dinsdag 2 juni 2015

That BulletProof Kid # 1-3

The USA isn't the only country where cool superheroes are born. This series from Australia is proof positive!
We follow the adventures of superhero /  teenager Anthony Fischer who reminded me more of Richard Rider (the old Nova) then Peter Parker. That is, he's not a geek but pretty much a regular kid (wearing punkrock outfits which I dig). There's a lot scenes at school and at home so we get a pretty good idea of Anthony and his friends.
Okay, there's a lot of superhero stuff as well of course. Fischer is Bulletproof, a young superhero who teams up with some other heroes on a regular basis. There's an organisation that seems to be keeping tabs on the superheroes called The Tribunal that doesn't trust our hero and a villain in the Darkseid mold called Maux that will be sure to challenge our hero in issues to come.
While most other superheroes aren't very iconic and the artwork isn't always as solid as a book by the Big Two there's a lot of energy to this series that I dig. The writing is pretty solid and I like the fact this is 100% no-frills honest to gosh superheroes.
If you liked Invincible, but thought that book became too crazy and violent this is the book to pick up.

vrijdag 2 januari 2015

Force # 1 (Zyon Comics)

What drew me to the cover of this book was the perfect blend of old school and new school comics in the character design. I was pleased to read in the introduction the writer of this series has a fondness of real, true heroes.
In this first issue we are introduced to Force and a few aliens. There's also a nice pin-up of other cool looking Zyon Comics characters. It seems there are more superheroes in this universe, although they don't seem to be very popular with the public.
The art is really good, almost good enough to be Marvel / DC. Although I am drawn to the characters and intrigued by the story it is a bit short to get a really good feel for the direction this series will be going. I do think good things can be expected from the Zyon Comics universe.