Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Episode 334 - The Death Games, chapters 7-9

Episode 334: The Death Games, chapters 7-9

Well I volunteered to go participate in this grisly child murder spectacle for the pleasure of some enigmatic alien overlords, but apart from that? Peachy.

The time has arrived to begin the pageantry of honour, glory and lists of colours that is the Death Games... almost! Before our cast of very-nearly characters can get around to killing each other for the entertainment of the monochrome aliens, there's a few things that need to be done. Interviews! Training! Scores! Dream sequences! Breakfast! Staring longingly at some girl you've just met! That's right, it's a busy time for our monosyllabic contenders from their overly-descriptive planets as they go through possibly familiar scenes from a certain teen lit series while talking about the one girl who has a backstory and how perfect she is. So get your alien popcorn ready because it's almost nearly quite close to being time to start The Death Games!

Riffers: Dan, Maya Gold, Celena Harte and Tsuneo Tateo
Written by: Zogster

Monday, November 28, 2016

Great news for all readers!

As noted in my last art fail post, Storm Force is very... silly in places. The artwork is good, but at the same time it can be often hard to describe. In a world of knife suits, mutant spider goons, malformed henchmen, shark-shaped cars and armies of insane killer robots, it's actually rather hard to write good, succinct descriptions of what the comic is depicting and what's going on.

Fortunately, a bizarre form of salvation has arrived. Action Force fan site Blood for the Baron has begun a Storm Force ongoing scans project aimed at digitally recreating every issue of Storm Force. The goal is to cover everything from it's origin in Battle to it's two-year run in Eagle after the two merged, as well as one-offs, annuals, holiday specials and even text stories. It's a very lofty goal, given that the strip is otherwise unknown and dwells in the lands of obscurity. It also means that you can get to see Storm Force in its full, nay insane, glory.

On a related note, the fantastic Great News for All Readers has been an invaluable resource for me. The amount of information present, weather simply on-site or though its many, many links, has immensely helped me fill gaps in my knowledge and expand the material I have to work with. Plus it has scans of many obscure pieces, often with gorgeous art that's sadly overlooked. I cannot recommend it enough.

Friday, November 18, 2016

Art Fail - Storm Force

This Art Fail is a little different from the others. There's nothing wrong with the art in Storm Force; in fact, I quite like Vanyo's style. It;s certainly a lot better then the other Art Fails I've showcased. However, that doesn't change the fact that the content of the art is, well, just kind of goofy.

Case in point, let's meet our titular team of designated protagonists...

Storm Force! Fighting the war on mutant spider goons!

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Episode 333 - Storm Force: Robot Raider, parts 5-8

Episode 333: Storm Force: Robot Raider, parts 5-8

When you're designing themed evil robots, you need to go all the way. There's no sense in just leaving it half done. Besides, a Samurai Robot speaking perfect English would be just silly

When you are facing an army of high-tech killer robots, there are certain skills that you want on your team. For example, for obvious reasons, you would need a computer hacker. That means you have someone who can hysterically scream and be useless while the real men blow robots up with their robot arms, samurai swords or knife suits. And when slightly misunderstood genius Paul Sondheim unveils his army of the twelve deadliest robots ever built (Insert Astroboy joke here), you’ll need all the crying and whimpering you can get to fight off this army of deadly mechanized cosplayers. Throw in a doomsday weapon that obligingly runs amok the instant it is introduced and an exploding bandstand and you have the next scintillating part of the Storm Force saga!

Riffers: Rebecca Bartley, Natasha Isavia, Mat Simmons and Rick R. Mortis
Written by: Rick R.