James DeMonaco’s The Purge: Anarchy is almost exactly the movie general audiences had in their head when they became intrigued by the premise of The Purge over a year ago. And intrigued they were. Fascinated, even. The word “purge” has now taken on an additional meaning in our vernacular despite the fact that the first film wasn’t especially memorable, trading in much of its promise in favor of a serviceable home invasion thriller.
But I’m glad that the initial Purge was a hit, because now we have a sequel that so fully embraces the lunacy of its central conceit its almost impossible not to find it just a little bit satisfying. Is it perfect? No. There’s some goofiness here and there (such as a character trying to engage someone she’s never met in a socioeconomic discussion during a gunfight), but Anarchy never rests on its laurels in its attempts to explore the urban jungle of a purge night via three intersecting stories. Bonus? The film is boldly political. Especially for a summer “blockbuster” (even if it only makes $50 million its return on investment will still trump every wide release this season). I’m not comparing this movie to Snowpiercer in the quality department, but if you showed the two films to an objective sociology class they could easily diagnose the United States as an entity grappling with staggering economic inequality issues.
Getting away from the admirable all caps surface text, The Purge: Anarchy knows exactly the right tone to strike. Severe, gory and (this is a compliment) full of silly swagger, the movie marches through the chaotic streets of downtown Los Angeles putting its protagonists (a revenge-bent Frank Grillo chief among them) through the ringer. While there’s a bit too much in the way of convenient circumstance to fully suspend your disbelief, that hardly impinges upon the entertainment factor. Even when the second half of the film’s third act devolves from striking to rote, it’s kind of hard to complain. After all, purging is sometimes a little sloppy.
In pretty much the best of ways, The Purge: Anarchy is exactly the movie you think you’re signing up for when you buy your ticket. If you walk out of it unsatisfied, you might want to reconsider what you were expecting from such a thing.
The Purge: Anarchy is out on Friday, July 18th.
A few days ago we had a chance to check out an early screening of this weekend's horror offering, The Purge: Anarchy, and we're back with our verdict. Is this something you're gonna love, or will you feel the need to purge yourself of it the second it's over? Read on!
Read our The Purge: Anarchy review.
All crime will once again be legalized on July 18th of this year when The Purge: Anarchy invades theaters. The sequel stars Frank Grillo, Michael K. Williams, Zach Gilford, Carmen Ejogo, Jasper Cole, Zoe Borde, Chad Morgan, and Kiele Sanchez.
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The Purge: Anarchy, the sequel to summer 2013's sleeper hit that opened to No. 1 at the box office, sees the return of writer/director/producer James DeMonaco to craft the next terrifying chapter of dutiful citizens preparing for their country's yearly 12 hours of anarchy.
Returning with DeMonaco to produce are Blumhouse Productions' Jason Blum (Paranormal Activity and Insidious series) alongside Sébastien K. Lemercier (Assault on Precinct 13, Four Lovers) and Platinum Dunes partners Michael Bay (Pain & Gain, Transformers franchise), Brad Fuller (The Amityville Horror, A Nightmare on Elm Street), and Andrew Form (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Friday the 13th).
Strange Disc will be opening up pre-orders today for their vinyl reissue of the Surf Nazis Must Die score, which was composed by Jon McCallum. This is the first time that the score will be released on vinyl.
There is no determined time when these pre-orders will open. Rather, the Official Website states that they will go up at a random time and that orders from Europe should be ready to order from fellow horror vinyl label One Way Static. The record is expected to come out on September 2nd.
To preview the upcoming album, you can watch a video below as well as stream one of the tracks.
We have over a dozen new images and a fresh promo to share for Episode 1.02 of FX's "The Strain," entitled "The Box." Having already seen the ep, we can assure you that you do NOT want to open that box!
The ensemble cast of "The Strain" includes Corey Stoll, Mia Maestro, Sean Astin, Kevin Durand, Natalie Brown, Jonathan Hyde, Richard Sammel, Robert Maillet, Jack Kesy, Ben Hyland, Miguel Gomez, and David Bradley.
