Sunday, June 11, 2017

Desolation Day

DISEMBOWLED EARTH


An unknown pathogen was unleashed to the world. Governments crumble, society collapsed and military powerhouses were wiped out. This biological attack selectively aimed for all males, causing an unforeseen destruction that spread in less than 24 hours. Comic Unknown enters the world of Under the Flesh. Hunkered down in a library made of brick and high windows, a small group of survivors is carefully treading through this outbreak.  Within the group is a man named Ruben, a Lieutenant that was undergoing nanobot experimentation that fights viruses, boost strength, and enhances cognition. Fortunately for him, this experiment is what allows him to survive the infection even after being bitten. What will this group experience and what decisions must they have in order to survive. 

Under The Flesh issue one is the source of a nail and flesh biting series. It is the comic equivalence to Dawn of the Dead's mall, except in a library. The issue begins to develop the characters as they are introduced and carefully show the reader their features or traits. Written and created by Gilbert Deltrez, the narrative is excellently written as it intensifies the reader's imagination to the character's situation and places the reader peering out the library's window and gawking out in this zombie-filled environment. The art, done by J. L. Giles, clearly shows the disorder in this newly unwanted life as it crawls and climbs out of the pages. The colors compliment the story's outbreak as it adds the weight to all of this chaos. UTF is an awesome zombie comic that is full of action. Under The Flesh issue one was successfully Kickstarted back on August 3, 2014 and is currently available for $0.99 on Comixology. To become a flesher fan be sure to check out UTF on Facebook and Twitter.

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Monday, June 5, 2017

Hell Hound

The Fur Ball and his Rustbucket

Comic Unknown would like to welcome back the team behind the Victorian thriller comic Cognition with their latest issue. Legend tells a tale of a demon dog that plagues anyone in its path. The locals call it the Black Shuck and those who have seen the beast will be cursed with extreme poor luck. Cognition issue two follows the B.O.S.S. team as they investigate certain unfortunate events in the countryside of England to confirm the legend's authenticity. During their travels, Sigma plays a little mind game with Hattie insisting he wants to get know the team better. By diving into her memories both Cal and Sigma learn about her melancholy past and how she became a member of B.O.S.S. After gathering further intel at a saloon they begin their investigation. Unfortunately, the hunters became the hunted when the beast found them first. Will the B.O.S.S. team come out of this unscathed or did they bite off more than they can chew? 

Issue #2 of Cognition contains the same content format as the previous issue: one major story followed by a bonus one. The narrative doesn't waste any quality as it is on an equal level with the last issue with a dark entity disturbing the locals and the team must lay it to rest. There is a very much deserved admiration for Ken Reynolds for crafting this brilliant story which is easy to follow and well balanced. This issue really centers on Cal and Sigma's limitations and how they must be in close proximity to be at their full potential. The art by Sam Bentley is what distinguishes this comic from any other. Dark art styles and great use of shadows follow suit with the comic's grim Victorian setting. One minor concern is in certain scenes where the characters and the background are tricky to distinguish but it is hardly to note about. All in all the comic bold and beautiful. The same goes for the bonus story where a clairvoyant named Martha, struggles to find the moral gray area in line of work. Cognition #2 has been successfully backed on Kickstarter and can always use new supporters. Don't forget to follow them on their Facebook and Twitter if you haven't already.


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Saturday, June 3, 2017

Lone Hunter

Witch's Nightmare

Welcome back to another feudal review at Comic Unknown. We enter the world where witches slither the seas and blackened trees. Where they roam over hill, under stone, crossroad, castle or even your comfy home. We enter the world of Kittarou Witch Hunter! Created by Blake Clouser, the self-titled series follows a rogue witch hunter wandering into a small town that is plagued by a witch that killed a woman and hung her as a scarecrow. Kittarou begins to investigate the occurrence and tries to fit together the pieces of this dark puzzle. He has a reaver with the soul of a witch named Toge to help assist his progress. Traps and false leads do not deter this witch hunter as he fights, slices and dices, and sets forth with skill and some humor as he traverses through the town to find the truth. This unique duo has hidden tricks and talents that make them a tough adversary. 

