Thursday, October 21, 2021

Andy Richardson:

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Adrenaline + The Nightly News

Adrenaline

Genre: Drama

She’s a heroic doctor in Africa working to stop an outbreak of tuberculosis. He’s a wealthy young thrill-seeker who cares little for laws or anyone who gets in his way. What could they possibly have in common? Well, she needs money to open up more health clinics, and he’s about to be cut off from his family fortune unless he can prove worthy of it. He’s got an idea how to solve both of their problems, and it’s one that she dismisses at first—until it starts to make sense.

This unique title touches on real-world issues and real-world obsessions, including the ever-present reality television. A good-looking and smartly written full-color indie.



The Nightly News

Genre: Drama

News coverage makes the world go around, informing us and educating us. But that information has a dark side, especially when the people who control it use it for that exact purpose: control. In New York City, the headquarters of each network’s news division, you can be sure you’ll hear about every major story – even if it later turns out to be incorrect. Maybe that explains why a regular guy suddenly finds himself working as an agent of the mysterious Hand of the Voice, firing on members of the media with a sniper rifle.

Writer/artist Jonathan Hickman’s debut comic is original in style and execution, with different voices and perspectives speaking on each page and the art a hodge-podge of both the characters speaking and the media reporting on them. The famous “Mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore” quote from the film “Network” appears as a tagline and inspiration for this witty tale.

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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