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Attending this year's San Diego Comic-Con? "The Strain" panel is being held on Sunday, July 27th, from 1:45-3:45 pm in Hall H and includes a preview screening of Episode 1.03, "Gone Smooth."
"The Strain" Episode 1.02 - "The Box" (airs 7/20/14, 10PM)
Strange symptoms begin to show in the four survivors. Meanwhile, Setrakian (Bradley) gets a surprise visitor. Directed by David Semel; written by David Weddle and Bradley Thompson.
Growing up can be a really arduous task when plagued by bullies. Sometimes you can turn to your siblings... a big brother maybe... to help you set things right. It would be doubly helpful is said sibling was a serial killer, wouldn't it? Read on for more info about the indie flick Found.
From the Press Release
XLrator Media has acquired North American distribution rights to the award-winning horror film FOUND by first-time director Scott Schirmer. The film has played more than 40 horror film festivals across the globe where it won 15 Best Feature Film awards and multiple Best Actor awards for both of its young stars, Gavin Brown and Ethan Philbeck. XLrator Media will release the film on August 15, 2014 in theaters, VOD and iTunes on its acclaimed “MACABRE” genre label.
“FOUND is a profoundly shocking and moving horror vision from a talented new director working outside the Hollywood system. The film has been endorsed by genre icons Elvira ‘Mistress of the Dark,’ Sybil Danning and Joe Bob Briggs and has created a sensation wherever it has played,” said XLrator Media president Mike Radiloff.
FOUND was produced by Leya Taylor and Damien Wesner. It is based on the novel by Todd Rigney, who co-wrote the screenplay with Schirmer.
The deal was negotiated by Mike Radiloff and Barry Gordon on behalf of XLrator Media and Matt Medisch of The October People on behalf of the filmmakers.
Marty (Gavin Brown) is the ideal fifth grader. He gets good grades, listens to his teachers, and doesn't start trouble in class. But a darkness is beginning to fall over Marty's life. The kids at school won't stop picking on him, his parents just don't seem to understand him, and now Marty must grapple with a terrible secret that threatens to destroy life as he knows it -- his big brother (Ethan Philbeck) is a serial killer! Brotherly love is put to the ultimate test in this emotional coming-of-age story that descends into full-blown horror.
Syfy has given a series green light to "12 Monkeys," a drama based on the 1995 Universal Pictures film directed by Terry Gilliam, and a promo trailer for it has sneaked online quietly all under-the-radar like. Check it out, and look for more official stuff from Syfy later.
The series is produced by Universal Cable Productions and Atlas Entertainment, producer of the original theatrical film.
Said Dave Howe, “‘12 Monkeys’ is a captivating time travel adventure and high stakes race against the clock. We are thrilled to add it to our slate of engaging and thought-provoking new scripted projects, including the recently announced event series ‘Ascension’ and the second season renewal of ‘Helix’ from Ron Moore.”
Atlas Entertainment’s Charles Roven (American Hustle, Man of Steel, The Dark Knight Trilogy) and Richard Suckle (American Hustle, The International), will executive produce. Roven produced the original film. Jake Kurily will serve as Atlas’ executive on the series.
Terry Matalas and Travis Fickett ("Nikita"), writers of the pilot, will serve as co-executive producers with Natalie Chaidez ("In Plain Sight," "V," "Heroes") as executive producer/showrunner. Jeffrey Reiner ("Friday Night Lights") directed and served as executive producer on the pilot.
"12 Monkeys," starring Aaron Stanford ("Nikita," X-Men: The Last Stand, X2), Amanda Schull ("Suits," "Pretty Little Liars"), Noah Bean ("Nikita," Damages"), and Kirk Acevedo ("Fringe"), follows the journey of a time traveler (Stanford) from the post-apocalyptic future who appears in present day on a mission to locate and eradicate the source of a deadly plague that will eventually decimate the human race.
The series is slated to premiere in January of 2015.
