Thursday, October 21, 2021

Andy Richardson:

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Force 51 + Unit Primes

FORCE 51

Genre: Action-Adventure, Horror, Sci-Fi

Something about a comic with “51” in the title: You just know it’s going to involve aliens. And when the story begins in Nevada in 1951, it turns out you’re right. A team of seven powerful individuals—a vampire, an unstoppable killer, a Japanese warrior, and others—unites to investigate mysteries. On one such case, searching one of Hitler’s testing facilities, they get far more than they bargained for. What they find there isn’t quite human.

Considering the nature of the cast, little that Force 51 could find could be much more shocking than the seven-member group itself. With that said, the title is appropriately spooky and entertaining, and presented (as it should be) in black and white.


UNIT PRIMES

Genre: Sci-fi

The universe is a dangerous place, especially when creatures known as Unit Primes are traveling about the galaxy, destroying entire worlds. They’re looking for something, and no one knows quite what it is. Another alien race does what it can to help the survivors of those worlds, if there are any. Today they’ve found a young boy, and maybe they can give him a normal life. First they need to help him deal with the loss of his family. Then they try to give him a new one.

Touching and cold, this graphic novel uses a bizarre universe to tell a very human story of what it means to be part of a family.

Andy Richardson is a freelance writer and editor who has been reading and writing about comics for far longer than he can believe at this point. Andy can be reached via e-mail at richardsonag@earthlink.net. Please use “ComicBase” as your subject line.

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