I Review The Lowest Selling Comic Of The Month: August 2014.

Hi Everyone.

Been a while since I've done one of these. Sometimes it's hard to get a copy of the lowest seller, or sometimes it's an Archie comic, so I end up not doing that month. I'll maybe tweak my rules to try and make this more regular, if you want. :)

Anyway, the lowest selling comic of August 2014(according to Comichron.com) selling 1,439 copies was, Southern Dog #1, from Action Lab.

As usual, I'm not familiar with the series, and didn't do any research into it before reading this issue, just to see if it's new reader friendly. There may be small spoilers, but I'llblockthem just in case. Let's start with the cover.

Cover:

Well it seems like it fits the title. Southern? Check. Dog? Check. I'm not American, so I don't know the exact implications of the Confederate flag, but it's considered a Southern thing right? Apologies if I'm wrong.

The cover, by Riley Rossmo is a good representation of the contents of the issue, whilst not strictly portraying scenes from it. A chaotic nature is displayed in it's wild sketchy lines suggesting we've got some violence and darkness to come in this series, which is somewhat true of this first issue. It certainly tells children to keep away from it, with two "Mature Readers" warnings, and an ominous suggestion to "Stay Alert!"

Art:

Brought to us by Alex Diotto, Southern Dog presents a generally realistically designed world, and displays a good variety of environments and a decent eye for detail. The drawing itself is pretty good, with thin, sketchy lines here and there, which I can't quite appreciate throughout, though for the most part I think it works well enough with the story. I think the panels with animals are the best in this issue.

The colouring by Adam Metcalfe is good in terms of choice of palette, particularly in the first scene which takes place at night. Some of the colouring looks a little blocky in some places when colours aren't seperated by a line. I'm not a big fan of the way that camoflage is used, as it kind of looks like it doesn't change when it comes to a crease in the clothing. The lettering by Ed Brisson is good, with some nice sound effects.

Story/Writing:

The issue starts out with what I think is a werewolf being abused, and transported to a gathering of what I believe is either the Ku Klux Klan, or some kind of equivalent. The werewolf is hanged, which I'm guessing establishes an important aspect of this series. Flashback to six weeks ago and a father and sons are out hunting and subsequently eating dinner, and we're introduced to our main character, youngest Jasper, who's going through adolescence, and learning about the Civil War at school, where he attends, along with a girl he likes called Zoe.

On a later hunt, he's bitten by a wolf and the next day in school he starts to feel some peculiar symptoms, causing him to flee class to a bathroom. He's interrupted by some fellow students who attack him for expressing interest in Zoe, as they don't think Jasper, who is white, should be around Zoe, who is black, as she's one of "their women". Upon returning home, Jaspers dad has a way to get back at the bullies. He takes him Jasper to his study for the first time in his life, revealing a gun, and a KKK hood.

I'd say that the issue, written by Jeremy Holt, has appropriate pacing, and the dialogue seems quite natural. There is some swearing and racist language used, but I wouldn't call it excessive. Racial tension is a big part of this, and it is for mature readers, so I'd say it fits. The scene at the beginning taking place in the near future, and the reveal at the end creates some intrigue, which I imagine could tempt people back for #2.

Other Things Worth Mentioning:

22 Pages of comic content for $3.99. Pretty normal.

All the advertising is left to the end, so no interruptions.

There's a pin-up page at then end.

There's also a page of notes and thank yous from the write.

Overall:

Overall, I think it's pretty good. The art and story fit together well, and it does give me a feeling of "I wonder where they're going with this". Personally it hasn't quite wowed me enough to continue buying, but I get the feeling this could be an interesting series for other people. I'd maybe get a TPB if I had some spare money. I'll give it a high 3/5 (9/15).

So has anyone on here read this issue? What did you think of it? This review is just my own opinion, so it could be good to hear some others.

Any feedback is appreciated, and please let me know if you'd like to see more reviews in future. I haven't bought any runner-up issues for August, but I may if there's interest for it. :)

For all my previous reviews, see here.

Scarlotte.

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I Review The Lowest Selling Comic Of The Month: February 2014.

Hi Everyone.

Well I think I'll give this reviewing thing a go again. I was unable to do reviews for December and January, but hopefully I can get back to making this a monthly thing, if you want me to that is. :)

Anyway, The lowest selling comic of February 2014(according to Comichron.com) selling 1,285 copies, was Fubar: Guts and Glory #1 - All Roads Lead..., from Alterna Comics.

As usual, I'm not familiar with the series, and didn't do any research into it before reading this issue, just to see if it's new reader friendly. There may be small spoilers, but I'llblockthem just in case. Let's start with the cover.

Cover:

I think this is a pretty good quality drawing. The armour is very nicely detailed, and the skin bones and hair are good. The style of the background is a little different to this soldier in the foreground, but they fit each other O.K.

The cover made me think this would be an exclusively Roman zombie comics, but there are other kinds of people covered too, though with the main focus being Romans.

Art: This is anthology comic, with five short stories, so I'll give a brief description of each one.

All Roads Lead... drawn by Steve Becker is the most realsitic looking in the issue, and probably my favourite of the five. It's well detailed and the animals and fur textures are good. It's coloured in a good range of greys by Becker and Jeff McComsey, to an extent that it almost looks like a black and white copy of a well coloured comic.