Dark Horse sent out their October solicits today and it’s looking like this is truly the year of the horse. Among the incredible releases of Alien VS Predator, Predator, and the continuation of many other titles, they’ve added another surefire success in Mike Richardson’s Father’s Day.
I grew up reading Richardson’s stories and I’m pretty damn excited to see him behind the wheel of a thriller.
From Dark Horse:
Coming this fall from Dark Horse Comics is a brand-new, action-packed crime thriller written by Dark Horse publisher and Eisner Award nominee Mike Richardson (47 Ronin, The Secret, Cut, The Atomic Legion).
Illustrated by Gabriel Guzmán (Star Wars, Cable, Kull), Father’s Day takes family matters to a whole new level.
As a mob enforcer, he was called the East Side Butcher, but twenty years later Silas has found peace. That is, until his abandoned daughter shows up to give him a piece of her mind…and unwittingly leads a legion of hit men to settle accounts with Silas!
“I’ve always loved crime stories. I’ve had this story in my head for years…It’s great…Crime fans are gonna love it,” noted Dark Horse President Mike Richardson.
Father’s Day #1 (of 4) is on sale October 22! Preorder your copy today!
XLrator Media has acquired indie horror pic Found, a coming-of-age slasher about a fifth grader (Gavin Brown) grappling with the secret knowledge that his beloved older bro (Ethan Philbeck) is a serial killer, says Deadline.
Found is the directorial debut of Scott Schirmer, who’s won numerous awards for the pic from indie genre fests including plaudits from the New York City Horror Film Festival, Another Hole in the Head, and Elvira’s Horror Hunt.
After screening on the horror circuit for two years Found will get an August 15 theatrical, VOD and iTunes release via XLrator’s Macabre genre label.
“Marty is the ideal fifth grader. He gets good grades, listens to his teachers, and doesn’t start trouble in class. But a darkness is beginning to fall over Marty’s life. The kids at school won’t stop picking on him, his parents just don’t seem to understand him, and now Marty must grapple with a terrible secret that threatens to destroy life as he knows it — his big brother is a serial killer! Brotherly love is put to the ultimate test in this emotional coming-of-age story that descends into full-blown horror.”
Author Todd Rigney adapted the script with Schirmer from his own novel.
There is a lot of plot to juggle in the latest issue of “B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth,” but as usual Mike Mignola and John Arcudi are up to the task. While victories are frequently pyrrhic for our heroes, fans of the series will continue to walk away happy and excited for more.
WRITTEN BY: Mike Mignola & John Arcudi
ART BY: Laurence Campbell
PUBLISHER: Dark Horse Comics
RELEASE: July 16, 2014
Review By: Ooknabah
There is a toll to be paid warding humanity from the worst of the supernatural, and BRPD has always been about the broken people holding that line and the damage they sustain in the line of duty. In exploring the early flashback from last issue, the creative team manage to surprise with plot turns that take what could have merely been window dressing into a key moment in the life of the character Hellboy. While Hellboy is never far from the stories of the BRPD, being so closely tied to its origins, he has long been absent as a current player and the creative team’s ability to both weave in his story and have it resonate with the tale at large is a credit to them and a great boon to readers.
Like some of the best Grant Morrison stories, B.P.R.D. feels loaded with ideas that might take a lesser series a full year to play out: Instead, this issue manages to balance each story expertly while resolving them with ease. While some of the ideas might have benefited from longer examination – Kate’s possession for instance would have been interesting to see play out over a long period of time – there is little fat to be trimmed from this tale and no indication that the writers are running out of stories to tell any time soon.
Laurence Campbell’s art remains phenomenal, with great colors provided by Dave Stewart. The visuals inject additional energy and urgency to the long sections of dialog, while really coming to life in the moments of explosive (no pun intended) action that mark the climax of the story. The layouts are also worthy of note, particularly in their effectiveness in clearly letting the readers know what is going on and reminding them of the important plot elements in what might otherwise become a confusing mess.
With deft moves in plotting, B.P.R.D. #121 manages to neatly wrap up the multiple threads from the previous issue skillfully and satisfyingly. Moody, tense and a joy to read. Bring on the next issue.