A masterless Witch Hunter is called a Rohantanin


As a protagonist, Kittarou is a Rohantanin that is not too serious but when in action, he knows exactly what he is doing. The Kittarou creative team also includes Felix Novara: Pencils and Designer, Mekenzie Martin: Colors, Kierston Van De Kraats: Ink Wash Shades, and James PeƱafiel: Flats. Blake Clouser and his team manages to have the art style match perfectly and fits the action and genre of the story. Kittarou Witch Hunter is easily an addictive and entertaining story that has action and a little comedy too. Its art is that of professionals and Kittarou Witch Hunter is an awesome webcomic that is consistently updated on their site or Taptastic. It is currently on page 53, so there already is a great amount of content already available. While available for free, readers can support this awesome creator via Patreon or Paypal. We expect to see the story grow with more back story of Kittarou and Toge throughout the series. Make sure to check out this series' social media on Facebook and Twitter.


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Thursday, June 1, 2017

Hidden Guardian

THE STUFFED BEAST



Welcome to a special MegaCon Orlando 2017 comic review. We had the pleasure to meet with writer Richard Rivera at Artist Alley as we stumbled onto his work: Stabbity Bunny. We had the opportunity to check out issue one and the quality is extraordinary. The story follows a second grader on a school field trip named Grace. Her day, unfortunately, changes to the worse as she is abducted by a stranger and is ransomed. If her mother does not obey the instructions exactly, Grace may pay for the consequences. Unluckily for Larry Greene the abductor, Grace has her stuffed bunny Stabbity with her and Larry has no idea what is about to happen to him. Mystical/ dark forces surround Stabbity as he animates and retaliates against Larry. One thing leads to another and Larry Greene is no longer an issue. As Grace's mother finds Grace safe and sound, Stabbity is back in Grace's arms as if nothing as occured.

Larry Greene
Stabbity Bunny Issue One is very enticing and exciting as pages were flipped continuously from cover to cover. The dark details and clean art combined with the rhyming narrative adds a creepy tone throughout the comic as the reader experiences Grace's misadventure. The art by Dwayne Biddix and Liezl Buenaventura grabs the readers immediately as the comic shows the character's emotions and vividly comes to life as if it is an animated film. Considering this is simply the first issue, there are many questions that come to mind (such as the mysterious glyphs that appear on the knife). Stabbity Bunny is a mysterious force to be reckoned with and should not be taken for granted. We would like to learn more about the characters as the series continue especially the origin of Stabbity. Stabbity Bunny Issue one was successfully Kickstarted July 2nd, 2015 and is now available at the Stabbity Bunny Site. To follow any updates on Stabbity and company, readers can check our their Facebook page and Twitter.

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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Delectable Carbohydrate

BREAKING BreAD


Welcome back to another fiber-filled review at Comic Unknown! We venture out to Melbourne where we find a doughy situation. We introduce The Talking Bread, an experimented loaf of bread now has a mind of its own! This doughy gang thus far consists of six different slices: Softy, Crust, Crumb, Bloat, Ears, and Fungal. Their freedom is short-lived as they are immediately chomped and slurped in the issue. The gang immediately catches a flock of pigeons attention and are taken to Queeny P (Queen of the Pigeon Clan). With limited options and a foreseen doom for these slices of bread, things get a bit alarming once one of the slices eats an Aspirin pill and causes one of the pigeons to blow up. Crust now believes they all have powers and thinks he's unstoppable. What other ridiculous circumstances will the breaded pack get entangled in?

The Talking Bread is an entertaining comic about the assorted bread slices that are animated and nearly immediately are in a rotting situation. The story was created, written, illustrated and lettered by Kieran Nunn and was successfully Kickstarted back on July 20, 2016. It is a six part mini-series that combines silliness from both the story and art, quickly making this a memorable read. There are not many other tales out there comparable to this one which enables the series to be in a unique spot in our baking oven. It is perfectly toasted in black and white and provides a satisfying story to have the audience looking forward to the next meal. The Talking Bread Issue One is available via Halftone Productions both digitally for $3.00 and physically ranging $5 to $10. For more information on The Talking Bread, make sure to check out their Facebook page as Kieran consistently updates the page.


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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

A Clucking Interview

COMIC UNKNOWN HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO ASK GABE OSTLEY A A FEW QUESTIONS ABOUT CLUCK RECENTLY. CHECK OUT WHAT HE SAID.


COMIC UNKNOWN (CU): What made you want to work in the comic book industry? 

GABE OSTLEY (OS):The lavish lifestyle. Swimming pools, movie stars.... poverty.... who am I kidding? This is a crazy line of work. But for serious I've always loved drawing and thinking up stories. And I was that guy who was always carrying around Ronin and Wolverine's Jungle Adventure in middle school. Ok, high school too. Actually, I wish I could still carry those around with me. 

CU: How did you come up with the story line of CLUCK? 

