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Comic Review: ‘Letter 44,’ ‘Descender,’ and ‘Nail Biter’ | Rachel McGill

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by Rachel McGill

If there is anything you, my loving readers, should know about me it’s that I love just about anything Sci-fi and Horror and I have a sweet spot for comics with either. Add a nibble of politics to that combo and my heart races! Which leads me to our first review of the week, Letter 44 by Charles Soule, Alberto Jimenez Alburquerque, and Guy Major.

Letter 44

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Stephen Blades has just been inaugurated as President of The United States. Three hours earlier he had arrived in the oval office to find an envelope with the number 44 written on it. A letter from former President Carroll informs us that a non-human space operation has been set up in the asteroid belt. Suspected to be a mining or construction operation, the unidentified object is hidden by some sort of shield or invisibility cloak of sorts, so no one knows for sure. On his first day in office President Stephen Blades reaches out to the nine men and women who are on a mission to learn more about the “alien activity”. We find the crew of The Clark preparing to go beyond the shield and to finally see whats on the other side. I suspect something sinister as we find our team face to face with what appears to be a giant laser.

The artist has a unique style but sometimes shows itself to be influenced by GI Joe and Alien. A sense of realism is portrayed yet their is a touch of anime. It’s clean, detailed, but not over done. The colors perfectly match each mood and location.

I’m looking forward to reading more of this comic. It has a very compelling story line and I really enjoy the art and movement of the comic.



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The next comic in the line up is another Sci-fi story released by one of my favorite brands, Image. Descender by Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen is stunning. Hand drawn art work and water coloring give this comic a new dimension. It’s beautiful! I recommend it solely based on the art if your into that sort of thing but the great thing is that they story is just as good!

Our story begins on the planet Niyrata, the tech and cultural hub of the nine core planets — population 5.53 Billion. Right away you realize something is not right; there is something in the sky and everyone notices, except the one person that should. Dr. Quon is woken up by a frantic phone call. He is instructed to look outside. We next find Dr. Quon on the bridge of the ship; to his horror and mine, we find that the object in the sky is a giant robot orbiting not just Niyrata but all nine of the core planets. Jump to 10 years later and we find that the population of Niyrata has gone from 5.53 Billion to 1 Billion and a robot genocide has broken out. We also find a boy, or a robot, waking up on a distant ship. He is searching for him mother and brother, only to discover that he has been asleep for 10 years. The boy may be the key to defeating or at least learning more about the harvesters.

If you love sci-fi and robots – go read this right now! This story is full of surprises and a fantastic read.


Nail Biter

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Our final comic, which is not recommended for all readers, is Nail Biter by Joshua Williamson and Mike Henderson. (Another Image comic btw.)

The story of Edward “the Nailbiter” Warren and the Buckaroo Butchers begins with a swat bust with Finch as the arresting officer. Flash forward to three years later and we find a man with a gun to his head. His phone rings and on the other end… Finch. Finch informs his partner/coworker/friend Carroll that he’s finally broken the case of the Buckaroo Butchers, including that of Ed Warren. Carrol also believes that he has found the reason why 16 of the worlds worst serial killers all originated from Buckaroo, Oregon.

I am really looking forward to reading more of this series. The art style reminds me in many ways of Attack on Titan. Nothing can give a girl goosebumps quite like creepy anime smiles. This comic comes off like an episode of a darker crime show – creepy serial killers, emotional troubled investigators and lots of suspense.


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Review by Rachel McGill of Lvl41Rogue: Comic Books & News. © 2017 Black Lion Journal. Want to see your work here? Visit the Submissions page to learn more about submitting to the Journal’s sections or to The Wire’s Dream Magazine.



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