Ooknabah AKA Brent Hirose is a writer, actor and gigantic nerd from Vancouver B.C. You can listen to his podcast about that at HugeNerds.Podomatic.Com or check out his many other projects at BrentHirose.com
Kevin Eastman’s variant cover for “The Last Fall” #1 promises a gritty, action-packed story in a sci fi setting, steeped in the horrors of war. That was probably the intent. Sadly, it is not the execution.
WRITTEN BY: Tom Waltz
ART BY: Casey Maloney
PUBLISHER: IDW Publishing
RELEASE: July 16, 2014
Review By: Ooknabah
“The Last Fall” is a five issue mini series that details a war between two planets, Krovin and Merkonia. Urged on by their needing the precious fuel resources of the planet and spurred on by religious justifications, the Krovinites have commenced a war of conquest against the more primitive Merkonians, which has now stretched out years with no seeming end in sight. Sergeant Marcus Fall is our protagonist, a man fighting for revenge after experiencing personal losses yet to be fully explained. And so, we follow Fall as he pushes forward in his quest for vengeance.
The allusions here are not difficult to see, and come across rather heavy handed. (While it is only implied in the issue for instance, solicitations openly state that Fall’s family were murdered in a retaliatory suicide bombing) This sets up a rather humorless and dark tone, with a flat protagonist to boot. Other than his tragedy and rage, over the course of the issue there is little learned about Fall, and less still that isn’t rote cliche. Obviously the intent is to set up the changing of circumstances to come, but there is little to entice readers to continue onwards.
Casey Maloney’s art is unhelpful to that end. His round, cartoonish characters make the battles and wars at large feel like a child’s pantomime with action figures, rather than a life-or-death struggle, let alone a deadly blood feud. While Fell is supposed to be a battle-hardened veteran, he often looks as if he is a fresh-faced teenager. This may be commentary, but seems at odds with the story that is trying to be told. The bright, primary colours by Dusty Yee don’t help either,making the designs look as if they are from a rejected version of the Power Rangers.
Maybe future issues will add additional appear to this title: There are successful moments, like the beautiful skyscapes or the varied and highly cinematic layouts. But on the whole, The Last Fall is boring, cliche and and otherwise a disappointment.
Recommended to avoid.
Ooknabah AKA Brent Hirose is a writer, actor and gigantic nerd from Vancouver B.C. You can listen to his podcast about that at HugeNerds.Podomatic.Com or check out his many other projects at BrentHirose.com
There is no justice without sin…
TWC-Dimension released a character montage one-sheet of Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez’s Sin City: A Dame To Kill For.
In theaters August 22, the film is about Dwight McCarthy planing to have his vengeance against the woman who betrayed him, Ava Lord, while Nancy is trying to cope with Hartigan’s death.
Mickey Rourke, Jessica Alba, Eva Green, Josh Brolin, Bruce Willis, Juno Temple, Jaime King, Rosario Dawson, Michael Madsen, Jamie Chung, Dennis Haysbert, Crystal McCahill, Christopher Meloni, Jeremy Piven, Julia Garner, Ray Liotta and Stacy Keach all star.
Hot off the presses comes the first promotional trailer for Syfy’s “12 Monkeys” series, which is set to premiere in January 2015. It looks pretty cool, if you haven’t seen the original movie, otherwise it just looks like a drawn out version of it. Much like “From Dusk Till Dawn,” I’m more excited to see where they take it after Season 1.
“12 Monkeys,” starring Aaron Stanford (“Nikita,” X-Men: The Last Stand, X2), Amanda Schull (“Suits,” “Pretty Little Liars”), Noah Bean (“Nikita,” “Damages”) and Kirk Acevedo (“Fringe”), “follows the journey of a time traveler (Stanford) from the post-apocalyptic future who appears in present day on a mission to locate and eradicate the source of a deadly plague that will eventually decimate the human race.“
We've seen reboots of some Universal classics like The Mummy and The Wolfman before, and we even have things like Dracula Untold on the horizon. Now the house that monsters built is looking to revere its monstrous franchises anew!
