Raff Reads Comics #2

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In issue #2 of her new weekly column, Raff checks out the good, the bad, and the ugly amongst the recent comic book releases...


There was a bit more available for me to read this week, so I was pleasantly surprised when I arrived at work to scope out the new comic shelves.

This week I picked up We Stand On Guard issue 2, John Flood, Dark Corridor and Artemis IX but it really was a filler week for me. Everything that I am looking forward to is out next week, including X-Files season 11. But without further ado, let’s jump right into the reviews.


We Stand On Guard (Image)
I started We Stand On Guard last month and loved it. I just thought it was such a refreshing idea, with the usual heroes acting as the villains. This story surrounds the idea that America has bombed Canada and it has started World War 3. This was a massive shock to my system, but I was hooked, mainly because the main character, Amber, is so likeable.

In the second issue of We Stand On Guard, we pick up with Amber making the decision to join the resistance. We get some insight into her past and how she came to be the person that she is today. We also get to know some of the other characters and see how the world is different because of this war. I loved the introduction of the Coywolf (coyote mixed with wolf) due to how the war has affected the wild life in the world.

I am not going to lie; I kind of want a Coywolf. I would call him Winston.

I think We Stand On Guard is really exciting, with amazing art and imagery. I would say that this is a sci-fi western and you will like it if you like TV shows like Firefly or Defiance. I thought the image of the base for the resistance was visually stunning.


John Flood (Boom Studios)
I have to admit; I very nearly passed on this comic just because I did not like the front cover. I am so happy that I gave it a chance. I loved this story.

In the beginning, John Flood did remind me of an old X-Files episode because it plays on the idea that soldiers should be modified so that they don’t sleep. Therefore, it should not come as a shock that I loved this read.

In issue #1, we meet Flood, a PI that doesn’t sleep, and Berry, an ex-cop that was accused of doing something he didn’t and is now a bit of a recluse. They team up because Flood is on the trail of what could be a serial killer, but could be something worse; although I am not quite clear on what the crime is from this issue.

John Flood had me hooked from start to finish and I really found the art, and found it to be a refreshing change from the norm. You will like this comic if you like The X-Files and other crime shows.


Dark Corridor (Image)
I picked this book up based solely down to the art on the cover. This was a mistake. This was a classic case of using one artist for the cover and another for the actual comic. I have to say that I hated Dark Corridor. I didn’t even finish it.

I read the first arc because each chapter is about a different crime, but I couldn’t read any more simply because I couldn’t get past the artwork. I couldn’t get lost in the story at all. Maybe I didn’t give this comic a chance but that is just the way that I felt. It did remind me a bit of Dick Tracy, except from the perspective of the bad guys.


Artemis IX (Image)
I am going to be honest with you, when I picked this one up, being that it is issue #1, I thought it was a new story and was carried away by the introduction. It used words like “technological singularity”, and as a person that believes Skynet could happen I was really excited to read this one.

However, I was disappointed. The art was amazing but the editor’s comments told me that I was coming into the story a bit late. Also, I hated Artemis. HATED HIM. His is one of the Gods of the new generation after singularity and the power has gone to his head.

I did like that once he dies he just has a new body but he still experiences the pain of death. I thought that this was only fair. I am not carrying on with Artemis IX, I know the story of Apollo is coming next, but I would have to find the other chapters in the story and I have too much to read as it is.

This book made me dread singularity when it is usually something that I am looking forward to, if only for the chance to become more like Chappie.


If you want to see what is coming next week, check out this list from Previews and if there is anything in particular that you want me to review, leave a comment or contact me on twitter

Raff buys all her comics from forbiddenplanet.co.uk

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