#FridayFirsts: Shutter #1

img_8829Given I am new to the comics universe, I thought it’d be handy to sort through some of the first issues that I pick, what I enjoyed / didn’t enjoy and if I decided to proceed with the series. I’d love to hear what you think too, make sure you hit me up on Twitter – @remotetragic.

I picked up this title from the great crew at Collectors Edge.

I hadn’t heard anything about this comic when I first picked it up, but upon first read I was instantly struck by how captivating the story is and how incredible the illustrations are.

What’s it about?

Kate Kristopher is the daughter of an explorer, from a family of explorers. The story begins as Kate is a young girl with her father exploring the moon on her seventh birthday.

“All worlds are yours now.”

Fast forward to exactly  20 years later, Kate’s 27 and the world has completely changed. She’s not exactly celebrating her birthday, and after meeting with friends, she goes to the cemetery to spend time with her father. Here, the story dramatically changes and the turn of events almost had me leaping out of my seat!

Thoughts

I absolutely loved this comic! The story grabbed me immediately and I was instantly transported into the story. I felt like I was part of this audience, that flowed from each scene naturally and that was incredible. The illustrations, as I mentioned earlier are beautiful. There are full page spreads where just no words are required, the artistry tells the whole story.

I can’t wait to continue the journey with this comic and see where goes. At this time, the story could go anywhere. Two big thumbs up from me!

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#FridayFirsts: Criminal #1

imageGiven I am new to the comics universe, I thought it’d be handy to sort through some of the first issues that I pick, what I enjoyed / didn’t enjoy and if I decided to proceed with the series. I’d love to hear what you think too, make sure you hit me up on Twitter – @remotetragic.

I picked up this title at All Star Comics at the Back Issue & Toy Fair event.

I’ve heard excellent things about Ed Brubaker, so I was really keen to pick up a few things to get a small taste of his writing and see what it was all about. Being new, I haven’t heard much about Sean Phillips, but I am really grateful I got to check out this title and become more familiar with his work, which is beautiful!

What’s it about?

Teegs Lawless is on the wrong side of the law, in jail and has a few enemies, on the outside and in the inside. He has a target on his back, and has no means of protection – even from the prison officers. He makes a friend, one friend, the librarian, and here he finds an escape and refuge of sorts.

Criminal switches between present day (with Teegs Lawless) and the comic he is reading himself, Zangar. The thing I found interesting was how the two stories run side by side each other. Mirroring Teegs’ experiences almost through the very old school story telling within the pages of Zangar.

Thoughts

I liked it! I liked that there was this stream of consciousnesses feel to the writing, which really gave the main character an authentic feel. I can understand if the adult nature of the comic (nudity, violence etc) would turn off the reader – however, I didn’t find it distressing or anything and fits the nature of the comic.

There is six more in the series and there is a recommendation from the writers to read the comics in the order that they are published as there is a few story arcs that continue throughout slightly.

I look forward to checking out future issues, especially to see if the flick back of Zangar (or presence of something similar) continues throughout.

Just before I hit publish on this, I found this handy blog, keeping tabs on all the news and going-ons for Criminal. I love this stuff, so please check it out.

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Do you have any comic recommendations for me? Let me know in the comments below or via my Twitter –@remotetragic.

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#FridayFirsts: We Stand on Guard #1

IMG_9429Given I am new to the comics universe, I thought it’d be handy to sort through some of the first issues that I pick, what I enjoyed / didn’t enjoy and if I decided to proceed with the series. I’d love to hear what you think too, make sure you hit me up on Twitter – @remotetragic.

I picked up this title at All Star Comics at the Back Issue & Toy Fair event.

Instantly I was attracted to the title because of the writer, Brian K. Vaughan (BKV). It seems so different to what I have read in the past (Review: Y: The Last Man (Book 1)|FCBD Review: Saga & We Can Never Go Home), and it was!

What’s it about?

