My New Project: God Bless The Warriors

I’m in the middle of developing a big project right now, because why not? Now, why am I mentioning this on a blog that has, for the most part, basically been just me talking about anime and comic books? Well, it’s because right now, I’m going to unveil the details behind this project.

God Bless The Warriors

God Bless The Warriors (GBW for short) is a project by yours truly, electricpatriot, to bring a perfect combination of western and eastern storytelling styles to the American comic book industry. The project draws inspiration from recent publishing initiatives in western comics such DC’s The New 52, Marvel’s Marvel NOW!, and the resurrection of the Valiant Universe and seeks to bring a greater degree of appeal back to the medium. I am aiming for a format that provides both easy access and solid continuity to a shared universe without being hampered by regular line-wide crossover events. The plan is to introduce original characters and stylistic stories with the goal of bringing a perfect synergy of genres in order to bring in a wide, expansive audience. I am currently playing with ideas for not one, not two, but three different comic book stories to create a brand-new universe of stories and characters seeking a combination of elements from comic book superheroes such as the Avengers and X-Men with slice-of-life comedy anime such as Lucky Star and YuruYuri. Now, let’s get into the details of this project.


Sarah Simone and the Spear of Heart

A fantasy-action/slice-of-life story focusing on Sarah Simone, a 14-year-old middle-school student living in San Diego who wields the powerful Spear of Heart to battle against devils led by the sinister King Halsegon. Stories will deal with Sarah’s progression through the eighth grade as well as her battles against Halsegon’s demonic forces alongside her schoolmates, Kim Keranen, and Japanese transfer student Reika Yasakani. Sarah is goofy and absent-minded, while Kim is straight-laced, but short-tempered, and Reika is elegant and refined. This will more or less serve as my flagship title for the line.

Excel Knights

Focuses on three superhuman high-school girls in Dallas, Texas battling villains and creatures from other worlds while also working their way through school. The team’s (unofficial) leader is Whitney Waterson, codenamed Adrenaline, who has super-speed and is able to attack with sound waves, and the other members include Angela “Angie” Avalon, codenamed Statue, who is able to turn her body to stone, and Valerie Benavides, codenamed Knives, a Hispanic child prodigy who is able to turn her limbs into blades. The girls are recruited by Lyace Eysanill, a blue-winged lady knight from the medieval-fantasy world of Arsenia, to battle against the forces of Draken, the cruel king of Arsenia who wants to conquer the entire multiverse.

Innocent Devil

Focuses on the ongoing war between two factions of demons, the Rhapsodi, a humanistic community of demons from the world of Sanctania, and the evil devils from the chaotic world of Jigoku. The story focuses on Tyson Walls, a teenage human from Milwaukee, Oregon who was transformed into a demon when Arriachios, one of the devils’ kings, used dark sorcery to reshape him into a soldier for his army. This resulted in Tyson now having similar powers to those of Arriachios, however, Tyson was rescued by Rhapsodi before he could be brainwashed, and afterwards, he was taken to Sanctania to protect him from the devils and also to help him control his powers. In order to learn more about the culture of the Rhapsodi and how to use his powers for good, Tyson attends Redwill Academy, a school for Rhapsodi, and battles against devils throughout the multiverse alongside three classmates, Alvira Hohp, a majestic and brilliant young woman belonging to the Oceanfly race(resembling humans with butterfly-like wings), Ryes Enshine, an energetic, kind-hearted succubus, and Valter Lunarpact, a vampire warrior and gambler who commands an army of bats and fights using swordplay. Ariacchios serves as the primary villain.

Ideal Layout

For the time being, I would like to keep things simple for this line. I’ll start off with just the three titles I described above. I want to avoid making things too complicated with regular line-wide crossover events. I might have one event every two or three years, might being a key word, but they will not be frequent. I plan to write the stories myself, but since I can’t draw, I’ve decided that I’m going to recruit artists. If anyone who is interested in joining the project as an artist, I strongly encourage you to provide art samples in any way you can, and I will look at anything I get.

Well, that’s all for now. Later on, I’ll give more in-depth descriptions for some of my characters for this project.



Comics Storm: Justice League of America’s Vibe #1-10


Hello, everyone. Today, I would like to share my thoughts on DC’s short-lived ongoing series, Justice League of America’s Vibe.

The series focuses on Francisco “Cisco” Ramon, who gained the power to control sound when he was caught in the event horizon of a Boom Tube during Darkseid’s invasion of Earth. This caused his DNA to be rewritten by interstellar forces and also gave him the power to sense when invaders enter our world from parallel dimensions. Because of this, he was recruited by the organization, A.R.G.U.S., to capture such invaders, referred to as “Breachers”, and to become a founding member of the Justice League of America under the codename, “Vibe”.  The series’ plot focuses on Vibe’s attempts to help Gipsy, a young girl with shapeshifting powers, get back to her homeworld.

