Steven W. Alloway

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Spoofs and satires about third-rate superhero teams are considerably more common than you would think. Even spoof reality show about third-rate superhero teams have been done multiple times before. Because of that, if a film chooses to go that route, it really needs to be something special in order to make itself stand out, and I’m happy to report that Real Heroes succeeds on that front. It’s unique, fun, engaging, and often laugh-out-loud funny.

My first impression of the film, Hollows Grove, was that it’s sort of like The Blair Witch Project meets Tropic Thunder; however, while that’s essentially an accurate assessment, it’s also a bit misleading, as the association with Tropic Thunder implies that the film is a comedy, which it definitely isn’t. Still, it does share some elements in common with both movies.

Echoes in an Empty Apartment is a dark story about unsavory people doing unsavory things. It’s got murder, sex, revenge, betrayal, and more, all with a gritty noir motif.

I Play the Bad Guy, from Bliss on Tap Publishing, isn’t your typical superhero adventure. So far, at least, it’s a bit more like Taken. A tough guy with a very specific set of skills is willing to do whatever it takes—and kill whomever he has to kill—in order to track down his daughter. It just so happens that in this comic, the very specific set of skills includes some very powerful telekinesis.

Love Machines is an anthology comic about . . . well, love and machines. On the surface, this sounds like the sort of thing that’s become a staple of sci-fi: a robot learns to love its creator, a human falls in love with an A.I., etc. That’s not what this is, though, or anything even close to it. The first two issues contain two stories apiece, each dealing with a different type of machine, and a different type of love—and there’s nary an A.I. among them.

Danger Girl: Mayday has been a bit of an odd adventure all the way through. Up until now, the actual Danger Girls have hardly been seen at all, and we’ve instead focused on former Danger Girl gone bad Natalia Kassle. It’s been a fun and compelling adventure, but it didn’t quite feel the same and wasn’t up to par with the previous adventures I’ve reviewed; however, I’m happy to report that, after a rather lengthy hiatus, Danger Girl has returned in all of its crazy, action-packed glory.

The title Action Philosophers is a bit misleading. When I first heard about it, I thought it would be something akin to Albert Einstein: Time Mason—real, historical characters getting caught up in epic fantasy/adventure stories. Plato is a pro wrestler. Nietzsche is a superhero. How can that be anything short of awesome?

We’re already halfway through the Cloaks story arc now, which is a bit of a shame, because I’m really getting into it. There’s a lot going on here, and a 4-issue arc doesn’t seem like nearly enough to cover such a cool concept.

In a film version of The Undoubtables, the main character would be played by George Clooney. The official synopsis calls it “Ocean’s 11 meets Payback,” but, honestly, it’s more like Ocean’s 11 meets Out of Sight, making it a double dose of Clooney-esque criminal style.

Tobacco-Stained Mountain Goat was the first published novel of Andrez Bergen, author of such works as Who Is Killing the Great Capes of Heropa and the Bullet Gal comic series. The post-apocalyptic, dystopian, sci-fi noir world in which the story takes place has been a continual presence in much of his work since then, with characters, themes, settings, and plot points providing influence throughout his oeuvre. Now, Bergen has taken that first book and adapted it into graphic novel form.

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