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Monday, July 16, 2018

Review of THE STREET RULES

Bounding Into Comics reviews Chuck Dixon's Avalon #1: The Street Rules:
Chuck Dixon is responsible for some of the most memorable comic book stories and characters of the past few decades. Most notably, he’s revered as the creator of one of Batman’s most formidable villains, Bane. Dixon’s newest comic series, Avalon, comes courtesy of Arkhaven Comics and is set in Vox Day’s Alt-Hero universe. I’ve been a fan of the books that have populated that world thus far and Dixon’s inclusion in this particular story had me hopeful and VERY excited. I’m happy to say that I was not, in the least, disappointed.

The story itself is told within the framework of an interview given by a super-powered vigilante named Fazer to a reporter in a local diner. Right off the bat, it’s evident that heroes/vigilantes are well known and even expected in this universe as nobody seems to think it’s strange to see a costumed hero sitting and chatting with a reporter. The interview itself seems to be focusing on not so much the actions of fighting villains and saving people, but rather on the fundamental reasons why it’s done and the ideas of responsibility in managing your gifts. It’s a refreshing introduction to the characters and it’s the characters themselves that make what could have otherwise been a generic crime fighting story really worth reading.
Read the whole thing there. We're very pleased to see the issue merited Arkhaven's best rating yet!

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12 Comments:

Blogger Al K. Annossow July 16, 2018 6:25 PM  

Congratulations!

Blogger dtungsten July 16, 2018 6:25 PM  

The rating was well earned.

Blogger Brick Hardslab July 16, 2018 6:43 PM  

These guys seem like the least liberal comics culture site. I hope they stay focused on the comics and not politics or sjw crap.

A fair review by Someone who likes the medium, what more can you ask for?

Btw, the story is great.

Blogger James Dixon July 16, 2018 7:07 PM  

The key line where people might agree to disagree is the following: "From an aesthetics standpoint, the artwork won’t be for everyone, but from a personal viewpoint, I love it."

The art works for this story and works well, but it won't be everyone's cup of tea any more than the art of Quantum Mortis is. I personally don't really like it all that much (whereas I like the artwork of Quantum Mortis), but I recognize that it's an artistic decision made to mesh the art with the story itself.

Blogger James Dixon July 16, 2018 7:10 PM  

Which reminds me, time to download the Kindle Unlimited version and ensure Vox and company get paid. :)

Blogger tuberman July 16, 2018 7:31 PM  

This review makes me happy. All of Chuck Dixon's writing is a fun read.

Blogger David The Good July 16, 2018 8:19 PM  

Thanks to this post, I'm now backing one of Chuck's other projects:

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/trump-s-space-force-adventure#/

Avalon and this? Too much winning.

Blogger Xellos July 16, 2018 10:09 PM  

He's a big guy.

Blogger IncoherentM July 16, 2018 10:37 PM  

Avalon #1 is a great comic. I wasn't sure about the art style the first few frames, but as the story goes, it blends nicely with the universe and atmosphere. I'll be buying a hard copy or two as soon as available.

Blogger Silly but True July 16, 2018 11:39 PM  

I really liked Avalon #1. I also like the evolution of the various art styles that we’ve seen so far.

“Cliff Cosmic’s” art style in AH#1 was not my cup of tea.

I prefer Bonk’s art in AH#2 so much better: much more detail in the elements of the panels and the people look so much more realistic. Overall it gave me a sense of nostalgia for 80s indie comics from Comico or First.

Then we get to Fosco with Matteo. This is a winning combination for sure that well-matches the overall story and Dixon’s “street” world.

In just three issues I think things are progressing very well. I’m hooked.

Congratulations to all.

Blogger North July 17, 2018 1:07 AM  

For you

Blogger CoolHand July 17, 2018 5:34 AM  

I loved Avalon #1 the first panel with perspective looking right down the mook's barrels reminded me very much of some of the Punisher books from my youth.

THAT is a very good thing.

MOAR, please!

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