Stroper #1

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Stroper1-minAwarded “Comic of the Week” during June 2018 by “ComixCentral” – “The Hub For Indie Comics”, Issue One of “Stroper” undoubtedly relies far more upon its visual content than it does dialogue in order to tell the digital-only publication’s tale of Bo-ak 5 Prison miner Pak Booker, and resultantly, despite its twenty-six page length, could arguably therefore be viewed as a somewhat short reading experience. Yet such is Edward Porter’s attention to detail with his quirky, cartoonish story-boarding, that anyone in this book’s audience who doesn’t invest some additional time perusing the finer points of his computer-drawn imagery, such as blood vessels in the titular character’s eyes or the reflection of Krill eggs on his bubble-style astronaut’s helmet, will absolutely be missing a trick with this title.

Naturally for a narrative focusing almost solely upon a hunter’s “illegal harvest of alien wild life” though, there still needs to be some sort of hook with which to ensnare any bibliophile’s passing attention besides pretty artwork, and fortunately this adventure set “in the far future, [when] Mankind’s golden age of space exploration has ended” manages to provide one by depicting an expedition which is far from straightforward. Indeed, the inclusion of “a violent and invasive fungus that spreads from space rock to space rock” in the very vicinity of the stroper’s injured prey must genuinely have made some readers momentarily hold their breath just as soon as it becomes clear that any noise generated by the tracker will result in the carnivorous parasites instantly eating the main protagonist alive; “Sound sensitive. Vibration sensitive. One more misstep and I am a dead man.”

This underlying threat also causes Booker to put down his long-range ray-gun and attempt to settle matters “the old fashioned way” with a long knife. Perhaps unsurprisingly however, the gigantic extra-terrestrial insectoid Pak ultimately faces isn’t going to be so easily dispatched and the ensuing pulse-pounding close combat quickly produces far more noise than the long-haired stalker’s rifle arguably ever would have. Certainly, the multi-legged alien’s shrill cries of pain as its limbs are brutally carved away from under it, causes thousands of the purple hatchlings to break free of their reproductive cells and helps establish a well-thought out cliff-hanger by subsequently stampeding towards the cave entrance where the a worn-out stroper has only just successfully finished fighting…

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For the past forty or so years I have been collecting American comics… To begin with they were predominantly black and white British reprints of “Marvel Comics Group” titles such as “Spider-Man Comics Weekly”, “The Mighty World of Marvel” and “Star Wars Weekly”; all six to ten pence editions I could store away under my bed in a large cardboard box. As a result though I was introduced to the teenage angst of Peter Parker, the discovery of a frozen Captain America by Earth's Mightiest Heroes, witnessed the dreadful rage of Doctor Bruce Banner, and even travelled to a galaxy far far away... Later I would be able to afford actual America colour comic books and supplemented my collection of “Marvel” titles such as “Conan the Barbarian”, “Howard the Duck” and “Captain America” with some “DC Comics” issues of “Batman”, “Green Lantern” and “Captain Carrot and his Amazing Zoo Crew”. There would even be time for Independent publications such as “Wildcats”, “Spawn” and “The Authority”. These days however I must admit to yearning back to the simpler times of Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, back to when both artwork and storylines were straightforward, easy to follow and super-heroes were just starting out on their adventures. A time when no-one had yet to be resurrected from the dead for the fourth time. I've written over seven hundred comic book reviews on my blog over the past few years, with them usually following my latest purchases, all wrapped up in a large brown paper bag, as well as occasional ‘flashbacks’ to some of the classic "Golden Age" issues I already own…

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