Monday, May 21, 2018

Alt★Hero #1 now on Amazon

Alt★Hero #1: Crackdown is now available on Amazon for Kindle and Kindle Unlimited.

When Captain Europa offers Janelle Jeanneret a recruitment deal she can't refuse, the French model doesn't hesitate to sign up with the Global Justice Initiative. After all, they're providing her with a killer apartment in Brussels, a new outfit, and even a flashy new name, in addition to paying her an awful lot of money... and it's even tax-free! But is there a catch? And how is a group of superhumans based in Europe going to go about establishing global justice anyway?

Alt★Hero is the first in an exciting new line of superhero comics from Arkhaven Comics.

We anticipate getting the French, Italian, and German digital editions out next week, after they go out to the backers. The Comixology edition should be the week following, with the limited edition gold logo print editions being published the week after that. The foreign language editions will also be published in print.

From the early reviews:
  • The only thing missing is a Charles Atlas-style ad in the back. Can't wait until Issue 2.
  • It feels like GI Joe meets the Justice League. It was an enjoyable read that simply left me wanting to read the next installment. The character dialogue was top notch.
  • It has a sharp, crisp story that sets the stage for some future stories, provides some good background on some characters, and establishes this series as one to keep an eye on.
  • The world is a big place, and you need to actually understand other cultures and how geopolitics works in order to portray that diversity properly. Which explains why modern comics writers are usually so hopelessly out of their depth. This team isn't.
  • This is a fantastic start... It very much reminded me of the old Iron Man and Thor comics of the 80s I loved as a kid.
  • Unique characters with incredible powers but very human attitudes in an interesting and unexpected story. And surprisingly funny! 
  • Great Heroes, great story, great value. This already returned my basic backing amount.

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Blogger The Observer May 21, 2018 4:53 AM  

Congratulations to Vox and the team for their success!

Looking forward to Avalon and #2!

Blogger wreckage May 21, 2018 5:43 AM  

Crispy, crackling storytelling. No flab.

Blogger pdwalker May 21, 2018 5:49 AM  

Wait, isn't someone supposed to say, "but it's never going to go to print" just so you can move the goalposts and say "no, but issue 2 will go to print!"

Blogger Rantor May 21, 2018 6:34 AM  

Alt Hero 1 was definitely worth the wait. Looking forward to Alt Hero 2. Not really a comic book person but the art and story were well executed, the other print comics I’ve bought from Castalia have very good quality. Vox is delivering and Arkhaven will MCGA!

Blogger Killua May 21, 2018 6:38 AM  

It was awesome! Congratulations and good luck with this!

Blogger CoolHand May 21, 2018 7:38 AM  

Review submitted, dunno when it'll post.

Keep up the good work fellas.

Blogger artensoll May 21, 2018 7:46 AM  

I'm skimming through as I want to read it properly, if appropriate, with my small person who is way more into super heroes than I am (I was a 2000AD girl back in the day. I'm very impressed so far.

Big up yer boots, as we say on my island.

Blogger Al May 21, 2018 7:55 AM  

Just bought the comic. The colors and lettering were better than I hoped for, but the pencils are still very amateurish and cartoony. I liked the story, even though some parts might seem too unrealistic. But then again, it's a comic book. I do hope, however, that this is just the beginning of a major revolution in the comics industry.

Blogger wreckage May 21, 2018 7:59 AM  

OK here goes "Yes sure but I can't help but feel that Vox has failed his backers and everyone else because issue #89 will never happen in hardcover in my native Lithuanian. Vox is just like the others. Just like them. he doesn't care. None of them cared. Not about me! I'm a nice guy! I'M NICE GO*DDAMMIT!" *commenced stalking Vox like a jilted lover*

Blogger Al May 21, 2018 8:17 AM  

The art of the cover for the second issue is pretty good though. Who is the artist?

Blogger VD May 21, 2018 8:25 AM  

Cliff Cosmic did the illustrations for the cover and interior of AH001. Richard Bonk is doing the cover and interior of AH002. Cliff will be handling the European storyline while Richard focuses on half the US side. Orr Malus is doing the other half of the US storyline.

