Yeah, I said it. It’s okay. I’m not a big fan of Vox Day/Theodore Beale at all. In fact, I think some of his philosophies are utter bump-kiss. And I’m one of those moderates he loves to berate on his corner of the internet. All of that aside, I can appreciate what the man is attempting to do with Arkhaven Comics and the Alt-Hero line. So, let’s judge a book by its merits, shall we?
The book in question is Quantum Mortis: A Man Disrupted. Which is a very literal title once you dive into the book. The case happens to involve Chief Warrant Officer Graven Tower, who is a member of the planet’s Royal Armed Forces. He also has to deal with his AI, Baby. And a slight infatuation with the blonde on the cover, Civilian Detector Hildreth. Needless to say, the diversity here is in the various species of Terrans and Xenoforms on this world called, Rhysalan.
Anyone who’s read blue science fiction would know, this is a graphic adaptation of Rzasa and Day’s first book in the Quantum Mortis series. (Or Quantum Death, if you want to get super technical here.) While their writing isn’t the greatest in the world, neither man is a slouch, honestly. And with how long it took Day to get this book going after his initial crowdfunding, he probably cleaned up any nagging edits.
What we have here is what someone from Bleeding Cool would call a dated style. However, I’ve never given a damn about the opinion of Joe Glass, Jude Terror, Rich Johnston, or any other BC assclown. The style resembled a Dick Tracy comic to me, to be fair. That Silver Age style writing from back in the day. It’s also a style that I personally like aesthetically due to the fact that I would read my father’s old Sgt. Fury comics. (You know, back when he was white, Marvel.)
The book is a bit easy to look at, even if the writing goes a bit over the place. I understand that Vox and Steve are putting in a lot of work to fit in a lot of story in one book. If you’re going to read this book, be on your toes, reader. Vox is borderline insulting on his own site, and he does refuse to spoon feed his readers on average.
He is, however, a rare writer that can separate his feelings from his work. (When he’s not trying to give John Scalzi that stroke he looks like he’s headed to.) In an age of comic books getting awash in identity politics, Arkhaven is giving you the option to read something while you wait on Cebulski to take out the trash at Marvel. Hopefully, the trash doesn’t pile up at DC, as well. Yet, if you don’t want to give the big two a dime?
I’d say give Vox a chance at 2.99 on Amazon or for free on Kindle Unlimited. It’s a bit lower than the average book, honestly. While I don’t think Vox and his merry misfits will take out the big two in the first year, if he produces books like this… He could gain on the heavily converged IDW, which is having their own woes with idiot writers.
As much as other critics are quick to write this book off, don’t listen to critics. (Even me.) Go get the book, and judge it on its own merit. And hopefully, issue two will be a bit tighter.