OS: Cluck was a fun one. I discovered one day that I had never seen the entire Dirty Harry film, unedited for television, and so I watched it one evening and was just floored by it. It's very Tarantino. And Eastwood is of course magnificent. Beyond his iconic "you feel lucky" quote, he has some great moments in that film. So that's kind of where it started. I wanted to do a Dirty Harry comic. But then I thought of how many clones there are out there. Charles Bronson built his whole career on that. Comics can do contrasts and extremes almost better than any other medium. So the opposite of Harry Callahan is... a chicken. That had to be it. Then it was simply a matter of covering all of the classic cop movie tropes. We needed an interrogation scene, the shouting match with the Captain, and the over the top car chase, to name a few. Gradually though, ideas started to filter in beyond just the parody. 

CU: Were any of the characters inspired by another character or person?

OS: None whatsoever. Ha! But really, the love of buddy cop movies was strong in this one.

CU: How many issues do you have in mind for the series?

OS: I enlisted writer Dustin Schmidt early on and we came up with a 4 issue arc initially. Really though, like Death Wish, Cluck could go on and on.

CU: Will the comic's universe continue after the series?  

OS: That's a good question. We were thinking of calling his city "Sunday City"-- and I always liked that name. Yeah, I could see other stories happening there.

CU: What was the most difficult part in the production of CLUCK? 

OS: I think the most difficult part was just the international communication. My co-writer was in Australia, so we were always on different timelines. 

CU: Are you planning on any new series after CLUCK? 

OS: Oh constantly. There's always too many ideas and not enough time, right? I'm really excited about the stuff I'm working on right now. WP Comics is offering a lot of opportunities for indie comics creators right now. Exciting times!

CU: Who is your favorite all time super hero/villain? Why? 

OS: I'm not that big into superheroes. I know. I'm weird. But I do really like the original Deathlok. I mean, he was basically a zombie/cyborg fighting cannibals in a post-apocalyptic NYC with an arsenal of big guns. That's a recipe for kickassity.

CU: What is the best way readers can find CLUCK? 

OS: WP Comics is releasing a mini of our initial 8 page pitch. I also *just* drew a short story starring Cluck for their Chronicles of Terror anthology. And it's a Christmas themed one so we get "Scrooge McCluck." The world needed this. You're holding it in your hands right now, aren't you? Hopefully, there will be more Cluck on the horizon. I think there will be.

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Saturday, May 27, 2017

Dark Side of the Moon

Two Sides to Every Coin

Comic Unknown would like to introduce the retro styled, Lord of the Cosmos. Set on a world called Aiden, the citizens use the power of the planet to fuel their machines. Society has created what they believe is utopia by combining their knowledge of magic and technology. As the natives achieve peace and prosperity throughout the majority of the planet, their ignorance is both their joy and potential demise. While the people of Aiden completely disregard the waste they leave behind as they live in their castles. The dark side of their utopia begins to creep up with those who were exiled from the promised land known as the Disciples of Umex in the outer lands and slums. There are many whispers about Umex's origin but was all pedestrian until now that has awakened from his long slumber and is ready to claim Aiden as his own. He calls upon the help of his underlings to wreak havoc across the planet. Will Umex wish come to pass or will his it be nothing but a dream?


Using what they know and love from the 80's Dennis Fallon, Jason Lenox, and Jason Palmatier forged Lord of the Cosmos. The essence of the first issue suggests that there's always a dark side, a consequence of every action people take even if they're unaware of it. Lenox created the concept and penciled the comic but Fallon and Palmatier brought this to life. The story is extraordinary in all the right ways and leaves the readers wanting more. The characters themselves were beautifully designed by all three of theses artist and each has their own history which can be seen in the issue. The illustration is brilliant and the black and white color scheme is very old school. This art style is seen throughout all the stories and it serves well. Lord of the Cosmos is elegant, immense and fantastic. It was fully funded on Kickstarter on September 26, 2016, but it never hurts to get more supporters. Lord of the Cosmos is available for $7 (including shipping) at Jason Lenox's site as well as on Comixology for $1.99. Readers can follow Jason Lenox on Facebook, Twitter, Ugli Studios site or his site for any updates in regards to Lord of the Cosmos or any other books he is working on.





