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Monday, June 25, 2018

Alt★Hero #2: Rebel's Cell


Arkhaven Comics is very pleased to announce the release of Alt★Hero #2: Rebel's Cell. Alt★Hero backers, please check your email.

It was only a matter of time before the mysterious man hunting illegal immigrants and turning them over to the local Immigration and Customs Enforcement office was identified. And after Michael Martel is informed that the Antifa leader he beat up is the son of a powerful state politician, he knows he has to make himself scarce in a hurry. Fortunately, the man who has been stalking Martel has need of someone who won't hesitate to punch first and ask questions later in order to free a young woman who has been taken into custody by the UN's Superhuman Protective Council.

In addition to 24 pages of pure graphic storytelling, the digital edition also features ads for Arkhaven, Quantum Mortis (including Wardogs Inc.), and the Arkhaven line from Crypto.Fashion. It also includes what we hope will be a regular feature, which is an example of Alt★Hero cosplay.

From the early reviews:
  • Excellent. Great read. A lot of intrigue set up for future issues. A lot of technical improvements made over issue #1.
  • This is how it's done! Superb comic writing and art! This is a comic, a real comic, the likes of which I haven't seen in ages. An engaging story, art that is pleasant to look at and adds to the story. This is firing on all cylinders.
  • I really enjoyed this. Good story. I liked the drawing & coloring- it really set the mood for each scene. Characters are very interesting.
  • Fantastic story with some really gorgeous artwork. It's been several years since I bothered to buy a comic book, it seems that everything is basically feminist preaching, but reading this I'm hooked. I can't wait to see what else Arkhaven comes up.
  • The art is good and getting better, the words are less in the way than they were in #1, and the writing remains the series' strength. Which is good, because that's the thing that's hardest to fix. At this quality level, I would not be surprised to start seeing movies soon. As Rebel would say: "Roll Damn Tide."
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87 Comments:

Blogger Dave June 24, 2018 7:21 PM  

Oh yeah!

Blogger Al From Bay Shore June 24, 2018 7:27 PM  

THANK YOU!!!!!

Blogger Revelation Means Hope June 24, 2018 7:33 PM  

Chrome handled it. Thanks. Ironically, the CBZ download worked in Brave. Looking forward to reading and reviewing it this evening.

Blogger Michael Maier June 24, 2018 7:35 PM  

Got it.

Blogger CoolHand June 24, 2018 7:51 PM  

Woooo!

Blogger Unknown June 24, 2018 7:53 PM  

Many thanks...

Blogger Cubby8126 June 24, 2018 7:58 PM  

Lets go!!!

Blogger Chiva June 24, 2018 8:07 PM  

Thank you!

Blogger The Overgrown Hobbit June 24, 2018 8:08 PM  

Yaaaaaaaaaay! (since girlish squee-ing isn't allowed here)

Blogger Silent Draco June 24, 2018 8:12 PM  

Yowza!

Thank you, SDL and Arkhaven Team!

Blogger Werekoala1066 June 24, 2018 8:14 PM  

Very nice - wanting more, which is. of course, the point...

Blogger Kat June 24, 2018 8:16 PM  

I wasn't blown away by the first issue, but I think I could really get into this story line.

War Eagle!

Blogger Salt June 24, 2018 8:23 PM  

WOOT!

Blogger Matthew Asnip June 24, 2018 8:28 PM  

Roll Tide, indeed. Things just got interesting.

Blogger M. Bibliophile June 24, 2018 8:30 PM  

WooHoo! That was FUN!

Blogger rememberthe5th June 24, 2018 8:34 PM  

I enjoyed that issue immensely, if the increase in quality from issue 1 to 2 is any indicator, this is going to be a hell of a series.

Blogger tuberman June 24, 2018 8:38 PM  

This was just what I hoped for from Rebel and her new team. Yep, the crap is going to hit the fan from the Open Borders Leftists, and in a dozen ways.Thanks, I needed this!

