Saturday, October 16, 2021

Jerry Smith:

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Amerikan Freak + The Blackbeard Legacy


Genre: Horror

Goth Jason Kohaner is the school freak. The accident that left him with a permanent limp also gave him the power to read minds, among others. His closest confidant is his older brother Jesse, who protects Jason from all the jocks and popular kids who constantly bully him. When one of those jocks goes too far and murders Jesse in a devastating hit-and-run, Jason vows revenge. He never expected that Jesse would be back to help him collect.

Amerikan Freak is a standard jocks vs. outcasts yarn with supernatural overtones. Notable is the fact that one of the writers on the book, musician and actor Ahmet Zappa, is the son of unorthodox musician Frank Zappa.


Genre: Action/Adventure

Set in the Bahamas in 1718, Blackbeard’s Legacy is Hanna Teach, who claims to be the daughter of Edward Teach, also known as Blackbeard. (Although, since “Edward Teach” was a pseudonym for the world’s most famous pirate, Hanna’s real name would also be suspect).

Inspired by actual female pirates of historical record, Hanna tries hard to prove she can fight, drink and carouse as good or better than any of her male counterparts. Her general plan is to get filthy rich, destroy her father, and kill anyone who gets in her way. Not necessarily in that order.

While hardcore pirate enthusiasts may like this, the dialog is a bit too modern and the book would benefit from a less experimental artist. The artwork is so loose and cartoony that most characters are barely recognizable as human.


Jerry Smith is a writer, video producer and sales rep living in the wilds of Burlington, KY. His parents bought him a few comics to page through at age four and he’s never looked back. Even after discovering girls. According to ComicBase, his collection today is pushing 20,000 books, with additions every week. A lover of the hobby and the entire comics medium, Jerry still feels that every Wednesday is like Christmas. Thoughts and comments are always welcome at

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