According to Deadline the studio is in early stages of developing a substantial new production endeavor that will expand and unify a network of classic characters and stories. The architects of that narrative will be Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan.
Kurtzman recently broke with partner Roberto Orci, but his big-scale projects have included Transformers, Star Trek, and The Amazing Spider-Man. Morgan is the writer behind five installments of The Fast and the Furious, which has been Universal’s most reliably lucrative franchise. It’s not set in stone yet if either will write, but they will soon be going around town enlisting talent to bring new cinematic life to these enduring characters from lore, literature, and Universal’s own library. While Universal has selectively tapped its movie monster library already, this will be the first time that the studio has formalized an approach to these classic characters in a cohesive, connected way rather than as a series of stand-alone projects by disparate filmmaking teams.
They’ve begun the meetings to put together an interconnected slate of monster films, and the first will be a reboot of The Mummy, which will be released April 22, 2016. Part of their duty will be to work closely with production, marketing, promotions, and consumer product to support the revival. They will also reevaluate projects which have preexisting attachments and bring them all under one cohesive strategy.
Evil is brought to life in this psychological thriller starring Zoe Saldana (Avatar) and Patrick J. Adams (TV’s “Suits”).
The miniseries event “Rosemary’s Baby” premiered on NBC and arrives on Blu-ray (plus Digital HD), DVD (plus Digital) and Digital HD August 19, from Lionsgate Home Entertainment.
Based on the best-selling suspense novel by Ira Levin, “Rosemary’s Baby” features a teleplay by James Wong (TV’s “American Horror Story”) and Scott Abbott (Queen of the Damned) and is directed by Agnieszka Holland (HBO’s “The Wire”). Also starring Jason Isaacs (the Harry Potter franchise) and Carole Bouquet (For Your Eyes Only), the “Rosemary’s Baby” Blu-ray and DVD each include two featurettes – “Fear is Born: The Making of Rosemary’s Baby” and “Grand Guignol: Parisian Production Design”.
“Set in present-day France, Rosemary’s Baby centers on a young married couple that escapes New York and moves to Paris with hopes of leaving their sad past behind. After a series of unfortunate events, Rosemary and Guy Woodhouse are presented with an offer they can’t refuse – an apartment at the most prestigious address in the city. Problem is, it comes with a haunted past, and an immeasurable price.“
Even though we clamor for original horror, Hollywood being in full-on franchise mode could work to our advantage.
If you go all the way back to 1931 you’d see the birth of the franchise, where Frankenstein, Dracula and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde spawned many of sequels. In years following, Universal Pictures also unleashed The Wolf Man, The Creature Of The Black Lagoon, The Invisible Man and even The Mummy. They have become known as the “Universal Monsters.”
Even though the studio has already dabbled in remakes – from The Wolfman to The Mummy – word has it they’re determined to revive them all, again, in a way similar to how DC and Marvel have been creating massive superhero blockbusters.
Says Deadline, Universal is now dedicating renewed resources and an unprecedented, far-reaching commitment to revitalize its monster heritage.
The studio is in early stages of developing a substantial new production endeavor that will expand and unify a network of classic characters and stories. The architects of that narrative will be Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan.
Kurtzman recently broke with partner Roberto Orci, but his big-scale projects have included Transformers, Star Trek and The Amazing Spider-Man. Morgan is the writer behind five installments of The Fast And The Furious, which has been Universal’s most reliably lucrative franchise. It’s not set in stone yet if either will write, but they will soon be going around town enlisting talent to bring new cinematic life to these enduring characters from lore, literature and Universal’s own library.
While Universal has selectively tapped its Movie Monster library for The Mummy, Van Helsing, The Wolfman, and the upcoming Dracula Untold, this will be the first time that the studio has formalized an approach to these classic characters in a cohesive, connected way rather than as a series of stand-alone projects by disparate filmmaking teams.