Blogger Starboard June 24, 2018 8:39 PM  

Thanks! I loved it! ALT★HERO most certainly rocks, and the American crew doubly so. It's interesting to start piecing together powers.

Blogger Xayveir June 24, 2018 8:46 PM  

This issue was great! Thanks to all involved in its creation. Once again I am eagerly looking forward to the next issue.

Blogger Phelps June 24, 2018 8:52 PM  

I'm 100% whole now. TYVM.

Blogger mike mike June 24, 2018 8:54 PM  

dope

Blogger SemiSpook37 June 24, 2018 8:54 PM  

Already a marked improvement from the first issue, especially in terms of the artwork. Glad to have been a small bit of help in that regard. Looking forward to the next one.

Blogger James Dixon June 24, 2018 9:16 PM  

Downloaded, but I won't have time to read it tonight.

Blogger Doomfinger June 24, 2018 9:17 PM  

What is the difference between Arkhaven and Dark Legion?

Blogger Felix Bellator June 24, 2018 9:22 PM  

Sweet home, Alabama. Most excellent. Keep up the good work!

Blogger MendoScot June 24, 2018 9:23 PM  

Done.

Blogger Mark Cook June 24, 2018 9:26 PM  

Loved it! - Really getting into the story line. ARKHAVEN - Making Comics Great Again!!!

Blogger Brian S June 24, 2018 9:42 PM  

Used the recommended reader, it's great. Nice work everyone who worked on it :)

Blogger doctrev June 24, 2018 9:42 PM  

Wow. That got heavy real fast for a newborn superhero comic. Read the comic before venturing on, the questions might spoil you.

The art improvement is pretty dramatic, compared to what the initial Martel panels looked like during Freestartr. I'd say it could easily catch, if not surpass, the best indie comics within a few years. The story, as ever, is almost too tame. Martel uses his superhuman strength only to beat up illegal alien pedos and antifa stupid enough to attack him. He even gives them a warning, and that's more than Batman usually does. Rebel is a walking Southern stereotype, but loses none of her charm for it. So I definitely like the two main heroes. I assume Immotus had a costume and weapons prepared, confident that Hammer would join up. Not exactly a spoiler.

I have one question, because maybe I'm too stupid to see the answer. Are we even following the good guys here? Did they lie to Hammer, just so he'd help on the operation without realizing its true aim? I didn't think that kind of thing, especially against American guards and unarmed people, was Hammer's style.

I'm obviously going to wait until the whole series is out to go deep, but after book 2 the forces of Immotus look shadier than the Initiative, morality-wise. Even as someone who thinks that calling in a superhuman task force over Internet trolls is messed up.

Blogger doctrev June 24, 2018 9:44 PM  

It was a great story, by the way: if I say it's too tame, it's because I expected it to be way more controversial. Vigilante beating up "innocent" immigrants, etc.

Blogger Edgar Abbey June 24, 2018 9:47 PM  

The cover is fantastic artwork. Roll Tide!

Blogger weka June 24, 2018 9:47 PM  

Looks good.....

Blogger Man of the Atom June 24, 2018 9:54 PM  

Doomfinger wrote:What is the difference between Arkhaven and Dark Legion?

Arkhaven: Original comics produced by Vox and his team members for the Arkhaven imprint.

Dark Legion: Comics by independent creators, published by Vox and Company

Blogger Red Bane June 24, 2018 10:04 PM  

woot woot!

Blogger Jay June 24, 2018 10:11 PM  

great improvements in the art! great job!

and the cosplay really "sizzles"

Blogger Caffeineforge June 24, 2018 10:15 PM  

Can Arkhaven create a subscription service like you used to see in the back of 80s and 90s comics? You charge us x times 6 or 12 for the year (to cut down on transaction costs,) and then every month or every other month you email us new issues? That way you have a good idea of your forward demand, and we get regular, awesome content.

Thanks for the great stuff.

