Jupiter Jet Blasts Off

All reviews are my personal opinion and do not reflect the views of any person or organization.

Here be Spoilers. Enter at your own risk.

Iimg_2458 finally got a chance to read the first two issues of Jupiter Jet, a new comic by Jason Inman and Ashley Robinson with Ben Matsuya  and Mara Carpenter as illustrators.

Jupiter Jet is the story of Jacky and her brother Chuck who use a jet pack they found to…liberate the money the local crime organization steals. They then use this money to help others, and themselves, pay off the “protection” goons. Eventually they come into possession of a mysterious power source, which puts them on the radar of dangerous foes.

The comic opens with Jacky already in possession of the jet pack and doing her Robin Hood thing. The origin of the pack is as much a mystery to the reader as it is to the characters, though the end of each issue tells a piece of the jet pack’s origin.

The action opening was an enjoyable change from other comics (or stories) that spend the first few issues spending forever going over the hero’s origin.

The art style is very reminiscent of the 1930s to 40s. The coloring also looks like it was “filmed” with a sepia filter giving it an older feel.  The comic also reminds me of the days of older comics: Jacky strikes heroic poses and uses alliterate or over-the-top catchphrases. It was nice to see something other than the grim, serious tones of most modern comics.

The comic is also filled with early 1900s to mid-1900s science fiction gadgets, such as the ray gun and the mysterious power source that everyone wants to get their hands on.

Each issue isn’t long but doesn’t feel short either. I felt that each issue was worth the money and the wait. It came with plenty of emotional ups and downs but didn’t drag. Also the downs didn’t feel like hopeless-end-of-the-world downs. Even though I felt for the characters, I could still sense their hope and optimism.

Finally, the comic comes with moments of humor. Some out in front, such as Jacky’s tall-tale of her latest adventure or Jacky face-planting while trying to change in an alley, while some are more hidden, such as Chuck’s cat mirroring Chuck’s expressions. These moments of humor also didn’t distract from the story or make it “too goofy.”

The series definitely seems to be aiming for children (not to mention the child in all of us, I mean come on! It has ray guns and jet packs!) with its comedy and style, so it is a good choice for those who want to have a comic they can share with anyone. Plus, the price is pretty reasonable.

img_2457I have to give this series, so far, a high recommendation. Anyone that can operate (mostly) a jet pack while wearing a poofy dress (as seen in issue #1 when Jacky thought her brother was in danger) has my vote.

If you want to check out Jupiter Jet for yourself it can be found on Amazon and comiXology. You can also check up with Jupiter Jet on Twitter @JupiterJetComic.

 

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Doctor Who—Geek History Lesson Tells You

All reviews are my personal opinion and do not reflect the views of any person or organization.

Hosts Jason Inman and Ashley V. Robinson do it again with another Geek History Lesson.

Each week Inman and Robinson take one construct from pop culture and clue you in.

Inman and Robinson are excellent at explaining, sometimes complex, issues in a clear manner; I don’t feel like I need a road map afterwards to understand what they just said.

This week (April 17) they focused on the Time Lords from Doctor Who.

I really liked the idea of them focusing in on the Time Lords.

First, it was creative. The obvious choice for a Whovian lesson would be The Doctor or a history of his traveling companions. Doing a lesson on the Time Lords seems like something near the middle of the list, like maybe below a lesson on the TARDIS.

Second, the Time Lords are kind of mysterious. There isn’t much said about them on an episodic basis. You get clues here and there, but quite frankly, I can’t remember snippets from one episode to the next. It was great to have the history all in one place.

This lesson followed the usual format with the Meet Cute, 10 Cent Origin, main history, and Recommended Reading…but the episode didn’t seem to have as many jokes, puns, or general silliness as other episodes, such as the Pride of Illegitimate Skunk-Bears from the Wolverine podcast. The episode was still funny and enjoyable but different.

I also missed Inman doing some kind of impression.

I also enjoyed that they got the “sponsored by” part done near the beginning. It was nice to “get it over with” and enjoy the rest of the podcast. Variety is also nice.

I did notice some audio glitches during the guest interview like voices sounding weird or cutting out. But, I’m glad that they were able to get a guest. It adds variety to the show and gives a sense of community.

This sense of community is another part of what makes these podcasts so interesting. It’s wonderful to know that there are other geeks out there. Growing up in my hometown, if you knew something about video games, comics, or other “geeky” things, you could expect a wedgie or a special “trip” down the hall, so geeks didn’t advertise.

Finally, the episode’s time of one hour…ish is great. It’s short enough that you aren’t getting bored or wondering how you are going to find the time to listen to it. But, it is also long enough to feel intellectually feed—things aren’t thrown at you at high speed and you are struggling to figure out what was just said.

In short, Inman and Robinson’s even, but not mono, vocal tones make the podcast great to listen to while working or doing chores…and sometimes while exercising. So, I’m thankful that they do these podcasts; otherwise, I would never do the dishes.

I have to give them a 4.5 out of 5.

You can find out more about Geek History Lesson (such as where to find it) at geekhistorylesson.com.

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