I Am, drawn by John Broglia, is perhaps the simplest art style in the issue, but still looks pretty good, despite being a little less detailed. The grey colouring is handled by Jeff McComsey on his own this time, and it's a bit less impressive, but this could be down to the simpler art to colour.

The Blind King Of Bohemia is probably the cartooniest story in the comic, drawn by Chad Lambert, but it does suit the tone of the story, even though it's not exactly light-hearted. The colouring is pretty good.

The Last Ship, with art by Jonathan Brandon Sawyer for some reason has better quality drawing on the zombies than on the humans, perhaps the best drawing in the issue outside of All Roads Lead... Sawyer also handles the colours, using a lighter grey pallete than much of the rest of the comic.

The Gift, art handled by Glen Ostrander, is generally decent, with a slightly unusual mix of realistic and exaggerated characters. The colours are done in a pointillist style which I'm not sure if it works here.

Altogether, the issue is generally decent art-wise.

Story/Writing:

In All Roads Lead... , by Steve Becker, A Roman wagon is travelling through a forest in Germania, when they are attacked by Germanians(Germans?). After killing the crew, they take possession of the cargo of wine, and take prisoner the daughter of the Praetor Legatus. Upon hearing the news of this encounter, Legatus is delighted, as it seems that his plan has worked, having poisoned the wine that the Germanians would inevitably drink, and he reveals that the daughter was really a slave girl decoy. The story ends with the poison taking effect, turning the Germanians to zombies.

I Am, by Jeff McClelland begins with Spartacus hanging on a cross, thinking back to a time two years ago where he freed a horde of zombies, and using his ability to control them, attempts to lead an uprising against the Roman empire. However, when it comes to an important battle, a character called Crassus reveals he also has the ability to control the zombies, and takes charge of them, quashing the rebellion. Flashing forward, we see Spartacus falling from his cross, and rising as a zombie.

In The Blind King Of Bohemia, by Chad Lambert, King John of France is preparing to go into battle against the English, with assistance of two of his closest knights, keeping him up to date as to what is happening that he can't see. He puts up a good fight, with him and his army defeating many of the English, when a horde of zombies gets involved, eventually defeating the last few knights, and finally the king. He is later shown rising from his tomb, as a zombie

The Last Ship, by Magnus Aspli shows us a scene of Vikings attempting to finish off a zombie in a Viking funeral style, setting him off on a burning ship, but this takes many attempts, all the while, a young warrior rushes to the site. Upon finally arriving, he warns the Vikings that a horde of zombies is approaching, but they have no way to escape, having burned all of their nearby ships. The zombie on the burning boat laughs on at the defeat of the Vikings.

The Gift, by Chuck Dixon begins at the city of Troy, where the Greeks have departed, leaving a large wooden horse behind(guess where this is going). A woman named Cassandra advises that they don't take it inside, as she has visions that tell her it would be a bad idea, but no-one listens. In the night, the city is attacked by zombies emerging from the horse. The story ends with the city in flames with a few ships getting away, while Cassandra is eaten, her husband saying her death was worth it to leave the zombies burning in the city.

In general, the stories are pretty well written with decent dialogue, though perhaps with a little overused swearing in All Roads Lead... However the stories all feel a little same-y, perhaps just because they all have zombies in them. Not fantastic, but not really bad.

Other Things Worth Mentioning:

40 Pages of comic content for $3.99, which is pretty much double what you'd usually get from a lot of comics.

All the advertising is left to the end, and it's all just for other FUBAR comics.

There's a two page quiz section at the end, asking questions about zombies in well known historical situations.

Overall:

Overall, it was O.K. Decent storytelling and art, with a good cover, and as it's just short unrelated stories, I think it must be quite new reader friendly. Personally I'm not a big fan of zombie things, but it was a little better than expected. I get the feeling there will be people out there who would appreciate this much more than me. I'm not interested in reading more, so I'll give it a medium 3/5(8/15).

So has anyone on here read this issue? What did you think of it?

I've not done this in a couple of months, so any feedback is appreciated. I have two more comics for February Runner-Up Reviews, so look out for those in the next few weeks. :)

For all my previous reviews, see here.

Scarlotte.

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I Review Low Seller Runners-Up: November 2013(Part 2).

Hi Everyone.

Sorry for the slight delay. I had to wait for this issue coming in the post, and it's generally been a bit late recently due to Christmas and New Year.

Anyway, The 379th best selling comic(18th lowest) of November 2013(according to Comichron.com) selling 2,231 copies was All Crime Comics #2, from Art of Fiction.

As usual, I'm not familiar with the series, and didn't do any research into it before reading this issue, just to see if it's new reader friendly. There may be small spoilers, but I'll block them just in case. Let's start with the cover.

Cover:

The cover by Bruce Timm, who we all know from DC cartoons, is quite nice in drawing and colouring. This womans pose looks a little odd, but I may put that down to the retro style.

The cover is designed in a more old-fashioned style than we often see nowadays, and has a distressed look added to reflect age. The comic seems to be set in the past, and has a retro flashback, so it compliments the interior pretty well, despite not being handled by the same artist, and the cover not quite reflecting the story.

Art:

In the main parts of the issue, the art is by Steven E. Gordon, and generally looks good, with nice use of shadowing. The colours, by Tom Neely are quite simple, often rendering characters in a single colour. It doesn't look bad though, fitting the art and tone of the story.

