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Jurassic Strike Force 5 #’s 0 and 1 Review

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Jurassic Strike Force 5 #'s 0 and 1

Rating: 4/5
Publisher Name: Silver Dragon Books
Writer: Joe Brusha/Neo Edmond
Pencils: JL Giles-Rivera
Number of Pages: 32 pgs.
Price: 2.99
Color: Color
Safety Content Label: A – Appropriate for age 9 and up.

Publisher’s Blurb:
Backed by his army of evil, mutated Dino-soldiers there’s nothing that can stop him. Nothing but Dino StrikeForce! Don’t miss the seminal issue in the first original series under Zenescope’s Silver Dragon Books imprint.

Reviewer’s Comments:
Jurassic Strike Force 5 is an interesting comic. I used to be quite a dinosaur fan when I was younger. I knew the names of all the dinosaurs including the T-Rex and Triceratops. Reading this comic, it plays on my love of comics but also reminds me of my childhood.

This introductory issue essentially serves what #0 issues usually serve. The reader gets a small history of the dinosaurs’ time on earth. Afterwards, we see some ship with an alien in it scanning dinosaur DNA, and combining it with human DNA. We then see that there is an alien emperor getting ready to invade what I presume to be earth or has he says: “the third satellite of the sol system.”

Moving into the first issue, this is where things really start to develop. A group of explorers explore a cavern they find in the arctic, and they find mysterious things going on. An explosion occurs there shortly after, and the alien emperor from the #0 issue appears. He has been apparently imprisoned for 160 million years, and he is angry…… The men surrender, and the dinosaur warriors from the prequel issue appear ready to serve their master. Some boy runs into find his father in the cavern, and he finds a strange bug he becomes friends with. He then finds his dad, and convinces the bug they are friends too. The bug does something strange to the computer, and he is seemingly releasing the other dinosaur warriors (or at least working on that). The story then transitions to the U.S. base in Antarctica where they are under attack by the evil dinosaur warriors commanded by their leader the alien emperor. The troops are called in, and a battle ensues. The issue then goes back to the boy’s first encounters with the other dinosaur warriors (these guys may actually be friendly).

I think Joe Brusha and Neo Edmond really do a good job here. They have a handle on their characters, and are telling a really interesting original story. The only problem I have is that the book is a bit too long as it feels it drags on,and I feel they could have reduced some of the action in the first issue. On the art side, I am sure JL Giles-Rivera is having a ball. You can tell from the art work that he is enjoying the heck out of his job. I think this comic is off to a good start, and beyond the little minor problems, the team delivers a solid comic.

#0 COMIC: B-.

#1 MAIN STORY: B.

OVERALL: B-.




One Model Nation Graphic Novel Review

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One Model Nation Graphic Novel

Rating: 4/5
Publisher Name: Titan Books
Publisher Website: http://www.titanbooks.com/

Writer: Courtney Taylor-Taylor
Pencils: Jim Rugg
Colors: Jon Fell
Number of Pages: 135
Price: 24.95
Color: Color
Safety Content Label: NR – Not Rated

Publisher’s Blurb:
From US rock band The Dandy Warhols’ frontman Courtney Taylor-Taylor comes an original graphic novel illustrated by indie super star Jim Rugg.

A work of historical fiction set in Germany in 1977, it follows four young men who were to become the voice of their generation. This is the epic journey of art noise band One Model Nation, the final dark days of the Baader-Meinhof Gang, and the band’s mysterious disappearance only months later.

Reviewer’s Comments:
When I was originally contacted to review “One Model Nation” I must admit I was really unsure whether or not I would like it. As a guy who mainly reads superhero comics I was hesitant to take up the offer thinking that perhaps it wouldn’t be up my alley at all – I was wrong.

From pretty much the first page of the graphic novel it becomes quite apparent that the reader is about to enter into a story about a group of band members who although are involved in some questionable activities, at the end of the day we’re still going to root for them. Without ruining too much of the plot, the story follows the ups and downs of the band “One Model Nation”. Although the band has good intentions of putting out music, at every twist and turn they find themselves stuck against “the man” – or at least “the man” of 1977.

The writing in this book is great, especially stacked up against other non-traditional comic book stories that I’ve read in the past. Often I find that when non-traditional comic book stories get put into a comic format they fall flat becoming boring very fast; however, the majority of One Model Nation is not of this flaw. I found that often I found myself keeping interested by feelings and emotions that were clearly projected due to the writer harnessing their own history with music. A prime example of this is found throughout the entire story where you can feel a strong sense of comradery between the band members. One Model Nation also uses just a great balance of side plots to help give volume to the characters and help the reader sympathize with them as well.

Although the art in the book is definitely not conventional, I feel that it complements the writing perfectly. A story of this nature requires something unconventional and something that will help relay the atmosphere desired by the writer. As I read One Model Nation I found myself feeling like I was in the 1970s and I chalk this not only up to the writing, but the art work as well.

