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Mighty Ink Comics & Entertainment Reviews The Steam Engines of Oz

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

TheSteamEnginesOfOzFCBD_00Mighty Ink Comics recently reviewed The Steam Engines of Oz and below is what they had to say! You can read the full review by CLICKING HERE.

Combining Steampunk & Oz brings you The Steam Engines of Oz, the artwork capture last every detail, from the threads in the cogs to the design of the Witch’s face. Cleanly drawn, matching both bright oz-like colors and metal shine, it does well matching the combination of the two. I will definitely be waiting in the wings for the next issue!

4/5 Stars

TheSteamEnginesOfOz_Issue01CoverThe Steam Engines of Oz Issue 1
STORY BY: Sean Patrick O’Reilly & Erik Hendrix
WRITER: Erik Hendrix & Sean Patrick O’Reilly
ARTIST: Yannis Roumboulias
COLORS: Chandran
DIAMOND CODE: APR1 0795
PAGES: 28
PRICE: $3.99
DESCRIPTION: Straight from the pages of our FCBD Preview, The Steam Engines of Oz has arrived! Find out how the Emerald City has transformed in the last 100 years as Victoria Wright and her friends plot their escape only to fall into the clutches of a terrifying threat. This re-imagining of Oz through a SteamPunk lens is a must read for fans of Oz, SteamPunk, an exciting story, and fantastic art.

TheSteamEnginesOfOz_Issue02_FrontCoverThe Steam Engines of Oz Issue 2
STORY BY: Sean Patrick O’Reilly & Erik Hendrix
WRITER: Erik Hendrix & Sean Patrick O’Reilly
ARTIST: Yannis Roumboulias
COLORS: Chandran
COVER COLORS: Doug Spencer
DIAMOND CODE: MAY13 0797
PAGES: 28
PRICE: $3.99
DESCRIPTION: Victoria and her friends have faced The Emerald City under the rulership of the Tin Man, the descendants of the Cowardly Lion, but how will they handle a group of very short, and very unruly Munchkins? Hidden in the forests for decades, can Victoria enlist their help, and what secrets hide within their village? Don’t miss the latest chapter in this colorful interpretation of Oz through a SteamPunk lens.

TheSteamEnginesOfOz_Issue03_FrontCoverThe Steam Engines of Oz Issue 3
STORY BY: Sean Patrick O’Reilly & Erik Hendrix
WRITER: Erik Hendrix & Sean Patrick O’Reilly
ARTIST: Yannis Roumboulias
COLORS: Chandran
DIAMOND CODE: TBD
PAGES: 28
PRICE: $3.99
DESCRIPTION: The Tin Man and his Emerald Army face off against Victoria and her unlikely allies. Do they stand a chance against the Emerald City’s deadliest weapons? Surprises abound in the final chapter of the first arc in this epic SteamPunk re-imagining of Oz. Who joins in the fray and whatever happened to Scarecrow? Secrets will be revealed and loyalties tested. Who will be left standing in the end?

Comic Bastards Reviews Aqualung

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

Comic Bastards recently reviewed the upcoming title, The Unemployment Adventures of Aqualung. You can read the review in full by CLICKING HERE, but read a little bit of the review below, too!

Alex Schumacher was also in charge of the artistic duties. The art overall was generally pretty sweet to look at and worked well with the narrative. My main gripe with the art however is that at times; character’s faces looked a little off. Coloring was taken care of by Sara Machajewski, mainly consisting of flat colors and sometimes looking almost painted, it suited the art style well.

All in all I did enjoy what I read. Its use of humor was done quite well and never came across as forced. Although in some ways the book came across as being akin to Hellboy, that doesn’t mean it’s a bad thing, it could be an influence. I hope a second book is made as I would like to see more of these characters and the world they are a part of. I recommend it to fans of Hellboy and adventure, or just like paranormal stuff. Check it out.

Score: 4/5

You can read more about The Unemployment Adventures of Aqualung by CLICKING HERE.