Canada is at war with the United States and after a blast at home presumably killing the family, young Amber and her older brother, Tommy are left fending for themselves. We fast forward to present day, Amber and Tommy are separated (we learn that Tommy was captured by the Americans) and Amber is searching the Northwest Territories on her own. Here she encounters other Canadians and after some combat, they are approached by heavy American machinery. Shoot to kill, ask questions later type of machinery. Amber instantly proves her value with her zero hesitations and DGAF attitude. It is at this point, the issue one ends with Amber becoming  part of the Two-Four.

Thoughts

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First things first, the writing is incredible in this comic. I’ve said it heaps of times before but BKV’s talent for transporting the reader into the scene and into the action of the comic is amazing. Aided this being in the moment for the reader  is the beautiful artistry of Steve Skroce.

I am hooked! There are six issues in total for this story arc, so I am really keen to see how this story transpires and if at all, Amber and Tommy are reunite. The writing is captivating, the illustrations are gorgeous and the story line draws you immediately.

I have a few BKV titles on the go now and I highly recommend them all.

Do you have any comic recommendations for me? Let me know in the comments below or via my Twitter –@remotetragic.

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#FridayFirsts: Americatown #1

IMG_8803Given I am new to the comics universe, I thought it’d be handy to sort through some of the first issues that I pick, what I enjoyed / didn’t enjoy and if I decided to proceed with the series. I’d love to hear what you think too, make sure you hit me up on Twitter – @remotetragic.

This week, I had a look at Americantown #1. I picked up this copy from the amazing crew at All Star Comics.

What an intriguing cover! From the looks, I was thinking it would be about some sort of radical American town. How wrong I was!

The colour palate is very dark and in line with the tone of the comic. It does an excellent job of transferring the reader into the moment and the action.

The story takes us on journey of a group of people that have arrived to unknown waters via boat and picked up by strangers. Clearly a people smuggling operation, the people have to pay for their freedom once they arrive back at the designated house. There, we learn that one of the people smugglers and one of the guys working on the operation are father and son. After an evening of a sneaky video phone call home, the police raid the property and the father and son escape together in a van, only to be separated when they are running away.

This comic is intense and the subject matter is one that is a tough one. It definitely left me wondering what happens next and I am curious! Would I pick up more issues in this series? Yes – it’s a short series (eight issues in total) and really gripping from the get go. It has a political tone too, so if you are into those type of comics, then I’d say you’d enjoy this to.

Are there any first issues you’d like to see me review? Feel free to leave me a comment below or on Twitter – @remotetragic with your suggestions!

#FridayFirsts: The Tithe #1

IMG_8805Given I am new to the comics universe, I thought it’d be handy to sort through some of the first issues that I pick, what I enjoyed / didn’t enjoy and if I decided to proceed with the series. I’d love to hear what you think too, make sure you hit me up on Twitter – @remotetragic.

This week, I had a look at The Tithe #1. I picked up this copy from the amazing crew at All Star Comics.

The cover is very captivating, I am not a big fan of religious themed reading material (no real reason, just isn’t my kind of read) and so I was surprised that I was drawn to this one.

The artwork is really interesting, especially in the scenes that feature the church. The detail offers insight as to how these kind of churches operate. There’s a part where the hacker group overtook the churches computers that this was done really great.

The comic introduces us to a church that is committing fraud with it’s parishioners money and a hacker ‘Robin Hood’ type organisation, Samaritan, is attempting to put a stop to it. In the process, they reveal to the church community all of the lies the pastor has told them to take their money. Samaritan infiltrate the building, take all of the donations and disperse it to charity organisations. The police are at a loss on how to deal with Samaritan, with one of the members dealing with the police directly and revealing more evidence against the churches that are committing frauds against the communities.