Overall, I found the story to be a solid read; however, I will admit that the middle of the book stopped me from giving this a 5/5 rating. As I was around halfway through I found that the story felt a little rough and seemed to drag a little bit as well. Although I found the problem only lasted a few pages, I did find myself almost putting down the book, which is definitely an issue to be noted. That being said, I still suggest you check out this book if you like musician stories.




Marvel Unveils New AVENGERS VS. X-MEN Covers!

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Marvel Unveils New AVENGERS VS. X-MEN Covers!

Marvel Unveils New AVENGERS VS. X-MEN Covers!

The war to save the Marvel Universe in continues this May as the Avengers go head to head against the X-Men while the all-powerful Phoenix Force hurdles towards Earth!

You’ve heard It’s Coming—and this April The War Is Here in Avengers VS X-Men! All your favorite super heroes enter—and only one team will emerge victorious!

Which team will reign supreme? Join the conversation on Twitter with #AvX!

For more on Avengers VS X-Men, please visit http://avx.marvel.com

AVS: VS #2

Written by KIERON GILLEN & STEVE MCNIVEN Pencils by SALVADOR LARROCA & STEVE MCNIVEN

Cover by SALVADOR LARROCA ON SALE THIS MAY!

AVENGERS ACADEMY #29 & 30

Written by CHRISTOS GAGE

Pencils by TOM GRUMMETT

Covers by GIUSEPPE CAMUNCOLI

ON SALE THIS MAY!

NEW AVENGERS #26 Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS

Pencils & Cover by MIKE DEODATO ON SALE THIS MAY

AVENGERS #26

Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS

Pencils & Cover by WALTER SIMONSON

ON SALE THIS MAY!



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COMIC BOOK STORYTELLERS – Episode #6

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WRITERS / ARTIST BLOCK . . . tips and tricks from the PROs (Marvel, DC, IDW . . . Mark Waid, Humberto Ramos, Jo Chen, Mike Mckone, Robert Atkins, Michael Golden, J G Jones . . . just to name a few. Hosted by Michael “Frick” Weber and presented by CLOUD9COMIX.com




AVENGERS: X-SANCTION #3 Sells Out & Heads Back To Press!

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AVENGERS: X-SANCTION #3 Sells Out & Heads Back To Press!

AVENGERS: X-SANCTION #3 Sells Out & Heads Back To Press!

Marvel and Fanboy Buzz are pleased to announce that Avengers: X-Sanction #3 has sold out at Diamond and this March will be back exploding off store shelves with Avengers: X-Sanction #3 Second Printing Variant! Here’s your second chance to catch the Eisner Award-winning writer Jeph Loeb and superstar artist Ed McGuinness as they pit Cable against the Avenger’s most dangerous member – Red Hulk. Leading into the comics event of 2012, Avengers Vs. X-Men, and with every issue of this red-hot series selling out – fans can’t miss this!

“Ed and I are so grateful to the fans, retailers and readers who’ve made this book such a success,” exclaimed Loeb. “It’s great having Cable back in the Marvel Universe kicking butt and taking names — and as a lead up to the blockbuster Avengers vs. X-Men — you ain’t seen nothing yet!”

Cable stands face to face with Red Hulk as time continues to slip away; will Cable save the future? Find out in Avengers: X-Sanction #3 Second Printing Variant as Loeb and McGuinness send Cable against the Avengers, while the fight for the future rages on!

For more on Avengers VS X-Men, please visit http://avx.marvel.com

AVENGERS: X-SANCTION #3 SECOND PRINTING VARIANT (DEC118178)

Written by JEPH LOEB

Pencils & Cover by ED MCGUINNESS

Rated: T+ …$3.99

FOC – 2/13/12, ON SALE – 3/14/12




IMAGE EXPO ANNOUNCES EXCLUSIVE VARIANT COVERS

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IMAGE EXPO ANNOUNCES EXCLUSIVE VARIANT COVERS

IMAGE EXPO ANNOUNCES EXCLUSIVE VARIANT COVERS

Attendees of Image Expo, taking place February 24, 25, and 26 in Oakland, California will get something else in addition to excellent programming, array of exhibiting publishers and artists, and face time with their favorite collectors — the chance to get six comics with convention-exclusive covers.

The first 5,000 attendees of Image Expo will receive a free copy of THE WALKING DEAD #94 by Robert Kirkman, Charlie Adlard, and Cliff Rathburn with an exclusive cover picturing Michonne, katana at her side, atop an intertwined mass of zombies.

An exclusive GLORY #23 featuring a new cover by Ross Campbell and the slogan “FIGHT CENSORSHIP” will benefit the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and will be available only at the CBLDF booth.

Other exclusive covers are THE DARKNESS #100, featuring a sketch cover by Marc Silvestri; ARTIFACTS #14 with art by Stjepan Sejic and a blank back cover for attendees’ favorite artists to sketch on, THIEF OF THIEVES #1 with art by Shawn Martinbrough, and CHEW #24 with art by Rob Guillory.

The Image Expo convention-exclusive variant covers will be available in limited quantities.






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