ISBN: 978-1-77135-113-3 Genre: Fantasy
Created By

Chris Rhodes
Ben Fontana
Writer: Alex Schumacher
Writer: Scott Tamanaha
Artist: Alex Schumacher
Artist: Ben Fontana
Artist: Chris Rhodes
Colorist: Sara Machajewski
Letterer: Sara Machajewski
Editor: Erik Hendrix

For over seventy-five years, Agent Aqualung has defended the country from supernatural forces as part of the 88, a covert branch of the Department of Defense. A pink slip and a sealed letter sends shock waves through the covert initiative – they are being permanently dismantled due to budget cuts. Collecting his severance, a new identity, suit, and fake resume, and a small orange tree (which holds the soul of St. Germain, his only friend), Aqualung must adjust to a life in the real world. His first task? Finding gainful employment, of course! With the world against him, or at least a trail of old enemies, Aqualung must navigate through unemployment, dating, oh, and evil plots from ancient gods and their flunkies. The real question is, can he stop them before his unemployment benefits run out?

Bloody-Disgusting.com Reviews The Steam Engines of Oz Issue 1

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

TheSteamEnginesOfOz_Issue01CoverThe Steam Engines of Oz Issue 1 hits shelves in a few weeks, but Bloody-Disgusting.com already has it in their hands and reviewed it! Below is an excerpt from the review, but be sure to CLICK HERE to read it in full.

What I really enjoyed about this retelling by Erik Hendrix and Sean Patrick O’ Reilly is how they have made steampunk versions of classic characters. The Tin Man is this giant robot with a booming voice. The Pack, an aggressive and merciless animal herd, serve the Cowardly Lion as their leader because he showed no fear. Probably the most surprising, the Munchkins are now beer-guzzling, tough guys with itchy trigger fingers. Nobody, not even the vicious Pack, wants to deal with the Munchkins.

I really enjoyed how the narrative is told from Victoria Wright, who is a simple mechanic thrown into an extraordinary situation. Victoria doesn’t know what she is doing most of time because she has never set foot outside her home. In her coming-of-age tale, she is learning about her true self under the darkest of circumstances. The narrative has an interesting metaphor for Victoria’s transition into adulthood and Emerald City’s resistance towards the progressive future.

Yannis Roumboulias provides the glossary artwork for the steampunk element of the narrative. In their character designs, the Pack is wearing black leather outfits and have necklaces made of bones. Just by looking at them, you can interpret the Pack as a motorcycle gang, but without the vehicle. The Tin Man has exhaust pipes connected to his back, which blows clouds of smoke above his head.

Thanks again to Bloody-Disgusting.com for the Review, and you can read it in full BY CLICKING HERE!

Haven’t read The Steam Engines of Oz? Well, you can still download the FCBD Issue FREE from ComiXology! Check that out below, as well as how you can get copies of each issue. If you haven’t already seen it, we also still have five days left in our Steam Engines of Oz KickStarter!

KICKSTARTER ~ http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/arcanastudio/the-steam-engines-of-oz-original-graphic-novel

The Steam Engines of Oz Issue 1
STORY BY: Sean Patrick O’Reilly & Erik Hendrix
WRITER: Erik Hendrix & Sean Patrick O’Reilly
ARTIST: Yannis Roumboulias
COLORS: Chandran
DIAMOND CODE: APR1 0795
PAGES: 28
PRICE: $3.99
DESCRIPTION: Straight from the pages of our FCBD Preview, The Steam Engines of Oz has arrived! Find out how the Emerald City has transformed in the last 100 years as Victoria Wright and her friends plot their escape only to fall into the clutches of a terrifying threat. This re-imagining of Oz through a SteamPunk lens is a must read for fans of Oz, SteamPunk, an exciting story, and fantastic art.

TheSteamEnginesOfOz_Issue02_FrontCoverThe Steam Engines of Oz Issue 2
STORY BY: Sean Patrick O’Reilly & Erik Hendrix
WRITER: Erik Hendrix & Sean Patrick O’Reilly
ARTIST: Yannis Roumboulias
COLORS: Chandran
COVER COLORS: Doug Spencer
DIAMOND CODE: MAY13 0797
PAGES: 28
PRICE: $3.99
DESCRIPTION: Victoria and her friends have faced The Emerald City under the rulership of the Tin Man, the descendants of the Cowardly Lion, but how will they handle a group of very short, and very unruly Munchkins? Hidden in the forests for decades, can Victoria enlist their help, and what secrets hide within their village? Don’t miss the latest chapter in this colorful interpretation of Oz through a SteamPunk lens.