The book offers plenty of excitement. Vibe’s battles against Breachers, as well as one against the Suicide Squad, are very thrilling to see, and eventually, you’ll be itching to see what happens in the next issue. The art by Pete Woods and Sean Parsons is also very well done, with awesome character designs and nice, open-ended environments.

Now, I should also comment that the book is kind of slow to start, and a cameo of Batman as one of Gipsy’s disguises feels kind of forced, almost like a sales gimmick. Furthermore, the series’ finale with issue 10 fails to give the series proper resolution, and thus, leaves the series feeling unfinished.

Ultimately, while Vibe isn’t perfect or outstanding by any means, it is a fun read, and I wouldn’t object to a relaunch or a continuation in one of DC’s other titles.

Overall: 11 out of 15 (good)


Comics Storm: All-New Marvel NOW! Point One

All-New Marvel NOW! Point One

Got your entry point right here! All we need now is Jim Shooter lecturing us on how EVERY issue should be an entry point.

Now, all kidding aside, I’m here to provide a review of Marvel’s one-shot, All-New Marvel NOW! Point One. This is a special comic designed as an entry point to the Marvel universe, as well as a lead-in to six new Marvel comic series, Avengers World(already launched alongside this book’s release), Black Widow(also launched at the same time), All-New Invaders(coming in January 22), Ms. Marvel(to be launched in February 5), Silver Surfer(headed our way in March), and Loki: Agent of Asgard(which launches alongside Ms. Marvel).

The Loki story in this book, written by Al Ewing, serves as the primary narrative, if you could call it that, and follows Loki stealing five keys forged by Wotan so that he can claim a legendary sword. We see little bits of this story throughout the whole book. The art isn’t bad at all and the narration really brings out the craftiness in Loki’s character.

The Silver Surfer story, written by Dan Slott(known for his recent work on Spider-Man), features the Surfer, now free from Galactus and with a sidekick named Dawn Greenwood, flying to the aquatic planet Nautikos to see a centennial festival of light, where the sky is filled with with cosmic manta rays. Naturally, since this is a Marvel superhero story, things go wrong, and a group of pirates drop by to ruin the fun for everybody. The Surfer’s not going to stand for this. The art resembles artist Mike Allred’s previous work on the whimsical, fun-filled FF series and gives this particular story a more casual feel. The characterization of the Surfer and Dawn is inspired, and the overall aesthetic of this story leaves me looking forward to seeing what the ongoing series is going to be like.

The third story focuses on the Kree and serves as a prelude to All-New Invaders, written by James Robinson with art by Steve Pugh. Basically, Tanalth the Pursuer is ordered by the Supreme Intelligence to retrieve a weapon called the Gods’ Whisper and hunt down Namor, the original Human Torch, and Bucky(now the Winter Solider). It’s definitely promising and suggests that the Invaders’ story could be an interesting one, and the art is realistic, with smooth images and beautiful backgrounds.

The fourth story is a prelude to the new Black Widow series(which I have already had the pleasure of reading the first issue of). It is written by Nathan Edmondson with art by Phil Noto. First off, I want to say that the art for this particular story is gorgeous. Almost painter-like, even. Noto really did well illustrating Natasha, those around her, and even the snowy landscape of Moscow. The action scene is exciting, and Edmondson did a good job of making the reader want to see everything leading up to what happens at the very start of the story.

The fifth story, as well as the primary reason I bought this book, is the long-awaited introduction of Kamala Khan, the new Ms. Marvel, and a look at what’s to come out of the character’s ongoing series written by G. Willow Wilson with art by Adrian Alphona. After reading this, I am now even more excited for the ongoing book. Kamala’s characterization as a teenager trying to reconcile living as a teenager in New Jersey with living with her more conservative Muslim family, while simultaneously fighting supervillainy as a costumed hero, is simply wonderful, and the disagreements between her and her mother are very well-thought-out and show a realistic portrayal of someone who is only just beginning to explore their place in life.

The sixth and last story leads directly into Avengers World, and is co-written by Jonathan Hickman and Nick Spencer with art by Stefano Casella, and features Sunspot and Cannonball being sent by Captain America and Bruce Banner to infiltrate A.I.M. (Advanced Idea Mechanics for those unfamiliar with the Marvel Universe) to retrieve a formula that can temporarily transform anyone into a Hulk while Maria Hill, discusses an Avengers-S.H.I.E.L.D. alliance with Captain America. In all honesty, this story really wasn’t given enough space to properly develop. As a result, it’s only real purpose is to serve as a foundation for the ongoing. The art is nice, but there’s not much else to this story.

Now, one more thing I should say is that each story is over way too quickly. Although, on the flip side,  I can say that the Loki story, which is split up into a handful of scenes in between the other stories, provides some intriguing moments.

Overall, this book is structured decently enough, but really should have been given more pages.

Overall score: 11 out of 15 (Good)