Blogger Al May 21, 2018 8:39 AM  

Thanks! Looking forward for the next issues.

Blogger May 21, 2018 8:59 AM  

Capitan Europa and the GJI are interesting, over-all a strong first-issue.

The MEGA t-shirt was a great touch--our designer loved it.

Blogger Timmy3 May 21, 2018 9:58 AM  

I’ll buy a Kindle copy. The sample was great.

Blogger James Dixon May 21, 2018 3:29 PM  

> I’ll buy a Kindle copy. The sample was great.

If you get Kindle Unlimited, most of the Arkhaven and Dark Legion comics are free. It'll almost pay for itself in the comics alone. Then you add in all the Castalia House books you can get...

Blogger James Dixon May 21, 2018 3:32 PM  

> The only thing missing is a Charles Atlas-style ad in the back.

Heh. I wonder if Mark Rippetoe would be interested in advertising.

Blogger JG May 21, 2018 3:45 PM  

Some lettering is blurry when viewing on my Android. Especially problematic with word bubbles that have red/blue backgrounds instead of white.

Looks like the result of downsizing larger raster images, which always results in smudging as the image program approximates what the pixels should be. Zooming in makes the problem much more obvious.

You'd have much better results if you generate the text as vector files via a program like Adobe Illustrator before cementing them into the pages.

I think you would also get better mileage for emotional text by having colored letters, outlined in black, on white backgrounds. Much easier on the eyes, and gives you more flexibility with intonation or emphasis for individual words.

Blogger SmockMan May 21, 2018 8:08 PM  

The first Fake Review is in:

By bill fittson May 21, 2018
Utter garbage. Been in the comic business 35+ years, and this is trash. But I'm sure your fellow Hitler Youth will eat it up like the gullible nobodies that they are. Absolute hilarity seeing all of these paid 4-5 star posts, pretty much the only ones you'll get you shills.

Blogger Bee May 22, 2018 1:14 AM  

I found the first issue an enjoyable read.

It managed to avoid the worst sin of modern comics, which is not SJW but the real killer: decompressed storytelling. There was a good balance of art and text.

The art style was pleasantly cartoon-ish and the panels told a story that flowed well and was easy to follow (something not every comic manages).

As for the writing, I enjoyed Dynamique's characterization. I felt the rest of the initiative (and their opposition) did not really come off as individuals and hence the story sections not focused on her fell a bit flat - events need to happen to people we either are interested in (whether we hate them or love them); things happening to people we don't know yet are largely a waste of story time.

(An aside: the weakest part of Vox's otherwise enjoyable SEA OF SKULLS was when we suddenly dropped out of the narratives we'd been following for hundreds of pages to spend chapter after chapter with a new elf character we neither new or cared about. Eventually I came to enjoy her section, but she should have been introduced much earlier as a viewpoint character to avoid that problem. End digression.>

I read this twice: the first time I opened the mobi file (in color) on my desktop using sumatra PDF reader; this worked fine.

I then happened to re-read it in black-and-white on my kindle paperwhite. This was interesting - I get to use the kindle panel view function (that lets you see individual panels instead of pages). The story loses a fair bit in black and white, but was still readable, with the exception that some of the narrative text was in dark lettering on a dark background and was hard to see.

It is possible that there is a significant viewership who read comics on kindle e-readers; if you believe that to be the base, viewing it once on a kindle-e-reader and avoiding dark text on dark background might be a good idea.

I look forward to the next issue; the cover for it was very good.

Blogger James Dixon May 22, 2018 5:20 PM  

> It is possible that there is a significant viewership who read comics on kindle e-readers

With the low end Kindle Fire's going for less than $50, most people who read comics from Amazon are probably using them. Or the Kindle app on their existing phone/tablet, which should amount to the same thing. I'm not sure it's a large enough demographic to worry about. Vox may disagree, of course.

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