While there were interesting parts of the story, it wasn’t enough to grab my complete attention and hold me. The subject matter – which understandably, I was aware of before I read it – wasn’t particularly interesting to me either, but I can completely understand why readers would get super keen jelly bean for this. I don’t really see me continuing on with this series. Big call out to the writer of this comic though, for trying something a bit different and being gutsy with the subject matter – it’s definitely a tough one!

Are there any first issues you’d like to see me review? Feel free to leave me a comment below or on Twitter – @remotetragic with your suggestions!

#FridayFirsts: Transference #1

IMG_8806Given I am new to the comics universe, I thought it’d be handy to sort through some of the first issues that I pick, what I enjoyed / didn’t enjoy and if I decided to proceed with the series. I’d love to hear what you think too, make sure you hit me up on Twitter – @remotetragic.

This week, I had a look at Transference #1. I picked up this copy from the amazing crew at All Star Comics.

The cover instantly attracted me, the intrigue of it and the commanding way the three characters are standing. This alone prompted me pick up the comic and flick through.

The story begins outside of Paris, eight months earlier. The main character, Colton and his crew are hot on the trail of a suspect, Fasad. It becomes pretty obvious a few pages in that, Colton and his crew are time traveling and that certain events have been changed in the past. But why? How? They are not sure – and the intrigue is on!

The artwork by Ron Salas adds to the intrigue and mystery of this comic, and is beautiful. The detail that has gone into setting up each frame to punctuate the story just works. It also adds a hint of what’s to come without directly expressing it to the reader.

Would I continue to read this comic? Short answer is YES. I liked the idea of changing certain events in the past and the impacts it has on the future. I can appreciate the impact this would have on the characters, and we got a hint of this already when Colton meets with his ‘wife’. I need to know what happens! Expect a follow up review to this comic!

Are there any first issues you’d like to see me review? Feel free to leave me a comment below or on Twitter – @remotetragic with your suggestions!

#FridayFirsts: Alex + Ada #1

IMG_8509Given I am new to the comics universe, I thought it’d be handy to sort through some of the first issues that I pick, what I enjoyed / didn’t enjoy and if I decided to proceed with the series. I’d love to hear what you think too, make sure you hit me up on Twitter – @remotetragic.

This week, I had a look at Alex + Ada #1.

The cover is mesmerizing. I wasn’t sure at first what was on Ada’s head – which became much clearer when you read the first issue. The look on Alex’s face though also had me curious, a mixture of sadness and depression, I was fairly certain it wasn’t because of Ada, because you couldn’t see her eyes. So as you can see, the cover immediately perked my interested and I had a lot of questions to start with.

The artwork in this comic is gorgeous. Going for the simple approach made it striking and easy to follow the story, not to mention the detail of the characters is just beautiful! Massive kudos to Jonathan Luna on the beautiful illustrations in this comic.

Set in a futuristic world, we meet Alex, a depressed guy who goes about his day almost in robot mode. We learn that it’s Alex’s birthday the next day and that he has been struggling (emotionally) since the break up with his girlfriend, Claire. Alex’s grandmother video calls him, for his birthday, and it becomes apparent she is in a relationship with a much younger… humanised robot. After being surprised by his friends for his birthday, Alex returns home to find his grandmother has bought him his own robot friend, with the first issue ending with Ada stepping out and uttering the words, “Hello”.

I. Am. Hooked!

I need to know what happens next! I guess you could say I am definitely interested in continuing this comic beyond issue 1, I have put the Vol 1 on my ‘need to have list’ and I really look forward to continuing the story of Alex + Ada. I really felt for Alex at points through the comic, because I know there have been times where I’ve felt like I have been in ‘robot mode’ by going to work, coming home and going to bed in a repetitive fashion. Being able to establish Alex in such a way in the first issue, made him a very likeable character and one I decidedly had a vested interest in to succeed. I am sure you will see more reviews of Alex + Ada in future blogs.

Are there any first issues you’d like to see me review? Feel free to leave me a comment below or on Twitter – @remotetragic with your suggestions!