Blogger gnossoss June 24, 2018 10:21 PM  

I really enjoyed it. I'm excited about having groups of people with powers who have meaningful reasons to oppose one another, it opens up a lot of great story opportunities. One little thing:

Where did that lock come from that Charles Martel at the last group of Antifa guys? I looked all around and I couldn't figure out why he had it or where it came from. I had to assume he had it on him but then he crushed it, which implies it wasn't his. Am I missing something?

Great job though, interesting mix of powers, solid art, and groups I'm looking forward to seeing clash.

Blogger Nikephoros II Phokas June 24, 2018 10:23 PM  

"Used the recommended reader, it's great."

Can someone fill me in on the recommended reader?

Blogger Nikephoros II Phokas June 24, 2018 10:42 PM  

Oh, wait, I suppose I need the DRM-free version to use a third-party reader.

Blogger Dave June 24, 2018 10:59 PM  

Can someone fill me in on the recommended reader?
The email contains a link to download MComix for use with CBZ format in Windows. Castalia House is always DRM-free; Amazon is another story.

Blogger korbin ransley June 24, 2018 11:00 PM  

Nice. Thank you. 8^)

Blogger Cetera June 24, 2018 11:00 PM  

That was an amazing issue! Not being a comics-book guy, I enjoyed #1, thought it was fun, and worth my time. In other words, I liked it. I thought the story had potential, and so did the characters. I had some minor quibbles with it, but nothing big deal.

This one is at an entirely new level. I didn't know what to expect, and though to myself right at the beginning, "oh, OK, we're starting over again, different place, different folks."

But wow, that escalated quickly. Once Soulsight was introduced, it really kicked in the burners. I was excited reading this one! This issue went by way too quickly. Much more quickly than #1.

I now also get what people were saying about the art in #1. I'm not an artist, not a comic book guy, so while I understood what the critiques were, I had nothing to really evaluate it against myself. I thought the art was fine, it told a story, and it did.

Issue #2, however, the art is much, much better. Cleaner, more even, more detailed, more consistent. I don't dislike the art from #1, and I hope we get to keep seeing more from Cliff Cosmic. I want to see how he develops, and how his style matures as the comics progress. But damn, I liked this one.

Great, great work, VD, and all involved. Thank you! I'm loving the results of that kickstarter! What a fantastic investment that is going to keep paying dividends for a long while!

Blogger nightskyradio June 24, 2018 11:03 PM  

Best new comic I've read in years.

Blogger Dave June 24, 2018 11:04 PM  

Where did that lock come from that Charles Martel at the last group of Antifa guys?

I though Antifa were known for whacking unsuspecting victims in the head with bike locks/padlocks.

Blogger The Deuce June 24, 2018 11:17 PM  

The bike lock came from the inside of that sock that one of the antifa guys was swinging.

Blogger James Parliament June 24, 2018 11:17 PM  

By the sound of it, I can’t wait.

Haven’t seen it yet, will check tomorrow.

Blogger Mo Cato June 24, 2018 11:24 PM  

Great work. The improvements are extreme. It's only a shame that the indented order didn't worked out, because Rebell's Cell does a far superior job to introduce you in the world of Arkhaven.

Blogger Azure Amaranthine June 24, 2018 11:24 PM  

Grazie!

Blogger Matthew June 24, 2018 11:43 PM  

doctrev wrote:I have one question, because maybe I'm too stupid to see the answer. Are we even following the good guys here?

Isn't it wonderful that you could make a good case either direction?

Blogger FUBARwest June 24, 2018 11:50 PM  

Just finished and Well Done to the team! The improvement in the art is drastic and the story development is great. I'm eagerly awaiting issue 3.

Blogger Dave June 24, 2018 11:57 PM  

Matthew wrote:doctrev wrote:I have one question, because maybe I'm too stupid to see the answer. Are we even following the good guys here?

Isn't it wonderful that you could make a good case either direction?


