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Black Science Vol. One!

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An Atomic Moo Comic Book Review

Okay, El Moochadores, I know WonderCon is well into the past, but I still got a stack of really great stuff from the con that I want to post about. So, let’s do that…

A few weeks back I posted about one of three graphic novels (East of West) that I picked up at the Image booth. Since then, I have had a chance to read the other two graphic novels and… Wow. What the hell happened to Image? For years I thought of them as the lesser end of the major comic book publishers triangle, but holy shit are they making some great comics now! So, tonight I’m going to be very enthusiastically reviewing my copy of Black Science!

Well, “review” is kind of a stretch. It’s more like me telling any of our blog readers, this book is awesome and they need to buy it. Here’s why: Like East of West, Black Science takes comic book fans somewhere else. In the story sense, almost literally. The story, by Rick Remender (writer), and Matteo Scalera and Dean White (artist),RightImage is almost like a better version of Lost in Space. Scientist Grant McKay has invented “the Pillar”, a breakthrough device that transports people to other (infinite) realities. Of course, there’s a screw up and now McKay and his team are lost in the “Eververse” (I love that term), searching for a way home.

From the very first page this book has a pulse. It’s action packed and plays hard with a part of theoretical physics I’ve always loved. I think its also great that I read this comic at just about the same time I discovered Rick and Morty. Not that the two have anything in common (Rick and Morty can get way darker…), but this brand of weird science is made all the better by some incredible art work and interesting twist on the “what if” of pan-dimensional America. Also, and I don’t know if this is the best time to bring this up, but every graphic novel I got was priced at just $10.00 ($8.00 for the digital version). These are awesome comic books priced way better then anything being put out by Marvel and DC. When did Image get this good!?

Anyways, if you’re interested in a unique read I highly recommend Black Science. It’s a chance to get away from the normal comic book stories about mutant guys and gals in yellow spandex and enjoy some fantastic science fiction!

Check out a few sample pages below along with the official synopsis (way better than mine), then wander on down to your local book or comic book store and pick up a copy for yourself.

Science bitches!

Anarchist scientist Grant McKay has done the impossible! Using the Pillar, he has punched a hole through the barriers between dimensions, allowing travel to all possible universes. But now Grant and his team are trapped in the folds of infinity, the Pillar sending them careening through a million universes of unimaginable adventure, sanity-flaying danger and no way home… – See more at: https://imagecomics.com/comics/releases/black-science-vol.-1-how-to-fall-forever-tp#sthash.p9dRsJe4.dpuf

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East of West: Volume One

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An Atomic Moo Comic Book Review

One of things I enjoy most about attending a large comic book convention, like WonderCon, is the chance to pick up new comics and graphic novels. Sometimes at a discounted price to boot! Well, this year we swung by the Image Comics booth and I picked up three interesting titles (Nowhere Men, East of West, and Black Science), which I plan to review as part of our ongoing, post-WonderCon 2016 coverage.

I don’t think any of these are recent publications. That is to say, I think these comics have been around at least a few years, and all are currently available in book stores, but this is my first time reading them, and honestly I thought all three titles were excellent reads. So, this may not be so much a review, as a: “holy shit! I really liked this! Go check it out” – type of post.

First up is East of West Vol. One (2015) by Jonathan Hickman (writer), and Nick Dragotta (artist), with Frank Martin and Rus Wooton doing the colors and letters.15842658._SX540_ East of West in an alternate world story where another future reality, and biblical mythology, cross paths in a brutally violent way. It begins with the three of the four horsemen of the apocalypse awakening to discover their brother, Death, has abandoned them for a life on a future Earth (Sometime around 2040, I think) where America is divided into seven different nations, and still very much like the wild west. However, Death’s life on this Earth goes to shit when a group of world leaders got together and killed Death’s wife, then stole his child. Now, the three horsemen are killing their way across the country to find Death, who has also set out on a killing spree against the people who did him wrong. Lot of killing in this graphic novel.

