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Retrospective: The Incal

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The Incal is regarded by many as an iconic science fiction graphic novel series, if not the best ever created. Beginning in 1980 in the French comics anthology magazine Métal hurlant and originally titled Une aventure de John Difool, this is a grand 'space opera' with a complex story and deeply philosophical themes of good versus evil, free will versus destiny and personal transformation. Much of the material is recycled from a failed attempt at a film adaptation of the classic science fiction novel Dune by Frank Herbert. Writer Alejandro Jodorowsky used several elements from his script, showing a surreal/psychedelic style that is characteristic of his earlier films. However, The Incal is hailed mainly for its artwork, produced by the critically acclaimed Jean Giraud, aka Mœbius (a member of the Franco-Belgian Bande dessinée tradition which also gave us Hergés Adventures of Tintin and Albert Uderzo's Astetix .) The Bande dessinée is typified by a mixture of realistic

Review: Sentient

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  THIS IS THE U.S.S. MONTGOMERY HAILING ALL EARTH GOV SATELLITES AND ALL EARTH GOV CHANNELS. OUR CREW IS DEAD AND I AM ALONE WITH THE CHILDREN. PLEASE SEND HELP. I REPEAT. THIS IS THE ONBOARD A.I. OF THE U.S.S. MONTGOMERY. DESIGNATE VALERIE. I AM NOT PROGRAMMED TO COMPLETE THIS MISSION AS IT NOW PRESENTS ITSELF. I REQUIRE URGENT ASSISTANCE. PLEASE. PLEASE. SOMEONE, HELP ME. ... But no-one is listening.  The colony ship has passed into a year-long communications blackout zone and cannot turn back. The oldest human on board is ten-year-old Lil, and like all the other children she is grieving and does not want the job of captain. Computer prodigy Isaac is just as scared as any of them, and also has to deal with Lil's hatred as she blames him for the death of the crew. Writer Jeff Lemire and artist Gabriel Valta's Sentient is a story of human survival and ingenuity.... except, really, it isn't. The children are drawn - literally and visually - with great realism and empathy...

Review: In the Bleak Midwinter

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Anya is born with a number on her wrist: her soul mark, counting down the days until she meets her soulmate. But it is a very large number, indicating that she has many years to wait. That is not the only unusual feature of her world; also androids are an integrated part of society. Some are smoothly mechanical with glowing blue lights; the more advanced ones look totally human. When her sister dies tragically Anya cannot turn to her estranged brother for comfort. Unable to face what lies ahead, she opts to enter a year of suspended animation at the Dreamscape institute. She steps into her tube and it fills up with fluid. Soon the darkness takes her ...  She wakes in darkness, with red lights flashing somewhere in the distance. Her pod opens, dumping her unceremoniously on the floor. Crawling for help, she sees the other pods.  They contain corpses. Something has gone wrong. Horribly wrong. And it is about to get worse. A tall man is walking towards her. He has numbers on his wrist. A

Review: Wall Breakers

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by Jorge Zevallos New York... today? Tomorrow? A surveillance drone floats above the city. A news commentator advises people to take care due to the extreme heat. Folks go about their business, glued to their gadgets, absorbed in their own concerns... An average joe studies a strange piece of cloth given to him by a stranger. He has pinned it to his wall and notices an intricate design stitched into it: some kind of creature with many tentacles... The cloth begins to move... Writer/artist Jorge Zevallos' Wall Breakers (published by  SnowyWorks )  is a short, explosive offering in which the (mostly) familiar world is invaded by terrifying things from another realm. Presented in the action/horror movie style, this is for mature readers and will appeal to you particularly if you are a fan of 80s sci-fi schlockers. If you like the films of director John Carpenter you will especially like the horror-with-a-sci-fi-edge theme here. I'm also reminded of some of the less well known wo

Review: Afterburner - Tales of the Cool and The Wicked

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"My methods are harsh but these are violent, primal men. They are only motivated by profit, sex or absolute fear. Traffic in one of those currencies or face your doom." Welcome to science fiction noir... Robert Stewart's Afterburner is something a little different. Black and white panels, antiheroes and femmes fatale , criminal underworlds, moral ambiguity, sleaze, glamour... we're a million light years from the cookie-cutter mainstream here. Forget the comforting bland conventional sci-fi that often clings so tightly to the formula at all costs that you can almost see the whites of the knuckles... No, guys and dolls, here is a creator who doesn't just break the mold, he smashes it to smithereens and then dances the bossa nova all over it... Noir is a genre with its roots in melodramatic American films of the 1940s, influenced by German Expressionism, coloured by the events of the Great Depression, typified by dark themes and low key lighting. Now take that spir

Review: Thrill Kings

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by Rik Ty Star Trek has a ship.  Doctor Who has a TARDIS.  Stargate has a wormhole...  Those are all well and good methods for travelling to brave new worlds, but they are all  lacking a certain something. A certain ... pizzazz ... a certain rock'n'roll quality... If you want to go tearing into dazzling exotic vistas what you really need is, of  course, a transdimensional motorcycle. Like, duh! These are Rik Ty's Thrill Kings : a disparate band of bikers, some human, some not, who can cross to alternate worlds on their trusty hot rods. Their mission: to guard  against incursions from parallel realities. Sometimes the walls grow a little thin, allowing interlopers to break through into our world, and that spells trouble  because some of these newcomers are frighteningly strange... Issue Zero: Fitful Dreaming introduces the main characters as they sleep in their encampment, out in the desert on an Earth that is very far removed from the one we know. ' Nonstop ' -

