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(2015 5th Series Marvel)
Annual #1

This is an old-fashioned comic book.

Panel by panel it evokes a time when the story was only one issue long and the bad guys are foiled (but not eliminated).

In this issue, Daredevil is aided by the deaf superheroine Echo as they try to thwart the plan of Klaw, who has been using soundwaves to cause problems for Daredevil for many years now.

The story is a breeze to read and is thoroughly enjoyable. It is also very clever.

There is a short piece at the end of the comic book where our hero squares off against Melvin Potter, a.k.a. the Gladiator.

This issue is a throwback to a simpler times and is a must read for Hornhead fans!

(posted August 6, 2016)

 5 Questions with... 
Artist Kris Barz

1) On what project are you currently working?

I have two current projects I'm really excited about. One is my series of comic strips, "Out & About" ("Torta de Climão" in Portuguese), which I started three years ago in Brazil. It's about Kevin and his friends, their challenges as LGBTQIA persons, difficulties in life, love, work, and daily situations, always with good humor and sometimes a little bit of irony. I talk mostly about funny situations in their lives, but I also touch serious topics such as homophobia, prejudice, sexism, and racism. Right now I am translating the strips from Portuguese to English, as well as creating new ones, and posting them on the website.  The other project is "Dixon & Friends," a series of children's books about a dog and his other dog friends. It talks about friendship and family with some fun tasks and exercises in the middle that kids and their families can do together.

2) Whom in your field do you admire most and why?

Laerte is a great cartoonist/comics artist in Brazil. She has a very clever sense of humor. I love the way she touches political topics in her comics and how sometimes she makes use of the nonsense to make comics.

3) How did you get into the comic book field?

I loved drawing and writing my own stories since I was a child. Comics seemed like the best way to merge both things.

4) On which title would you most like to work and why?

I'm really happy working with my own comics now, specially after "Out & About's" book was released in Brazil last November. When I was a kid I used to read a lot of "X-Men," manga, and "Turma da Mônica" (very popular Brazilian comics for children), always dreaming of working for their studios, but after a while I noticed I wanted to tell my own stories.

5) On what project will you be working next?

I am writing the graphic novel with the same characters from "Out & About" for the Brazilian market and I am really excited about it. Hopefully it will be out in English as well!

For more on "Out & About," please visit here and here.

For more about "Dixon & Friends," go here.

(posted August 6, 2016)

Indie Corner

Indie Comics
(Aazurn Publishing)
# 1 

It's nice to see a new anthology of independent stories come along.

Thumbing through the six black and white stories, one is reminded of "Dark Horse Presents."

The first story, "Rohrr! Chapter 1: Why Did the Caveman Cross the Sea?" tackles the age old story of man vs. nature, where the line between predator and prey can be blurred.

In "Maketch Girl," a little girl who sells the drug maketch finds herself with no buyers and a dismal future. She starts to take the drug herself to escape her situation. Whether the ending is happy or sad depends on how one looks at the story.

"At Galaxy's Core: Raid on Rectory VII, Part I" is the third installment in this book. It takes the reader on a ride of science fiction complete with aliens and a Han Solo-like master thief.

If sexy vampires are your thing, then you'll enjoy "The Flame of Faith, Part I: Sharp's Mark." The protagonist, Sharp, awakens from drunken slumber with a tattoo and no recollection of what happened the night before. It is an engaging story and perfectly sets up the next installment.

The preface to the piece called "Silence" reads as follows: "Two aging adversaries converge for a final encounter. A hostile gathering to destroy the evil they believe each possess [sic]. A nefarious trait that must be silenced before the survivor will find eternal rest." One of the two is a samurai - 'nuff said!

"Night Errant," the last and best story in the collection, follows a vigilante with steampunk (it's also been called diesel punk) equipment. The story is too short, a lot of fun, and piques the interest.

For more about "Indie Comics," please visit here and here.

(posted August 6, 2016)