Collectors

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Rating: 4/5 – A Look Into the Life of a Collector and His non-Collector Spouse.
by ComicSpectrum EiC Bob Bretall.

Premise
Collectors is a weekly strip published every Sunday about a comic collector (Eddie) and his wife Kristen who is NOT a collector.  The strip is not coincidentally written & drawn by Eddie deAngelini, a comic collector who lives in Los Angeles with his wife Kristen.  You can find the strip on-line here: http://collectorscomic.com/index.html.

What’s Awesome About It?
If you’re a collector or can appreciate the collector mind-set then you should find plenty here to love.  deAngelini is a collector and works in a comic store so his insights and humor on collecting really ring true (though his comic-strip doppleganger works in a generic office).  Great moments are sprinkled throughout the run and the counterpoint between a collector and his non-collecting spouse is something that a lot of collectors can likely relate to.

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My Thoughts
The art is fairly standard for a humor strip and gets the point across, it sits somewhere between Cathy and Drabble on the art style continuum.  It’s the writing that is the clear draw here.  I see a lot of myself in Eddie, which is a clear draw for me, and his long suffering wife Kristen makes me think of what I’ve put my poor wife Janine through over the years with my collecting (see the strip above for an example, I’ve done this…)  This strip is highly recommended!

Reviewed by: Bob Bretall
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Short Stories – A Dead Good Friend pt.2

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Rating: 4/5 – Another Excellent Crime Short Story.
by ComicSpectrum reviewer Stephen Bretall.

Premise
Short Stories is a comic focusing on individual stories of just a few pages in various worlds. It’s not too far along, but is already churning out some excellent content. This review focuses on ‘A Dead Good Friend part 2’ found here: http://shortstories.webcomic.ws/comics/25/ …and check out the first part here http://shortstories.webcomic.ws/comics/1/ and my review of the first part.

What’s Awesome About It?
Although not quite as laser-focused as part one, A Dead Good Friend part two still manages to keep up the killer pacing that made part one so good. The art, while not  spectacular, is still strong with good use of color and well thought-out panel composition. This part seems like a great lead-in to an even larger storyline, but stands alone quite fine as well. Once again, it’s a testament to the creator’s craft that there’s a depth of character and story to this piece that most comics would take an entire extended storyline to deliver, pulled off in just eight pages.

My Thoughts
This is high quality storytelling which I recommend highly. It’s short too, so there’s almost no time commitment! Make sure to read part one first if you haven’t already, and while you’re at it, check out the other comic short stories on the site – they’re quite good too!

Reviewed by: Stephen Bretall
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The God Child

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Rating: 4.5/5 – 14 Pages So Far With More Story Than Other Comics Have in 28!
by ComicSpectrum reviewer Stephen Bretall.

Premise
The savior has been trying to be born into the world for years, only to be killed in the womb by a mysterious organization every time. Now, the latest carrier may be the one to finally save the world – or doom it.  Check it out at:
http://godchild.keenspot.com/comic/start/

What’s Awesome About It?
As of the time of this review, there are only 14 pages of The God Child up, but it has me hooked. The dialog and narration is punchy and engaging, and the pacing doesn’t mess around – more has happened in 14 pages than many webcomics could pull off in twice as many pages, all without feeling rushed.  The art is solid, and the colorist should be given special praise because the way colors and lighting bring the comic to life is just wonderful.

Story-wise, the comic immediately dives into some hardcore action that tells me DJ Coffman isn’t going to be afraid to pull any punches, which is a big part of what makes me really excited for more of this.

My Thoughts
Although still extremely early in its run, The God Child will be a webcomic I’ll be keeping up with, and is something I recommend checking out for fans of action, drama, or good comics in general. If religious subject matter bothers you, it looks like there might be some of that (well, it deals with the savior being born, so this is to be expected).  Proceed with caution if religious or semi-religious overtones are a problem for you, but as of now there’s nothing that I found to be excessive that front. This is one to check out and add to your list of comics to keep an eye on!

Reviewed by: Stephen Bretall
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Da Weekly Comic

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Rating: 4/5 – Endearingly Funny Newspaper-Style Comic.
by ComicSpectrum reviewer Stephen Bretall.

Premise
A collection of short gags that seem like they’d be right at home in the newspaper comics section. And considering the quality of most newspaper comics, they’d be some of the better ones there. Also, it’s made by a High School student, so props for that, as it’s quite solid work. Check it out at:
http://www.daweeklycomic.com/Comics_html.php

What’s Awesome About It?
When it comes to comics like this, it all comes down to a simple question: are the jokes funny? And in this case, I’d say that in general, yes they are (at least for my sense of humor, YMMV). I definitely chuckled more than a few times while reading, and while none of the jokes were incredibly memorable or hilarious, they were definitely enjoyable and clever.

