Judges Review by Eugene Alejandro

Judges is a self-published comic created and written by Ben Miller that features artwork by Cory Hamscher, lettering by Marshall Dillon, and coloring by Sean Forney and Thomas Mason, and is a story about three “Judges” (Jep, Deborah, and Ehud) who kill demons disguised as humans. The whole idea behind Judges is that the most evil people in the world are actually demons in disguise (which explains why they are evil). With a fascinating premise like that, I can certainly say that it succeeds in it as Judges is a fantastic independent creator-owned self-published comic.

Ben Miller’s writing for Judges is amazing as he was able to properly introduce the plot and characters in the span of only 4 issues. Each character is developed very well, and the story moves at a perfect pace by not rushing itself.

The artwork in Judges is also something to be amazed at. The pencil and inking by Cory Hamscher is very reminiscent of both Erik Larsen and (to some extant in my opinion) Walter Simonson. Each character is drawn very well, and the backgrounds are also detailed nicely. The action scenes are also illustrated very well, and even the violent scenes look nice. The coloring by Sean Forney and Thomas Mason helps to show how Cory Hamscher’s artwork in Judges is awesome as there coloring fits the tone of the story very well, and helps the artwork be seen by the readers very well without it looking out of place.

As for the lettering by Marshall Dillon, for what it is, it’s standard comic book lettering. I did really like though how the lettering style for the demon characters and the human characters looked very different as a means to show how differently they speak.

The only nitpick I have with Judges is that while it doesn’t end on a blatant cliffhanger, there is still obvious hints of there being another story, and while I don’t mind that, I would’ve like it a bit better had it not been too obvious that there will (or might be) another Judges story.

Overall, Ben Miller’s Judges is a fabulous comic book that I can certainly recommend spending money on as a means to both support Ben Miller himself, and to also read Judges. You will not be let down by it.

I give Judges 5/5 Stars, and Two Thumbs Up.

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Kickstarter Comic Book Promo: Silence: Track Two

Silence: Track Two is the second issue of Devin Kraft’s self-published series Silence that just like the Silence: Track One, is being funded on Kickstarter. Silence is a comic that uses music, and is about a band that must stop sirens from leading men in ships to their doom, and is created, written, illustrated, lettered and colored by Devin Kraft. Silence is not the first self-published comic Devin Kraft has made that he used Kickstarter to get the funding for. What I’m talking about is his series Dragon Slayer that is currently available to purchase on Devin’s Etsy Shop, and on ComiXology. Devin Kraft is a artist with a lot of talent and passion, and has made artwork of almost every character in comics, anime and manga, film and television, and video games. Silence: Track Two needs $4,000 in order to get printed, and has 29 days left before it ends. If you want to see Devin Kraft’s fantastic art, please check out his website, DeviantArt page, and Tumblr page. If you also want to support him even more, please purchase his work from his Etsy shop, and buy his comics to read digitally on ComiXology.

Here is the link to the Kickstarter campaign of Silence: Track Two.https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/cheshirecatart/silence-track-two

Kickstarter Art Book Promo: Geeky Goddesses: The Pin-up Art of Sean Forney

Sean Forney has made a new Kickstarter campaign to get the funding for his art book that’s dedicated to his pin-up art based on models he has worked with in the past 3 years. All the pin-ups are penciled, inked, and digitally colored by Sean Forney. This Kickstarter campaign currently has 43 days left before it can reach its funding goal of $1,200. To those that are unaware of Sean Forney and his work, Sean Forney has primarily worked as a colorist for comic book titles such as Judges, Zen The Intergalactic Ninja, Nottie and Nyce, and Deadpooh. He’s also created his own comic called Scarlet Huntress. Sean Forney has also digitally colored artwork by Marat Mychaels, and Rob Liefeld. If you want to see his work, please check out and like his facebook page Sean Forney Illustration, please check out his DeviantArt page, and please visit his website.

The link to the Geeky Goddesses: The Pin-up Art of Sean Forney kickstarter campiagn is here if you want to support it.https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/838034909/geeky-goddesses-the-pin-up-art-of-sean-forney

Lady Mechanika Volume 1 Review by Eugene Alejandro

If you are a fan of Steampunk, please read the self-published comic book series created, written, and drawn by Joe Benitez known as Lady Mechanika. It’s a brilliant blend of action, mystery, supernatural, and of course Steampunk.

Lady Mechanika Volume 1 is a collection of issues #0-5, and is a good way to introduce comic book readers to the title character.

The main story in Lady Mechanika Volume 1 (issues #1-5) takes place in Victorian England in which Steampunk has become the dominant source of technology. A young girl from a gypsy family called Cirque Du Romani has been found dead and with mechanical experiments performed on her. Private Investigator Lady Mechanika decides to take on the case in the hopes of finding out who took and experimented on the gypsy girl as she believes the answer will help her discover who made her part machine as well.

Lady Mechanika #0 (The Demon of Satan’s Alley) is a stand-alone story that focuses on Lady Mechanika hunting down a small demon-like creator in Victorian England.

What makes Lady Mechanika a fun series is how much work and passion Joe Benitez put into both the writing and art of it as Lady Mechanika herself is an interesting and awesome character.

The main story of Lady Mechanika Volume 1 (The Mystery of the Mechanical Corpse) is a good beginning story arc as it perfectly introduces readers to the character and world Joe Benitez created (the same can also be said about The Demon of Satan’s Alley).

Joe Benitez has managed to write and draw the series very well as his storytelling brilliantly combines multiple genres into one whole series, and his artwork is phenomenal to look at as he draws the characters, and anything Steampunk-related fabulously.

The coloring by Peter Steigerwald is some of the best comic book coloring I’ve ever seen for it’s very bright and colorful, and matches well with Joe Benitez’s artwork.

The only thing that I wasn’t too fond of is that this story can sometimes become too wordy (meaning that the speech bubbles will have too much text in them). Don’t get me wrong. Josh Reed’s lettering in this is really good, and I understood that Joe Benitez wanted the characters to have lots of dialogue in order to develop them. It’s just that I’m not used to reading comics in which the speech bubbles have loads and loads of text in them.

So in conclusion, if your a huge fan of the Steampunk genre that want’s to read a good comic with good art in that genre, Lady Mechanika Volume 1 (and the whole series in general) is what I recommend to you.

I give Lady Mechanika Volume 1 4/5 Stars, and Two Thumbs Up.