Monthly Archives: May 2017

Freeway Fighter #1


I’ve just got my hands on the brand new Freeway Fighter comic! Written by Andi Ewington, with art by Simon Coleby, it is based on the ’80s Fighting Fantasy series book of the same title, by Ian Livingstone. 

It is set in 2024 after a virus has wiped out most of mankind. It’s left a Mad Max-style dystopian world, where roaming gangs fight to the death over limited or hard-to-find supplies, like the one thing everyone needs to power their war machines – petrol. 

The story begins with a look at a young, upcoming female NASCAR-type driver by the name of Bella De La Rosa. She has adapted to this lawless future well, showing no signs of mercy on anyone who tries to take her out.

From the beginning, this story is an all-out, action-packed adventure that certainly doesn’t disappoint the fans of the original book, like me. It is all that I expected and so much more. I am quite sure it will also delight and captivate a new generation.

This comic has got some serious potential, and the story has a great deal of longevity. I’m hoping that they will put the issues into a trade paperback edition at a later point, as I would love to have it in my library.

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Twin Peaks Part 1 and 2 Review


By Julie Murden-Brown

SPOILER ALERT!!

The first time around, in 1990, I was 23 and utterly fell in love with the ageless and beguiling world of Twin Peaks. It’s my all-time favourite TV show, bar none. In 1992, I went out and bought the entire two seasons on video – costing a huge £100 – something I didn’t do with any other show. As the years went by I gave up any notion that there might be a follow-up, so you can probably guess that I was just a little excited and emotional about the new season.


It’s been a long time coming. Not just the 25 years since the last season, but it’s been a long and wobbly path to the finished product. The “will it, won’t it happen” route has had me glued to the updates.
But this morning, it finally happened, and I watched the first two eps. There are another two ready, which I will catch up with later.


It was quite emotional seeing the old faces.. Agent Cooper, Log Lady, Lucy and Andy, Hawk, James, and Ben and Jerry… as well as Laura and the inhabitants of the Black Lodge. I hear that most of the old cast are returning, which is wonderful; although seeing how the actors have aged just highlights to me how old I am now, and how much has happened to me in the last 25 years.
I really enjoyed the weirdness of the Black Lodge scenes and the welcome addition of the strange “brain tree”… But there seems to be much more of a play on the doppelgangers in this season than before. The seemingly unrelated scenes in New York and South Dakota do start to tie in by the end of the second ep, though things are by no means clear. Not that is should be, or could be clear, being written and directed by Lynch!


One thing occurred to me…The young man who was minding the “hole” who was attacked whilst making out with his girls friend -is it me, or did he have distinctly Agent Cooper-esque mannerisms/vocal tones?


Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed the first two episodes and I’m really looking forward to the next 16 eps. I’m reminiscing a lot, and feeling warm and fuzzy having had this fix. The great thing is that you really don’t have to have watched the first two seasons to enjoy this one, though a little basic character knowledge would be helpful. Please do give it a go, and expect serious weirdness. You won’t be disappointed.

Knight Issue 2 Review


We have been lucky enough to be contacted once again by the guys at Evoluzione Publishing with the preview of the long awaited second issue of Knight. They are responsible for giving us such fantastic indie comics as Armour and (a personal favourite of mine) SFC – Super Fighting Championship. 

In issue two, we are dropped straight into the action from the first page with a look at a team of bad guys known as The Praetorians. The team is led by voodoo priest Brian Gallows, and consists of three very different and equally dangerous characters: Dragonbreath, Executioner and Gravedigger. 
This ultimately leads to a massive showdown between Knight and Gallows, which, by the end of issue 2 is nowhere near over. In fact, it shows signs of spilling over into issue 3 with the appearance of The Praetorians to tip the balance against the good guy. I, for one, am very excited to see where this story within the Knight universe is headed.
Overall, the second issue doesn’t disappoint and continues to excite the reader with a fantastic partnership of strong, dramatic writing and bold, colourful and vivid artwork. It would appear that the individuals in the creative team are extremely well matched and ready to continue on from the success of issue one.


Please note that this issue will be going live on Kickstarter on June 2nd.


Links 

Knight Facebook Page
Knight Twitter Page
Evoluzione Publishing Indy Planet

Recommended Read June


This month’s Recommended Read is another suggestion from a very good friend and trusted source of comic book info. It’s another great story from Robert Kirkman (creator of The Walking Dead) – Invincible Vol 1.

For months now, Ben Eidam from Nerdschatting  has been telling everyone that will listen to pick up a copy of Invincible, and for months i have held off as I’m so behind with my reading. But he wore me down eventually and I figured I’d give it a shot. 


This book is where it all begins. We see a young teenager, Mark Grayson, as he discovers that his father is a famous superhero called Omni-man. Strangely, he too has begun to develop his own superpowers. Fortunately for Mark, his dad is around to show him how to manage his new found powers, or at least that would be the plan if his father was not extremely busy saving the world from all manner of problems. This means that Mark has to try to figure out his new-found powers on his own, while also coming to terms with puberty and also how this whole superhero business works.

The end result is quite a disaster, or at least it is until he can get the hang of it. He begins to adapt to his new life and even comes across a group of similarly aged heroes called Team Teen, with whom he begins to hang around and learn about being a superhero. In fact, in my humble opinion, this series has all the the teenage angst and feeling of one of the early Spider-Man stories, complete with all the high-school drama.

Volume one – Family Matters collects the first four issues of the story and the writing by Robert Kirkman is superb as you would expect. This is, however, a lighter side to his writing with great humour and satire. It’s a whole new side to Kirkman, and this combines beautifully with the colourful and stunning artwork by Cory Walker (whose other works include Science Dog and Marvel Team-Up). 

If you want to escape the usual run-of-the-mill Marvel and DC story, then there really is no better story than Invincible for great superhero action. While this is a very large collection of books in total (like The Walking Dead) and may put a bit of a dent in your finances, the Invincible series will be one purchase you certainly won’t regret.