There's a flashback scene handled by Vince Musacchia, which has a more retro look to it, which is a nice touch for a flashback. The colours by Kristina Collantes are presented in the old dotted style, and is done better than I'm used to seeing. It's more like seeing the colour dots that make up the colour than the dots looking like a pattern.

Story/Writing:

Dodger is thinking about all the crimes he's committed this week, and whilst him and Carly are pulling on pilot and flight attendant uniforms we see an unclothed man and woman, and Dodger thinking of how tonight it's assault, kidnapping, and soon hijacking. They're shown earlier that day heading to a bar to meet the corrupt Agent Knoblauch to pick up some passports and information from him, in exchange for Carlys car, and the location of some money. Dodger mentions that they'll need to arrange some transport, and they sit down to chat with a pilot and flight attendant. Posing as airline staff, Dodger, Carly, her daughter Tracy and an associate of Dodger get on a private plane, and set off. Carly asks Dodger where he learned to fly a plane.

Dodger tells a story of when we was young, on the day of the F.A. Cup final between Swansea and West Ham. Upon hearing of a talented West Ham player, Santiago not attending the match, Dodgers dad Freddie goes looking for him, barging into his home, finding him passed out amongst cocaine and nude women. He takes him to his van, meeting Dodger, who had gone looking for his dad, and they drive to a plane, to get Santiago to the match(I think). During the flight, whilst Freddie is telling Dodger how the controls work, Santiago wakes up and gets into a fight with Freddie, leading to Freddie being stabbed in the stomach with a screwdriver, and Santiago being hit in the head with a hammer. In his wounded state, Freddie crashes the plane, killing him, while Dodger walks away unharmed. Following this, we see Dodger and his mother leaving England for America.

Back in the present, Knoblauch and an associate go to pick up the money promised by Dodger, when they're ambushed by some people waiting for Dodger. A gun fight ensues, and they are all left dead apart from Knoblauch, when suddenly Dodgers nephew Maddy appears. Seeing that nothing stands between him and the money, he kills him Knoblauch and takes the money for himself.The passengers are tricked into getting off the plane, and the team, head for Johannesburg. Upon arrival they get a message to say that the money is safe, and Maddy is on his way to meet them. The issue ends with Dodger looking out the hotel window onto a football pitch, saying his day would have loved it there, apart from all the ☠☠☠☠ Nazis.

The issue is written and paced well, giving enough information to understand what was going on. I imagine some previous reading would have been helpful, but I didn't feel lost reading this, so it worked out O.K. There's a scene where football commentary is placed over an action sequence, and it fits nicely.

Other Things Worth Mentioning:

It's a prestige format comic, so could perhaps be put on a shelf with graphic novels. It's a little bigger than a normal comic, but just fits in a comic bag.

Not advertised as for mature reader, but contains the strongest possible language(that I know of anyway).

36 Pages of comic content for $3.95, which is a good bit more than you usually get for that price.

All advertising left to the end.

Printed on thick paper.

Overall:

Overall, I thought it was pretty good. Not the sort of thing I usually go for, but a decent read. I'll give it a high 3/5(9/15).

So has anyone on here read this issue? What did you think of it?

For this months main review, see here.

For this months first runner-up review, see here.

For a list of other comics I've reviewed, see here.

Thanks for reading. I'll hopefully have some December reviews up after the sales figures become available. :)

Scarlotte.

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I Review Low Seller Runners-Up: November 2013(Part 1).

Hi Everyone.

Before I begin, I was going to be reviewing a different comic today, but I don't feel I could politely word a run down of the plot, so I'm reviewing what would have been next weeks comic. I'll try and find another low seller to make up for it next week.

Anyway, The seventh lowest selling comic of November 2013(according to Comichron.com) selling 1,230 copies was Rogues! #5 - The Cleansing III; Lumpur & Flea II, from Amigo Comics.

As usual, I'm not familiar with the series, and didn't do any research into it before reading this issue, just to see if it's new reader friendly. There may be small spoilers, but I'llblockthem just in case. Let's start with the cover.

Cover:

The cover, by Ruiz Burgos is quite nicely drawn, showing the team from the comic. Well drawn faces, and good colouring. Not sure why there isn't a background, but if it's just to show off the team, then I suppose it's not a big deal.

We're faced with the question, "Do we look familiar to you?", which makes me think, are these characters suppose to look like characters from other comics? I can maybe see elements of Wolverine(back left), Ra's Al Ghul(back centre), Conan The Barbarian(middle, second from left) and Rogue(front centre), but I'm not sure about the others. Maybe I'm wrong and it means something else though.

Art:

The art is handled by Diego Galindo, and is a bit different to the cover. It's generally quite good throughout, and the characters all look quite distinctive, with facial expressions being displayed well, and slightly humourously when called for.

The colours are good, and blend nicely with the drawings. It looks a little blotchy in places, but as it looks like it's going for a slightly painted look, it works for the most part

The art in the back-up story by Ivan Sarnago is much more cartoony, but it fits the story well, as it's a bit more light hearted. The colour palette by Mario Larra is appropriate, but there's some overuse of pointillism that doesn't quite work.