They’ve begun the meetings to put together an interconnected slate of Monster films, and the first will be a reboot of The Mummy, which will be released April 22, 2016. Part of their duty will be to work closely with production, marketing, promotions and consumer product to support the revival. They will also reevaluate projects which have preexisting attachments, and bring it under one cohesive strategy.
With The Mummy being the first on the slate, which Universal Monster do you want to see revived next? And how could all of these monsters be united – in a new Van Helsing? This is beyond exciting news!
It’s mid-July, and that means people like me — the ones who burn easily under the intense rays of the summer sun — have been forced to seek out shelter, lest we see our pale skin get charred by the big ball of fire that sits in the sky. Between that and the excessive heat, I’m of the opinion that summer can go right ahead and make room for my favorite month, autumn.
There’s still a bit of a wait left for that season, so until then, I recommend you stay indoors and watch this playthrough of Flash Frozen — a free indie survival horror game created by the senior 3D game design class at the University of Wisconsin-Stout.
If you’d like to play Flash Frozen yourself, you can download it for free here.
“Dark Engine” is hauntingly alluring. It’s brutal and poetic, and will keep you on your toes for the entire read. It’s unlike anything else being publishing in comics right now, and it’s dark presence beckons you to be part of it. This is a stellar first issue that offers nothing but mystery and I couldn’t be more invested.
WRITTEN BY: Ryan Burton
ART BY: John Thomas Bivens
PUBLISHER: Image Comics
RELEASE: July 16, 2014
“Dark Engine” begins with a beautifully communicated bit of voiceover. It’s a darkly poetic description of the world you’re entering and gently introduces the character of Sym before Bivens rips a fucking hole through the page.
Sym is an unstoppable force. She rips through any sort of challenge and makes short work of it, before economically harvesting the bodies of slain beasts to create tools of destruction. She’s been sent back in time to save a plagued world, but the people who sent her back fear the engine that powers her will ultimately fail.
Ryan Burton makes an incredible debut to his world that doesn’t skimp on the necessary details but doesn’t feed enough exposition to bore. Instead he leaves the characters and world to speak for themselves, and we get the idea that the world of “Dark Engine” is much larger than this singular issue could ever show us. Which is exactly what you want in a debut.
John Bivens has a dayjob as a butcher, and when you look at these pages you’ll see a seamless blend of his two worlds. He makes evisceration an art, by masterfully bisecting any sort of insane creature he’s introduced to the page in a flurry of calculated gore. His coloring is superb and every page feels cooly alien but wonderfully communicated. You get a complete feel for this strange world and a tease of the creatures that inhabit it.
What guides Sym is somewhat mysterious. We’re left to assume it’s the titular “Dark Engine.” But it’s unclear what gives her such a strong conviction as she pushes forward. Yet, even without speaking a single word we understand her. She’s Kratos without the melodramatic hatred of the Gods to bog down her dialogue. She’s conviction personified.
Then you have the final pages of this issue. It’s a mindfuck of epic proportions that will likely have your jaw on the floor. But, you’ll quickly understand why Image picked this up straight to ongoing series. There is an incredible amount of depth here in the story and we’ve only scratched the surface.
“Dark Engine” is hauntingly beautiful and unique. It beckons you in with poetic dialogue and captivates you with visceral force. Get it on your pull list immediately.
Briefly, today we’re offered the first look at Ultron as he appears in the forthcoming Avengers: Age of Ultron from the cover of the newest Entertainment Weekly. No other news was shared, but expect a whole lot more to pour in as SDCC starts next week. I would imagine we’ll get our first plot details a brief teaser.
Image still isn’t in high res, but damn, I’ve got to say he looks pretty fantastic. And judging by the many robotic Ultrony looking guys in the background we’re not just getting one of him. Can you say Tony Stark created robot army?
More as it develops…
“Translucid” #4 tones it down this week in a slower, more existential issue, letting us get more intimate with Cornelius/Navigator and how he deals with the loss of life under very different circumstances. At this point, its been pretty well established that Cornelius and The Navigator are one and the same. Cornelius’s story chronicles his journey to become the super hero, The Navigator, while Navigator’s seems to chronicle his fall from grace into darkness.