TheSteamEnginesOfOz_Issue03_FrontCoverThe Steam Engines of Oz Issue 3
STORY BY: Sean Patrick O’Reilly & Erik Hendrix
WRITER: Erik Hendrix & Sean Patrick O’Reilly
ARTIST: Yannis Roumboulias
COLORS: Chandran
DIAMOND CODE: TBD
PAGES: 28
PRICE: $3.99
DESCRIPTION: The Tin Man and his Emerald Army face off against Victoria and her unlikely allies. Do they stand a chance against the Emerald City’s deadliest weapons? Surprises abound in the final chapter of the first arc in this epic SteamPunk re-imagining of Oz. Who joins in the fray and whatever happened to Scarecrow? Secrets will be revealed and loyalties tested. Who will be left standing in the end?

Comics For Sinners Reviews The Steam Engines of Oz FCBD

Tuesday, May 14th, 2013

DeadlyHarvest-036Comics For Sinners, a site focusing on a lot of the beautiful elements of comics (among other things), has just posted a review of The Steam Engines of FCBD, which you can read in fully BY CLICKING HERE, but you can read a sampling from below!

The Steam Engines of Oz stands out between the many FCBD-listings simply because of the cover alone. Twisting tales we all know about Oz, adding in Steampunk (robots, machines, tool belts, cool goggles) and the job is done, right? WRONG!

Arcana delivers something new and fresh, not only by taking the newly found fanbase-heavy Steampunk-theme but also because in this freebie we do NOT get Dorothy slammed in our faces! We are treated to a young, sparkling, blond, jumpsuited, goggles-wearing Victoria, who seems to have one both the hearts of the Emerald City workers but also the attention of the Wicked Ice-Queen…

Writers Sean Patrick O’Reilly and Erik Hendrix are cooking up a charming story, and this Preview… sure sparks interest. Yannis Roumboulias does a nice job capturing the steamy world of Oz…

Thank you to Comics For Sinners for the great review!

If you missed the Free Comic Book Day issue, you can still download it free from ComiXology here ~ http://www.comixology.com/FCBD-The-Steam-Engines-of-Oz/digital-comic/JAN130018

Also, if you didn’t know already, we’re running a KickStarter to fund a SECOND ALL-NEW story set in the Steam Engines of Oz world.  You can read about that here ~ http://kck.st/17HUzbK

adamsfilmsfoodnfun Reviews The Steam Engines of Oz FCBD

Friday, May 10th, 2013

TheSteamEnginesOfOz_Cover_FCBD_NoBarcodesAdamsFilmsFoodNFun, a reviewing/blogging web site recently posted a review of The Steam Engines of Oz FCBD. You can read the entire post by CLICKING HERE, but below is an excerpt from the review!

Arcana comics have introduced us to the Steam Engines of Oz an event from their Steampunk Originals line and I am loving it.  This more than any other comic is what I wanted on the day… I was not disappointed.  It does what an introductory comic should do.  It sets up the characters and the world and leaves you wanting more.  All the cast looks as if they will make an appearance at some point and the art is excellent.  Yay for Arcana!

Thank you, Adam, for the great review and we hope you enjoy the continuing adventures of our little slice of Oz!

If you would like to keep reading our Oz tales, be sure to go to your local comic shop and ask them to pre-order Issues 1 – 3.

The Steam Engines of Oz Issue 1
STORY BY: Sean Patrick O’Reilly & Erik Hendrix
WRITER: Erik Hendrix & Sean Patrick O’Reilly
ARTIST: Yannis Roumboulias
COLORS: Chandran
DIAMOND CODE: APR1 0795
PAGES: 28
PRICE: $3.99
DESCRIPTION: Straight from the pages of our FCBD Preview, The Steam Engines of Oz has arrived! Find out how the Emerald City has transformed in the last 100 years as Victoria Wright and her friends plot their escape only to fall into the clutches of a terrifying threat. This re-imagining of Oz through a SteamPunk lens is a must read for fans of Oz, SteamPunk, an exciting story, and fantastic art.

