Simply Jack, Fanbase Press Guest Contributor

Simply Jack, Fanbase Press Guest Contributor

David Leach is at it again!  Who is David Leach, you ask?  Why, just look at this review (by Yours Truly) to learn a little bit about him.  Anywho, though it might have taken him over two years to publish the next edition of Psycho Gran, this edition (volume 2!) does not disappoint.  For those of you who are really ready to watch some vigilantes kick the ever-loving crap out of some jerk on the street who has it coming, this comic is for you.

It’s been awhile since Earth Alliance #1 came out – some 14+ months.  So, it took me a minute to remember what it was all about, and I re-read Earth Alliance #1 so I could get some context.  For those of you who don’t remember, Earth and an alien species are struggling over energy source-rich planets diplomatically.  Both the humans and the aliens act kind of like a-holes, and the aliens attack us, starting a war.

‘Armor #1:’ Comic Book Review

I just finished Evoluzione’s Armor #1.  It’s not Marvel’s Armor about the (lame) mutant, but a whole new, galaxy-spanning adventure!  Actually, that sounds clichéd, and maybe it is a little… but the comic ain’t half bad.  Hell, it ain’t even a quarter bad – it’s pretty good.

Hello, faithful readers!  WAY back a year or so ago, I read and reviewed a comic called Blood and Gourds.  It was this crazy mish-mosh of greedy corporate fat cats doing bad things with hill-billies, hot farmers’ daughters, and tourists all mixing it up with angry, hell-ish… produce.

Hey, y’all, I’m back from my sabbatical.  Thought I’d try my hand reviewing the latest and greatest BOOM! Studios comic, Kong of Skull Island #1.  I enjoyed it, but the themes are awfully familiar – not necessarily to other comics or stories, but to our actual everyday lives.

I love following comics from the #1 issue and continuing to see them grow up.  I find the “one-off” reviews that I’ve done tend to be more unsatisfying than following along with the creators, seeing them take chances, and develop the story, the world, the characters, and ultimately the art.  So, I was happy to pick up Schismatic #2 after reviewing Schismatic #1.

You guys remember when I reviewed 321: Fast Comics months ago?  Of course you do.  I reviewed Issue #1 of the Kickstarter-funded 321: Fast Comics idea – each story is 3 pages long, there are 20 of them, and each one is a narrative that you could hear at a bar or a camp fire.

My editor paused in her continuous river of criticism and rage and sent me something unheard of.  It wasn’t praise (Let’s not get crazy.), it was a request that I review a piece of work . . . by the creator!  Now, this could mean one of 2 things:

1) My reviews are too nice, so everyone wants me to review stuff, because they know it’ll be good; or
2) My writing is inspirational,my perceptive wit is illuminating, and I’m very very handsome.

When I take on a review, it’s because I’m wondering if I should read/see/experience the thing that is being reviewed.  It’s the way I roll.  I’m assuming if you’re reading this, you either are a friend of mine, or you’re wondering if you should read this comic (Spurs #2.2, in case you’re wondering).  There is a limited third category of reader: the creator, seeking feedback on his or her piece of work. 

So (maybe) a slightly new idea, and that’s cool, right?  The new Plutona series is written for the fractured children of society.  The false bullies who are actually just sad, little boys, the tough girls who are family-loving, wanna-be-cool poser, the chubby girl who is secretly cool but no one realizes it.  This book resonated with me – as unbelievable as this is, I, too, am imperfect!  If you’re imperfect, too, maybe you should check out this comic.  If, on the other hand, you’re a “Captain Hammer,” maybe you should stick with Superman or Captain Marvel.

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