Okay, that probably wasn’t the best synopsis of this first volume, but that’s why I’m encouraging you to go read it. I really enjoyed East of West, and although I’m not very found of storiesYou-wanted-endtimes that assume an alternate society will stay static in one period of history (like this one does with a predominantly western style), the brutal world presented here works great with the merciless characters, like Death, who storm through entire armies to get at the guys who need murdering! Not that I’m all that into violence, but artist Nick Dragotta did a great job illustrating this story, which also has quite a few great surprises. In fact the whole story was kind of surprisingly good. When I first started reading it, I wasn’t sure I’d enjoy it. What with the bible tie in, the murdering children, and that weird horse thing Death rides, but somehow Hickman made it all work, and I can’t wait to pick up Vol. 2 – at the next con…

Check out a few sample images below. My scanner is pretty much dead, so I had to pull these images from the web. For more information about East of West visit Image Comics online.

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The Atomic Moocast #110!

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Bigfoot Returns!

Finally! We’re back El Moochadores and we’ve got a damn fine episode for you! For episode #110 we’re joined by comic creator Josh Henaman! Josh is the creator of Bigfoot: Sword of the Earthman!Bigfoot and he’s back on the show with some big news about his comic. Huge! Sword of the Earthman (as if you already didn’t know) is the epic saga of a lone Sasquatch who travels to a distant and barbarian world to find the forces of evil! Bigfoot, sword fights, and the forces of evil! What else could you want from a comic!?

So, let us not squander valuable seconds that could otherwise be spent Moocasting, folks! Now’s the time to plug in, relax and enjoy! Hurry up and get yourself a cool fizzy soda! Hurry (now!) and find that comfy chair. Then relax your ear wholes for the warm audio oozings of the best damn podcast your friends don’t know about!

Enjoy!

Free music used by the Atomic Moo cast is royalty free and was created and composed by Kevin MacLeod and can be found at Incompetech.com. Please support this site!

Songs used:

  • Funk Game Loop
  • As I Figure
  • Who Likes to Party
  • Fast Talkin

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The Untamed #1: A Sinner’s Prayer!

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An Atomic Moo Comic Book Review!

A long while back, we were at a comic con (…not sure which one) and some very nice creators gave us a copy of their comic to review. I then took that comic home and put it in “the Pile” with every intention of reviewing it. However; like most things that go into my con-review pile, this comic was quickly swallowed and became a part of the ever growing mountain of comics, promo cards, and posters, that sits next to my computer. d’oh. Then, we attended C4 in Ventura, where we again met these really nice comic creators who, once again, gave me a copy of their comic to read and review — and that comic went into the pile. D’oh! And it probably would have stayed there to for all eternity too, but (to my credit) I’ve been chipping away at this (actually large) geeky stalagmite, and I came across both issues! Ha! So here we go folks! Let’s take a look at The Untamed! Alt Cover

Written by Sebastian A. Jones and illustrated by Peter Bergting; The Untamed is part of Stranger Comics’s world of Asunda. It’s supernatural fantasy about a man who’s returned to the town of Oasis to seek revenge on the people who murdered his wife and daughter. He has seven days to kill seven people responsible for his down fall and a chance to earn his freedom from… something! I bet it’s the devil. Not trying to spoil things (and I really don’t know), but this totally sounds like a devil sort of thing. Anyways…

The comic features incredibly cool art work (inside art by Bergting, with cover art by Hyoung Taek Nam) paired with a story that does of good job of successfully marrying Clint Eastwood’s High Plains Drifter with Conan (Barbarian, not talk show host). A sword swinging stranger wanders into a town of baddies hell bent on revenge is always a great story (well, we’ll exclude any of the Crow sequels from that statement…). Mix in some magic, elves, and what I think was Charon at the beginning: good stuff! As far as any criticism or feed back goes; I think the comic could have used a little bit more exposition in it’s narrative, but then again maybe that would have given too much away. I was only able to read the first issue of seven, all of which can be found in a graphic novel now. Overall though, a very enjoyable comic and worth a reading to the indie comic lovers out there!

I’ve posted a couple of sample pages below, along with the comics proper synopsis. For more information about the Untamed please visit the Stranger comics website, where you can also purchase all seven issues or the graphic novel! Go get it!

Keen.

A cloaked Stranger slips into the rustic Town of Oasis, changing things forever. Ten years it has been since he ran this town with malice and harshness. Even then, there was hope for his soul. His wife and daughter were on the verge of turning him from wickedness. But they were murdered, and so was he. Now he has returned, hell-bent on killing.

