The Saga Continues…

In 2012 an independent comic entered the scene, simply titled Saga. Which I discovered in 2014 – and it rocked my world….

Well, okay, nothing quite so dramatic, but it did jump to the very top of my Favorite Comics list right then and there, forcing a reluctant Superior Spider-Man to a close but still second position. So, what’s that all about?

Story

Alana and Marco are star-crossed lovers in more than one sense. Not only do they have to fight for and defend their love and their small family against all kinds of enemies, but they themselves come from different planets – planets which have been at war for generations.

From the moment their romance starts they have to keep it a secret, for by entering into their relationship they have mixed races, families and traditions – all of which during a time of war between their planets. As soon as they elope and have a baby girl, they have to be even more careful for it doesn’t take long before several people are after them, and most want them dead rather than alive.

 The challenges young parents face…

The first 18 issues, collected in three trade paperback volumes, take us on a gripping adventure, an epic ride that reminded me of Star Wars, Romeo & Juliette and even Farscape – for its grit and down-to-earth dialogue. The occasional narrator stringing the story together is Hazel, the aforementioned baby girl, always recognizable by a subtle but distinct lack of thought bubbles around her thoughts.

You should be warned though, this comic can be very explicit and has a 17+ only rating. Please take that seriously and do not leave it lying around where your young children can find it. (Also: don’t read it in the subway or your doctor’s waiting room…) For instance, there are some sexual scenes, there’s some graphic violence and horror elements, an F-bomb here and there, and now and again we witness intimate experiences like giving birth. Or losing a limb. (Which of the two is the scariest I leave entirely up to the reader to decide…)
Sometimes issues open with a splash page of such a scene, surprising the crap out of the unsuspecting reader. So there, consider yourselves warned.

No lack of blood & guts either…

Personally, I did not find this explicitness offensive or gratuitous, because I think it really fits the story well, a solid context is always provided and it simply shows us human (or in this case humanoid) life in all of its facets, taking into account the good, the bad and the ugly. The fact that there are also expressly implicit scenes, where the camera angle discretely looks away while the rest of a scene is left to the reader’s imagination, for me confirms that the occasional explicit scene is not uncalled for and adds to the rich tapestry of this space opera. I don’t know for sure but I also think the fact that the artist is a woman automatically makes me interpret the explicit scenes as non-lascivious or at the very least far less lewd. I know, ridiculous, but there you have it. Plus, most (though not all) of the sexual scenes are between married couples, or couples in serious relationships – which in this day and age could be considered refreshing. Nevertheless, if images of either violence, nudity, birth, blood or sexuality (hetero- and homo-) are something you’d rather avoid, you really should not read this comic.

All of that being said, the elements that cause the 17+ rating are definitely not the main plot device of the story. I was truly swept off of my feet by this comic, which I find touching, funny, exciting, refreshingly original and genuinely human. The art by Fiona Staples is exceptional, with beautiful colors and brilliantly rendered facial expressions. I truly hope she never ever leaves this book.

Writer Brian K. Vaughan knows how to tell a story in which you can really immerse yourself. It’s completely character-driven, with almost mundane character interactions against an engrossing, epic background of grand and mythic proportions, the combination of which I find riveting. Vaughan has invented a very rich tapestry of alien races and their respective societal structures, but no matter how alien they look, they all seem to have one thing in common – also the thing that makes this saga truly relatable to the reader: they all behave totally humanly.

Fascinatingly strange alien royalty

In doing so Vaughan has come up with a very smart way to explore different aspects of humanity. He shows us the entire spectrum of human behavior: from the amazingly good to the gruesomely sinful and evil, and everything in between. This makes for a captivating story with interesting characters and it challenges us to look into the mirror and ask ourselves: how truly alien are these aliens of the Saga story anyway, aren’t they really a lot like, I don’t know, me…?

Two aliens having a very human conversation

Vaughan also runs a hilarious Letters section in the back of the comic by the way, so whatever you do, do not skip that.

Buy/Borrow/Skip

Although I am truly, head-over-heels in love with this comic, I do recommend you borrow it first; in other words, start slowly with just issue 1, mostly to test whether you want to deal with some of its explicitness.

As for me personally, I give it a solid 10/10 for quality, and 9/10 for relevance!

After a short hiatus Vol. 4 of Saga continued with issue #19; issue #23 was released September 24, 2014. Saga is creator-owned and published monthly by Image Comics.

