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Saturday, June 30, 2018

Review: Quantum Mortis Issue #2

Bounding Into Comics reviews QUANTUM MORTIS A Man Disrupted #2: Zero Zero Tango:
The second issue of Quantum Mortis picks up where the first issue leaves off and finds our heroes continuing their investigation of the murder of Arpad Vladislaus Jagaelleon (that’s his real name). Tower and Hildreth get more to do here and we are introduced to a plethora of colorful characters, which is a nice change of pace from issue #1. Characters are better fleshed out and the mystery continues to build in intrigue in a follow-up issue that while still isn’t a perfect five-star hit, manages to improve on its predecessor in every way.

Things start out oddly contemplative. Tower enjoys a nice, long conversation with his augmented reality implant, Baby, about the nature of life and death. They bring up some deep questions and even mention being “saved by the Blood of the Lamb” which is a distinctly Christian phrase that I’m not used to hearing outside of my church walls. It’s not a Christian book by any means, but it’s nice to see something like Christianity mentioned in a comic book and it not being used as a joke or demonizing it, as seems to be the popular route to take these days.
It's great to see that they liked this one even better than the first one! Read the whole thing there. In other Arkhaven news, we have signed an agreement with a movie producer, about which more anon, and we will have an announcement about a major new comic campaign that we will be supporting soon.

And just because I have been asked this several times, we will not be doing another Alt-Hero comics campaign until we have published at least six issues of Alt-Hero, six issues of Chuck Dixon's Avalon, and sent two omnibuses out to backers. There is no point in building up more of a production backlog, especially when we have barely begun to assemble our sales infrastructure, about which we will have a significant announcement next week.

UPDATE: I am very pleased to be able to announce that QUANTUM MORTIS A Man Disrupted #2: Zero Zero Tango is now in print and is already available at the Castalia Books Direct store for $2.99. It should be available on Amazon by the end of next week. This is the gold logo edition, which is being produced in a limited quantity of 2,500.

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25 Comments:

Blogger Cetera June 30, 2018 5:14 AM  

Holy crap. Congrats, Vox, seriously. You are truly making haste, and waves. I look forward to more winning, and movies.

Blogger pdwalker June 30, 2018 5:38 AM  

You’ll be adding “publishing and entertainment mogul” to your signature next.

Nice.

Blogger The Observer June 30, 2018 5:44 AM  

In other Arkhaven news, we have signed an agreement with a movie producer, about which more anon, and we will have an announcement about a major new comic campaign that we will be supporting soon.

Excellent. And to think that the original estimates were five years before any interest in movies would be had.

Is the campaign the mailing campaign that will be accompanying the release of Avalon?

Blogger Avalanche June 30, 2018 7:26 AM  

Wow! So, in addition to having (long-since) given up sleep, you're now also time traveling to fit it all in?

OT: I've been keeping a thrilled eye on your new local protector Salvini -- lifts my heart to see a pol ACTUALLY protecting his people! Are there strains of a Martel here?

Blogger FUBARwest June 30, 2018 8:06 AM  

Congratulations on the success!

Blogger Werekoala1066 June 30, 2018 8:21 AM  

So is it too early to start our casting list for the first Alt-Hero movie? :)

Blogger S1AL June 30, 2018 8:53 AM  

The comments about excessive dialogue and exposition remind me of what people have said about Tintin.

Blogger VD June 30, 2018 8:57 AM  

Is the campaign the mailing campaign that will be accompanying the release of Avalon?

No, that's coming up soon too.

Blogger maniacprovost June 30, 2018 11:30 AM  

But production backlogs are basically money in the bank! They're the primary metric of a profitable company! Just ask GE!

Muda you say? Whatsa muda wit you?

Blogger Crew June 30, 2018 12:49 PM  

Take this to your local comic shop and ask them why they do not have it in stock!

Blogger VD June 30, 2018 12:51 PM  

Not yet... they don't have it in stock because they don't have Ingram accounts.

Blogger GK Chesterton June 30, 2018 12:57 PM  

A request, the second issue of Alt-Hero while having better art did push the envelope for me for undressed women that I'm willing to hand to my kids. The story was also less nuanced (though strangely also less humorous) than the first one. If we could tame the boobage a bit I'd appreciate it.

Blogger VD June 30, 2018 1:02 PM  

A request, the second issue of Alt-Hero while having better art did push the envelope for me for undressed women that I'm willing to hand to my kids. The story was also less nuanced (though strangely also less humorous) than the first one. If we could tame the boobage a bit I'd appreciate it.