The Steam Engines of Oz Issue 2
STORY BY: Sean Patrick O’Reilly & Erik Hendrix
WRITER: Erik Hendrix & Sean Patrick O’Reilly
ARTIST: Yannis Roumboulias
COLORS: Chandran
COVER COLORS: Doug Spencer
DIAMOND CODE: MAY13 0797
PAGES: 28
PRICE: $3.99
DESCRIPTION: Victoria and her friends have faced The Emerald City under the rulership of the Tin Man, the descendants of the Cowardly Lion, but how will they handle a group of very short, and very unruly Munchkins? Hidden in the forests for decades, can Victoria enlist their help, and what secrets hide within their village? Don’t miss the latest chapter in this colorful interpretation of Oz through a SteamPunk lens.

The Steam Engines of Oz Issue 3
STORY BY: Sean Patrick O’Reilly & Erik Hendrix
WRITER: Erik Hendrix & Sean Patrick O’Reilly
ARTIST: Yannis Roumboulias
COLORS: Chandran
DIAMOND CODE: TBD
PAGES: 28
PRICE: $3.99
DESCRIPTION: The Tin Man and his Emerald Army face off against Victoria and her unlikely allies. Do they stand a chance against the Emerald City’s deadliest weapons? Surprises abound in the final chapter of the first arc in this epic SteamPunk re-imagining of Oz. Who joins in the fray and whatever happened to Scarecrow? Secrets will be revealed and loyalties tested. Who will be left standing in the end?

Bleeding Cool reviews The Steam Engines of Oz!

Thursday, May 9th, 2013

The Steam Engines of Oz, which debuted on FCBD 2013, received a review from Bleeding Cool following its debut, which you can read in full BY CLICKING HERE. It was on a list of five titles with “Damn Fine Art From FCBD”. Read an excerpt below!

Arcana’s book is dominated by the moody, sinuous flow of Yannis Roumoulias’ artwork, set off by softly blended earth tones of Chandran Ponnusamy’s colors, and well-blended heroic and italic letters by Erik Hendrix. In fact, you get the sense you’re viewing the story through a faint haze of steam, which serves the material well. This is steam punk gone wild, as you might suspect from the title, and there’s no shortage of aesthetically appealing gears, gadgets, rivets, and clambering among them. But this is also the world of Oz, with its dream-like palaces, and Roumoulias shows an equal skill at rendering organic shapes and long-distance cityscapes. This is a book where the artwork really carries the epic, adventure feel panel by panel. Like many of these art-charged FCBD titles chosen, you find yourself reflexively turning the page, hoping for a longer book.”

Thank you to Bleeding Cool for the amazing review!

So, if you happened to miss The Steam Engines of Oz and want to learn more about it, you can go to our web site for it, TheSteamEnginesOfOz.com. Also, we are going to finish our first arc in Issues 1-3, which take place right after the FCBD issue and are being solicited NOW through Diamond Previews. If you would like to help us make more stories after that, check out our KickStarter Campaign!

The Steam Engines of Oz on the Comic News Insider Podcast

Wednesday, April 17th, 2013


The Steam Engines of Oz FCBD was recently reviewed on the Comic News Insider Podcast! Give it a listen!

http://www.jimmyaquino.typepad.com/comicnewsinsider/2013/04/episode-468-boston-love.html

Swerve, “a crime story with the backdrop in the wrestling world,” a Review from ComicBastards.com

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

ComicBastards.com recently reviewed the over the top graphic novel, Swerve, and oh boy did they like it! You can read the review in full by CLICKING HERE, but be sure to read the excerpt below and see how you can pick up a copy!

“Whew doggie, I can’t express how entertaining Swerve is. But I’m going to try. To start, the strongest take away from Swerve is the pacing. The beats that Jon Judy’s story hits are perfectly placed. It keeps the reader tuning the page just to see where this freight train of crazy-awesome is going. This story is a blast and truly excels in the graphic novel format; granted it was interesting as digital singles but Swerve’s narrative hearty goodness proves that it is something that needs to be chugged not sipped. Meaning you’ll want to kill this in one sitting and still want more… A second stand out in Swerve is the art and color. Dexter Wee’s art sits well with Chris Hall’s colors. It’s some sort of match made in indie comic book heaven. Their collaboration brings a dirty rugged look to the world that complements the narrative perfectly. Not only that, Wee presents more than a few “oh shit panels” that will put a sinister smile on your face, I promise… your best bet is to take on Swerve with the mindset of a crime story with the backdrop in the wrestling world. If you do that then you’ll be set to enjoy one of the best graphic novels I’ve read in a long time.”

