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REVIEW The Redder Coltrane story arc

September 20, 2017 Leave a comment

Force Six, The Annihilators

The Destruction of Redder Coltrane

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Step forth and accept your annihilation

The biggest story arc from season I is reviewed by the good folks over at the COMICLER. We appreciate the good look. Let’s see what they said.

…the story in review:

…it’s hard not to be satisfied with a completed mission that encompassed sword-fights, high-tech gear, victories, casualties, stand-offs and a whole ton of shots fired.

Pilot syndrome is a well-known scourge of media. How do you hook your audience on undeveloped characters, plot introductions with limited time for world-building and mastering a sense of tone that has not had a chance to evolve naturally? Force Six, The Annihilators finally gets a chance to take off with Season One: The Destruction of Redder Coltrane. Just as the case was with Episode 01, we are treated to action-driven stories with a conservative approach to plot exposition that keeps a sense of mystery about the series. It’s still wholly unclear how much will be divulged in time; however Season One demonstrates that the promises of the original issue are kept with a substantial sense of growth.

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The first thing to note would be the team. None of the characters have much in the way of backstories, motivations or even fully-developed personalities. In many ways, they are aesthetic-driven and have similar attitudes supplemented by quirks that help them feel distinguishable from one another just enough to make the team feel like it’s more than a group of skilled killers. Jackie-Five steals the show while characters like Beta-One and Kojin-Two get to enjoy powerful moments that leave the reader fascinated and in need of a bit more of their personal touches. These might not be characters that you can have firm attachments to just yet, but they are more than enough to induce interest. While the characters’ consistent attitudes do well to establish tone, there are some odd cases of phrasing and awkward dialogues that don’t quite add up without a dedicated focus. The writing isn’t something a Harvard professor would pass, but it’s enough to get you through the story with a solid grasp on what’s occurred.

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Visually, Drew Spence is stretching his talents much further than would have been expected after episode 01. While 3D modelling-based media are often plagued with the overly-sleek, barren backgrounds that plagued animated series like Beware the Batman, Spence finds a way to keep things visually rich without a need for highly-populated paneling. The variety of scenery, the use of color and the way atmosphere is approached in this comic are truly inventive. There is scarcely a more beautiful depiction of what can only be described as wastelands in any modern media. Mix this with the variety of character aesthetics, with a particular emphasis on stylized weapons and you’ve got some really gorgeous eye candy.

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Overall, this comic surpasses expectation with dramatic improvements in the fields of panel-layout, lettering and characterization. While there is plenty of room to grow on the story-telling front, it’s hard not to be satisfied with a completed mission that encompassed sword-fights, high-tech gear, victories, casualties, stand-offs and a whole ton of shots fired. In the end, the vaguely villainous titular character sees his end and serves his purpose. Hopefully, Drew Spence has some long-game plans to prevent these seasons from becoming overly formulaic. There’s hardly anywhere to go but forward for the Annihilators.

Pros:
Action, action and more action
Welcome variety for characters/weapons/landscapes
Greatly improved lettering

Cons:
Underdeveloped villain
Short-sighted plot
No real motivations to attach to

Final Judgement:
8.1

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The Countdown for Season II has begun

September 19, 2017 Leave a comment

Force Six, The Annihilators Season II

 

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It’s really a big deal, or at least it is to me. We are celebrating the end of season I at the start of season II. Lots of readers, lots of feedback and plenty of inspiration to start very strong.

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Well, season II picks up, pretty much after episode 09 Metal Devil Maiden. It’s more tangles with the crew of vixens and full-cadre action at the jump. We should be sharing news and nibs from the season since the production is already deep into the episode count. Follow us on social media to get your A-gang glimpse.

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REVIEW! Force Six episode 01 Trick Shot

September 12, 2017 Leave a comment

Annihilators premiere in review

The Annihilators first episode is rewound and reviewed.

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Graphic Comic from The Dynamic Universe.

Comicler.com gauges and  gives a great glimpse of the get go episode.

…it’s hard not to look forward to seeing how far this can go. Learning more about the Annihilators and seeing more gorgeous still-choreography is more than enough to deserve readership. Drew Spence might just have something really special at his fingertips…

 

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Every now and again the purpose of a story isn’t just about being told, it’s about the medium of storytelling itself. While comic art has come a long way, there are always going to be those who are eager to push the envelope and take the next step into uncharted territory. While these leaps of faith don’t always have the smoothest of landings, there’s a lot to be said about opening the door for future opportunities. Such is the case with Force Six: The Annihilators.

Episode 01: Trick Shot shows off the style and uniqueness of The Dynamic Universe’s Drew Spence. Spence takes 3-D models and carefully renders them in poses over a canyon setting. This is a fast-paced issue that, while feeling more like a tease than a beginning, does tell a complete segment of a story. Playing off the limited time-frame and the unknowing perspective of the reader, Spence has a hit play out before our eyes quicker than we can gauge the full scope of the situation. This makes for a twist at the end that shows that things aren’t as simple as they seem, and the world inhabited by the Annihilators isn’t one to be taken at face value. Other than that, there’s driving and shooting. This action-packed sequence may not give clear motives for the characters, but it definitely tips the reader off to the themes they can expect in subsequent issues.

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As far as the medium, Trick Shot contains its own soundtrack, playing on the virtual medium of digital comics and expanding the experience in a fun way. While the models may not be as expressive as some art styles in traditional comic books, the action poses look stellar. There’s one sequence involving a technologically-augmented stunt that feels like it was taken straight from a Final Fantasy cut scene. The possibilities of this art style really do beg to be explored, and the Dynamic Universe seems to be the place to go. With enough time and effort, this has a real chance of being placed up there with the great artists of our time. As of now, the rendering can be a bit sloppy. Some motions are unclear, and the lettering leaves something to be desired. Still, credit where it’s due, this is an exciting piece of content.

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Even if the art or narrative don’t have full breathing room in such a brief issue, it’s hard not to look forward to seeing how far this can go. Learning more about the Annihilators and seeing more gorgeous still-choreography is more than enough to deserve readership. Drew Spence might just have something really special at his fingertips, but it’s too early to judge that as of now.

Pros:
Action
Soundtrack
Intriguing concept
Unique art-style

Cons:
Bland characters
Limited scope
Awkward lettering
Emotionless models

Final Judgement: 7.4

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ComiXology Episode 02 Sins of the Pass

September 6, 2017 Leave a comment

Force Six, The Annihilators

—– arrives in digital format on ComiXology!

Episode 02 Sins of the Pass

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The Annihilator Jackie 5 and Beta One travel to Fronterra in search of the war criminal Tiber HenGemon. What they find when they find him is quite a fine find, indeed.

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