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Red 5 Comics’ Dead or Alive

It is my belief that zombies make everything better, probably more so in fiction stories than in real life. Do you enjoy a good, rough ridin’, old west cowboy tale? Add zombies to that backdrop and you’ve got Dead or Alive. This is the debut issue, written by Scott Chitwood (Co-Publisher of Red 5 Comics, co-founder of TheForce.Net) and art by Alfonso Ruiz (Abyss: Family Issues, Ezra), and is on shelves right now and also available digitally at Comixology

The stage is set with a back story about an ancient Pueblo city discovered by a prospector in 1873. Impressive in it’s architecture and complexity, haunting in it’s apparently sudden abandonment by the Indian tribe who called it home. And this is where the fun starts.

Black Knife was a very bad Indian; a guy the others feared and   hated. He practiced dark magic and sacrificed his place in the  tribe for it. Black Knife also chose to go out in a hail of magic  puff powder, cursing the entire Pueblo city. Sure, we’ve seen this story before. The good people of the town banish the creepy guy/girl for being a witch/warlock/tomb raider, etc. Banished person says goodbye with a nasty curse that ensures all those good people suffer for being jerks. Except, this one is articularly fun and gory. You know why? Yep! Zombies!

I thought the idea of a zombie curse wiping out an entire Pueblo  city was pretty cool to begin with, but when the story then moves to the wild west and we meet cowboys Jed and Sam, the possibility of this walking dead curse standing the test of time only ups the creep factor. I mean, we all hope when the zombie apocalypse happens the flesh eating bums will just die off naturally at some point, right? What if the zombies die, but the whole thing can just happen again and again, regardless of time or location? 

Jed and Sam discover the gruesome murder of a town full of nice folks and learn that an evil, bad criminal named El Muerto is to blame. El Muerto also has a hefty price on his head. Thus begins the classic battle of good guy vigilante versus infamous outlaw.

This story is a fun, easy read. It’s familiar territory, but told in a silly, old west voice that I couldn’t help but enjoy. The artwork is colorful and fits perfectly here, just like it did for Abyss. Red 5 Comics always provides something different than the same old super hero and Dead or Alive is no exception. I see this story having the potential to continue being so entertaining, and I really like the approach of zombies created by a black magic curse which is an homage to the original “zombie” of voodoo legends.

I recommend you check it out. Read it digitally first and if you like it, please buy the print. Great, unique stories like this one often come to us via the small guys, independent publishers and creator owned work.


Review: Abyss #3 Family Issues

Red Five Comics recently published Abyss #3, by Kevin Rubio and Alfonso Ruiz. If you haven’t read the first issues of this series, please get caught up here.   

The point of this issue is to explain to us the origins of ATOZ, the secret weapon that Eric Hoffman’s father has hidden in his underground lair. Why does everyone want it, what is it? The story involves aliens dropping from the sky, the military claiming ownership of alien technology and finding multiple ways to use it to our advantage, some of them sillier than others. One particular piece of alien technology, something they peg ‘the liquid’ leaves every scientist and engineer baffled as to it’s powers or weaknesses. One particular scientist decides this ‘liquid’ is priceless and succeeds in stealing it from the military. Would you be surprised if it ends up being used for devious purposes?

Fast forward to today and Eric Hoffman is busy cracking a hidden code in his father’s lair through a chess game. ATOZ is revealed and so are visitors. Eric doesn’t seem so bothered that these visitors let themselves into his ‘secret’ lair. He’s distracted by their news that Quiver is missing. The Arrow says he came to see if Eric could help them find her, claims Quiver is “crushing” on Eric.

I don’t want to spoil the surprise ending to this issue, so I’ll just say that we are left wondering who is really who they say they are and what makes ATOZ so damn important to every super hero and villian that knows it exists.

As I’ve said before, this comic series has a great sense of humor. It’s silly and endearing. This issue didn’t offer as much progression in the story as the first 2, but it also didn’t leave me feeling less interested. It’s a well written and colorful comic and well worth checking out, especially if you want a fresh, slightly comedic super hero tale.

Abyss: Family Issues #1

Another new title from Red 5 Comics, Abyss, is created by Kevin Rubio and Alfonso Ruiz. Abyss starts out with good, old fashioned, superhero action. We are thrown into the privileged world of Eric Hoffman, son of the world’s greatest super villian, ABYSS. ABYSS (or Raifer) faked his own death and left his 17 year old son in control of his muti-billion dollar corporation, his secret underground lair and his robot, R.E.D.S. Unfortunately for Eric, his father also left behind a horrible reputation that Eric has chosen to redeem by morphing ABYSS into a superhero. He sets out to look for people in need, using R.E.D.S and all of his father’s high tech weaponry to prove himself.

Not all of his new superhero buddies are so eager to welcome the new kid into the party. Eric is faced with some criticism and a general lack of respect from Mr Magic, who cuts him down and forces him to question himself. He looks to a friend, Blair Butler, aka Quiver, to help him find his purpose and figure out if he’s got what it takes to call himself a “superhero”.

Abyss is a colorful and fun peek into the life of a young billionaire trying to make right with the world for his father’s evil deeds. The story is funny and charming, slightly goofy at times and just a good, classic superhero adventure. Issue #1 leaves us anticipating family secrets and the possibility of a taboo love affair developing.

I’m excited to see where this one goes and looking forward to what I think will be a nicely rounded story.

Abyss: Family Issues #1 is available now from Red 5 Comics.






New Comic Review: Moon Girl

Official press release:

In a series described as “Dark Knight meets Mad Men” Moon Girl (Clare Lune) is a former Russian princess who championed counter-culture and social revolution in the 1940’s. Now, in 1950’s New York, she looks to settle into a quieter life only to find her adventures have inspired a new generation of fanatics who enforce their own brand of justice and social upheaval.

Written by Tony Trov and Johnny Zito and art by Rahzzah, Moon Girl is a re-imagining of the story originally created in the 1940’s by Gardner Fox for E.C. Comics. It is an exciting and beautifully painted collision of social revolt, family disfunction, zombies, comic noir style and beautiful, powerful women in 1950’s New York. Intrigued yet?

Issue #1 introduces Moon Girl both as the tormented princess trying to throw away her crown and royal duties and her alter ego, Clare Lune. In her attempt to escape her past Moon Girl has been thrown into the center of a violent social revolution that her psychotic mentor, Satana is convinced will be Moon Girl’s moment to shine. Satana tears into Moon Girl’s new life with a purpose and that is to push the hesitant hero into a position of power. At the same time a brutal villain who calls herself Sugar Plum Fairy is building a zombie army and hoping to use Moon Girl’s powers for her own vicious gains.

Although I found Issue #1 to be a tad complex in story, the interactions between characters scattered and somewhat kitschy, the story didn’t fail to capture my curiosity. The artwork is a whole other level of amazing, colorful and dreary all at the same time. Gorgeous textures in a painted style help to give every panel a very retro, yet unusual, mood and I found the art was what kept me reading.

Issue #2 does a fantastic job of quickly pulling the back story together and builds it up with high tension and more brutality. This story compiles some of the best elements of sci-fi, horror and classic super hero action in a beautifully drawn and colored package. I was very impressed with the creativity in the style of these books and I am excited to see more from this series.

Red 5 Comics is an independent publisher, so the only way to get your own copy of Moon Girl is to pre-order form your local comic shop during the month of February using Diamond order code FEB111132. Issue #2 of Moon Girl will be available in May by pre-order as well.

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