Thank you to ComicBastards.com for the review and be sure to CLICK HERE to read the full, action packed review. Below is some info on how you can pick up a copy for yourself! Click on the Arcana Title Page link below to see an extended preview of the book!

ISBN: 978-1-927424-94-0
Diamond Code: DEC12 0813     Genre: Action / Crime
Writer: Jon Judy
Artist: Dexter Wee
Letterer: Jace Tschudi
Editor: Amanda Hendrix
Arcana Title Page: http://arcana.com/view_issue.php?id=492
San Antonio, 1976: Eric Layton, desperate for cash, left college behind to dive into the world of pro-wrestling. From there, it was an easy slide into the underbelly of the “rasslin’” biz, where the box office and concession stand make for an easy way to launder drug money. Eric wanted out, but he had seen and done too much. They would never let him walk away, so he went into business for himself, hoping to make enough quick cash to sneak away and buy a new identity. When Eric is pinched by the police and forced to flip on his boys, he is stuck between the cops and the crooks – and the idea that he will escape with his life is looking less realistic than a pro-wrestling match.

Bleeding Cool Reviews Arcana’s Swerve

Monday, January 14th, 2013

Swerve, a new Arcana title coming in February, was recently reviewed by Bleeding Cool! Check out a chunk of the review below, but be sure to CLICK HERE to read it in full over at Bleeding Cool.

The title of the graphic novel refers to the wrestling term of setting up one surprise, then delivering another, and sure enough the reader gets plenty of swerves throughout. Each chapter introduces a new term, and Jon Judy very craftily ensures the terms are indeed relevant to the plot. When I initially thought this story was going to focus on wrestling, Judy does a great job balancing the crime aspect with the wrestling storyline, and always keeping the reader on their toes. Just when you think you’re comfortable with where the story is going, Judy swerves you all over the place, but not enough that it becomes tiresome. The major swerve at the end was one I didn’t see coming, but made perfect sense when I let it sink in.

Dexter Wee’s art style is reminiscent of Sean Phillips and Steve Epting at times, and maintained that gritty look and feel of the 70’s we’re used to in movies. Even the way the art flowed reminded me of a good action movie, for this story and characters are ripe for Hollywood.

If you’re a fan of Brubaker’s Criminal or Cooke’s Parker, I highly recommend you pick-up Swerve when it comes out this February.

Want to learn more about SWERVE? Keep reading!

TITLE: Swerve
DIAMOND CODE: DEC12 0813
ISBN: 978-1-927424-94-0
ARCANA TITLE PAGE: http://arcana.com/view_issue.php?id=492
PAGE COUNT: 154
PRICE: $19.95
DESCRIPTION: San Antonio, 1976: Eric Layton, desperate for cash, left college behind to dive into the world of pro-wrestling. From there, it was an easy slide into the underbelly of the “rasslin’” biz, where the box office and concession stand make for an easy way to launder drug money.

Eric wanted out, but he had seen and done too much. They would never let him walk away, so he went into business for himself, hoping to make enough quick cash to sneak away and buy a new identity.

When Eric is pinched by the police and forced to flip on his boys, he is stuck between the cops and the crooks – and the idea that he will escape with his life is looking less realistic than a pro-wrestling match.

FirstComicNews.com raves about Kozmik

Tuesday, January 8th, 2013

Kozmik, which has debuted digitally for a print release in the coming months, was recently reviewed by FirstComicNews.com, and they loved it! Below is part of the review, but be sure to CLICK HERE to read it in full.

Kozmik is the creation of Scott Kinney and he has created a very enjoyable all ages title that does not get bogged down in sci-fi mumbo-jumbo but rather gives readers a fast paced adventure story that is super accessible. The story is pretty standard heroic fare but Scott gives the various characters a lot of personality and it is particularly nice to note that Zak actually has a loving set of parents in the story. Too often these type of stories present the single parent situation to create drama but that is deftly sidestepped here and the story is better for it.

The artwork is top notch and it looks like it could have been in an Archie Comics publication, I am rather surprised that Scott has not done any work on MegaMan or Sonic as his style would suit those series perfectly.

Thank you to FirstComicNews.com for the great review!

To learn more about Kozmik, head HERE!