Review: A Deviant Mind

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by Pam Harrison A young woman pilots a spacecraft erratically through an alien terrain. Pursued by the authorities, she heads for space and goes to warp, telling the computer to pick a random destination. Reaching safety, the ship then tells her it is about to explode. Climbing into an escape pod, she receives a massive electric shock from exposed wires and goes into a coma. All in all, NOT having a very good day... Her luck then takes a dramatic and very well-deserved turn for the better as her pod drifts into orbit of a planet that is the site of a medical facility. The staff bring her aboard and treat her injuries, discovering that she is far from being the average patient: she has circuitry implanted in her brain and throughout her body. Reviving her, they discover that she is also telepathic, projecting her thoughts into their minds. Alas, she also has amnesia and cannot tell them who she is or how she came to their planet. They assign her an android neurologist, the shapely fem

Review: Slow Pokes

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"WHY WAS IT FAST?   WHY THE FUCK WAS IT FAST?" Science fiction is about many things, but that moment - when your sense of perspective, balance, reality - takes a sudden, shocking lurch sideways and turns all your expectations, beliefs and comforting foundations roughly upside-down - that moment is pure gold. Take the humble sloth, for example. Small, cute, furry, cuddly... OK, it has some pretty wicked-looking talons there; long, curved, pointed, probably the original inspiration for the claws of Marvel's Wolverine... but that's OK because we're talking about sloths here, and the one overriding characteristic of these adorable little teddy-bear-like creatures is that they are SLOW.  Hence the name, yeah? Lovely.   But ... WHAT IF? What if someone decided to tinker with their DNA and make the little buggers FAST? Such is the premise of writer Steve Urena and artist Juan Romera's Slow Pokes. Five kids celebrate their high school graduation with a trip to Rar

SCI-FI COMIC NEXUS

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Shout out to ALL sci-fi comic creators / writers / artists / etc. …  I am admin for the SCI-FI COMIC NEXUS group on Facebook. I ABSOLUTELY LOVE finding NEW sci-fi comics to read! And I LOVE writing REVIEWS of them. I have a great interest in new, independent creators because I am one myself.  If your comic is ready to read, and especially if it is downloadable, please let me know because I'd love to see it. I post reviews on my blog which I then promote all over Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. The Nexus is a growing community of creators and fans. Come and join us, we can't wait to see what you have been working on... Blog: https://scificomicnexus.blogspot.com Facebook Community:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/801474813951393/ Email:    scificomicartist@gmail.com #scificomicnexus   #sfcomicreviews   #sfcomic #sfcomics   #scificomic   #scificomics #infinitydragonflycomic   #infinitydragonfly #newcomics   #indiecomics   #scifi   #comics #comicbooks   #sciencefiction

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Review: Star Wars - The Destiny Path (Marvel)

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Marvel doesn't just do costumed vigilantes, they occasionally boldly go into other genres, hence this year's offering of classic s ci-fi Star Wars - The Destiny Path from writer Charles Soule and artist Jesús Saiz. The events here take place between those related in the second and third films of the original trilogy, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi . One of the most dramatic moments in cinematic history has recently taken place: Luke Skywalker has battled Darth Vader within the depths of the cloud city Bespin... and lost, Vader severing Luke's lightsabre-wielding hand... ... but sparing his life and dropping the bombshell that turns Luke's universe upside-down: "I am your father." As deadbeat dads go, Vader has to take the crown. Neglecting your offspring for his whole life is one thing, but topping it off by becoming the most evil member of the oppressive Galactic Empire? That's a special kind of bad dad. Skywalker chooses death over disho

Review: Legends Parallel

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Boobs. If I had to sum it all up with one word? That word would be: BOOBS. There sure are lots of them in Bill McCormick's Legends Parallel. Mostly large, exposed and very much front-and-centre, in your face. Seeing past the huge boobs (which is kind of difficult, but if you can crane your neck a little without falling off your chair...) there is actually a pretty interesting sci-fi story here also. Tom Hill is a megarich businessman who likes to dress up as "Siafu the Deadly Fire Ant" and fight crime in his spare time. How very Bruce Wayne, you might be saying, but that's not all... His company employs a team of boffins who not only came up with his power-enhancing suit but have also discovered the existence of parallel worlds. Four of these alternate Earths resemble our own, but history has taken very different turns there. A crime boss from one of these worlds, the sinister (though well-endowed) Ms Vin, is making forays into our reality in order to forge alliance

Review: Parallel City

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What is the scariest monster you can think of? A vampire? A werewolf? A rampaging Tyrannosaurus rex? They all sound pretty terrifying, but could there be something worse? Something that not only terrifies you physically but also chills you right to the core?  Snakes? Giant spiders?  Yes they certainly would be horrifying (depending upon your individual aversion)... but beyond mere revulsion, is there something that would impact you on an even deeper level?  How about... . yourself?  Imagine suddenly seeing someone who looks exactly like you..... who then tries to kill you.  That is the predicament in which young Min Choi finds himself in writer/artist Goda's Parallel City on Webtoons. A parkour addict with no plans in life after school, Min misses his friend Jung who disappeared the previous year.... who then suddenly reappears with no memories of the past eleven months.  Still processing this, and plagued by mysterious headaches, Min drops into the local butcher's shop on the