Story/Writing:

Bram and The Weasel are hired by The Grandmaster to lead a team of rogues on a mission. They were recently the only survivors of a voyage through underground tunnels, so their expertise are required as this mission goes through those same tunnels. We learn that the plan is to assassinate Magistrate Monzon(or are they?). After some loud arguing and infighting in the tunnels, the team are attacked by some giant worms, leading tothe death of Galon The Savage. Suddenly running out of oil to light the way, Brother Drumm casts a spell to light the way, beforeimmediately falling from a cliff and being eaten by a crocodile, in a slightly humourous fashion. The Weasel tries to ask Sudden Death a question, only to findhe has suddenly died. They find their way through the tunnels and to the Magistrates home. Doctor Han and Monyan The Barbarian kill some guards, and Night Cat picks the lock of a door, which opens to reveal the Magistrates wife and children.The three remaining rogues say that they will kill them to send a warning to the Magistrate, and we see Bram and The Weasel exchange "Is now the time?", "You bet."

In the back-up story, a burglary teacher called Lumpur O'Grady, who has been turned into a Koala(get it?), has been kidnapped in order to harvest his energy to create a device that will cause world peace by killing almost everyone. His energy is taken and he is seen as dead, when his assistant Flea arrives. She use harnesses to strap his body to hers to use like a weapon to fight off the guards. It ends with Lumpurs' consciousness being shown trapped inside a gem.

The writing is generally good throughout both stories, the main by El Torres, the back-up by Ivan Sarnago and Mario Larra, and seems to be pretty new-reader friendly, as I didn't feel lost reading either. The cover claims it's for mature readers, but there's no nudity, particularly bad language or strong violence(some decapitation).

Other Things Worth Mentioning:

20 Pages for the main story, 4 for the back-up, for $3.99.

All advertising left to the end.

Some black and white drawings of Bram and The Weasel.

Overall:

Overall, I thought it was pretty good. The art and story went together well, and I'd maybe consider getting more of the series. I'll give it alow 4/5(10/15).

So has anyone on here read this issue? What did you think of it?

For this months main review, see here.

Thanks for reading. I'll hopefully have another review up next week. :)

Scarlotte.

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I Review The Lowest Selling Comic Of The Month: November 2013.

Hi Everyone.

The sales figures came in, I ordered my review comics, and they arrived today, so let's start looking at them.

The lowest selling comic of November 2013(according to Comichron.com) selling 1,057 copies, was Chronos Commandos: Dawn Patrol #5 - (of 5), from Titan Comics.

As usual, I'm not familiar with the series, and didn't do any research into it before reading this issue, just to see if it's new reader friendly. There may be small spoilers, but I'llblockthem just in case. Let's start with the cover.

Cover:

The first thing that strikes me is that this is kind of familiar. This is only my 8th review, and already it looks like I'm reviewing another comic with both Nazis and dinosaurs involved, the first being Fearless Dawn In Outer Space. Maybe comics with Nazis, dinosaurs and the word "Dawn" in the title just don't appeal to people.

Anyway, it's drawn and coloured fairly nicely. It's also designed pretty well, with the military and time travel aspects reflected in the dog tag numbers, stenciled signature, grenade and clock in the title. It's obvious to me what the title is, but would obscuring it with a Nazis arms make it tricky for someone seeing this comic on a shelf? Hard to say.

Art:

The art is nice enough. It's drawn pretty well, and suits the tone of the comic well. I don't know if it was intentional, but the Nazi officer looks to me like Arnold Schwarzenegger in most of the panels.

The colouring is good, perhaps higher in quality than the pencils/inks, but is kind of limited. The scenes with the Nazis are great to look at, but the laboratory scenes are pretty much just red or blue from panel to panel.

Story/Writing:

In a laboratory, two professors who are identical, I think because they're the same person from different times, are briefing a sergeant who is suiting in protective gear to fix a time machine called the Chronosphere. Meanwhile, what seems to be the same (American?)sergeant and his squad are in battle with some Nazis, and he talks of time travel with the commanding Nazi, Richter. The Americans are defeated and the last of them are about to be executed by flamethrower, when one of their previously thought to be dead squad shoots the fuel tank, setting the Nazis alight. In the ensuing chaos, some of the Nazis try to put out the flames in some nearby water, where they get savaged by crocodiles, including Richter, who has his arm bitten off whilst holding a piece of time travel equipment. The Americans kill the crocodile and retrieve the equipment.

Back in the laboratory, the sergeant is shown struggling to get to the valve he must turn to stop the time machine exploding, eventually managing, and then time traveling away somewhere, where he shoots a person who tries to shoot his pod just arriving, or something. He speaks to a version of the professors from before, about the Chronosphere being close to exploding, and then it does, I think. The issue ends with some Nazis gathered sending a coded message seemingly through some kind of device that links minds. A shadowy figure is told to report to the fuhrer that someone wishes to begin communication, and he's revealed to be Richter, now featuring a robotic arm and faceplate and calling himself Ironfist.

Most of the story was fine, but it got confusing near the end. I can't quite tell how the laboratory scenes relate to each other, but I'm pretty sure it's the same sergeant in both, though he isn't given a name anywhere through, simply being referred to as "sergeant" or "sarge"(23 times). The dialogue is mostly O.K., but the Nazis are written with German accents, like V's for W''s etc. I'm not sure what to make of this. Also, maybe I'm reading too much into it, but Richter having his arm bitten off whilst holding time travel equipment reminded me of Captain Hook having his arm bitten off by the crocodile that swallowed a clock. If this was written in as some kind of reference, I have no idea why. It doesn't come across as a new reader friendly issue, but then it is the last issue of the arc, so maybe that's understandable.