But muh white hats and black hats

Blogger The Observer June 24, 2018 11:59 PM  

@49: No one's squeaky clean here, no "we're not using guns and having lasers instead because guns are scary", or Batman's "I'll never kill anyone ethos". People died as an afterthought because of the actions of the protagonists, which sets the tone of the comic and the characters involved.

Blogger Dave June 25, 2018 12:00 AM  

I wonder if Kid Rock is into comics? Is he running for Senate, anybody heard anything lately? Hopefully the Russians won't interfere.

Blogger John June 25, 2018 12:11 AM  

Damn. Marvel/DC doesn't stand a chance in hell.

Blogger R Webfoot June 25, 2018 12:15 AM  

"People died as an afterthought because of the actions of the protagonists, which sets the tone of the comic and the characters involved."

Oh you sweet summer child..... you thought those people died as an afterthought. "What took you so long" indeed.

Also, the "recover password" feature on the forums still does not work for me. I don't know if it's my specific non-.com email address or what, but I don't want to waste the time of somebody important every time I forget.

Blogger Nikephoros II Phokas June 25, 2018 12:18 AM  

Thanks, Dave. I wasn't a backer, so I bought from Amazon.

The comic is a lot of fun though. Plenty of REEEE-worthy moments. "He has to go back."

Art was good; my only complaint is Ryu doesn't look Japanese (in the comic, cosplay does obviously) and I wish Hammer's costume drew a little more inspiration from his namesake. But then again, he might end up looking too similar to Thor if you gave him a helmet or something.

Looking forward to #3.

Blogger Dave June 25, 2018 12:33 AM  

Ah, I didn't even notice it was already on Amazon:

#1 New Release in Mystery, Thriller & Suspense Comics & Graphic Novels

#1 in Kindle Store > Kindle Short Reads > 45 minutes (22-32 pages) > Comics & Graphic Novels
#2 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Comics & Graphic Novels > Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
#2 in Books > Comics & Graphic Novels > Graphic Novels > Mystery

Blogger SmockMan June 25, 2018 12:33 AM  

Great job on issue 2.

Art is much better, the style really fits well. Story is much better in issue 2. The only thing that I didn't like was over use of southernism for rebel.

Blogger R Webfoot June 25, 2018 12:37 AM  

"The only thing that I didn't like was over use of southernism for rebel."

"overuse"

Disagree.


I did tell an Alabama girl about Rebel... she was excited about the concept, but deeply, deeply offended that she would use the word "goddamn."

Blogger gnossoss June 25, 2018 12:52 AM  

@45

Looked over the scene again, and that's exactly it. Thanks.

I didn't know about them putting a padlock in a sock to swing. Makes sense now that you say it, and if you already know that it flows, it was just a little tough to glean from the art alone if you weren't aware.

Blogger The Observer June 25, 2018 1:40 AM  

@55: The thought did strike me, but at a first pass I took them at their word that the point was to bust Rebel out, and the fire was to cover their escape. I'm half-expecting a twist where it turns out the Gods of Peaceful Sleep or someone else was there at the same time and capitalised on the opening.

I guess we'll find out.

@60:

Several such attacks with bike locks happened when Trump was elected, I believe. Bike locks are dense, hard, innocuous, easy to smuggle and hold points and edges.

Blogger Azure Amaranthine June 25, 2018 2:49 AM  

"over use of southernism for rebel."

Depends. Some southerners are difficult to pick out, but I've personally met a few walking stereotypes. YMMV.

Blogger The Observer June 25, 2018 3:43 AM  

Another thought.

I think what grabbed me the most about this issue is Soulsight, despite not having as much screen time as Hammer, Rebel or even arguably Immoten. The initial hook is that his power's unique compared to the rest of the team, but I can see what VD was saying when he said that Chuck Dixon was grabbed by the tragedy inherent in the character himself. The rest of Immoten's team have pretty neutral powers (pyrokinesis, phasing, strength, projectile accuracy, etc), Soulsight's inherently has a tendency to emotionally wound him. The drawback's not attached to his abilities as an obvious power limiter planted by the character's creator, but results as a natural consequence of using it and his humanity.

