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411’s Comic Reviews: Justice League: No Justice #1, Swing #1, More

May 17, 2018 | Posted by Steve Gustafson
Justice League: No Justice

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Volition #1

Preview by Stephen Gustafson

In a not-too-distant future, artificial intelligence has spawned a race of robots that serve all of humanity. Robots are considered second class citizens, but a few in the A.I. community are fighting back in a constant struggle for equal rights.

When a debilitating virus called “Rust” threatens all artificial life, salvation lies in the most unlikely of robotic heroes—not a warrior or an solider, but in an obsolete construction worker and a dedicated caregiver. Together, HALE-19 and AMBER-7T embark on a perilous journey in search of a cure that could potentially change the balance of power on Earth forever. The next bold adventure from Aftershock Comics begins here!

From writer Ryan Parrott (Saban’s Go Go Power Rangers, Star Trek, Batman: Gates of Gotham) and new artist sensation Omar Francia (Star Wars, Mass Effect) comes an epic quest into a dazzling future world told through the lens of AfterShock Comics!

Writer Ryan Parrott spoke about the story and what we can expect: “VOLITION is basically a science-fiction fable. It’s set in a future where robots have become self-aware but, instead trying to subjugate or destroy mankind, they basically just assimilated into society — living normal everyday lives right beside us. However, their biggest problem is that technology isn’t slowing down… so some robots go to extreme, even illegal, lengths to stay top-of-the-line and that leads to the creation of a consciousness destroying virus called “Rust”. So our story is about two DOWN ON THEIR LUCK robots who meet in a decommission facility and basically go on a journey to find their creator and see if they can help save robot kind from annihilation — but, you know, in a Lethal Weapon roadtrip kinda way.

I’m excited for people to read this because it’s a story about HOPE. Today, it seems like the future is so scary and bleak, it’s easy to feel like you can’t change things or make a difference. But this story is about taking charge of your future and making it what you want it to be. And the best part is I think Omar Francia’s amazing vision of that future is perfection. Every panel is a cover with so much incredible detail. It’s a world I hope people want to live in and experience month to month.”

Ryan also spoke the what would happen if this story was turned into a film and how he’d cast it: “Well, since so much of this series is about robots — ideally, I’d like Andy Serkis and Toby Kebbell to bring it to life through motion capture the same way they did in the Planet of the Apes trilogy. And if it was possible, Helen Mirren and Dame Judy Dench playing the bad ass “Cagey and Lacy” detective duo of Drivas and Lawton. I mean who wouldn’t want to see that? But seriously, it’s such a huge world we’re trying to create — to be able to see it in real life would almost be too much for me.”

Sea of Thieves #3

Preview by Stephen Gustafson

Written by Jeremy Whitley (Princeless, Thor Vs Hulk) and illustraded by Rhoald Marcellius

Follow two competing crews of pirates in this epic story based on the shared-world adventure multiplayer game from Rare!

Swing #1

Review by Stephen Gustafson

Spinning off from the universe of SUNSTONE comes a slice-of-life romantic story about a couple trying to regain the sexual energy from the beginning of their relationship by swinging with other couples. An emotional journey of two people fighting to stay in love.

Before I learned how to properly drink and enjoy wine, I used to grab the cheapest bottle of the shelf and go. Many nights I’d bring Two Buck Chuck to a dinner party and think I was doing fine.

Then one day someone poured me a glass of 2010 Château Faizeau Montagne Saint-Emilion, Bordeaux and my life was changed for the better. The flavors, the finesse, and the structure enticed my taste buds like no wine before. It opened my eyes to a whole new world of vino possibilities.

One can look at someone who reads a steady diet of superhero comics. You get used to it, you find a comfort to it, and then one day you read something different that opens your mind to an angle that you were aware of but never saw executed in such a dazzling way.

Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Swing #1.

Before we go any further I have to point out this book is Rated M so some of you will have to wait a few years before you can read this but trust me, it’s worth it. Also, I’m reviewing the free web version of issue #1.

From the dazzling minds of Jenni Cheung and Matt Hawkins, who are married, Swing sets the table for a mature tale of life, love, and the choices we are faced with.

As with any first issue, especially one that sits outside the normal superhero subject matter, the characters are crucial. In Swing we meet Cathy and Dan, a couple you probably know in real life. Married, two kids, put on a nice front but behind closed doors are unhappy with the routine of their lives and stuck in a floundering sex life.

Faced with this common, yet depressing, scenario, how is a couple supposed to overcome such a bleak existence? The answer to this is the journey Swing is taking us on and thanks to likable characters and some elegant art, it’s one worth embarking on.

A book that centers on romance can suffer if the art doesn’t capture the mood and keep the story going. Artist Linda Sejic really lets it go on the page and it’s worth going back to see the flowing detail that’s infused in each scene. You can read the beats between the characters and her art enhances the story wonderfully.

The comic book industry desperately needs books like Swing. Ones that beautifully illustrate the diversity of stories that can be told and books that can be enjoyed by a more mature demographic in an appealing way.

A strong start for Swing that looks to cultivate the senses!

Rating: 9.0 out of 10

Justice League: No Justice #1

Review by RobF

With Dark Knights: Metal over and done one has to wonder what the next DC event will be. Well, look no further than Justice League: No Justice 1. Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, Joshua Williamson and artist Francis Manapul present one of the strangest team-ups of all time as heroes and villains must unite to defeat Entropy, Mystery, Wisdom, and Wonder, the Omega Titans.

Normally a Brainiac sighting would a cause for concern but in this case, he recognizes an even larger threat and has come to the Justice League for assistance. And he brought help, not the help you would expect. Lex Luthor, Deathstroke, Starro, Lobo, Demon and Sinestro. And they are going to need their help because the Omega Titans looks like a major issue. The resolution is to split up this diverse group to divide and conquer. What they do not know is that Task Force X
has their own plans: to hack Brainiac. And the issue ends on the cliffhanger that clearly leaves the mission in jeopardy.

Francis Manapul provides some great artwork. I had never seen his work before, but I am a big fan. This is a big event and it needed someone who is up to the task. Manapul’s has a lot to juggle here but handles it masterfully.

No Justice can take any blockbuster fatigue and show it the door. It starts strong and doesn’t let
up. I an anxious to see how the teams shake out as well as the personality conflicts. Luckily, we have only one week to wait.

Rating: 9.0 out of 10

Star Wars: The Last Jedi #1

Review by John Pumpernickel

It’s never a good sign when someone gives you a comic for free because they don’t want it in their house.

That’s how I got my copy of Star Wars: The Last Jedi #1.

Writer Gary Whitta and artist Michael Walsh have the near impossibly tough task of bring the blockbuster to life on the comic book page. Unfortunately, like most movie adaptation comic books, Star Wars: The Last Jedi does nothing to enhance the movie and, even worse, came out long after the movie.

If it came out before we could at least get a look at what to expect. This book just falls flat and is an easy pass. Unless you’re a hardcore Star Wars fan who needs to own every piece of Star Wars literature out there.

Rating: 5.0 out of 10

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