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Force Six Season III Review by Nextframez

Force Six Season III cover

Force Six, The Annihilators Season III Review

by Walid Djidjeh, Nextframez Comic Media Reviews

Force Six, The Annihilators” is a comic series written and illustrated by Drew Spence. Oh boy …where do Istart? reviewing and reading this comic series was quite the ride but I’m glad to say it was an enjoyable one. As a fan of unusual comics and stories I felt welcomed.

So, to start off, what is “Force Six, The Annihilators” ? To put it simply, it’s a sci-fi comic series mixed with some science fantasy and drama about an unusual squad of superheroes trying to do good in their world. Yeah, pretty sure that doesn’t do it justice as it is much more than just that.

This review revolves around the 3rd season of the series, going in fresh without having read the first couple of seasons made me experience it exactly like a new reader jumping in would.

The Force Six , The Annihilators Season III Includes :

First Arc:  Wheels & Cogs

Second Arc : The Misused Muse

Third Arc: Challenge Of The Champions

Fourth Arc : Crash and Burn: Speed Kills

First Impressions :

After reading through the comic, I felt as if I had to write down quite a few first impressions and decided to do so with the ones I deem to be the most important as that may be useful to know for readers who are thinking about joining the ride.

Here Goes:

-I liked the inclusion of a dedicated page at the start that gives you just what you need in order to go forward without getting lost or overwhelmed.

-I liked the fact that there is another dedicated page revolving around the main characters , giving you a brief “Bio” which helped in making them feel familiar enough to me and not like “complete strangers” ,it also gave me this thirst of knowledge to get to know more about them along with this “mysterious” feel to it, I would also assume that to those who have been following the series since the start it feels like a nod of respect & acknowledgement.

-At first, I wasn’t quite sure of how “good” the art style & the illustrations can get, but oh was I glad that I was wrong about that.

-While I initially thought that the “Acronyms” (Abbreviations) were a bit overused, I’ve come to welcome them and see them as something that makes it unique & scratches a certain itch for me being a tech nerd.

-To me personally, the characters can sometimes feel emotionless as I don’t feel like their faces portray what they’re feeling from time to time. Yeah, it’s not always the case, but it happened enough times for me to acknowledge that it’s there.

Characters:

Force Six comic character Mr Agility

So..First up,Characters :

Readers would be happy to know that despite the characters being literally “Out of this world”, they still seem relatable and believable enough given the setting the series has.

The characters are diverse enough with many features, personalities and abilities setting them apart from each other, making them feel completely unique. Season III uses the latter in a great way offering variety from one arc to another.

“The Series has some really well fleshed out characters …with tons of interesting backstories. ”

The characters’ designs were for the most part spot on for me, the “force six” team itself is handled really well , I suppose the only issues I had with that were mostly during the first arc of this season (“Wheels and cogs”) where some characters felt “bland” at times, luckily , that did not remain to be the case as I kept going from one arc to the next , the characters kept getting more interesting and better and better as a whole which felt quite satisfying to see.

The Universe it’s set in (The “Annihilator Universe” as it is called in the series) feels vast with tons of opportunities for the “Force Six” team to explore , it basically opens up the door for an unlimited supply of fresh adventures which is always a good thing. My only concern is if is the universe is “too big” for its own good, for even if much of it is left unexplored in my opinion , it starts to seem less and less believable to exist even given its sci-fi setting, yet that is obviously still not the case , the series introduces new stuff all the time from one arc to another keeping it fresh ,but it still feels like it hasn’t reached its full potential just yet ,however, it certainly feels as if the series is going uphill from where it’s at all the time.

Art Style & Illustrations:

Next up, the art style & how good are the illustrations:

It is no surprise that when it comes to comics ,most people choose what to read based on the cover art & how well the illustrations & the art style look overall , because that is what you’re going to be exposed to the most. In short, how good the illustrations are can easily “make or break” a comic for readers.

So how are the illustrations in this series (Season 3) ?

Well, I wish it was as simple as saying they’re “Good” or “Bad”, in my opinion, it sometimes can be a hit or miss as the art style’s definitely unusual. The comic definitely doesn’t follow in your usual comic art style’s footsteps …It screams “Unique” at you, it definitely went above and beyond and got to uncharted territories. So, is that good ? is that bad? Well…

“Some readers may like it, others not so much …but you can’t deny, it definitely is UNIQUE.”