That, and I have a personal liking for characters with support abilities, so I'm probably biased. Either way, props to whoever came up with Soulsight.

Blogger The Lizard King June 25, 2018 4:33 AM  

Just read it and wow, I am blown away at how improved the art is compared to issue #1.

Story is as good as before. I am actually starting to get intrigued by the world that is being set up. If issue #1 was decent, then 2 is good. I want to read more now.

Blogger Abyssus Invocat June 25, 2018 5:24 AM  

Now we’re cooking with gas. The artwork is much improved over Issue 1. Especially the urban scenes. Love the story line. If you need some linguistic help for Rebel to get the southernisms a bit more authentic let me know.

Blogger S'mon June 25, 2018 5:45 AM  

The art is great!

It uses the American comics style of many pages spent on people standing around talking; I'm more used to the 2000AD style with a minimum of exposition - about 4 times as fast - & didn't like this very much, and to me there seemed more plot-talking stuff than in issue #1. Otherwise very good.

Blogger Duke Norfolk June 25, 2018 6:24 AM  

I haven't read through it yet, but I wanted to say the MComix reader is an improvement over using the other Windows one (that I can't even remember the name of now). Better presentation. It allows a big zoom in (using Fit Width Mode) without the clumsy use of Zoom, as in the other app. Easy navigation, etc. I never even got through the first one due to frustration with the app.

Thanks, and I look forward to reading both now.

Blogger Dave June 25, 2018 7:07 AM  

Either way, props to whoever came up with Soulsight.

Wasn't Soulsight one of the Design Heroes a backer came up with?

Blogger Cataline Sergius June 25, 2018 7:07 AM  

I love Rebel's freckles!

They're adorable!

Blogger VD June 25, 2018 7:16 AM  

Wasn't Soulsight one of the Design Heroes a backer came up with?

Exactly. As was Ryu no Seishin. I work with the backer's idea, usually to reduce the strength and scope of the powers that they want them to have and render them more useful to the long-term storytelling. If you're not a writer, it's often easy to forget that really strong powers are totally boring and are not at all conducive to storytelling, especially over time.

We have another backer character that we'll introduce on the European front who is equally striking, I think.

Blogger pdwalker June 25, 2018 7:46 AM  

Just finished my copy. All I can say is, I think it’s a terrible thing to have to wait for the next one.

Much improved, very interesting. Enjoyed the back pages. Thanks for adding that.

Blogger tuberman June 25, 2018 8:21 AM  

SoulSights powers remind me somewhat of a Watercrafters in Jim butcher's novels, including the possibility of being overwhelmed by others emotions. His powers are more in depth, with less healing at this point. Could he eventually discover emotional healing power? Physical healing would go to far.

Blogger Al June 25, 2018 8:38 AM  

Wow, great comic. Richard Bonk is an excellent artist.
By the way, Vox, do you know when Rebel Dead Revenge #3 is coming out? Or is it already on Amazon and the problem is on my end?

Blogger Kat June 25, 2018 8:58 AM  

Cetera wrote:That was an amazing issue! Not being a comics-book guy, I enjoyed #1, thought it was fun, and worth my time. In other words, I liked it. I thought the story had potential, and so did the characters. I had some minor quibbles with it, but nothing big deal.

This one is at an entirely new level. I didn't know what to expect, and though to myself right at the beginning, "oh, OK, we're starting over again, different place, different folks."

But wow, that escalated quickly. Once Soulsight was introduced, it really kicked in the burners. I was excited reading this one! This issue went by way too quickly. Much more quickly than #1.


I agree. Maybe it's just because I'm a Southern girl myself, but I found Rebel's introduction just so much more compelling than Dynamique. Ditto for Michael Martel. Although I'm not a comics person I do love stories, and this second thread has me wanting to know more about every single character I met.

Blogger Kat June 25, 2018 9:02 AM  

R Webfoot wrote:"The only thing that I didn't like was over use of southernism for rebel."

