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Outlanders
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7/16/2009 11:41 PM

    I’ll dispense with my typical long winded review and just get to the heart of the matter.

     

    I’ve recently finished reading The New Justice Machine: High Gear Edition Volume one, by Mark Ellis, Darryl Banks, Mike Gustovich, Adam Hughes, Rik Levins and Melissa Martin-Ellis.

     

    Now, I have to say until I met Mark, I didn’t really know about the Justice Machine – Of course I knew all about the major superhero teams like the Avengers, JLA etc… but never heard of the Justice Machine.

     

    I guess it was because back then if it wasn’t Marvel or Dark Horse, I really didn’t care about it.

     

    I’ve always been willing to try something new and different, so when it was finally available at my local comic shop, I bought the first volume of the New Justice Machine.

     

    It intrigued me.

     

    The characters hail from an alternate universe, and the first few pages of the graphic novel gave enough back ground information so that I wasn’t totally lost, or for that matter, overwhelmed by information. I’d say it was a great balance.

     

    The rest of the graphic novel essentially had these quite literal aliens trying to fit into American society, while trying to prove their worth to the American Government.

     

    It allowed an insight to the characters themselves, as well as had some great dialog, and some scenes that were quite funny to read.

     

    Overall story simply had me wishing that the graphic novel was longer – now I’ll have to wait for volume 2 to hit the stands.

     

    Some people will argue that having a graphic novel done in black and white takes away from the quality. I would disagree. I’ve seen plenty of comics that were done in full color and they were terrible. Sometimes by doing a comic in black and white, it tends to make it more ‘atmospheric’.

     

    The fact that the graphic novel is done in black and white in my opinion actually adds to the experience of reading it, instead of taking away.

     

    The artwork throughout is excellent, as one would expect. 

     

    One other thing that really makes the graphic novel worth picking up is the Musings Redux by Mark Ellis at the end. It essentially tells the history of the Justice Machine comic - its various incarnations, publishers and longevity.

     

    It’s a worthwhile read, not only for original fans, but for newcomers such as myself.

    5 out of 5

     

     

     

    Raboy
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    7/17/2009 8:42 AM
    I posted a review of the Justice Machine graphic novel on Amazon a while back...it made me wondeer if when Mark was getting ready to write Stoneface if he was tempted to make versions of the Machine the stars of the book?
    Jax2
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    7/17/2009 4:00 PM
    Nope...can't say doing such a thing ever occurred to me.

    I was contracted to write a DL novel and that meant focusing on the main cast of established characters.

    (hope that response wasn't too much of a shocking revelation)
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    9/24/2009 7:43 AM
    Comics Buyer's Guide has a featured review of The New Justice Machine in the current issue! The usually tough reviewers gave it three stars (out of four) and a very nice review!

    Congrats, Mark!
    "Courage is not a man with a gun in his hand. It's knowing you're licked before you begin but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what." - Atticus Finch
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    9/24/2009 1:03 PM
    Thanks for the heads up, Mike...I'll see if I can't track it down. I'm surprised by the fond feelings people still have for the Machine...me included.

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    9/25/2009 9:18 AM
    I like the female members...especially the one with the chain saw!
    "It's better to have a blaster and not need it than to need it and--" "Oh, spare me," Brigid said irritably. (Kane and Brigid Baptiste from Armageddon Axis)
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    9/26/2009 11:29 AM
    Her "Machine" name is Chain. The super-chain saw concept was created by artist Darryl Banks...here she is providing a mini-bio to an off-panel adversary:

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    9/26/2009 3:39 PM
    I know I have a bunch of old Justice Machine issues tucked away in long boxes but I don't think any of them were Mark's version.

    I'm gonna have to spring for this when I get a little spare change. I'm definitely intrigued and the CBG review was the nail in my wallet...er...coffin!

    When I get a chance I'll scan the article from CBG and post it.
    "Courage is not a man with a gun in his hand. It's knowing you're licked before you begin but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what." - Atticus Finch
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    9/27/2009 9:50 AM
    Could the Justice Machine beat up the DL gang?
    "It's better to have a blaster and not need it than to need it and--" "Oh, spare me," Brigid said irritably. (Kane and Brigid Baptiste from Armageddon Axis)
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    9/27/2009 2:07 PM
    Er...Most likely the Justice Machine could beat up just about every character and group in the Gold Eagle stable, Cerberus included.

    In the case of the DL gang...well, imagine what would happen if the Clampetts squared off against the Fantastic Four.

    That would be the closet analogue.
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    9/27/2009 4:34 PM
    LOL! But if I recall wasn't Jethro super strong?

    N' Ellie Mae could have that ol' Lothario Johnny Storm wrapped around her little finger.

    Now The Munsters against the FF is the battle royale I would like to see!
    "Courage is not a man with a gun in his hand. It's knowing you're licked before you begin but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what." - Atticus Finch
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    10/2/2009 7:46 AM
    I always did equate the DL group with the Clampetts...but I actually liked the Clampetts.

    I went ahead and ordered a copy of the Justice Machine graphic novel from Amazon...looking forward to it.



    "It's better to have a blaster and not need it than to need it and--" "Oh, spare me," Brigid said irritably. (Kane and Brigid Baptiste from Armageddon Axis)
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