Comicbook Review: “A Reign of Beasts” (Andrew Carman and Jared Boggess)

Summary: The prophet Daniel wakes up from a vision that is filled with horrific imagery. A prophetic dream (or nightmare) which shows Titans or kaijun emerging to battle humanity in the near future. Then as he nears the end of his, then comes a “Son of Man” to do a rescue mission.

Cover Art: This is just a foretaste of the art that you’ll experience inside the comic. And just by the cover (without giving away the details) you’ll find this is not the usual comicbook artwork. The monsters are scary looking and brooding over Daniel. It gives you that vibe that they’re menacing Daniel in his dream. The purple or maroon (color blind on digital copy) color instead of black still delivers that insidious feel to the reader.

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Comicbook Review: “Perpetua” (Art Ayris and Jeff Slemons)

Summary: Perpetua is a story of one of the earliest Christian women recorded outside of Scriptures that suffered persecution because of her faith. Little was known of her but here death under the hand of Rome is an incredible story.

Cover Art: Similar to cover the of Martyrs comicbook but Slemons gives a sweeping cinematic look that you’ll always want to stare at. While that comic is minimalist cover, this one is masterpiece in itself. If this comic is on the shelf with other comics, surely this is an eye grabbing cover and you’ll be picking it up and read it on the spot. Slemon rendered his art on the cover (and interior) that can only be called epic.

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Comicbook Review: “The Reign of God” (Issey Fujishima)

Summary: Set in the fall of Jerusalem 70 AD the story picks up Josephus Flavius, the Jewish historian as he pleads for the Romans to spare the temple. He then meet Shimon, who tells the story of John the Baptist.

Cover Artwork: The cover art is not that appealing to me. At first look it feels it’s not something about the gospel or any Bible story. It’s just the name “Fujishima” will catch your attention and think it’s a manga. Well I think it is and it’s a worthy read.

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Comicbook Review: “The Gospel of Mark: Word for Word Bible Comic” (Simon Amadeus Pillario)

Summary: The Gospel of Mark is the shortest among the synoptic gospels and the earliest gospel account. It’s opens with John the Baptist preaching and baptizing in the wilderness and culminates with a short (the women flees the empty tomb) and a longer ending (Jesus ascended to heaven while his disciples fulfill the Great Commission) which Pillario accomodated both endings here.

Storytelling: For some the Gospel of Mark is the go to book if you want a short read of the gospel. Unlike the other books included in the synoptic gospels (Matthew and Luke) they covered lots of grounds in those accounts. Nevertheless we should honor it because, obviously it’s the Word of God and that’s how God design it to be. But being a short doesn’t apply here in this comic. This is not to say that the author or artist added words or sentences which the Bible forbids to us do. Pillario gave space for his artwork to add some details. I know, I know this is not the “Artwork” part of this review, but it’s hard not to point out this early on for how good Pillario utilized this to further move the readers with the necessary emotions that only his illustrations can deliver.

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Comicbook Review: “Justin Martyr” (Art Ayris and Richard Bonk)

Summary: In this one-shot comicbook, Ayris and Bonk teams up to give a legit brief biography of this early Christian apologist, his conversion to Christianity, his teachings, death and legacy.

Storytelling: This comic is straight forward biography of this ancient Christian philosopher. Ayris gives us all meat without the extra i.e. heart wrenching stuff because there isn’t much in the life of Justin Martyr. However, as I have said if you want the meat, you’ll find it here. If your into that stuff without falling asleep then get this comic.

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The Freebie Round-Up #131

This is the day I’m picking up my in law from the hospital. She had her brain surgery last Friday. Thank you for all you prayers and financial support for my Mama.

Anyways, enjoy these freebie to start your week.

FREE webinar “Surprised by Jesus Q & A” with Dane Ortlund – In line with the new book, 10 Publishing is inviting folk join it’s online book launch on May 12 with author, Dane Ortlund. Click here to register for free.

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Comicbook Review: “Chronicles of Faith: David” #1 (Ivan Anaya and Brannon Hollingsworth)

Summary: King David continues to tell little Solomon his story. This comic touches King Saul’s fall from the favor of the God of Israel, Samuel anointing David as the new king and revealing the Philistines champion, Goliath.

Cover Artwork: This cover is a departure from the #0 cover which is a minimalist and it doesn’t give away the story you’ll be indulging. Although this is an all for ages comic, you can see in the cover a bit of seriousness of what the content will be. Also the take away of the cover is the fantastic illustration of Anaya that is different from the previous issue (more of that later).

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‘Easter Eggs’ Before Easter

Aside from watching my favorite superhero trailers, movies or series, I also watch those nerds with YouTube channels that breakdowns every scene to look for interesting ‘Easter eggs’ and references that gives delight to movie and comic book fans. There are many of them and are ready to post new videos whenever a new movie or series comes up. These adds enjoyment and pushes the fandom further, but sometimes filled with over the top fan theories and (if in some instances) spoilers. Well you can do it yourself and spot those exciting stuff. But for someone like me(and I hope you can relate) who is not that hardcore in comic reading and collecting, it’s nice to know other geeks who can fill us in with these stuff.

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Judging A Digital Comic Contest for the “Day of Valor”

I’ve been busy since the beginning of April. Deadlines and back logs kept me up. Whether it’s offline or online, day job or sidelines there is something that needs my attention. I think I need a break or a sort of diversion. Something new and fresh. But that got me thinking: do I have time for that?  When a FB friend who is a VP of Veteran’s Bank (here in the Philippines) asked for volunteers to judge in an upcoming event, I quickly raised my virtual hand 😁. The event is a digital comic contest for the “Day of Valor”.  I love comics and any opportunity to represent my hobby or the comic community to others is something that I don’t want to pass. This is my first time to be a judge for a competition and it’s online through Zoom meeting.

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Comicbook Review: “The Way of The Cross #1” (David Gaulet & Joe Spicer)

Summary: A devotional that invites us to come with Christ by walking to Him as He approaches the cross. Along the way, Jesus will experience the pain and suffering that can relate in our lives. This is a Passion Week for those who had been though every twist and turn of our earthly life and this devotional will remind us that Christ experience it too and He can offer more than relief. He offers himself and His love for us. So come and in this journey you are not alone.

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