All posts by Aku

NAME: Aku, a.k.a Akshay, a.k.a Spider42 WHAT I DOES: Writer/ Artist (sort of)/ Founder of Meta Desi Comics OS: HomoSapien 6.1 DESERT ISLAND READING CHOICES: "The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy" by Douglas Adams + "Dune" by Frank Herbert MOST EASILY DISTRACTED BY: Wonderful toys, shiny ideas and wondering "How do you handcuff a one-armed man?" FAV. MUSIC GENRE: Rock, Folk-rock Surf-rock and some Rap (mostly old school) FAV. COMICS: Atomic Robo, LDB, Hellboy, Skullkickers, Gambit, Batman and so many others too but these first off.. and Deadpool FTW! :D WHAT IS SATANS LAST NAME: ...Claus? ABOUT ME: A writer when life permits, a music and nature lover, (attempted) humourist, nerd, scribbler, day-dreamer, arm-chair philosopher and random road-tripper… A strangely hopeful cynic from all accounts. Starting off as a staff-writer at Maxim-India, I've since moved on to more fictional pursuits. Written comics for Holy Cow Ent., Pop Culture Publishing and under Meta Desi's own banner, besides writing a lot of short fiction on my blog. I also co-founded and was Editor/lead-writer for before work and other responsibilities caused me to leave and it to shut down - but I continue to read and review comics as much as humanly possible while continuing to write and dream up new worlds! Love to let my mind wander and at times it takes forever to find its way home. I live to read, write and be merry – for who knows what tomorrow brings and as the late, great philosopher once said, “Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn’t arrived yet. I have just one day, and I’m going to be happy in it.” (Groucho Marx) Question for YOU: How can something be both "new" and "improved"? If it's new, what is it improving?

Review: Bloodshot Reborn #3

Bloodshot Reborn #3 (Valiant)

STORY : Jeff Lemire

ART : Mico Suayan

The man formerly known as Bloodshot was no more. He was human again, a parting gift from Kay, a Geomancer he was protecting and the woman he loved. She did it to give him a chance at being human again, at having a life.

Continue reading Review: Bloodshot Reborn #3

Review: Dead Drop #2

Story: Ales Kot
Art: Adam Gorham (art), Michael Spicer (colours)

“An alien virus that has ravaged planets throughout the galaxy has arrived on Earth and landed in the black market.”

That’s the basic premise, except you add in that all this was BEFORE it was stolen by a teenaged girl who is on the run (and seems to know more than the people after her, or us…) and somehow connected to a group of other young-folk who are using dead-drops (espionage trick of moving intel, etc – look it up!) to move it around. Except that now the authorities are on to them and under coordination by Neville Alcot, first XO-Manowar (last ish!) was set in pursuit of this brash young woman.

This is what happens next. With Archer. The new hero brought in to chase down said tough-cookie teenager.

Continue reading Review: Dead Drop #2

Review: Legenderry Vampirella #4

Story: David Avallone
Art: David T. Cabrera (art), Robby Bevard (colours) and Dave Lanphear (letters)

The Basics:

This series picks up from the world that writer Bill Willingham created in his 7-issue mini series Legenderry: A Steampunk Adventure, in which he re-imagined heroes and villains we know (largely from older, pulpier favourites) and built a steampunk world out of whole cloth. Continue reading Review: Legenderry Vampirella #4

Review: Fight Club 2 #1

Story: Chuck Palahniuk
Art: Cameron Stewart (art), Dave Stewart (colours)

At last! After so much anticipation and so, so very long, we finally get a sequel to the violent, blood-soaked ode to anarchy and madness. And unlike a lot of comics nowadays, this is very much written by the man himself. The thing with such projects though – the hype can be deadly. Does it live up? Do we expect too much? Is it good enough to be worthy of the legacy? Read on and find out.

The Basics:

Ten years after starting Project Mayhem, Tyler Durden lives… a mundane life. A kid, a wife. Pills to keep his destiny at bay. But it won’t last long, the wife has seen to that. The time has come . . . Rize or Die.

