Sunday, November 21, 2010

The War has broken!

This is the time of wars and rumors of wars. Yes, in October, War finally broke out, you may have heard about it by now or not, but it is here and there really is nothing that we can to do about it.

Fortunately, this is not a war with a (real) human body count, this is the War of the Independents of which I have spoken extensively, and it takes place within the pages of a funnybook. Yes, that’s right, Dave Ryan’s long-awaited magnum opus is finally hitting the stand, or rather has already hit the stands. Published by Red Anvil Comics The first issue showed up at this past October at the New York ComicCon, and let me tell you that it is an outstanding gathering of the best, coolest, most buzz-worthy comicbook characters to populate the Indie universe.

Seriously, kids, this is the comicbook aficionado’s version of Sly Stallone’s recent The Expendables. This comic will give you a Geekgasm of the highest order.

The story revolves around an event that threatens to rend the very fabric of the multiverse requiring the gathering of the greatest assemblage of heroes the comicbook world has ever seen (including Badger, Phazer, Scud, The Tick, Mr. Monster, Too Much Coffee Man, Captain Action, Crusader (Love & Capes), and, well way too many to list here, but take my word, there are a metric tonne of your favorite characters here — including yours truly's very own Wülf Girlz).

The story is fun and promises a whole lot more is to come in future issues (six plus a graphic novel containing an extra chapter, we are told), so you just know that you are going to get your money’s worth with this event. As a matter of fact, there is even a prequel of sorts with a comic staring Phazer, and published by RZG. The prequel (which is done independently of Dave’s work), provides a lead-in to the series, and is also quite well done; providing a background to several of the characters in order to get the reader up to speed.

As stated, there will be other comics whose heroes appear in the series that will appear in tie-in comics (Shadowflame comes to mind). So if you are a fan of Indie comics, if you have ever read an Indie comic, or you just want to see the coolest, most original concept in Indie comic series ever published, then you owe it to yourself to check out The War of the Independents.

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