WRITTEN BY: Claudio Sanchez & Chondra Echert
ART BY: Daniel Bayliss
PUBLISHER: BOOM! Studios
RELEASE: July 16, 2014
Reviewed By Torbin Chimners
Cornelius continues to deal with his troubles in a vivid fantasy dream world apart from reality, gaining closure in the way only a child can. With the way his home life is progressing further into decay, how can you blame him? The loss of his brother, who was his abusive fathers favorite son, has brought a tremendous amount of blame down on poor Cornelius. His father hated him before and now he’s twisted the tragic loss into another reason to belittle and neglect his remaining son. Cornelius’s meek mother, unable to cope with Drake’s passing is also taking her grief out on him. Things are looking grim; this is the kind of foundation that can build a hero, super or not.
In contrast to having a life taken away, The Navigator is dealing with the fact that he took an innocent life. It my have been a mistake, an accident, but that does not lessen the action. All life should be sacred to a super hero; if it’s not, then they’re no hero. Navigator speaks aloud to himself, trying to work his way through what has occurred and if he even deserves or wants to be a hero anymore. It’s another awesome example of the originality of this book. You rarely, if ever, see someone like Batman or Spider-Man sit down and try to talk themselves through a terrible mistake. They swing around a city all majestic and broody with an inner monologue that only we see.
The Cornelius/Navigator dominated issue of Translucid this month took its time and it really paid off in spades. The Navigator section of this issue was the definite highlight, his existential crisis and incredibly human response to failure were expertly handled. Super heroes all too often feel like enormous figures, almost godlike, but in most cases they are still just people, human beings like you and me. The Navigator is an incredibly flawed and sympathetic character who I can’t help but be astonished by. I can’t wait to see what next months penultimate issue holds.
Torbin Chimners AKA Torin Chambers is a rad dude from the nineties who does film stuff or something. Thomas the Tank Engine is his favorite transformer. Find him on Twitter@Vulgar_Rhombus
An action-packed sci-fi thriller, ” The Squidder” #1 takes readers on a surreal journey into the alien apocalypse. The experimental artwork will keep readers glued to the impressive pages. If it’s butt-kicking action you crave “The Squidder” series will definitely fix that appetite of yours.
WRITTEN BY: Ben Templesmith
ART BY: Ben Templesmith
PUBLISHER: IDW Publishing
RELEASE: July 16, 2013
Reviewed By Jorge Solis
An innocent little girl is brought to the religious tent. The parents say nothing while an old, hagged woman places her sickly hands on their daughter’s forehead. This innocent child is frightened by the moving suckers on the elderly woman’s palm. Today is a special occasion because a sacrifice has been brought to the alien gods. Death is only the beginning as the Squids have invaded earth and have wiped out humanity.
In the opening pages, writer/artist Ben Templesmith takes readers to a vivid and weird futuristic setting. There are aspects of the western genre in the colorful imagery as Earth has become a nuclear wasteland. Because there is no more technology, notice how the light source always comes from torches. In just a few pages, Templesmith tells readers exactly what kind of hostile environment these characters are living in.
I really liked the character design of The Squidder. This lone anti-hero has a huge gun in one hand and a sword tied to his back. The sharp blade is also chained to his worn-out belt. I don’t know why the lone alien slayer would need chains, but all I can say is that it looks very stylish. The trench coat is drawn out long as if the loner is wearing a cape.
Templesmith keeps the readers inside the Squidder’s mindset through his bleak first-person narration. When you see the man’s face, notice how the side is scarred by self-inflicted battle wounds; as if he himself had stitched his wounds. Because there are no doctors and hospitals anymore, the exiled solider cannot rely on anyone else to help him.
The first installment has done a great job introducing the setting and main protagonist. I was surprised to see how much action Templesmith could fit into one panel. In a jaw-dropping scene, the Squidder approaches his target, while being shot at point-blank. In an extreme close-up, you will see someone’s eyes gouged out.
“The Squidder” #1 is an action-packed romp that never slows down. I definitely want to see happens next issue.