Don’t forget, there’s a comment section, so… share a thought! 😉

Superior Spider-Man, issue #… 32?!

Back in May I was still lamenting the fact that Dan Slott’s Superior Spider-Man had ended after only 31 issues. It had been a truly awesome run, with an ending in which Doc Ock hands the webslinger’s spandex back to Peter Parker – facilitating a smooth transition into the new Amazing Spider-Man series. And although Slott’s continuing on as the new series’ creator guaranteed quality writing, I still missed Doc Ock’s very unique interpretation of superheroism and how to control the evil elements in his city.
Above: Superior Spider-Man #8 – Otto can fix this!

As it turns out, this month is my lucky month and Marvel seems to have read my previous blog post (which they would, of course). For there it was, amidst the new comics issues of Wednesday, August 6th: Superior Spider-Man #32!
I had no idea how this would be possible, since the rebooted Amazing Spider-Man left no room whatsoever for Doc Ock to take over once again. I dreaded a scenario where Octavius would perhaps take another body and be a second Spider-Man. Nevertheless, since Dan Slott was still its creator, I decided to take the risk and dive in.

And boy did this comic exceed my expectations – again!  🙂
Slott very niftily found a little time slot (no pun intended) in Superior Spider-Man #19 that could be transformed into a multiverse story, creating room for an entire set of new web slinging adventures by Doc Ock. For although it’s only been one issue as of yet, it’s very clear from the plot that as long as Octavius travels these parallel universes and different dimensions, there’s really no limit to the number of stories. Hence, Superior Spider-Man does not have to end after all! Which makes my smile so big it hardly fits my face anymore.

Story (incl. some mild spoilers)

During the explosion in #19 Superior Spidey is warped to another timeline, and he finds himself in the year 2099. The same year the future Spider-Man he had encountered before is from and who is now trapped in our time.

Doc Ock of course starts bossing everyone around again pretty much immediately after arriving in the future, focussing on building a time machine to return to his own time as soon as possible. He succeeds in building the device fairly quickly (antagonizing approximately every major person or company in town while doing it – ah, Superior Spidey, I’m soooo glad you’re back 🙂 ), giving it an interface that looks like his beloved Anna Maria, and he starts a series of time jumps in hopes of finding his own dimension.

Although finding the right time line seems harder than he had anticipated, he does take notice of his surroundings. He discovers that several of his multiverse counterparts have been killed by what seems to be one and the same foe. Octavius concludes that this enemy must therefore be traveling the multiverse as well, and it doesn’t take long before he decides to gather an army (of course he would 🙂 ) of “parallel” Spider-Men. With their help – and under his leadership – he wants to battle and defeat this multi-dimensional enemy that threatens their entire existence.

Buy/Borrow/Skip

Can there be any other conclusion? BUY of course!

Once again Slott seems to be entirely in his element now that he’s back in the saddle writing this refreshingly original character of his. It’s obvious he’s enjoying himself, and that translates to the pages. The plot is exciting, the dialogues sharp and snarky, and his true love for Anna Maria is once again moving even though she isn’t even really there. Surely this new storyline promises a wealth of juicy Superior Spider-Man adventures! Or, as Marvel has dubbed it:

The road to Spider-Verse starts here.

I don’t know about you, but I’m looking forward to traveling that road right along with them 🙂

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Comics review: Is the Superior Spider-Man really superior?

In case you’re threatening to go totally TLDR on me 😉 , an audio version of this review is available as well! Just scroll right down to the very end of this post, where you’ll find it as a podcast entry for the Spiritblade Underground Podcast. The specific podcast episode that features this review was ‘up’ as of May 3, 2014, which I’ll link to here, but as stated you can also find the isolated review at the bottom of this post – with some background illustrations from the comic!

The Superior Spider-Man is a new series and part of the Marvel Now universe, following right after #700 of the previous volume, The Amazing Spider-Man.

Spider-Man has never been my favorite superhero. The movies with Toby Maguire were kind of okay I guess, but definitely no more than that, although I have to admit I really do like the new movie franchise with Andrew Garfield playing the webslinging hero.

It’s especially the Spidey comics however that were never able to grab me. Whenever I encountered him in other Marvel titles, I found Peter Parker (and his superhero alias) too “teenagey”, often childish even. Frankly to me he bordered on an annoying do-gooder who consistently failed to hold my interest for more than one comic.