In my own personal opinion, some of the illustrations used in some panels straight up wowed me. You can feel the hard work that has been put into these panels, the dedication and everything in between. Every fight is executed almost to a “Perfection” degree. I’ve always had a hard time visualizing the details of a fight, that seemed to happen less & less often with “Force Six” especially the arcs toward the end which is always a good thing in my opinion. For the most part everything is “visible” and not confusing…

If I had tocomment about the illustrations alone as a whole I would say that the first arc is probably my least favorite which kept me on the lookout for a while ,but luckily that didn’t remain to be the case because the second and the fourth one knocked it straight out of the park for me. Of course, some may prefer the first arc over the other ones which would be completely fine. I just find a form of irony in seeing the second arc (“The Misused Muse”), an arc that speaks solely about “Art” having my personal favorite “Art” in the entire series as a whole.

Force Six comic character Jackie-5

Honestly, I can easily keep writing more paragraphs talking about the art style alone for the rest of the review, but seeing that that won’t be practical, I’ll end it on this note:

The UNIQUE art style captures the action in ways traditional art cannot.”

while personallythe art style is not always hitting the mark for me, it certainly blew me away when it did hit it. Besides the aforementioned personal favorite of mine, there were more than afew pages from the final arc which were also great examples of showing how good the illustrations can get.

Force Six comic panel

Story:

At last but certainly not least, the “Story” …

I’ll just start off by saying the second arc of this season (“The Misused Muse”) takes the cake for me once more when it comes to the story with the final arc (“Crash and Burn: Speed Kills”) being a close second.

So , how well does it “story” ? I was surprised by how well it does that actually , while sometimes it may feel too simple and straight to the point , it actually does its best to not miss a beat and the story always seems to fall in place towards the end which makes up for a very enjoyable reading experience. There’s always something about seeing everything come together and ending on a high note, and the third season of “Force Six, The Annihilators” certainly delivers when it comes to that.

Each arc adds its own tone and theme to the series, making this a very “diverse” story, aside from it being a sci-fi story about a group of superheroes, it actually has a great deal of sub-genres it tries and succeeds to be throughout its arcs. “Action”? “Drama”? “Mystery Solving”? you get all of that in one package when it comes to “Force Six, The Annihilators”.

While some arcs may feel too “bland”, the series definitely has just the “opposite” of that in some of its other arcs. I feel as if there is definitely room for improvement, but I’m sure that with enough time it’ll get better. How much better? We can only wait and see.

“If you’re a Sci-Fi tech nerd, you’re going to feel right at home. ”

Force Six The Annihilators comic panel

The attention to details is present, I could definitely see that they went all out trying to make sense of every Sci-Fi tech you may come across while reading, explaining it seemed to scratch that itch I have as Sci-Fi fan. A small example would be what I mentioned in my first impressions, those being the “Acronyms”, having an entire page just for those from time to time felt like a great addition along with the occasional “Epilogues” that were present in some of the arcs.

Conclusion:

While the series is definitely far from perfect and it certainly is not going to be winning any awards soon, It is brave enough to try to reinvent the wheel in more than one way. 

Force Six issue 24 cover

I can still clearly see that it hasn’t reached its full potential just yet, but still I would definitely RECOMMEND it to everyone that is interested in the Sci-fi Superhero genre or even those who are into Fantasy and Drama. While reading it, I haven’t felt as if I was wasting my time and found myself genuinely interested and intrigued by the many things it tried to accomplish.

“Force Six, The Annihilators” Season 3 can be purchased through here:https://www.comixology.com/Force-Six-The-Annihilators/comics-series/100447?ref=c2VhcmNoL2luZGV4L2Rlc2t0b3Avc2xpZGVyTGlzdC90b3BSZXN1bHRzU2xpZGVy

Daz Store Visual Story Writing

December 9, 2019 Leave a comment

Visual Story Writing : From Inception to Production

Drew Spence, comic creator shares his experience on story writing for your 3D art using Daz Studio. This two part tutorial set runs for 3 hours and 24 minutes in total.

Every road trip requires a map to prevent the driver getting lost along the way. Similarly the crafting of any well told story for a visual narrative is potentially a long road trip!

On the way you may find some diverting stops and detours. You might even change your mind about the final destination.

But if you are wandering aimlessly without a plan, your passengers (or readers) will eventually get tired, hungry and grumpy. They’ll think again before going on a road trip with you.

Without a proper map there is no answer to the question, “Are we there yet?”

High quality stories tell you plainly when you have arrived at the destination. Don’t leave your passengers guessing about whether you’re getting close.

Stories have deliverable payoff points- just like like the signs along a highway counting down the miles until you’ve reached your destination. They give you a sense of scale and a growing anticipation that the end is nearing.

Part I Creating Your Story from Inception to Production (tutorial 1)

  • Nailing down the “Big Idea” and inspiration behind your work as you create a vision worth investing your time and resources and being worthy of reading and supporting.
  • Pro Tips and the necessary elements that you should have in place BEFORE you start creating your story.
  • Breaking your story into deliverable chunks and creating incentives for support and the emotional investment from your readership.

