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Review: Savage: The Wild Graphic Novel

Savage: The Wild

Blurb:

Teenage heartthrob. Feral social icon. Dinosaur hunter. Born and raised on an uncharted island full of prehistoric dangers, Kevin Sauvage has a taste of home when a mutant dino threat invades England! From the mad minds of international superstar Max Bemis (Moon Knight) and powerhouse artist Nathan Stockman (Spidey) comes the craziest action book of 2020. Collecting SAVAGE (2020) #1-4.


I completed this review in exchange for a free digital copy via NetGalley.com

All-out chaos and mayhem is what you get when two parallel worlds come together to bring a zany tale of Kevin Sauvage – a celebrity that grew up hunting dinosaurs and other misc. feral beasts in another dimension. Savage now exists in an Earthly dimension in England as somewhat of a star. However, as I write this I certainly do have complaints ( once again ) about pixelated images and the horrid Adobe .acsm viewer combining to make an experience that would have been much better with just a standard PDF file. I have no interest in giving it away and / or pirating anything.

Now, on with the quality of not the digital product experience, but with the quality of the story and artwork: It’s hard to take anything with much seriousness and more than a grain of salt in this story because the basis of it is basically that Savage and his counter parts are against an evil mad scientist, a technological “Project Bizarre” ( a threat to the Earthly dimension because of the creatures it holds ). We are left with not much resolution to the story but a bit of a cliffhanger at the end for the next book. The art, ( besides the fact that the images are pixelated ) I thought was better than the story itself. I had fun reading it, but that was mostly due to the art than the story. Overall, I rate this at ★★✬☆☆ 2.5 stars out of five.

Guys and gals, until next time – may you find all the happiness that your life can fit in it’s happy spot – S.D. McKinley.

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Review: The Vain (2021) – Graphic Novel

Red water fading to purple? I don’t know if I’d be drinking and floating on THAT. 😬

This review was completed in exchange for a free digital graphic novel via NetGalley.com

Blurb:

Spanning nearly a century in time, The Vain chronicles the criminal lives of four sinful and stylish blood bank-robbing vampires. 

Chicago, 1941. A blood bank is held up in a robbery, but no cash is taken—only blood. It’s the latest in a string of similar robberies and as the United States prepares to enter World War II, FBI Agent Felix Franklin is certain it’s part of a wider plot to weaken the United States by depriving it of its blood supply. But the truth is much more sinister.

The four robbers are vampires: immortal, physically powerful, and after decades of honing their skills, practically untraceable. But time goes on and the vampires—who call themselves The Vain—stay the same in a world that is rapidly changing around them. As security measures evolve, stealing blood is harder every day. And with every decade that passes, Agent Franklin gets closer to finding them. Capturing them. Ending them.

The Vain is a story about wild, eternal youth, reckless rebellion, endless love, and how in the end…maybe it is better to burn out than fade away.


Vampires killing Nazi’s? Yes. Working in the shadows of the government? Yes. Those things make for a great story telling basis. Nitty gritty situations is what makes for favorable entertainment and the question is: do the story tellers and art magicians succeed in building a solid foundation for the story and get all the little proverbial kinks right?

Example of art style inside The Vain – while not my most favored art style, I am mostly acceptant of it. These artists use texture overlays quite a bit and it turned out well.

For the most part, the answer is Yes. This is presented like a comic should be with consistency in style and form of story with fun and graphic representation of violence and blood, following four vampires through USA history. This story starts off with a bank robbery to get blood stored away in a safety deposit box and is light and fun, not getting too serious about anything, then dives deeper into the government using any resources available for the country, including the four vampires.

I’m not an expert on Vampires or Nazis of things, but that doesn’t matter because I still very much enjoyed with this book had to offer which is a behind the scenes look at American history in the 1940s and into future decades, finally ending in present day, with plenty of impalements for the mortals and blood drinking for the immortals to advance the agenda . . . drugs . . . and vomit.

Variables change with time and so must your strategy. The Vain covers these with different places in different times like the U.S.S.R. and Cuba in regards to illegal activity and spying and USA’s stronghold on it’s national security in relation to organized crimes of Vampires. The Vain weighs in at ★★★★☆ four out of five stars for great fun.