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Atomic Moo Comic Review: Number Cruncher

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These last few years my beliefs have become more atheistic. All the b.s. I was taught in Sunday school just doesn’t make much sense, and I haven’t heard much else that does. Still, I tend to hope there is something more to this life than what there appears to be. It just seems like a damn shame to acquire a life-worth of experience, skill, and knowledge to have it all fade out into a void. I’m not exactly sure where I’m going with all this… I think this electronic trance music I’m listening to is having a strange effect on me, and this graphic novel Titan sent us to review has got me thinking about this sort of stuff.

The book is called Number Cruncher, a four issue series that’s been crunched (get it???) into one book. Written by Si Spurrier and drawn by PJ Holden. Alright, this is where I hit a roadblock, because I’m not sure how to describe this story. So I guess I’ll let Titan do that for me and post he synopsis below:

Dying young, a brilliant Mathematician discovers a way to cheat the terrifying Divine Calculator. He schemes to be endlessly reincarnated in the life of the woman he loves, no matter how often the violent bailiffs of the Karmic Accountancy cut short each life. It falls to one such Karmic agent – the surly Bastard Zane – to put a stop to the time-twisting romance once and for all, before the Mathematician can pull-off his greatest trick and escape Existential Justice forever!

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Atomic Moo Comic Review: Max Payne 3 The Complete Series and Assassin’s Creed: Hawk

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So Titan sent us a couple more graphic novels to review, based on popular video game series Max Payne and Assasin’s Creed. Unfortunately I’ve never played either, but I did promise Trog I would read through them both. Sorry, I’m not much of a gamer (although I’ve been getting disturbingly addicted to Team Fortress 2 lately… DAMN YOU VALVE!), and I feel like I’m going into this pretty half-assed. Having said that, here we go….

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Atomic Moo Comic Review: Marada The She Wolf

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Damn, I never know how to begin these things. Maybe if I had a fully functional brain right now, that wasn’t hopped up on cookie dough and Monster energy drinks, this would be easier. I guess I should just dive into it and do our review of Marada the She Wolf. Trog got this fromTitan a couple weeks ago, but since he’s already got a pretty full plate of books to review, he passed it over to me. Honestly, I enjoyed it. The book contains three adventure stories of Marada, and her young companion Arianrhod (not really sure how to pronounce that), written by Chris Claremont (Uncanny X-Men) and illustrated by John Bolton (Books of Magic).

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Atomic Moo Comic Review: Guns A’Blazin! Book One: Runnin’ With the Devil

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I’m not sure if I picked this issue up at the SoCal Comic Con or Comikaze (I believe it was the SoCal con), but after reading a stack of independents I picked up at the two conventions I thought I should review this one first. It’s Guns A’Blazin! The Gunpowder Edition, Book One: Runnin’ With the Devil. Published by Atomic Basement, created by Mike Wellman (Writer) and Rafael Navarro (Artist).

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Atomic Moo Comic Review: The Dark Hours

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Hey El Moochadors! Last Sunday I was able to attend the So Cal Comic-Con in Oceanside, California. I wasn’t able to stay too long, but I did make a pass through looking for some nifty pieces of geek-art and independent comics. Honestly there was some great stuff there. Unfortunately I didn’t have any time this week to post about it, but I hope over the weekend I can share some of the awesome things that I found.

Anyhow, I wanted to start with The Dark Hours by BLB Media. I spotted this cool looking black and white issue towards the back of the con, had a brief chat with one of the writers and illustrator (Kyle Roberts), and picked up an issue signed by both him and the other writer (B. Luciano Barsuglia). Over this past week I’ve had the opportunity to go through it a couple times (mostly on my lunch break), and I have to say that I enjoyed it. Below is a brief synopsis on their website about the issue:

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Atomic Moo Comic Review: Devil May Cry: The Chronicles of Virgil

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I have no idea where to begin on this one… This is another graphic novel Titan sent to us, which again I’m grateful for because I ended spending over $150.00 on my car this weekend (you know we could all have more money for comics and other bullshit if we could just get off our asses and invent those Star Trek transporters already). Anyhow, unfortunately I’m not familiar at all with the Devil May Cry franchise. I’ve never played the video games, and I’ve never read any other comics based on these characters (if there are any). So I’m not sure how good of a review I can give this book, Devil May Cry: The Chronicles of Virgil.

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