I had heard that with the new Marvel Now relaunch/reboot/reimagining (take your pick) there had been a significant change to Spidey: in his new title The Superior Spider-Man it was no longer Peter Parker but his arch-enemy Dr. Octopus who donned the webbed costume!

Now I hadn’t read any issues of the previous title The Amazing Spider-Man except for the Fear Itself tie-in issues, so I didn’t know the origin of this storyline firsthand, but it seemed that Otto Octavius – a.k.a. Dr. Octopus – had switched bodies with Peter Parker, leaving Peter’s mind inside his own dying body while starting a new life himself in Peter’s younger, stronger body. I kept hearing people talk enthousiastically about it on several of the podcasts I’ve subscribed to, with comments ranging from “It’s on the top of my monthly reading list” to “That is one consistently awesome title”.

Then I read the first issues of Mighty Avengers, an Infinity event tie-in, and encountered this new Superior Spider-Man, for the first time. Despite everything, I really liked him! This was no longer the annoying do-goody teenager, but an arrogant mystery guy in a well-known superhero suit, with no clear boundary between good and evil and with a taunting manner that annoyed the crap out of the other superheroes – which added a lot of humor for me as as a reader.

So, long story short, I decided to go and read this Superior Spider-Man after all. Right now I’ve binge-read the entire series, so issues #1-31!

Story

Doctor Octopus had always been a super villain, but it seems that when he transferred his mind into Peter Parker’s body, there were some superheroic residuals there. Ock now not only has Peter’s memories, experiences and reflexes but also a sense of morality that is new to him but that he can’t resist. He now actually wants to be one of the good guys, a real hero that fights the villains and protects the people.

Doc Ock has not actually become Peter of course, so he’s still arrogant and megalomanic and still has all of his own memories and experiences as well. Hence his ambition to be a superior Spider-Man: not only does he want to improve on the former Spider-Man’s performance and efficiency, he also demands a better life for his civilian alterego Peter Parker. Of course what exactly Doc Ock defines as “better” is somewhat colored. It doesn’t take long before he bosses everyone around, has his own minions and is dangerously close to becoming the city’s very own Big Brother due to his Spider-bots.

An extra plot thread is that Peter Parker has not entirely disappeared: a tiny whisp of him, of which it’s not clear whether it’s his soul, his mind or just an imprint of his memory, still hides inside Peter’s physical brain. This “virtual Peter” is fully conscious and aware, but not able to communicate with his body’s thief Dr. Octopus. He seems fated to watch and undergo everything Doc Ock says and does, powerless to do anything about it. Peter however is not one to give up that easily, which adds yet another layer of interest for the reader.

Likes

Writer Dan Slott heads off to a very interesting start by consistently portraying this new shady version of Spider-Man as a very different kind of Wall Crawler, while at the same time showing and developing different aspects of his character in each issue. What I particularly like about Superior Spidey, is that the story is mostly character driven. Of course there are the thrilling action scenes, a lot of web-slinging and breaking of heads and even the building of a private Spider army, but in the end these are just a colorful background to the development of this new Spider-Man’s character. While he is still Dr. Octopus and still wants to rule the world, he now wants to do it by solving crime, in order to keep the people safe. Of course he goes about this in a way that is at best a mixture of good and evil methods. Meanwhile, he really respects aunt May and improves on his relationship with her – something Peter had been neglecting. Also, he applies himself to Peter’s studies and not only gains himself a doctorate, but also starts his own company, Parker Industries. And last but not least – while on the one hand his relationship with the Avengers grows more and more strenuous, he falls in love!

The beauty of this budding relationship with Anna Maria, who he meets during his renewed studies, is that it is entirely authentic, true and pure. Peter – or rather, Doc Ock – always makes time for her, even if she calls him on a particularly inconvenient moment – like a fight against a super villain team. When she’s crying, he immediately comes running, anxious to fix whatever might be wrong. When aunt May asks Anna Maria some inappropriate and hurtful questions, Peter – or actually, Otto –  defends her passionately, and rightly so. In short, Anna Maria may well be the one true chance he has of showing his true heroic, good side, and theirs is a great and moving romance.

