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PREVIEW: 'BLACK [AF] DEVIL'S DYE' by Vita Ayala and Liana Kangas

 This latest BLACK [AF] collected mini-series is written by breakout star Vita Ayala ( New Mutants, X-Men: Children Of The Atom, Morbius, Bitch Planet, The Wilds ) and rising star artist Liana Kangas ( She Said Destroy ).   When a new drug called VANTA hits the streets, word is it's the hottest thing since Ecstacy. For regular people, it has all the highs and none of the lows of traditional drugs. There is some fine print, however - for empowered Black folks, the drug causes a total and violent loss of control. The Project sends Indigo to investigate, and it soon becomes apparent that this is more than just a new designer distraction for the masses. Indigo together with former Detective Ellen Waters race to find the source of the substance poisoning their people, before it's too late!   The superhero universe where only Black people have superpowers continues to expand, for the first time with a new creative team building onto the exciting world created by Kwanza Osajyefo, Tim

Indie Review: 'Man vs Rock' #1 by Kevin Bieber and Victor DeTroy



The world of indie comics, the real blood, sweat and tears of homegrown comics, is a vast and hungry subculture that thrives on ambition, love, and various levels of talent. It's still one of the few places you'll find stories that you'll find no where else, sometimes for good reason. There are no bad ideas only poor execution. In Man Vs Rock Kevin Bieber and Victor DeTroy have a wild idea but execute it well enough to be convinced that rocks will be the end of us all. 

This is a satire in the spirit of sci-fi B-movies of the 1950's. The gist is that one day after a milenia of abuse and mistreatment, rocks will rise up and destroy their abusers - humanity. Suffice it to say, things get weird as we revisit historical events with a twist. There's only one man, a scientist, Buck Stone who sees this coming and of course no one believes him but the more you hear him talk the more you'll be convinced. 

DeTroy's art is sparse, no coloring, just rough sketching that holds its own charm but really flourishes with close-ups of Stone's haggard, paranoid-filled, desperate face. He also seems fond of drawing perfectly round derrieres and male nudity. Needless to say, 'Man Vs. Rock' is for mature audiences.

If you're looking for something unpolished and rough around the edges but totally committed to a crazy idea, 'Man Vs. Rock' is the book for you. It's a fun and totally independent venture that reminds you why we love comics - it can make the unbelievable come to life no matter how bizarre or weird it might be.  


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