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The Stereotypical Freaks Review

Written by on Oct 28, 2012
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The Stereotypical Freaks

Rating: 5/5
Publisher Name: Animal Media Group
Writer: Howard Shapiro
Pencils: Joe Pekar
Number of Pages: 140
Price: 11.95
Color: Color
Safety Content Label: T+ TEENS AND UP – Appropriate for most readers 13 and up, parents are advised that they might want to read before or with younger children.

Publisher’s Blurb:
Four disparate high school seniors come together to compete in their school’s battle of the bands. Sharing a love for playing rock and roll, the members name the band “The Stereotypical Freaks” because they feel stereotyped by their classmates – smart kid, geek, star athlete and quiet weirdo… when in fact they know they are much more than those labels that have been placed on them. When one member reveals life altering news, winning the competition takes on more of a meaning to each member. Scared and angry, upset and yet still with a lot of resolve they set out to win one for the good guys… will they?

Reviewer’s Comments:
Friendship, lost,the social issues of high school, and music all come together to create an amazing story called The Stereotypical Freaks.

The graphic novel follows four teenaged boys Dan, Mark, Jacoby and Tom-who represent the many clicks of the social spectrum. Through their love of music-and for their own personal reasons-they come together and form a band in order to participate in the battle of the bands.

As each member of the band goes through challenges and tragedies they grow and become stronger people for it. It’s as though they started out as children and are now on the cusp of adulthood due to the things that they’ve been through. They’re also more prepared for what future challenges that will come.

Shapiro’s writing is excellent. This is a story that will tug at the heart strings of readers. Pekar’s art is also wonderful as it is in perfect tune with Shapiro’s storytelling.

Overall, this is a wonderful story. This is one of the reasons why 2012 is the year of the indie creator. Go and get this graphic novel. It’s not available until November 14th. You can preorder the book on Amazon.




Creepy Scarlet Volume #1 Review Review

Written by on Aug 11, 2012
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Creepy Scarlet Volume #1 Review

Rating: 4/5
Publisher Name: Last Sunset Comics
Writer: Graeme Buchan
Pencils: Felipe Sanhueza Marambio, Ozzy Longoria, J.C. Grande
Colors: Jessica Jimerson
Number of Pages: 49
Price: .99
Color: Color
Safety Content Label: T+ TEENS AND UP – Appropriate for most readers 13 and up, parents are advised that they might want to read before or with younger children.

Publisher’s Blurb:
Creepy Scarlett and her teddy bear, Mr. Ted, live in the cemetery across the bridge at the edge of the small town of Sunnyville. In a story that unfolds over a century, Scarlett finds herself at the centre of an ancient struggle for a series of artifacts and the control of an untold power they combine to create. As the story twists and turns through the years it reveals the origins of a simple girl and her teddy bear and how they become the only ones that can stop the world from falling into the hands of an eternal evil.

volume #1. It’s 2011 and a girl from town named Lisa becomes unknowingly involved in an ongoing struggle for power as Scarlett comes to her rescue from the hands of the serial killer, Pumpkinface. After Lisa is then captured, Scarlett must head into town and faces the return of her nemesis Vincent Priest, head of the Red Sun, a group that seeks to control the power that Scarlett protects.

We then head back to 1968 as Scarlett unwittingly unleashes a horde of zombies into town and must put aside her hatred to rescue the townsfolk.

Reviewer’s Comments:
If you love reading stories that feature horror, comedy, and action, Creepy Scarlet is just right up your alley. Readers will enjoy this tale of an undead superheroine who fights zombies with her two katana blades and uses her fists and martial art moves to defend a young lady from Mr. Pumpkinface and his employers the Red Sun. Creepy Scarlet is accompanied by her only friend a teddy bear by the name of Mr. Ted who shares her love of candy. Scarlet has declared her revenge on the town of Sunnyville for their past indiscretions-which are unknown to the reader-against her but she’s also the only person who can save the world from a chilling evil and protects the town.

Scarlet is a strong female character who can put both the living and the undead in a refrigerator if the time calls for it. The book is an interesting take on the horror and action genres and the story has a mysterious quality that readers will find intriguing. Buchan does an amazing job with the script. I love the entrenched humor and wit that enhances each character’s dialogue. His writing keeps readers invested in the characters. The artwork is great and is packed with colorful action packed fight scenes.

This comic is a wonderful example of why 2012 is the year of the indie creator.  Creepy Scarlet is a great read and will keep readers coming back for more.






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