Guys and gals, until next time – may you find all the happiness that your life can fit in it’s happy spot – S.D. McKinley.

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DNF Graphic Novel Review: Belle: Oath of Thorns

Belle: Oath of Thorns TPB [ Image Source: mycomicshop.com ]

This was fun, what I read of it. However, the images were pixelated in this Adobe protected PDF and their viewer for these .acsm files is absolutely horrendous. I won’t deal with it ( you can see for yourself what I mean. It scrolls painfully slow and the zoom is unusable which is critical for digital comics ). You can load it up, especially on a mobile device and it is right next to trash, in a dumpster fire. I can’t understand how Adobe gets away with putting out basura like that ( with the exception of Photoshop and the likes ).

Anyways, like I said I was enjoying this, but Zenescope didn’t test their methods, so Belle: Oath of Thorns TPB gets a ★☆☆☆☆ one star out of five from me.

[ Image Source: debrafine.com ]

Guys and gals, until next time – may you find all the happiness that your life can fit in it’s happy spot – S.D. McKinley.

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PSA: NetGalley Security Issue / Hack

Well, Merry Christmas Eve and I hope everyone that celebrates is in a swath of comfort, in the best way possible. Poor NetGalley.com, the method isn’t stated, but along with the fact that their homepage was defaced, they were hacked. Evidently they store passwords in clear text. Tsk, tsk. A security incident that involves you as a member, as you hopefully have seen in the email that was sent ( if you are, in fact a member ):

Change your passwords and if you used the same one for any other accounts, change those, too.

Guys and gals, until next time – may you find all the happiness that your life can fit in it’s happy spot – S.D. McKinley.

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Graphic Novel Review: Paris 2119

Paris 2119 by Zep ( story ) and Dominique Bertail ( illustration ). Yep, we have an optical illusion with the line curvatures on the cover, here. I had to triple check to make sure this image didn’t become amorphous. If my checks had failed, I would have beat it into submission. Is that a pane of glass, separating the light from darkness? Interesting . . .

I received this graphic novel as an ARC in exchange for an honest review via NetGalley.com

Blurb:

Celebrated author Zep (A Story of Men, A Strange and Beautiful Sound) weaves a mystery borne from humanity’s addiction to convenience and technology, and the dangers such addiction can propose. This gorgeously illustrated, poignant sci-fi tale aims a spotlight on current social trends such as over-consumption, climate change, identity theft, and transhumanism. Painted in detailed watercolors by Dominique Bertail, this book evokes the classic science fiction styles of Jean “Moebius” Giraud, Enki Bilal, and Jean-Claude Mézières.


Since the creators opted to list the social trends covered, I will make a quick one-liner note about their relation to this story:

  • Over-consumption: a letting caused pollution leading up to a teleportation device that is problematic in it’s deceitful nature. All in attempt to fix a problem that just ends in more problems.
  • Climate change: atmospheric disinfection program that causes it to rain non-stop.
  • Identity theft: What happens after attempting to contain a man after you erase his identity? Trouble.
  • Transhumanism: digital clones, teleportation, privacy concerns potentially all leading to mental and physical problems.

The choice of art style here is interesting, as the extended description on Amazon says, “[…]in a classic style reminiscent of legendary French graphic novelists such as Bilal, Moebius, and Mezieres.” The art style isn’t futuristic, but rather archaic:

Inside art style for Paris 2119.
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Graphic Novel Review: Rogue Planet

[ Image Source: ComiXology.com ] Just amazing artwork. If you click this picture, it takes you to a source to buy the individual comics that are available for release now, unlike this graphic novel, that will release on 02 Mar 2021.

I completed this as an ARC in exchange for an honest review via NetGalley.com.

Have you ever seen a comic running through a tablet that looks 3D? Holy Cannoli. Nonstop, dropkick, knock your face off, extra-pulpy SciFi monster-butter on top of SciFi bread with space jelly of whatever flavor you want, here with Rogue Planet. I really enjoyed this one! 🤨