Dislikes

I have only one rather big beef with this comic: it has ended waaaaaay too soon! I mean, only 31 issues of awesomeness? Come on!! 😦

Buy/Borrow/Skip

To answer the question in the title: Yes, this Spider-Man is definitely superior – at least, for me, as a reader! 🙂

The Superior Spider-Man is a laugh-out-loud hilarious, exciting, surprisingly satisfying read, that I heartily recommend to everyone who’s in the market for something refreshingly original. It has very quickly become one of my favorite comics, it’s consistently awesome, it’s a perfect jumping-on point for new Spider-Man readers and I’m now definitely going to try The Amazing Spider-Man’s newly rebooted title! Issue #1 has been released April 30, 2014 🙂

I give the entire Superior Spider-Man run a Quality score of 9.5/10 and a Relevance score of 7/10.

And here’s the audio version of this review for the Spiritblade Underground Podcast – with some background illustrations 😉 :

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Comic tip: Pacific Rim – Tales from Year Zero

Recently I discovered a graphic novel which is kind of a prequel to the Pacific Rim movie, which I thought I’d share with you all for it’s a great read. Pacific Rim – Tales from Year Zero was published in close collaboration with the movie’s creators, which is great: some of its most important characters are in the graphic novel, and of course the Kaiju and Jaeger designs are very recognizable as well. Nevertheless, the writers used background stories to the movie that were never filmed, but were originally created to give more substance to the movie’s universe. Thanks to this graphic novel, much of this unknown extra material is now available to us as well.

The graphic novel contains 52 pages of world-building short stories. I’m not going to summarize the stories, for that’s near impossible without spoilers. What I can do however is give an example of the kind of background story you will get: the drifting phenomenon that we got to see in te movie – the neurological connection between two people and a Jaeger – is explained more elaborately in the graphic novel, for instance in the two panels below:

Still, every piece of background information is woven into a a real story, making it a true graphic novel, instead of, say, a compendium.

Recommendation

Even though this prequel is by no means essential to understanding the movie Pacific Rim, I’m genuinely recommending it to you. The stories are well-told with quality artwork and they really enhance your knowledge and understanding of this movie’s world. Plus, they may be short stories, they still belong together as parts of a bigger whole.

In short, it’s a great graphic novel, which I found worth the read. As a bonus, you get to enjoy the movie and it’s characters a little longer! 🙂

So what do you think, will you give this graphic novel a try? Let me know in the comment section below!

Valiant’s new Archer and Armstrong

This review is also available as a podcast contribution to Spiritblade Underground podcast, a podcast aimed at christian geeks, available through iTunes or go to The Spirit Blade Underground Podcast Home Page.
Click HERE for my Archer and Armstrong audio review on episode 300 of this podcast, go to 25:18 minutes.
Or click the video below.

It’s been only about two years since I started reading comics, and since it was actually the Green Lantern movie that really got me started, I’ve primarily been a DC Comics girl, with a whiff of Marvel thrown into the mix to add some variety. But lately, with all the relaunches and soft reboots that have been going on at both DC Comics and Marvel, my usual batch of comics have been lacking some important traits that had kept me interested up until that point. Long story short, I ditched a number (but not all) of my usual titles and started looking “elsewhere”. Since I’d been hearing a lot of enthousiastic reports and reviews about “the new Valiant”, a comics publisher that had relaunched as recently as May 2012 under the name Valiant Entertainment, I decided to try some of their titles. Starting with Archer & Armstrong

Who?

Archer and Armstrong – a duo I knew literally nothing about when I opened issue #1. I didn’t know that there used to be a “previous Valiant universe” (by Valiant Comics, 1989-2004) in which an original Archer & Armstrong duo had their adventures. Nor did I know any of the creative team, which I think is somewhat excusable (…) given my fairly short history as a comics reader. So this new comic introduced me to writer Fred van Lente and (for the first six issues) artist Clayton Henry – and as introductions go, this one was great!

Story

Obadiah Archer, 18 years old, has been raised by his adoptive parents – who, by the way, also turn out to be leaders of an ancient sect – to be a well-trained fighter. He’s sent to what he’s been taught to be a modern day Babylon – New York City, to hunt down and kill what he believes to be a demon. He soon finds that this “great satan” is actually Armstrong, a fun-loving, hard-drinking immortal. Together they discover a centuries-old worldwide conspiracy involving not only Archer’s family sect but also several other branches of one large ancient cult.

Of course the future of the entire modern day Valiant Universe depends on their actions and decisions to survive the past’s greatest threat…

Likes

First of all, what a great sense of adventure, humor and excitement is hidden in this gem of a comic! I’ve caught myself laughing out loud several times, which for a comic, is a great feat.