Other Things Worth Mentioning:

24 Pages of comic content for $3.99.

All advertising left to the end.

Chronosphere blueprints, guides on how to recognise dinosaurs and a pin-up of a woman in her underwear are included at the end.

No dinosaurs in the issue, despite the cover, and cover of the advertised TPB.

Overall:

Overall it was O.K., but nothing special. The art was decent enough, but the story was a bit confusing in places. I don't think I'd be interested in more. I'll give it a high 2/5(6/15).

So has anyone on here read this issue? What did you think of it?

There'll be at least 2 runner up reviews for this month, so look out for them in the next few weeks. :)

Scarlotte.

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I Review Low Seller Runners-Up: October 2013(Part 2).

Hi Everyone.

This is the first October review that isn't looking at a comic from Titan. I wasn't blown away by either of them, so let's see how this one goes.

The 478th best selling(2nd lowest) comic of October 2013(according to Comichron.com) with 1,919 issues sold was Ursa Minor #1, from Big Dog Ink.

Cover:

The cover is pretty nicely drawn. I like how these flames are drawn, and the way they're coloured, and light up Naomis' face is very well done. Kind of unfortunate that it looks like it's teasing an up skirt shot though.

The cover image doesn't directly reflect a scene from the comic, but after reading it, I wonder if the flames are there to represent some burning that is referenced. Naomi doesn't wear this outfit in the issue, but she's in disguise for most of it, so it kind of makes sense for her to not be in her regular costume.

Art:

The art by Ian Snyder, with Vic Moya and Steve Sprayson inking, is rather good throughout. Having the same interior artist as the one who drew the cover adds a nice bit of consistency to the issue. It makes judging a book by it's cover a little easier(though my reviews would be a little short if I did that). It's generally neat and nice to look at. There's some violent scenes that do give off a real sense of pain, and the werewolves(and bear) are great looking, and are a real contrast to their human forms.

The colours by Nei Ruffino are handled well, with distinctive colour palettes for each source of light, be it moonlight, candlelight or disco light.

I don't usually talk about lettering, but I feel I should mention it for this issue. Humans are given ordinary white speech bubbles with black text, vampires have black bubbles with a more jagged font, and werewolves have wiggly orange bubbles a thicker font. Handled by HDE, It's a nice system for showing whose side everyone is on. There's even an instance of the bubble changing halfway through a transformation, which is a nice touch.

Story/Writing:

The issue starts with a recap of a previous mini-series presented as a news report, telling us that around the world, vampires have been spontaneously bursting into flames, which leads to the internet being shut down, to try and stop news of the happenings spreading. A vampire press conference is in progress as a spokesman condemns humanitys' disrespect for the vampires, despite their sacrifices keeping America safe from werewolves. The scen turns to chaos as a pack of werewolves attacks. We then see Naomis' roommate April finding Naomi is nowhere to be found, and we cut to her out hunting vampires, leading them into an alley in her human form, before unleashing her savage were-bear form on them. Two vampires are shown discussing the recent burnings, and how the only way that they could have happened is a werebear has killed one of their creators, and is continuing to kill off vampires. Naomi arrives home and her and April discuss a recent battle with "Bathory" who Naomi killed, and the fact that their friend Angela was killed. It is revealed that Naomi was in love with Angela but couldn't get close to her for fear of her coming to harm. The issue ends with the revelation that someone called Onyx is still alive, and knows Naomis secret.

The issue is well paced and does a great job of giving enough information for new readers to understand the story, even using some of those little editors note boxes that you don't see very often nowadays. I didn't feel at all lost, and the issue seems to be a good first issue that sets up ideas for future issues.

Other Things Worth Mentioning:

22 Pages of comic content for $3.50. Fairly normal.

Printed on nice high quality paper. Kind of like DCs Forever Evil issues are printed on, but this is actually thicker, and feels a bit sturdier.

No bonus art, but the back cover shows a recoloured collage of scenes from the issue, plus there is a two page photograph of a Naomi cosplayer.

No advertising through, just four pages left to the end.

There are five other covers available.

Overall:

I liked it. The art and writing were good, and I felt fairly up to speed despite having missed the previous mini-series. I think I'm interested in looking into #2, but can't find a copy online. I'll have to keep an eye out for it next time I'm at a comic book shop. I'll give this a High 4/5(12/15).

So has anyone on here read this issue? What did you think of it?

For this months main review, see here.

For the first runner-up this month, see here.

For the list of all the comics I've reviewed, see here.

Thanks for reading this months reviews. I hope you enjoyed them. Look out for the first of the November reviews, in hopefully under two weeks from now. :)

Scarlotte.

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I Review Low Seller Runners-Up: October 2013(Part 1).

Hi Everyone.

This'll be the first runner-up review for October, where I look at a comic that wasn't quite the lowest seller, but cam pretty close.

The 428th best selling comic of October 2013(according to Comichron.com) with 2,832 issues sold was Death Sentence #2, from Titan Comics.

I usually don't do any research on a comic before reading it, but I saw an advert for this issue in A1 #5, which I reviewed as the lowest seller this month. It only gives away the basic premise, but it showed some high praise. I don't know if this counts as research, but I felt I should mention it.