I'm sorry, but that's not happening. QM is not at all for kids. Just wait until the violence kicks in. I think it's safe to say that you've never read the novel.

Blogger Dave June 30, 2018 1:03 PM  

There is no point in building up more of a production backlog

There is also the matter of three novels.

Blogger S1AL June 30, 2018 1:12 PM  

He was taking about AH, Vox.

Blogger VD June 30, 2018 1:28 PM  

He was taking about AH, Vox.

Ah, you're right, sorry. No, that's not happening either. Arkhaven stands firmly against a) downsizing women's breasts, b) chopping off women's hair, c) making women look like pears in mom jeans, d) de-sexying female superhero costumes and e) transgendering anyone in either direction.

The SJWs have all five of those aspects nicely covered these days.

The Swan Knight's Saga series should be more to your liking.

Blogger Crew June 30, 2018 1:45 PM  

Not yet... they don't have it in stock because they don't have Ingram accounts.

Ahhh. So we would be doing them a service by telling them: "You need an account with Ingram!"

Blogger Crew June 30, 2018 1:48 PM  

I went back and re-read some of Quantum Mortis: A man disrupted, and I have to say that the dialog sparkles.

The technique of having the important characters having an augment was a stroke of brilliance as well, because it means more "show, don't tell!"

And the joke about "tell, don't show" was well done.

Blogger S1AL June 30, 2018 1:55 PM  

I get where he's coming from, but I think AH already had a definite "rating: T for teen" vibe to it.

Besides - it can't be worse than Renaissance statuary.

Blogger VD June 30, 2018 2:18 PM  

So we would be doing them a service by telling them: "You need an account with Ingram!"

Without question. Tell them Ingram has ALL the graphic novels and much better stock.

Blogger VD June 30, 2018 2:19 PM  

I think AH already had a definite "rating: T for teen" vibe to it.

With a hero called "Headshot" and an entire sub-series dedicated to the various militaries, I would certainly think so.

We'll do G series as well, but first things first.

Blogger GK Chesterton June 30, 2018 5:36 PM  

Vox,

Not only have I read QM, I've read all the books in the series I have begged Matt and you to release more and have suggested my kids read them. Nor did I suggest that the women have short hair or look unattractive. I was pretty clear that I wanted my kids to be able to read it and while the first issue was kids friendly (8+) I thought the second issue was far less so. I can't order you to change anything, but as a backer, early reviewer, and a purchaser of most of your catalog, I'd prefer it wasn't so over-the-top.

Do with that as you will, but I am a fan and I'm not suggesting you switch the characters to dikes. One of the reason I like your books is they aren't violent/sexual for violence/sexuality's sake. Even the rape scene in Sea of Skulls had a purpose in driving the characters and story forward and is clearly evil. I wouldn't have my kids read that one yet, but I hope they will be able to in a few years.

Comics in order to return to their roots should be more kid oriented than they are now. Currently they are more adult oriented, which I find strange. I hope Castalia reverses that as much as possible while still staying viable. Again, no demands, just what I would like as one of your customers.

Blogger VD June 30, 2018 6:49 PM  

I can't order you to change anything, but as a backer, early reviewer, and a purchaser of most of your catalog, I'd prefer it wasn't so over-the-top.

That's a perfectly legitimate perspective. I appreciate that. But that's not what either Quantum Mortis or Alt-Hero are. QM is predefined, and we are dealing with some extremely serious adult subjects in Alt-Hero that are not suitable for children to even be thinking about.

Remember, the VERY FIRST frame of Alt-Hero that backers ever saw was a Hispanic immigrant kidnapping a little girl, then getting violently assaulted by Hammer, beaten unconscious, and dumped off at the local ICE office. That is quite clearly not a children's comic.

I agree with you that there should be comics for children. But it would be an unethical bait-and-switch to do that with Alt-Hero. Perhaps our next new crowdfunding campaign will be for a G-rated comic series focused on children. We will listen and we will go where the market demands. But Alt-Hero was very clearly never ever intended to be such a product; we always intended it to be PG-13.

Blogger VD June 30, 2018 6:50 PM  

I should mention, #2 was SUPPOSED to be #1. But we had to change illustrators three times and colorists twice. So, I swapped the order since it didn't really matter for the storylines.

Blogger GK Chesterton June 30, 2018 7:56 PM  

Thanks for the answer.

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