Art-wise, the comic has a sort of doodle-like style reminiscent of Cyanide and Happiness, which isn’t going to win any awards for artistic excellence, but is appropriate for the content and has a sort of loose style that works well with the jokes.  The site itself uses a slideshow format which, while initially off-putting to me just for being different than every other webcomic I’ve seen, is actually not bad as it blows up the image quite nicely and makes for fairly easy navigation.

My Thoughts
This is a good comic to check out if you’re in the mood for a good chuckle and some light entertainment. And really, when it comes to webcomics, a solid gag strips can be rarer than you’d think, so don’t miss this one!

Reviewed by: Stephen Bretall
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Lunarbaboon

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Rating: 5/5 – Touching and Funny Comics About Fatherhood.
by ComicSpectrum reviewer Stephen Bretall.

Premise
A guy makes comics about his kid, his wife, and the various situations and adventures having both gets him into. The comic is organized blog-style, so you’ll have to scroll down and hit the “last page” buttons at the bottom to navigate it. It can be read from first comic to last or last to first, whichever you like – there’s no ongoing story:
http://www.lunarbaboon.com/

What’s Awesome About It?
This comic is pretty much the definition of ‘touching’. There is a good mix of jokes, insights into parenting, and general witty situations/observations to keep it interesting for a variety of readers. Even as someone who’s not a parent, I could empathize with the characters and see the humor in the situations the comic gives off. The art is just right for the tone the comic goes for, which adds a lot to the atmosphere. While not laugh out loud funny most of the time, Lunarbaboon, despite the somewhat out-there title has a sort of down to earth humor that is executed perfectly.

My Thoughts
If the idea of a comic about fatherhood and the sometimes wacky, sometimes heartwarming situations it can produce seems at all appealing to you, I can highly recommend this comic. This comic does it does what it does very well, and is definitely worth a read.

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Transdimensional Brain Chip

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Rating: 4/5 – Very Funny Story but Weak Art.
by ComicSpectrum reviewer Stephen Bretall.

Premise
A dumb guy who just wants to get girls and quick cash volunteers for an experiment that allows him to see alternate versions of himself in other timelines. He uses this power to get dates and avoid bad movies, but things start getting messy when he gives his secret away…
Read the comic here: http://brainchip.thecomicseries.com/comics/first/

What’s Awesome About It?
This comic has a really interesting premise done quite well. The alternate timelines are presented as side-by-side series of panels, doing things you can really only do with the medium of comics and doing it in an interesting way. The main character, while dumb, is likable and comedic. The comic is fairly new but already the seeds of an interesting story and exciting/humorous plot developments have begun to blossom.

This brings us to the elephant in the room, the art. The art gets the point across, for the most part, and is just cartoony enough to be passable. Unfortunately, that’s about all the positives I can say about it.   I thought the MS-Paint look really detracted from my reading experience as a whole – although it’s a great testament to the writing that the art didn’t turn me away from the strip entirely.

My Thoughts
This comic is an enjoyable read and I am very interested with where the story will lead. The art is definitely a detriment, but it’s worth reading the strip anyway to get to the story. And hey, if you find the art decent or even good, then all the better, as it’s the main thing holding the comic back, in my opinion!

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Unlife

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Rating: 4/5 – A Very Well-Executed (and Different) Take on Zombies.
by ComicSpectrum reviewer Greg Bretall.

Premise
Unlife takes place in a world where zombies exist, but unlike most other popular zombie fiction, the world is not post-apocalyptic. Rather, most zombies are sentient and are relegated to an oppressed status in society. The main character is James Falick, a man who was turned into a zombie, causing him to lose his girlfriend and earning some distrust from his family.  http://unlifecomic.com/2011/09/30/09302011/

What’s Awesome About It?
Unlife starts off as a very interesting mix of a slice of life webcomic together with a zombie apocalypse. While it starts off as a mostly light-hearted look into the life of someone who is now undead, it quickly transitions into a much more serious comic. The comic deals with several hard hitting social topics by using the zombies as a stand-in for other marginalized segments of society. The main topics writer Josh Breidbart addresses in Unlife are discrimination and segregation. He also deals somewhat with political and ideological extremism through the anti-zombie protesters. However, the comic has very slow pacing and despite being almost 3 years old and updating biweekly, the plot has yet to move significantly forward. This is largely due to the various plot threads that are introduced and teased at, but not very deeply expanded upon as of the writing of this review.

The art by Zack Turner is very solid, using a dark blue palette focusing on blue shadows that contrast with more light blue skin on the zombified main cast. This use of color is definitely one of the comic’s strongest points from an artistic perspective. The author is also extremely good at consistently putting out strips on time.

My Thoughts
I think Unlife has a great amount of potential as a concept and as a webcomic. It has a lot of interesting plot points that will most likely be expanded further in the future. However, the addressing of social issues in the comic was, for me personally, not quite focused enough so far. I think that this aspect of the story is one of the more powerful tools it has at its disposal and isn’t used enough. However, this doesn’t really detract from the overall quality of the comic. I definitely think that Unlife is worth a read to anyone who is interested in a very different take on the zombie genre.

Reviewed by: Greg Bretall
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)
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