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Ex Occultus: She Lives, Still Rules
by Keith M. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 03/14/2014 05:30:55

The art is okay, but the story is better, be interesting to see where the story goes.



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Ex Occultus: She Lives, Still Rules
by Tom W. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 05/28/2011 21:54:42

The artwork was pretty decent but the story didn't make much sense and the dialog was very weak.



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[2 of 5 Stars!]
Ex Occultus: Seal of Solomon
by Brian L. [Featured Reviewer] Date Added: 04/19/2010 09:42:58

"Ex Occultus: Seal of Solomon" sees arcane adventurers Francis Wakefield and his sidekick Hollander traveling to Bulgaria, circa 1874. They meet a man named Marko Savanovic, who hires them to track down a ring that was believed to belong to King Solomon, and which possesses the ability to control demons (for those that know how to wield it). Wakefield and Hollander track down the antiques dealer that is currently in possession of the ring, and it seems that he’s begun to tap into the ring’s power. They have to contain the situation, try to get the ring, and then figure out what to do with it.

This series is quickly becoming a favorite of mine. Writer Robert James Russell combines the occult lore, relic hunting and monster fighting aspects of the book well.

The fact that the "Seal of Solomon" is taken directly from Christian legends lends a feel of authenticity to the book. Artist James Emmet captures the dark tone of the story, and his use of color in this issue helps punctuate certain parts of the action and the world.

"Seal of Solomon" is a great "one and done" story, and another solid chapter in the "Ex Occultus" series.



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Indego Blue #1
by Brian L. [Featured Reviewer] Date Added: 12/04/2009 10:03:52

From www.secretidentitypodcast.com:

“Indego Blue” is an interesting look at a possible future for our world that features a main character you can really root for.

The future world of “Indego Blue” is one where the government’s obsession with creating the perfect soldier results in the fracturing of modern society. Scientists began splicing animal DNA with human beings, creating “transplants”—human/animal hybrids. While the government is creating some promising hybrids, splicing eventually makes its way to the black market, and soon there is an entire section of the population that is some form of “transplant.” The government decides that all transplants should be rounded up and disposed of. That’s when Indego Blue decides to go rogue and help other transplants like himself escape the government death squads. Indego is a dog/human hybrid with a James Bond-type persona, using his former FBI expertise to help those who are now in need. He’s aided by another transplant named Baxter (his ‘Q’) and two scientists who are trying to help him recover the memories he lost when he underwent his splicing.

In Issue #1, writers Robert James Russell and Jesse Young do a nice job of presenting the world and setting the stage for the rest of the series. The story moves along quickly, and even though we don’t know a lot about Indego yet, there’s enough detail that we can identify with what he’s trying to do. Howard Russell’s art gives the book an animated series feel, which actually lends itself well to the action-oriented story.

“Indego Blue” Issue #1 is a strong start to the series, and I’ll definitely be coming back for the next installment.



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Indego Blue #1
by Steven S. [Featured Reviewer] Date Added: 11/04/2009 17:35:38

Looking at the cover of this issue immediately took me back to when I used to play the “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Other Strangeness” RPG. It shouldn’t come as a surprise, then, that “Indego Blue” takes me right back to the best TMNT comics mood-wise of today and yore within the first few pages! All great things, folks. I guess I’m a sucker for mutant animal comics.

The opening exposition is told in a fast, semi-detailed first person style, and it explains that, basically, genetic “splicing” between human and animals has led to these “genetic mutts” being kicked to the curb socially and hunted down “like vermin”.

Our story stars and is narrated by the titular character, Indego Blue. He’s a dog-man with no memory of his past, or who he really is, and completely dedicated to saving those “transplants” like himself. This comic has all the tropes we’ve come to love: action, adventure, mystery, a tech-geek sidekick (named Baxter), heroics and a determined villain who works for an evil corporation. While not wholly original by any stretch, “Indego Blue” proves to quite the kick in the pants, and is a great comic to pick up for those who are growing tired with standard mainstream super-tights titles.

And, as mentioned before, this comic nicely captures the spirit of TMNT, which itself was a parody of comics like Daredevil and the like. The art is non-complex black & white; with strong line work, great inking, good layout and terrific pacing. The dialog flows smoothly with only a couple hiccups here and there. The writing, while uncomplicated, is strong and sets up in superb fashion the universe in which this story takes place. The lettering is excellent, my only (tiny) gripe with it being some bubbles and text-boxes having a little too much space around the letters—but hey, this will NOT detract from the story one bit. Overall, this book is a well-built, above-average offering showcasing sequential storytelling skill and talent.

In other words: Totally worth reading. Oh, and this book is fun. I like fun. If you like fun, too, you should give “Indego Blue” a gander. Come on, it’s a steal at $1 for 28 pages!



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