Anyway, let's start with the cover.

Cover:

There's not too much to say about the cover in general, as it's pretty much just these two characters against a coloured background. I'd say that individually these are pretty well drawn characters, but there's a bit of inconsistency between them, particularly in the eyes. They're just drawn in such a different style. I can't tell if there's an actual reason for this. The guitar look a little oddly positioned too.

Also, it's clear that the character on the right is Weasel, as that's pretty much exactly what he looks like in the comic, but this other character is a little less obvious. There are 3 protagonists in this issue, only one of which is female, and she doesn't dress like this. It seems like she would be dressed like this considering that the cutesy hat/exposed bra and chest tattoo look seems to be a symbol of the series, appearing on the first 3 issues. Maybe it's someone else who isn't in this issue or something.

Art:

The art by Michael Dowling is fairly decent in general. It's nothing unusual, and can be a bit angular in places, but it's mostly alright. It has its high and low points, but it's fairly consistent.

The colouring, is mostly good. The colours chosen go with the art pretty well, and the panels with Verity turning invisible are well coloured, showing the combination of her colour and her surroundings.

However, whilst the colour choices are good, some of the application of the colours isn't quite as good. It's a bit blotchy in places, and has some textures and patterns that don't seem to go with the the art.

Story/Writing:

The first page gives us a quick recap of the first issue, and tells us that our 3 protagonists have been infected with G-Plus, a sexually transmitted disease that gives you superpowers, but only 6 months to live. It doesn't say where they got it from though. Upon being diagnosed, Weasel went back to recording music, Monty has "played up to the media" and had sex with a nun, and Verity is wandering depressed in the West End of London.

The issue starts with Weasel playing a gig from his window to a crowd of fans. He takes a phone call, learning that he can't see his son any more, and he angrily throws his guitar into the crowd, injuring a fan. Meanwhile, Verity is shown turning invisible and dripping acid, before being pursued and captured by what I assume is the army. Monty is questioned by the police about his whereabouts on a recent Saturday night, to which he responds with boasts about his sexual encounter with the nun, which is said by the police to be an alleged sexual assault. He "Jedi Mind Tricks" them into letting him go, he urinates in their teapot, and leaves, whilst they pour themselves a cup. Weasel wakes up naked on the floor with a girl who was seen earlier, and they are shown sinking through the floor, one of his powers. When the girl lets go of him, the power is interrupted and she is violently torn in half. Weasel calls a friend for help. Verity is shown waking up an island, and is told by an old woman to come for dinner at a nearby outpost. Weasels' friend Russ arrives, bringing the police with him, forcing Weasel to attack him, and flee.

The dialogue is mostly O.K., but there's a bit too much swearing and vulgar sexual remarks, mostly on the part of Monty and Weasel. I can't tell if we're supposed to like these characters, but for me, Monty and Weasel come across as almost completely unlikeable. Verity seems alright, but there isn't much of her to base an opinion on.

Other Things Worth Mentioning:

22 Pages of comic content for £3.99, with no advertising apart from on the back page.

There is a 1 page fictional magazine interview with Weasel. Seems like an O.K. thing to include if you wanted a little more back story on him.

There is a 5 page guide to making comic books by the writer Monty Nero. It seems kind of odd to me that someone, who according to the Comicvine wiki, has only had 2 full comics, and 2 2000AD stories published, would be in a position to write such a guide. It seems like that kind of thing would be better left to someone with more experience in the comic book industry. It suggests you drink a large whiskey before reading the guide to make it seem more entertaining. For the sake of giving the issue a fair review, I had vodka, as I don't have any whiskey. The guide wasn't entertaining for me, so either he was wrong, or it just specifically has to be whiskey to be entertaining.

Overall:

Overall, I didn't like it. The dialogue is kind of, maybe disgusting is too strong a word, but pretty much that. I found 2 of the protagonists unlikeable, and the third wasn't featured as much. The art was O.K., but not enough that I would buy a comic for it. The inclusion of the cutesy-hatted character on the cover but not in the interior is strange, and the comic making guide wasn't particularly interesting. This isn't a series I'm interested in reading more of, and it didn't live up to the reviews I saw. I have no idea what "Like the best parts of Watchmen" is supposed to mean in relation to this series. I think I'd have to give it a 2/5, but a low 2 (so 4/15).

So has anyone on here read this issue? What did you think of it?

I have one more runner-up review scheduled for this month. For the main October review, see here, and for a list of all the comics I've reviewed, see here.

Scarlotte.

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I Review The Lowest Selling Comic Of The Month: October 2013.

Hi Everyone.

The sales figures came in, I ordered my review comics, and they arrived today, so let's start looking at them.

The lowest selling comic of October 2013(according to Comichron.com) was A1 #5, from Titan Comics.

As usual, I'm not familiar with the series, and didn't do any research into it before reading this issue, just to see if it's new reader friendly. There may be small spoilers, but I'llblockthem just in case. Let's start with the cover.

Cover:

I should mention that this is an anthology comic featuring 3 separate stories, and there is a cover available for each one. This cover is the Carpe Diem cover, and is the one that I got. It's quite nicely drawn and coloured, and represents the Carpe Diem story pretty well. I like that it mentions the other stories too, as with 3 covers available, it seems like they could easily have dedicated the whole thing to a particular story, but mentioning the others does make it clear that it's an anthology.

