch Nails, among other legends.


I cannot recommend this film more highly – if you haven’t seen it and you like the sound of it, please do give it a go.

Fan Art Friday

This week we are looking forward to bonfire night and we remember Guido Fawkes. So we give you a fan art Friday of Alan Moore inspired fan art. 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