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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Stiched Together

THE MORTICIAN AND THE ICEMAN


Welcome to another tailored review at Comic Unknown. We return to the creative team of Caleb Thusat and Katrina Kunstmann for another series known as Zed. Unlike Alter-Life, Zed is a gray scaled story that follows a duo (one alive, the other not so much) in search of a scientist for answers. Set at the end of a zombie outbreak, our main character Zed was involved in an experiment that caused him to become a zombie but somehow manage to stay with his humanness. As Zed and his mortician Bill locate the hospital where he might find some answers, they stumble their way to get in. Fighting the zombie hunger, Zed gets flesh hungry when more infected are around him, Zed manages to get some unnecessary attention and get injured long the process.  Fortunately for him, Bill manages to sow him back together when needed and build him anew. The story has these two fighting their way through zombies and government officials as if it is just another Tuesday. They trek through the city as if it is just another mundane trip to god knows where.

Written by Caleb Thusat, Zed Issue One takes a different turn than the usual zombie book. Allowing Zed to keep his humanity, intelligence, and some sanity, Thusat's storytelling is highly entertaining. The story launches the readers into a buddy adventure with the zombie twist and the complimentary art style can make the series comparable to an old-fashioned sci-fi cartoon. Katrina Kunstmann's art style creates a world that is attempting to restore from the zombie plague. Its grayscaled color scheme fits perfectly as it sets the tone for the post-apocalyptic story and allows the reader to project themselves into a zombie environment without any bites. If readers need an arm or any other limb to find Zed Issue One, they can be purchased as a physical copy or digital copy at the Village Comic site with a Halloween Variant that is still available. The Zed-iverse can be followed on Facebook as well as Village Comic's site for any news and updates. You can check the Village Comics Patreon for a lot of awesome perks including Instant Access to Issue #1 of both Alter-Life and ZED and even find Zed on Webtoons for free!


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Saturday, May 13, 2017

Flannel Sorceress

STATUS QUO

Welcome to another necromantic review at Comic Unknown. We return to Rats and Crow Publishing to find ourselves in the Pond Scum Comics imprint. We enter the world of sorcery in The Charmer, an intriguing piece involving magic with an enigmatic character and her mysterious uncle. Starting off in a cabin in the woods, our hero Samantha Jean Wyrick is a sorceress that is seen chopping wood as she is ambushed by a pair of armed men in suits. Her retaliation involves great agility, magic, an ax, and a great swing. The action is quickly halted once Samantha is informed by the men in black that her uncle “Mike” is requesting her presence. After being taken to him, the two share some bitter banter and her uncle state that he needs her help finding the Calvarian Obol: an ancient coin of great luck only known to most believe as a myth. As a sorceress, Samantha's outfit differs from one's idea of what one may believe a sorceress wears. Her style is a nice change of pace by naturally wearing a red flannel shirt and jeans. One may say her outfit fits her character as she can be perceived as tough and rugged. 

While she wields some sort of mystic power, the reader still does not know too much about her background or history. The Charmer Issue one was written by Bill William and creates an adventure for the leading heroine as she begins to map out her journey. The traditional art style gives the readers simple details that can still catch the readers attention. The Charmer Issue One holds a promising narrative as the readers are charmed by the story. Ricardo Silva (pencils) and Natalie Marques (colors) blend their artistic work flawlessly as pages are easily turned until the end of the issue. The Charmer has a mysterious uncle, a secret cult, a lost mythical Obol, and a super powered, sorcery wielding, flannel wearing heroine all in one series. The story invites everyone with a fun story, great art and awesome lettering (thanks to Thom Zahler). The Charmer issue one was a Kickstarter success story on November 21, 2016. Check them out on Facebook and find the comic available at Rats and Crows Publishing.

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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Roof Jumping

HEROIC GENETICS



Welcome back to an awesome review with Comic Unknown! We enter a new comic series and discover a new potential superhero in town. What's the catch? There has been only one superhero in existence up to date. What's the twist? The new "hero" is the first superhero's daughter! We welcome readers to Like Father, Like Daughter Issue One. The issue follows a teenage girl named Casey that lives with her single mother. She absolutely despises her father but like most teenage rebellion, her emotions to her father has a unique difference. Casey's father left her mother and herself to become the first superhero and called himself Invulnerable. Requiring his undivided attention, Invulnerable made the superhero business his number one priority and left everything else behind. It was not until Casey saves a young boy's life that she notices that she too has abilities. A bit unsure of what to do, she confides in her best friend Stephanie and tells her all the nitty gritty. Now convinced that she can do some better for the world, Casey begins to train her newly found abilities and see what her limitations are. She tests her speed by jumping rooftops and her endurance by taking pitches directly to her body. 