Second, the summaries at the beginning of each issue are great! It’s not just the fact that there are summaries (contrary to DC comics, whose refusal to add plot summaries I find greatly annoying), but they are a must read just for the way they are written! Even though a large part of the summarized stories is the same every week, Van Lente finds a way to summarize them uniquely with every issue. Plus, some of them are even humorous!

Furthermore, writer Van Lente has done a great job of incorporating just enough chunks of actual conspiracy theories and religious sectarian beliefs to grab my attention even more. For instance, I’d done some reading on Dominionism, a belief that many Christians consider to be heretical, and I recognized elements of that belief system in Archer’s family sect’s doctrines. Add to that hints of modern day theories on the Illuminati and the New World Order, and you get the idea. A job well done by Van Lente, for he’s kept it “comicy” nonetheless, by also adding his own fantasy and ideas into the mix. Suffice it to say, I ate that thing up! 🙂

…well, here’s an original take on the one percent and the financial crisis in the Euro zone! And of course there’s mention of some freemasons too 🙂

Also, although there are definitely undertones of ridiculing the Sect’s beliefs, Archer himself is portrayed as very serious, and committed to what he thinks the bible teaches – and as a Christian reader I can go along with that: for although I suspect Van Lente doesn’t necessarily agree with a Christian world view and may even view some of it as far-fetched as the Sect’s dogmas, Archer himself at least doesn’t know that his beliefs are not biblical at all. Seeing him trying his best to be as good as he believes a person should be, therefore immediately wins him the reader’s sympathy.

Another plus is the fact that although this is not a superhero comic as such, it sort of is anyway. For along the way Archer learns he has the special ability of perception, which in his case means he only has to see a certain skill practised once to be able to master it himself. And by skill, you can think for instance different fighting skills, to name the first thing that comes to mind. Now that is a special ability that comes in handy in many a dire situation! And then of course there’s Armstrong, not only big and strong, but also a 10,000 years old immortal! So yeah, there’s definitely some superheroical overtones… 😉

Last but not least: great writing overall, with lots of action advancing the plot.

Outrageous adventure, check. Humor, check.

It also has themes of friendship, loyalty, love and of course the great question: what is good and what is evil, and how can we tell them apart?

In short, I just can’t get enough of this comic and can’t wait till the next issue is out.

Dislikes

I’ve really got no big issues with this comic. There’s one remark I would make, that could only be qualified as neutral, definitely not as a negative. This pertains to the artwork: on the one hand the artists of this series do a great job of overall visual storytelling and they also convey facial expressions very well. However, on the other hand, it lacks a certain “wow factor” for me. It’s good, but not stunning. Hence the neutral.

Buy/Borrow/Skip

I give this comic a Quality score of 9/10 and a Relevance score of 9/10. So yeah, I say Buy this baby, like, instantly!

Are you reading any of the new Valiant comics? Which one(s) and what is your opinion on them? Please like, subscribe and share your thoughts here!

Graphic novel: Superman Earth One (vol. 2)

The graphic novel Superman Earth One (vol. 1) was published in 2010 but I only recently discovered it. Oh, how I loved it! Therefore, I was even happier to discover that DC Comics had apparently decided to publish a second volume in 2012, which meant I could get another Earth One Superman fix!

Volume 1 – cover

Superman Earth One – Volume 2 does not disappoint! I guess in great part because its creative team is the same as in Volume 1: acclaimed writer J. Michael Straczynski has teamed up once again with well-known penciller Shane Davis; the inker, colorist and letterer from Volume 1 have stayed on as well. This creates high consistency between the two volumes, both in content and artwork, which adds to a great reader experience.

Story

The story is built beautifully and carefully. We start with Clark, who is now a reporter at the Daily Planet thanks to his “interview” with Superman at the end of Volume 1. His co-worker Lois Lane doesn’t trust the new guy however. Suspecting he’s hiding something about himself, she decides to dive into his past to ferret out who he really is.

Also, we get to see Clark’s new appartment in one of Metropolis’s poorer neighbourhoods and meet his lovely neighbour Lisa Lasalle, with whom he strikes up a quick friendship that seems to hold some ‘more-than-friendship’ promise for the near future.

Entertaining banter: check!

Clark is still trying to get his bearings as Superman when he’s forced to face his first real threat: the creature Parasite, who can siphon his powers away, making them his own. In a way this forces Clark to become more human than he’s ever been, since now he suddenly has to share all the vulnerabilities humans have to face every day.

