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Thursday, May 31, 2012

Boston Metaphysical Society

A Steampunk Supernatural Mystery

The Boston Metaphysical Society is a brand new six issue mini-series web comic. Created by Madeleine Holly-Rosing with art by Emily Hu, this comic is one of a kind. The description for the book goes as follows:

"The year is 1895....An evil from a parallel dimension escaped and now roams the city of Boston.
Our world has developed along the lines of Steampunk technology, but with a modern twist.
Here exists steam driven rudimentary computers and electronics. And dirigibles rule the sky. But with it comes the social and political upheaval as not everyone is comfortable with change. In fact, many people fear it. That fear and the violence that followed caused a psychic rift to puncture the veil of space and time allowing an entity known as "The Shifter" to escape.
And the only people who stand a chance in hell of destroying it are: Samuel Hunter, ex-Pinkerton Detective Caitlin O'Sullivan, Medium and Spirit Photographer and Granville Woods, Scientist Extraordinaire. 
They Are The Boston Metaphysical Society."

Thumbnail1.jpgThe comic is easy to read and it catches your attention right off the bat with the writing and the art. The pacing of the book is great for a web comic and honestly, the only thing that I want differently are quicker post for the stories. It's that interesting.

 It Post once a week every Thursday. The style of the story is new and fresh, blending cool tech with old school ways almost reminiscent to me of Full Metal Alchemist. Another interesting element of the series are the introductions of historical figures like Harry Houdini and Thomas Edison which will promise to combine science with mystical arts and showmanship.

To read the Web Comic and become an avid fan, check out by clicking this link RIGHT HERE!! The comic is already picking up steam and is being looked at by some heavy hitters Archaia being one of them. Pretty amazing feat considering this is the first comic ever by Holly-Rosing and Hu. Check out the 3 page preview below and comment below. And as always...Peace!!!


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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Michonne's Origin Story Preview


Well, I was worried. I hadn't seen Allen or his wife and kids, Shane lived through the second season, the CDC, no Wilshire Estates, Sophia and Dale are dead ,Fat Otis, No Tyrese, and who the @#$%^ are Daryl and T-Dog? For those of you who are only fans of AMC's The Walking Dead and you have never read the comics, you might be like, What is this dude talking about? Well these are things that are different in the comics but as my wife and I watched the 2nd season of the series...we both began to be shocked and enjoy the changes..... But there was a growing fear in our minds with each drastic change was "What if Michonne never shows up?" 

But lo-and-behold.....Andrea left behind...on the ground and and surrounded by Zombies.....just when she was out of ammo and can't run anymore......a single swift Katana cuts the head off  the walker. and then, see her.....MICHONNE!!!!

SPOILER ALERT: Actress and Playwright Danai Gurira will play the ex lawyer-turned enforcer, bodyguard and guardian angel for Rick and his crew. She carries around two zombies on a leash (who were her boyfriend and his best friend). I ain't gonna give away too much, cause I may be giving spoiler alerts all over the place, but trust me when I say, if she is anything like the comic Michonne, Season 3 is gonna rock your world!!!

Aw Shucks.....look at Old Uncle Mutantstarr getting all emotional.......Look below those who are not reading the comics and everyone else who gift to you....Michonne's Origin story!!!!

To get the full skinny on this story, check out Playboy, (not sure which issue I don't read it). What do you think of the new Michonne on the walking dead. What do you think of the actress? Let us know what's up....PEACE!!!!


Sunday, March 18, 2012

Luther Strode's Last Stride

It's not a Finale, It's a Culmination 

Good Comics can be hard to come by. I have bought comics and after the first couple of issues, I get bored with the writing or they change to an artist who is not a good fit at all for the story. But brother.....when you find a comic that is awesome beyond belief, You best hold on tight to it. That is the deal with "The Strange Talent of Luther Strode". 

It is an amazingly wonderful story about a kid who is skinny geeky and weak. A cliche kid who gets picked on bullied and lives a life of fear based on what his father did to his mother. He sends off for one of those strongman ads they used to put in comics.
The results he get are mind blowing. More muscles, faster, all of the things a skinny nerd would want. Soon the kids at school take notice, his moms takes notice, bullies at school, and the girl of his dreams. At the urging of his best friend he becomes somewhat of a superhero avenger. But for all of his "talent" he never saw the evil that was heading his way. The challenges that were going to put a hurting on his life. Being all powerful has its setbacks.

Now I am not going to give away the awesomeness that is in the six book mini series, but I will say it is a comic that I and most of the people I put on to fell in love with. This final issue is the kicker. The first five issues built up to an ending that I'm sure no one saw coming. I also like the way it was set up. This first 6 issues is called "The Strange Talent of Luther Strode"......there was a sweet set up for a sequel, "The Legend of Luther Strode". I can see an easy set up for this on to be a movie or a T.V. Show....NOT A CARTOON FOR KIDS.....NEVER A CARTOON FOR KIDS.....but still it is a Multi-Layered story that the masses would enjoy.

Check out the small preview down below of issue six and be sure to check out the full series if you haven't yet. It's only six issues and it's very easy to follow. Let me know what you think...PEACE!!!!