BE WARNED! THERE BE SPOILERS AHEAD! Skip to Verdict to avoid the same! Continue reading Review: Fight Club 2 #1

Review: Ninjak #2

Story: Matt Kindt
Art: Clay Mann (pencils-main), Seth Mann (inks-main), Butch Guice (art-backup), Ulises Arreola (colours)

At last! The madcap Brit Ninja(k) returns to kick some more ass and never even contemplate chewing bubble-gum! With the stage set in the last issue, we’re all set for the action to start ramping up as his undercover mission gets underway and we find out more about how he started out on the road to becoming the Ninjak that we know today. Continue reading Review: Ninjak #2

Review: Bloodshot Reborn #1

Story: Jeff Lemire

Art: Mico Suayan (art), David Baron (colours) and Dave Lanphear (letters)

The next phase of Valiant kicks off with and amongst the first off the line is the action-heavy adventures of Bloodshot, the super-soldier, unkillable, reluctant hero. While he’s been a mainstay of the larger universe of these comics, he’s been largely a solo act who reluctantly gets teamed up again and again – now after a long while, he’s back running solo, but is the character strong enough to carry the comic? Especially after all that’s happened? That’s what I try and assess here. ALSO! If you are still reading The Valiant and other series, minor spoilers ahead! Continue reading Review: Bloodshot Reborn #1

Review: Kaijumax #1

The good folks at Oni Press have, in my experience, the ability to pick up some of the most unusual and quirky comic titles to add to their catalogue and Kaijumax most definitely fits comfortably in that category. Have you ever wondered what a Kaiju (Monster) super-max-prison would look like? And how would this already out-there concept look rendered in bright, primary colours and a very cartoonish style? Well look no further because that’s more or less what you’ll find in this comic. The question as always is: how good is it?

See our preview of Kaijumax #1 here! Continue reading Review: Kaijumax #1

Review: Rick and Morty #1

Story: Zac Gorman
Art: CJ Cannon (illustrations) and Ryan Hill (colours)

Yet another television property gets it’s own comic-book. That’s a comparison most people will make given the proliferation of the practice with shows like Transformers and various Cartoon Network shows – but make no mistake, this was NOT your average TV show and so I think it’s fair to say that it’s not going to be quite like the others of it’s ilk. Continue reading Review: Rick and Morty #1

Review: Reanimator #1

Story: Keith Davidsen
Art: Randy Valiente (art) and Jorge Sutil (colours)

Dr. Herbert West is back. Not only that, but he seems to have gotten his groove back in a sense and with a new assistant, new craziness and the usual undead capers to come, this 4-issue mini could be something interesting.

Though the character of the Reanimator has seen several adventures under the aegis of Dynamite Entertainment already, I’ve not really read them because (a) they were all hack-slashy-mashups and cross-overs and I remain ever-weary of those and (b) every single one seemed to be going for a much more.. supernatural taste.

This is a big part of why I elected to try out this new mini, because writer Keith Davidson promises that while there is the ever-present spectre of the other-worldly, Dr. West himself is here being taken back to his original roots as the purely scientifically driven mad-genius in the original Lovecraft work. Yes, for those that didn’t know this, The Reanimator was originally by the master of horror himself. Continue reading Review: Reanimator #1

Review: Looking For Group #1

Story: Ryan Sohmer
Art: Lar Desouza (illustration), Ed Ryzowski (colours)

Writing parody is a double-edged sword. If done right, it can be utterly and totally hilarious and brilliant even biting – but it’s pretty hard to do it genuinely well and it can backfire just as easily. In this regard it helps that this new series is written by the guys behind two webcomics (Gutters and The Least I Can Do) that are familiar with cheekiness and parody.

The Basics:

The comic parodies the fantasy genres and specifically the cliched Elven/Wizard-y fantasy that is the benchmark in a post-Tolkien world. The protagonist is Cale’anon, who is some kind of elf belonging to a race of mean elves that do things like shoot arrows into things until it stops being funny – but our man here is determined to be the black (or in this case, white I guess?) sheep of the family and be heroic, good and all that jibber-jabber. Oh yeah, there’s also a darkly-comic and blood-thirsty warlock named Richard, a Minotaur named Krunch Bloodrage and what appears to be an Orc-ish sorceress named Gid who through a series of violently unfortunate events, become his travelling companions as the journey goes from bad to worse. Continue reading Review: Looking For Group #1