Part II Caring for your story (tutorial 2)

  • Crafting characters and creating a curve. We’ll go beyond the heroes’ journey and focus on the ‘lost art’ of storytelling through images and well, more images.
  • We will tackle maintaining a production schedule along with time management and the intersection between inspiration and technical skill.
  • We will provide tools to address writer’s block, lulls, dry spells, rough spots and even avoiding dead ends.

Part III Closing out your story, taking breaks and exit points. (tutorial 2)

  • We will address buffer zones and creating natural gaps, a hiatus and premature endings.
  • We cover the techniques to ramp the entire series towards a satisfying climax.
  • We finish with the finale -After the story is done and the open-ended ending.

You can find other series that Drew Spence has created with Digital Art Live for purchase in the Daz Store. https://www.daz3d.com/digital-art-live You can take classes, watch tutorials and attend webinars and much more https://digitalartlive.com/events/

Available on comiXology in digital format

Killer Butterfly #7

07 The Lady Yagfu


The Snake clan is ready to be revealed as Odion Adisa is left with no answers. Poison becomes the anecdote for a lack of knowledge. Kuse studies and is studied as she encounters a most desperate man. The Killer Butterfly story continues in issue 7 One Deadly Venom. Viscous verses and visuals from Drew Spence.

https://www.patreon.com/TheDynamicUniverse

Available on comiXology in digital format

We are The Dynamic Universe. We create graphic comics. They sit between traditional strips and a 3-D style of photorealistic drama. Enjoy the science-fantasy action adventure with terrific tints, great graphics and compelling story-telling. Read the comic and enjoy the soundtrack. Story and art by Drew Spence.

https://www.patreon.com/TheDynamicUniverse

The Annihilators 30: Blood Moon Rising

Force Six Blood Moon Rising


30 Blood Moon Rising ($1.99 on comiXology)
It’s the final three and a triangle of angling Angels and Devils. All points connect in a high stakes heist, locked and loaded with low lying liars. It’s a trade of betrayal as Pure Fire crosses the line and is next in line to be crossed out. The Blood Moon arrives – as fortunes flow and ebb with the rising tides and winds of change. Who can change his Destiny? Told and toned by Drew Spence. 36 pages, full color

Oh Snaps!
The Get-Away-Car!

https://issuu.com/store/publishers/producersedge/issues/30_episode_30_blood_moon_rising

Available on comiXology in digital format

We are The Dynamic Universe. We create graphic comics. They sit between traditional strips and a 3-D style of photorealistic drama. Enjoy the science-fantasy action adventure with terrific tints, great graphics and compelling story-telling. Read the comic and enjoy the soundtrack. Story and art by Drew Spence.

https://www.patreon.com/TheDynamicUniverse

Killer Butterfly #5 on comiXology

February 16, 2019 Leave a comment

The Treacherous Three

3 on 1, once 1 is done!

Killer Butterfly #5: The Treacherous Three

What happens when three bandits, who are pretending to be Daemons, meet a Butterfly on a bridge of death? The young Eagle Fortress agent Kuse Yatsumi will learn an important lesson at the evil mercies of The Treacherous Three. Drew Spence scripts and sketches out issue 05 of the Killer Butterfly series. Also available on ISSUU.

Page Pull Killer Butterfly #5
Fight scene Killer Butterfly #5
Bridge fight from Killer Butterfly comic
buy for only $1.99 on ISSUU
buy for only $1.99 on ISSUU

https://www.patreon.com/TheDynamicUniverse

Available on comiXology in digital format

Daz Store: Digital Kit Bashing : Space and Spaceships

February 12, 2019 Leave a comment

Digital Kit Bashing for Spacecraft and Space scenes

A tutorial set covering the kit bashing process using unique resources, models and tools to create outstanding spacecraft and space scenes for DAZ Studio. A super sized kit bashing content set of models and backgrounds is included!e

Drew Spence presents a tutorial on to how create striking space scenes and starships that will travel across your home-grown galaxy. Using HDRI products, alien-world skydomes and little known free software resources, you can create your own galactic backdrop and build on those environments through kit bashing. Drew includes expert postwork approaches and creates unique scenery. He shows you how to add extra touches directly in DAZ Studio to whatever environment that has been built.

  • The best products and environments to start from and aid in our kit bashing efforts.
  • Software to generate spacescapes, skies, beautiful starfields and more!
  • Creating your own planets and worlds in 2D and 3D.
  • Resources for royalty-free images
  • Generate Spaceships or build them yourself plus the best sites for modular parts and pieces.

What you’ll need for this tutorial:

  • Daz Studio
  • Photoshop or a photo-editing program (light use)
Making space in the Daz space!