As the story begins to show our new hero grow, the story also shows a glimpse of Invulnerable's thoughts on what he did. Does he regret his past decisions with his family or does he live with it and enjoys the spotlight? Written by Kathryn Calamia,  Like Father, Like Daughter Issue one is the base of a potentially great series. The outrage Casey has towards her father will forever be engrained as she now has special abilities thanks to him. The art adds an extra layer of her character development as it emphasizes on her emotions and allows the readers to enter both her father and her world. With Wayne Brown (Pencils/ Inks), David Aravena (Colors), and John Palmer IV (letters) all working together in this creative team, Like Father, Like Daughter Issue One is well worth a look. Like Father Like Daughter is available in print for $3.99 at the Short Fuse Media site, digital for $1.89 at the Short Fuse Media site,  and in digital on Comixology for $1.99. To keep up to date with Like Father, Like Daughter, make sure to follow them on Facebook and Twitter


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Sunday, April 30, 2017

Steampunk Dream

Go Big or Go Home

Comic Unknown would like to welcome a tenacious blue alien named Delilah Blast. This self-titled comic takes place in a steampunk post-apocalyptic era where science governs the world. Our blue alien turns sixteen and wants to join the Earth's Science Association, E.S.A. for short. Unfortunately, she overslept and missed her opportunity to take the entrance exams let alone she's late for school. Nothing was going to stop her from attempting to join the E.S.A. Her dream from earlier piques the interest of her godfather and invites her to a special demonstration. Given another opportunity presenting itself, Delilah wasn't going to let this opportunity slip from her (even if it means going to another planet). Will her resolve be enough to make her wish fulfillment? Afterward, there's a bonus short called Duplicity about a teen flown to Tokyo as an exchange student with a deceptive twist.

Delilah Blast is a rare delight that feels very genuine. Marcel Dupree created a brilliant and energetic story that follows the courageous female protagonist Delilah. The series is something very scarce in the comic book realm as the well-executed visuals done by Joel Cotejar and Ramon Bunge are vibrant and pops on every page. The collaboration done by this team is phenomenal and it seduces you to the very end wishing for the next issue to arrive sooner rather than later. Delilah Blast Issue One was successfully funded on Kickstarter on March 18th, 2017. To learn more about the series, make sure to follow the blue alien on Facebook. As for the bonus comic, Duplicity. After reading the story the name is quite self-explanatory and it was written by none other than Dupree himself. Both the narratives he created are short and sweet leaving you in awe and wanting more. The artwork belongs to Pericles Junior and Ryan Burt respectively and it works. 


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Saturday, April 29, 2017

Ruthless Samurai

THE FEARFUL SWORDSMAN


Welcome to another feudal review at Comic Unknown. Based on William Dale Jennings' epic novel, “The Ronin” is the comic equivalent to the zen myth created by Chris Dickens. Successfully funded on Kickstarter on January 8th, 2017 The Ronin is dark and as edgy as the main character’s katana. The Ronin is a comic taking place in days of Feudal Japan with a very unapologetic main character. The unnamed “hero” as it will show is menacing throughout the issue in various and brutal ways.  The story starts with our hero walking around town with an eternal grimace and menacing towards the locals. The comic itself has an interesting way of seeing the main protagonist as it holds no bars on deciding his likeability. When the wanderer demonstrates his power, he holds no emotional restraints as he attacks a lowly shopkeeper after his stroll. Furthermore, he shows more ferocity on his next encounter when what seems to be an old monk attempts to arrest him and take his sword. The Ronin responds by slicing his opposition in half without so much as a verbal taunt. The only thing that can halt the psyche of this seemingly unstoppable force is a young boy with a cryptic note telling him to meet at the crossroads in a year.


The Ronin is very well detailed in its art and dark in illustration as it sets the mood for the comic as a whole. The characters are well drawn with defined facial features as well as dark inks all throughout thanks to Gian Carlo Bernal (pencils and inks), Jeremy Shepherd (colors), and Sean Glumace (letters). The comic is a form of a masterpiece when the details are shown in great depth. The writing in “The Ronin” allows for an easy read for readers. Issue one is the stepping stone to a great series as readers will have to patiently wait until the next issue. A Ronin is defined as a leaderless samurai and draws certain questions to the story and character's background. Who was his leader? Is the loss of his leader the reasoning behind the madness? Why the cryptic note to meet at the crossroads a year from the present day? Issue one opens the door to many questions. It also generates a bloodstained and crude introduction to this series. We look forward to following the series and we observe where the Ronin will venture to next. Be sure to check out their Facebook,  Twitter, and Lion Heart Comics website for more information on “The Ronin” comic series and all other projects.


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