Meanwhile the army still considers Superman a security threat and is spending more and more time and resources to find a way to kill him…

Likes

For the second time Straczynski and his team have delivered a quality story. It reads like a movie, with interesting characters and conversations, exciting action and, most importantly, a reimagining of Clark Kent/Superman that speaks to the imagination and even managed to actually move me – which to me is quite a feat for a comic.

Touching? This is just the set up. The panels following it really tugged my heart strings…

Furthermore, there are definitely elements in the story that have the same feel as the 2013 movie Man of Steel – having now read both Volume 1 and 2, I have the distinct impression that the script writers for Man of Steel used significant elements from these Earth One graphic novels – which I have no evidence for at all, except that some plot elements seem to be taken almost literally from the graphic novels. Anyway, I like the idea, for I think the quality of the graphic novels is certainly high enough for a movie to be based on.

Although it is a self-contained story, Volume 2 leaves lots and lots of room for more sequels, with more adventures, more character development for the lead figures and, of course, more of Clark/Superman.
Straczynski’s rendering of the character, by the way, is actually one of the few instances in which I can’t say whom I prefer: Clark or Superman. Usually I’m interested in the one, but less so in the other (which of the two I like may vary with different writers), but Straczinsky’s characters are well-built, including both Clark Kent and Superman. So, what a treat! 😉

Add to that Davis’s outstanding artwork, with a very good grasp of facial expressions and emotion, and I’m well underway to becoming a true Superman fan after all!

Dislikes

Given that Volume 1 was an epic heroic adventure and given that this is only the second volume in what may hopefully become a very long-lasting series, I felt the villain of this story, the man-monster Parasite, somewhat lacking. True, he presented a very serious threat to Superman, but I was at best only mildly interested. The Parasite origin seemed, to me at least, a bit contrived and far-fetched (yes, even in something as far-fetched as a comic universe ;-), I still had a hard time suspending my disbelief with this particular plotline). Moreover, even though the Parasite’s past and his bond with his sister had great potential, there was hardly any complexity to him. Frankly, I found the character a more interesting villain before he became the Parasite, in the first pages of the comic, but of course we didn’t get to see much of that.

Buy/Borrow/Skip

I give this comic a Quality score of 8/10 and a Relevance score of 7/10. Although this is a little bit lower than I’d score Volume 1, which I would rate 10/10 for Quality, Volume 2 is still a definite buy, thanks to Straczinsky’s great characters and plot, and Davis’s splendid artwork. This is why I’m really excited that Straczynski will continue publishing many more Superman Earth One graphic novels (as he told MTV Geek this April, yay! 🙂 ) and can’t wait to lay my hands on Volume 3!

Superman Earth One, Vol. 2 – cover by Shane Davis

Which Superman villain is your favorite? Tell me all about it (and also: what you think of this graphic novel) in the comment section below! 🙂

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Graphic novel: Ravine – high fantasy epic adventure!

When I discovered artist Stjepan Sejic while browsing through his deviantart page last year, I immediately fell in love with his artwork. At the time he was working on graphic novel Ravine, together with well-known and critically acclaimed comic writer Ron Marz.

By the way, here’s a video of the artist at work, click here if you can’t see it:

As soon as – finally! – Ravine was published, I bought it, read it without taking any breaks in between and then couldn’t wait for part 2! Oh, that cliffhanger…

Anyway, as I wrote on my About page, I sometimes contribute to the Spiritblade Underground podcast, and although I didn’t write a review this time, I did record an audio version – talking as I thumbed through the graphic novel’s gorgeous pages.

So, here’s episode 268 of the Spiritblade Underground podcast – go to 5:46 minutes for my

Ravine review! (Just click on them bold words ;-))

If you like the Spiritblade Underground podcast, you can subscribe via iTunes or go to The Spirit Blade Underground Podcast Home Page. To summarize from my podcast review: I scored Ravine with 9/10 for Quality and a Relevance score of 7/10!

Here’s where the artist offers the first twenty pages or so for free: Sejic’s deviantart pages. And he’s doing the same for issue 2 and will be doing so for #3 as well! Surely that wets the appetite 🙂

Edit Febr. 2014: The second volume is now available as well!

Thank you so much for listening to my Ravine review, and of course now I’m curious: Will you check out Ravine? And if so, what scores would you give it?