Art:

In Weirding Willows, the art by Barnaby Bagenda, is kind of sketchy, but not too bad to look at. It works O.K. with the fantasy style of the story. The colours used by Ifansyah Noor and Y2Laud work with the art in but are a little odd looking in places, looking a bit smudged in some places, and too blocky in others.

The art in

Carpe Diem by Rhoald Marcellius, has a sort of cartoony way to it, but still with the main kind of look of a comic book. It's exaggerated designs capture the spirit of the slightly humourous way the story seems to be going for, and the characters are all very distinctive. The colours by Sakti Yuwono fit the art pretty well.

As for Odyssey, drawn by Garrie M. Gastonny, it's more the sort of thing you'd expect to see in a comic book. It's nicely drawn, and the colours, again by Sakti Yuwono look quite natural. It seems like the kind of art that could be seen in a comic from a bigger publisher. I don't know for sure if the main character is supposed to be like a Captain America copy, but if that's what they were going for, I think they did a pretty good job, as to me, it does look like an alternate universe version, or even the kind of thing he could wear in the 616 universe.

Story/Writing:

In Weirding Willows by David Elliott, the characters from The Wind In The Willows, all with human names for some reason, hear a gunshot and go to investigate, only to find that a dinosaur called Rozalind has been shot by a farmer. This greatly annoys Frankensteins' Monster, as he knew Rozalinds grandmother, so Alice Liddel gets revenge on the farmer by taking magic mushrooms that make her grow, and puts him on top of a tree. The animals apparently were able to hear the gunshot and come to investigate it, because they have magic glowing crystals. The issue ends with a scene of Mowgli discovering that his cellmate is a werewolf called Kamaria. She hasn't been restrained, and it's a full moon...

Carpe Diem by W.H. Rauf, begins with a koala called Jude finding the new Monday of a group of people named after the days of the week, dead in some kind of submarine hangar. It turns out he's a mole in their organisation, and was actually a pirate. The team assembles to go after some pirates, who they believe have captured their boss, Sir 8th Day. It turns out he's really being held by Sansama, and the team goes to fight his hordes. Some of Sansamas people sacrifice Sir 8th Day to a volcano, and a giant fiery beast rises from it.

In Odyssey, also by David Elliot, Blazing Glory is attending an Occupy Wall Street protest in order to protect innocent protesters. A man who works with the riot police, possibly a policeman or government agent called Patrick(or Sharky, who is apparently the son of a god), Hulks up in front of him, and they begin to fight. He sends the riot police into the crowd, as they appear to be after one person in particuar, or possibly his child.

I felt kind of lost with these stories, the first one in particular. There wasn't much I could pick up about the characters or previous stories in general, so I don;t think this is a very good jumping on point for the series. Perhaps because of them being 10 page stories there isn't as much chance to put in hints for new readers, so maybe these stories are the sort of thing that are best read from the start.

Other Things Worth Mentioning:

30 Pages of comic content for $3.99, which is pretty good.

All the advertising is left to the end, so there's none to interrupt the stories.

I think the 3 covers are available in equal numbers, so you can just choose whichever you prefer.

I can't figure out why it's called A1

Overall:

Overall I feel kind of indifferent about this issue. I didn't really like or dislike it, and it had good and bad points. I think the fact that I didn't feel this works having not read other issues lowers it's score a bit, so I think I'd have to give it a 2/5, but a high 2(which is like 6/15 to me). I feel like other people might like this more than I did, especially with prior reading.

So has anyone on here read this issue? What did you think of it?

By the way, I have 2 more October comics to review that weren't quite the lowest seller, and their reviews should be up some time in the next couple of weeks. :)

Scarlotte.

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I Review Low Seller Runners-Up: September 2013(Part 2).

Hi Everyone.

So this'll be the third and last September review, the second Runners-Up Review for this month.

The 403rd best selling comic of September 2013(according to Comichron.com) with 2,526 issues sold was Homecoming #4, from Aspen MLT.

As usual, I'm not familiar with the series, and didn't do any research into it before reading this issue, just to see if it's new reader friendly. There may be small spoilers, but I'llblockthem just in case. Let's start with the cover.

Cover:

I couldn't get the A cover, so I had to get this B cover(by Khary Randolph and Emilio Lopez). I think it makes sense for me to review the one I actually have, so that's what I'll do. There's not much to say about it really. It's nicely drawn, and coloured in a nice selection of purples. It almost gives off the feeling of a supernatural series, rather than the alien based one it seems to be.

The character portrayed here doesn't seem to match any of the characters in the comic. She looks most like the character Cole, but the outfit and hair look quite different. Maybe this is because it's basically a variant, and the artists have taken the opportunity to try something a little different.

Art:

The art byEmilio Laiso, is great throughout, and I think it wouldn't look out of place in a comic from one of the bigger publishers. The alien designs, and the use of powers are drawn well, and makes the story come to life.

The colours by Andrew Crossley are really rather good too, fitting the drawing well. Lighting seems to be a specialty of this colourist, as spotlights and headlights really shine, and throughout the issue, the sky gets gradually darker as it gets later into the night, and it's handled very subtley and shows the passing of time very well.