Kit Bashing Content Set

  • 1) 50+ Spaceships in object format for easy drag and drop into DAZ Studio
  • 2) 40+ parts for Sci-Fi ship kit-bashing
  • 3) 50+ Free space backdrops by ERA-7
  • 4) 40+ Free cosmic backdrops by Griffin Avid
  • 5) 20+ .PNG format generated planets
  • 6) 3D Sphere objects for planet creation directly in Daz Studio

You can find other series that Drew Spence has created with Digital Art Live for purchase in the Daz Store. https://www.daz3d.com/digital-art-live You can take classes, watch tutorials and attend webinars and much more https://digitalartlive.com/events/

Killer Butterfly 4: The Bridge is Over Troubled Waters

January 16, 2019 Leave a comment
The Bridge is really over.

4 The Bridge is Over Troubled Waters
What mysterious creature lurks at the Pass to Nowhere? What lies beneath the surface of still waters? There are questions to be answered and mysteries to be solved. A chance encounter may be the last encounter for Kuse the Butterfly and Odion of the Jaguar Clan. Drew Spence continues to craft and cut the story of Killer Butterfly in issue 04: The Bridge is Over Troubled Waters.


Killer Butterfly, Vol. 1: Daemons of Destiny

Two unlikely warriors embark on an epic journey to rid their world of the alien Daemons. Their quest will take them to the edge of madness and face to face with an evil so old and ancient- it has turned monsters into myths and the hopeless into heroes.

We are The Dynamic Universe. We create graphic comics. They sit between traditional strips and a 3-D style of photorealistic drama. Enjoy the science-fantasy action adventure with terrific tints, great graphics and compelling story-telling. Read the comic and enjoy the soundtrack. Story and art by Drew Spence.

Available on comiXology in digital format

https://www.patreon.com/TheDynamicUniverse

In Print from Indy Planet

Digital Kit Bashing Part 2

January 10, 2019 Leave a comment

Part II : Space and Spaceships

Date: Sunday January 13th – 20:00 GMT/12:00 PST/15:00 EST

Missed a part? Buy the “Complete Series” ticket to gain the previous webinar recordings

In this unique webinar series, you’ll learn how to gain much more value from your DAZ Studio product library, extending the usefulness of your existing models. This will help you create innovative and fresh props/scenes all from your existing content. Drew Spence from the Dynamic Universe will include highly recommended resources as part of this comprehensive process to give you “prop permutations” from your library. Save money by utilizing your existing assets to the max!

Digital Kit Bashing Series

What you’ll need for this series:-

  • DAZ Studio
  • Photoshop or a photo-editing program (light use)

Part II is all about the open spaces and the starships that travel across your galaxy. We have in the Daz store space HDRI products and alien-world skydomes. We can create our own galactic backdrop and build on those environments through kit bashing. We can take the post work approach and create our own scenery or add our extra touches directly in DAZ Studio to whatever environment we have chosen to use.

We will cover:

  • The best products and environments to start from and aid in our kit bashing efforts.
  • Software to generate spacescapes, skies, beautiful starfields and more!
  • Creating your own planets and worlds in 2D and 3D.
  • Resources for royalty-free images
  • Generate Spaceships or build them yourself plus the best sites for modular parts and pieces.

You can find other series that Drew Spence has created with Digital Art Live for purchase in the Daz Store. https://www.daz3d.com/digital-art-live You can take classes, watch tutorials and attend webinars and much more https://digitalartlive.com/events/

And, and before I go, they also have a magazine and I am featured in Issue 35, out now. My interview starts on page 35

Force Six, The Annihilators #27: Speed Kills

January 10, 2019 Leave a comment

Force Six episode 27 Speed Kills


Episode 27 Speed Kills Part I of Crash and Burn
The hand is quicker than the I in team. Rexard Avery leaves the chamber in a story about his final days as a Death Ryder. Season III of the Force Six series races towards its climax in episode 27 Speed Kills. What does it take to tug the heart strings and extract the heart of a SPEAD Demon? Expect Pure Fire when the flames are cleared and a winner is declared. Drafted and delivered by Drew Spence 38 pages, full color.

Info on the Raser Gear

Rasing at the speed of Death!

We are The Dynamic Universe. We create graphic comics. They sit between traditional strips and a 3-D style of photorealistic drama. Enjoy the science-fantasy action adventure with terrific tints, great graphics and compelling story-telling. Read the comic and enjoy the soundtrack. Story and art by Drew Spence.

Available on comiXology in digital format

DriveThruComics for PDF format

In Print from Indy Planet

And all the Social Media…

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Depth of Field tutorial Daz Studio

New tutorial video is live on You Tube

An expansion of material I covered in my Webinar series for making comics for Digital Art Live and the Daz Store. Depth of Field came up and I went over it. Here, I expand on that segment. My webinar series is for sale here: https://www.daz3d.com/digital-art-live My comics are here: https://www.comixology.com/The-Dynami…