Thursday, May 14, 2015
Winterworld Graphic Novel review
Winterworld is a frozen, sci-fi thriller that was initially released in the late 80's. Jorge Zaffino’s art is stunning, creating expressions with movie-like detail and precision. IDW compiles this masterpiece along with the never-before-published sequel, WinterSea, for the first time. Winterworld is full of seedy characters that are willing to do anything to survive on a world that has been frozen over a new ice age. The main character, Scully, is a good guy under his tough-as-nails exterior. Scully immediately reminded me of Robert Redford upon first glance. The desperate new way of life is violently demonstrated by a life and death struggle between Scully and an unruly band of traders that look like frozen zombies. Scully’s life is saved by his pet wolverine, Rahrah, and a young girl named Wynn. The new threesome become slaves and they are marched into a heated baseball stadium called The Farm. An army of armed men have converted the ballpark into a hidden paradise full of fresh fruit and vegetables. The men capture any outside of their domain and enslave them to work the huge farm. Scully’s nomadic life has found new purpose as he focuses on rescuing his friend, Gwynn, from The Farm. After siding with the warlord Bigbite, a chief that looks like Prince Vultan from Flash Gordon, Scully plans a raid of The Farm with Bigbite and his men. Scully reunites with Wynn and they manage to escape the melee as the epic battle for The Farm begins. WinterSea proves to be well worth the wait, as the story closes in the same brutal and suspenseful style as the original series.
Special Thanks goes out to Queen City Bookstore and Artvoice Newspaper.
Thursday, May 7, 2015
Ministry of Space is a fascinating graphic novel that documents an alternate/what if? history following World War II. Warren Ellis delivers some of his best work with an excellent, conceptual story that resembles The Right Stuff. His inclusion of Winston Churchill and Dr. Wernher von Braun adds a sense of realism to this jolly good piece of historical fiction. The seamless blending of fact and fiction results in a narrative that is highly believable and realistic. The artwork of Chris Weston is beautifully intricate and highly convincing, so much so that you may believe his rockets and space ships actually exist. The coloring of Laura Martin is so vivid and realistic that the images jump off the pages. The Nazi V-2 rocket bomb and a British version of the United States secret project, Operation Paperclip, are used as a starting point to kick off a bloody good story about the post-war space race. The story is told through the eyes of a ruthless, egotistical pilot who lacks basic moral values. His life is consumed with a patriotic ambition to bring the British Empire back to its former glory. No expense is spared and nothing is considered sacred in the name of King and Country. British pioneering advances include launching the first manned spacecraft, building several operative space stations, landing on the moon in 1960, building a base on Mars in 1969 and even landing on Saturn. All of this groundbreaking innovation is funded by a black budget that is cloaked in mystery until the very end of the story. Ministry of Space is an imaginative page-turner that any history buff will have a hard time putting down.
Special thanks to Artvoice Newspaper and Queen City Bookstore.