Sunday, March 11, 2012


More What The @#$%* Moments in Comics

You all know black superheroes are pretty hard to come by....sadly tho when they are portrayed, they are done with ignorance and stereotypes (not always meant to be racist). Ironically when they are done properly they usually have sales problems. Now before you start thinking I'm coming down on the industry for being racist, please understand I'm realistic and aware that it might not be like that, (although I'm sure there's racism cause its everywhere) I just have made a few observations in my 30 plus years of comic reading.

So enter Tyroc. Appearing a year before Black Lightning he is basically one of DC's first black superheroes. If you picked up any issue of The Legion of Superheroes pre-1976, you would never have seen not one black person (they had green and orange people), not even in the background people. So DC made a black superhero to counter this. Before 1960 Jim Shooter had wanted a black hero but had been stopped from doing it. He said".....I always wanted to have a character who was African-American, and years later, when they did that, they did it in the worst way possible....instead of just incidentally having a character who happens to be black....they made a big fuss about it. He's a racial separatist.....I just found it pathetic and appalling."  

What was so racist and appalling you may say? Well hold on to your seats and hold onto your jaw before it drops to the floor......Tyroc's story goes like this: Remember how above I said there were NO black folk in the pages of Legion of Superheroes, well in what I can only assume is a way to explain where the black people went (cause we're like everywhere) they came up with the genius idea get this....all black people are on an island , Marzal, that disappears for several year at a time (think Brigadoon). They are descendants of slaves that inhabit an island that comes around every 200 years. Doesn't really sound that racist to you? Well imagine if you hate black people and wish they weren't around, then the idea of them being on an island sounds pretty "ACES". But let the island disappear for a year or 200 at a time? You would probably start crying like a German at a Hasselhoff concert. What was the cause of all of this? Well it seems to be the work of Murray Boltinoff. David Johnson of explains it pretty well: 

"To really understand this move, and everything else about Tyroc, you need to understand Murray Boltinoff, the editor of Legion at the time. We don't want to say anything as libelous as "Murray Boltinoff is a racist," but he's the reason no black people ever made it to a Legion comic and he once ordered the colorists to change a black background character into a white character for no stated reason. And it was because of Boltinoff that Tyroc couldn't be a hero who happened to be black; he needed to be a former slave turned racial segregationist. Also, the disappearing island thing? Because Blotinoff is OK with theidea of black people, as long as they stick to their island that is totally unreachable."
[get the full story here--->cracked .com]

Pretty good explanation if you ask me. 

Notice how they treat the Island of Marzal as if it was the black neighborhood above?

I should mention that Tyroc has a better representation now-a-days, he's in the DC new 52 book Legion Lost and has never looked better. But considering where he came from. that may be an understatement. Still when I first read about the story of Tyroc and saw his costume and his design, I completely went in my mind "what the @#$%*". Usually emabrassments like this one disappear never to be seen again. But DC really turned it around (at least thats what I gather from looking at the new pics of him....I haven't read much else with him in it.) Which makes me wonder.....can I forgive a "Chicken George operation" like this one just to have more black characters out there in a certain medium? Well, I did watch BET, UPN, and the WB for years....

Recent Tyroc...doesn't look as cheesy as the original

Tyroc in the Leion Lost

Well however your take on Tyroc, either as  another racist hatchet job or a misguided effort for the right thing, one thing is for certain we all can agree with.....that first costume would win a What the @#$%* award alone. PEACE!!!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012



So what exactly do you get when you cross the Wizard of Oz with a back drop of the Color Purple? Well you get an epic adventure called Bayou. It's the tale of a little black girl named Lee who's on a quest with a Jazz playing Swamp Beast on a quest to save her father and her best friend and play mate (who happens to be white). Now for those of you reading this who are not familiar with the Color Purple, it was set during some extremely hostile racial times (at least for black folk). Of course you know the Wizard of Oz (which coincidentally was also set  in racially hostile times) gives us a whimsical tale in a wonderland with lots of lovable creatures. 

Lee (the black girl pictured above) is the daughter of a sharecropper during the depression and she plays with her friend Lily (the white girl pictured above) and looses her necklace in the swamp. Now Lily's mom who is obviously abusive warned her not to lose the necklace. Out of fear Lily begs Lee to get the necklace but Lee refuses so when Lily goes home she says Lee stole it. Of course this gets the Sheriff and the whole town involved. Later Lily is eaten whole by a man who disappears into the swamp (which Lee witness's) and it starts off the accusation that Lee's father kidnapped her. Of course when Lee says what really happens no one believes her and the Lynching is set. Lee has only a day or 2 to find her friend and clear her dads name, so she sets off for an adventure into the world under the swamp and meets a Jazz playing monster named BAYOU. 
Bayou at

Written and Drawn by Jeremy Love who was responsible for the gettosake web comics like Chocolate Thunder and Venus Kincade more notably the comic Furious. His drawing style to me has always been second to non.he creates a really cool tale of mystery, suspense, and a supernatural fantasy-land that will make your head spin. Animals wearing clothes, monsters, and odd creatures help create a new mythology.

Bayou at

To find out more on this comic and the now defunct ZUDA comics publisher click here and do a search at [ZUDA COMICS]. It's available for digital download on Sony and Comixology. Enjoy the snippets of the comic here.

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