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New Comic Wednesday Review: 4001 A.D. WAR MOTHER
4001 A.D.: WAR MOTHER #1 (Valiant Entertainment, release date August 03, 2016) $3.99, 32 pages. Writer: Fred Van Lente. Artist: Tomas Giorello. Color Art: Brian Reber. Letterer: Dave Sharpe.
WAR MOTHER packs a ton of story into a one-shot issue. Readers won’t be disappointed. More likely, they will be clamoring for more. Hopefully, there is an ongoing WAR MOTHER series somewhere on The Future Of Valiant horizon. It’s a great story, full of promise. The amazing art brings the futuristic fringe society and the surrounding environment to dramatic life. This certainly deserves to be a limited series, at least.
WAR MOTHER spins off from the current 4001 A.D. limited series and cross-over event in several Valiant books (especially RAI). However, it’s not necessary to read those books in order to understand or enjoy the events in this standalone issue.
The Earth of the 41st century is mostly a barren wasteland. The nation of Japan separated from Earth long ago, and now orbits the Earth as New Japan, a floating country in space. There are few natural resources left on Earth and the surviving small communities struggle to survive. One outpost has survived by keeping to a strict policy of isolation. They only send residents outside of their walled city when they need to hunt for supplies from the devastated countryside. War Mother (Ana) is the primary scavenger for her community. She’s a one-woman army utilizing a sentient sniper rifle. As the cover art indicates, she’s a hunter, a protector, a mother, and a warrior - - - and when she gets out on a mission, she’s a total bad ass!
During the conflict between the ruling artificial intelligence of New Japan (Father) and Rai, city-sized sections of New Japan are broken off and jettisoned into space. Large chunks of these fall to the barren Earth. Ana is called out to conduct some mega-salvage and recover any useful inorganic material - - metals, plastics and circuitry. As she departs, she is reminded of the community’s edict: “return home with nothing living."
During the course of the mission, various sections of the planet are revealed as well as various threats from other scavengers and predatory creatures. Ana and her intelligent rifle (she has named it Flaco) develop a friendship and mutual respect. As might be expected, there is more than inorganic material to be salvaged/rescued from the fallen city section - - which puts Ana in conflict with the ruling party of her community.
Great character development. A fully-realized and imaginative world. Incredible illustrations. An intriguing new character in Ana, War Mother. We hope there is more. Recommended.
SANDMAN Vol. 1: PRELUDES & NOCTURNES TPB: Sandman Vol. 1 Writer: Neil Gaiman Artist: Sam Kieth, Mike Dringenberg
With Neil Gaiman revisiting the Sandman universe with his new mini, Sandman: Overture, this seemed like a good time to review his original masterpiece. In the first volume, the Sandman is captured by a rich occultist who endeavors to capture Death and make it do his bidding. Instead, he captures the Sandman whom he imprisons for 70 years. Eventually escaping, he learns that the symbols of his office have since been turned into powerful relics used by the mystical community. On a search for the symbols of his station from which he draws power, the Sandman must deal with Constantine, go through Hell itself, and stop a deranged inmate of Arkham who suddenly has power and the sick mind to put it to use. Neil Gaiman likely needs no introduction if you’re familiar with Sandman. It’s his best known work and one of the few graphic novels ever to make the New York Times Bestselle…
SINK #3 (Comix Tribe, December 20, 2017 release date) “A Head Full Of Wasps”. Story by John Lees. Art and Colours by Alex Cormack. Letters by Shawn Lee. Logo by Tim Daniel. Sink #3 will make you see red. Blood red. It’s splashed all over the pages of this story, seeping into each and every panel, even before the violence begins. “A Head Full Of Wasps” speaks to the buzzing that occurs in so many brainpans in these troubled and violent times - - and the red that is visualized when some of us experience injustice, brutality, cruelty, or abuse and then seek retribution, revenge, and bloody justice. If only everyone could read this story, and then remember it whenever their cheeks flush with anger - - and think before they act. Yeah, I’m a pipe dreamer. I also just set out to write a review. Don’t know why I’m treating SINK #3 like this is a morality fable. Have you ever read a simple but well-written story that leads to your thinking outside the box about oth…
I’m not going to dwell on the real world here (not my expertise), just share some high points of 2017 from the BC Refugees blog . . . . . .It was a busy year for BC Refugees, with 383 articles posted to the site in 2017. The big majority of those were news releases and special previews from various publishers, as detailed below. We don’t post every single press release received, just the ones I believe will be of interest to my readers. Of course, some publishers send me more content than others. Some send me nothing. These included:Valiant Entertainment (70 posts), IDW Publishing (69), Papercutz (11), Alterna (9), Comixology (7), Aazurn/Gary Scott Beatty (6), Amigo (5), ComixTribe (4), Tidal Wave (3), Pro Se Press (3), Sequart Org (3), Marvel (3), Aftershock (2), Devils Due (2), Tinto Press (1), Ramon Gil (1), Chapterhouse (1), Red Stylo Media (1), American Mythology (1), Starwarp Concepts (1), and Lotus Enterprises (1). I also covered several c…