Story/Writing:

The thought bubbles of Jay Anne tell us that the group of characters(also including Cole, Paul and Hunter) in the issue have recently had an encounter with aliens, and their friend Celeste has been taken by them. During them setting up a party for "Homecoming Night"(is that a thing), Celeste returns, and transforms into an alien, and the team activate their powers, apparently gained from the previous alien encounter, and begin a fight with her. She eventually reverts back to human form, but Celestes Mother arrives on a spaceship leading a horde of aliens, and the team then battle them.

It ends with Celeste defeating her mother, or so she thought, as it turns out an alien was masquerading as her, whilst her real mothers whereabouts are unknown. The final shots show what looks like an alien lab somewhere, possibly implying that that's where Celeste real mother is?

By David Wohl, it's written and paced well, and does a pretty good job of explaining what has happened previously, making it quite new reader friendly. The ending work well, as I think having a climax with a hint at a future story is a good way to do things.

Other Thing Worth Mentioning:

Not much. There isn't any bonus content, unless you count a screenshot of a fictional U.F.O. website at the start. I can't quite tell if it's meant to be describing the events of previous issues.

20 pages of comic content for $3.99, with a few adverts throughout, much like any comic.

Apparently recent issues are celebrating 10 years of Aspen Comics, so happy birthday/anniversary Aspen. :)

Overall:

I liked it. It was well drawn, well coloured and well written, and I didn't feel too lost reading. I'm thinking of maybe catching up with the series, so I think it would be fair to give this issue a 4/5, and that's a strong 4.

So has anyone on here read this issue? What did you think of it?

For this months main review, see here.

For the first runner-up this month, see here.

For the list of all the comics I've reviewed, see here.

Look out for my October reviews, which should be coming soon after the sales figures become available. :)

Scarlotte.

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I Review Low Seller Runners-Up: September 2013(Part 1).

Hi Everyone.

So some months along with my review of the lowest selling comic of the month, I may get some other very low sellers to look at. This is one of those months.

The 408th best selling comic of September 2013(according to Comichron.com) with 2,315 issues sold was Liberator #3, from Black Mask Studios.

As usual, I'm not familiar with the series, and didn't do any research into it before reading this issue, just to see if it's new reader friendly. There may be small spoilers, but I'llblockthem just in case. Let's start with the cover.

Cover:

The cover(by Ben Templesmith) gives the impression that the subject matter will be fairly dark in tone with it's dark tones and cracked look(that almost looks like leather to me, which I can't work out whether that would make sense for this series, given the contents), and the tools hovering ominously. It looks pretty good.

The stencilled style of the logo and the words of the subtitle seems to suggest that the heroes of this title are street level and independent. Having read the issue, this is true, so that works.

Art:

The art is handled by a different artist than the cover(Javier Aranda), and while it doesn't look the same, it's not so different that it's a problem. It's generally good, and is quite consistent throughout. The choices and handling of colours(by Joaquin Pereyra)is mostly good, but perhaps uses the old style pointillism colouring a little often. I'm O.K. with this technique generally, but it looks a bit out of place in parts of this. Also, there's tartan on bags near the start that appears to have been pasted in, as it remains perfectly square and level despite the appearance of the object it's on. Not a big problem, but I'd prefer to see hand drawn colours in this situation.

The art sort of reminds me of Trevor McCarthys work(on Batwoman at least, the only thing I've read of his). It's not exactly the same, but it has a kind of similar way about it. Some of it may be the colour palette, and the use of pointillism, though Guy Major uses it a little more sparingly.

Story/Writing:

The issue follows a pair of animal rights activists called Jeanette(from the cover) and Damon, and starts out with them stealing(or should I say Liberating) rabbits from a laboratory, and after a close call with the police, Damon smashes a window of the lab, which Jeanette objects to. The issue shows their fight against those who harm animals, with Jeanette taking on a more peaceful route, whilst Damon takes a more hands on approach, damaging the property and shops of a mink farmer called Trapper McMartin.

The issue ends with what is presented as a startling discovery, showing a picture of McMartin with his nephew Randy Miller. I don't know who this is, so perhaps it was explained in a previous issue, or maybe the problem is that he's a policeman?

The dialogue is generally good, and the way it's written shows the contrast between Jeanette and Damon well, showing their different methods in working towards the same goal. There's some swearing in the issue despite not mentioning a "parental advisory" or "mature content", which I think applies to swearing, right? There's what I would say is a medium amount, though it's a little overused on the first page.

Other Things Worth Mentioning:

There is very little advertising in the issue, limited to the back cover, inside and out, so no interruption to the story. 24 Pages of comic content for $3.50.

There's a one page Lil' Liberator by Sean Von Gorman, which is kind of cute. Is it just me, or is there a lot of cutesy versions of comic characters about at the moment?

There's also a pin-up of Jeanette by Megan Hutchison, and a one page prose account of an anti-whaling mission with the Sea Shepherd by Laura Dakin. It's an interesting story actually.

This comic series was apparently funded via Kickstarter.

Overall:

I thought it was pretty good. I didn't know comics about animal rights activism were a thing, but I suppose they can be about anything really. As a new reader, I understood what was going on, though it does seem like previous reading could have been helpful. I would maybe consider reading more. I think I'd give it a 3/5, but a high 3.

So has anyone on here read this issue? What did you think of it?

For this months main review, see here.

For the list of all the comics I've reviewed, see here.

Look out for part 2 for another runner up for this month, Homecoming #4, in maybe a week. :)

Scarlotte.

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