"overuse"

Disagree.

I did tell an Alabama girl about Rebel... she was excited about the concept, but deeply, deeply offended that she would use the word "goddamn."


It's not swearing if used appropriately as in "Goddamn Yankee." That's more like a prayer.

Blogger VD June 25, 2018 10:44 AM  

Maybe it's just because I'm a Southern girl myself, but I found Rebel's introduction just so much more compelling than Dynamique.

As a general rule, I think Southern girls were always going to prefer a true daughter of the South to a mercenary, chain-smoking French lingerie model.

Blogger SouthRon June 25, 2018 11:54 AM  

The text placement, the artwork, the storytelling. All much improved in this issue.

Some of the frames really took my breath away. That one of Rebel and Ryu? Wow! And the Soulsight frames? Love them. They have a distinct look that really stands out and there is so much going on. No words needed.

This whole issue does an excellent job of "show, don't tell". Even Quantum Kitty doing her thing. I had to flip back and see what her name was because I looked right past her little Japanime butt on the first read through. Just not my thing. But you sucked me back in.

Thrilled to see Alt⭐Hero headed the war-of-Superheroes route. That's what I was hoping for.

And to think, we haven't even seen Avalon yet. I'd say you're off to a helluva start.

Blogger MeneMene June 25, 2018 12:45 PM  

I'm a backer but I didn't get the e-mail. ??

Blogger VD June 25, 2018 12:53 PM  

I'm a backer but I didn't get the e-mail. ??

Check your spam, check your promotions. Literally everyone who complained about it the first time had an email sent to them. That doesn't mean that you got it, but it does mean I can't do anything about it.

Blogger MrNiceguy June 25, 2018 1:27 PM  

If you're using Android, I used Moon Reader for the cbz. Loving the story so far, though some of the scene changes could stand smoother transitions.

Blogger James Parliament June 25, 2018 1:35 PM  

Mine also skipped the inbox, and wasn’t in SPAM. Had to search for it, found it.

Completely pulled me in, I can’t wait for the rest.

Blogger SirHamster June 25, 2018 1:43 PM  

Great read. I hit the end wanting more.

Let's see, AH #1 was released 5/21, 5 weeks ago, so if VD's keeps up this rate, I can expect to see the 3rd issue of this series (#8) on 1/21/2019.

7 months. I can be patient ...

Blogger Were-Puppy June 25, 2018 4:58 PM  

I can barely be patient enough to wait for it in print

Blogger Ahärôwn June 25, 2018 7:28 PM  

This was even better than the first - looking forward to the next.

Thanks, Vox!

Blogger CoolHand June 25, 2018 11:37 PM  

Very well done, VD and Team Arkhaven. Very well done indeed.

The ONE trouble I had was with the formatting of #2 in the MComix reader.

In #1, "fit height" and "fit width" both work as they should, giving a single page at full height and a single page at full width (that you scroll up and down) respectively.

However, in #2, "fit height" and "fit width" both create essentially the same view. The former being a single page and full height, and the latter showing a single page at almost full height that you have to scroll down to see the last 1/4".

That makes the "fit width" mode essentially useless and prevents me at least from being able to read the dialog without using the little zoom-in box tool, which is tedious.

It may not be a problem for people not reading on a 16:9 ratio widescreen monitor, but for me it was irritating.

I'm sure it's just a formatting issue when the file is output, something to keep in mind for next time.

Love the story, and love the art. I don't know what people are complaining about, to be honest.

When the left gets a load of this issue, the REEEE's will be audible all the way up in Space Force Orbital Command.

Keep 'em coming, sir!

Blogger Ominous Cowherd June 26, 2018 11:07 AM  

I downloaded the .mobi of both the first and second comics, and my son tells me that he's tried several readers, and can only see blank pages. Any thoughts what's wrong?

Blogger The Observer June 26, 2018 6:18 PM  

@86:

Moon+ Reader worked just fine for me on Android.

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