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All this month I’ll be reviewing different comic books by African-American creators, based on submissions from the actual creators of the comic books themselves. A quick note – since this month is so relatively short, I’ll be featuring an extra comic every week, for a total of 32 comics spotlighted! Here is a list of all the comics spotlighted so far!
Today we take a look at Regine L. Sawyer’s The Rippers #1-2, written and created by Regine L. Sawyer with art by Stephane De Caneva (#1) and João Bosco and Julian Aguilera (#2). Colors for both issues by Luis Torres and Julian Aguilera.
Just as a tip for pretty much anyone involved in trying to sell an independent comic book. Have jpgs of some preview pages available of your comic book SOMEwhere online. Preferably on your web site, but if not there, at least make them available to SOME site. And not preliminary stuff, actual legitimate samples of what your actual comic book looks like.
The first two issues of Regine Sawyer’s science fiction comic, The Rippers, open with a strong concept. Our hero, Rhiannion ‘Ripper’ O’Cair, is in prison for murder. O’Cair is a bounty hunter in a world where a group of galaxies have banded together to dismantle an intergalactic criminal organization known as the Raiders. The federation of galaxies are doing this mostly through licensing bounty hunters like O’Cair to hunt down the bad guys.
Something went wrong during one of O’Cair’s missions and the end result is she is now in prison, accused of murder.
The issues alternate between O’Cair’s present, where she is stuck in a maximum security prison guarded at all times by an android named Vi, and her past, where she has just taken on more responsibility by becoming the head of the “Optimum Risk Division.” We see her first mission in this new role and, well, things go poorly for O’Cair and her crew, which includes her friend (and supervisor) Alec (he and O’Cair have some serious sexual tension between them).
The change in artists actually goes over smoothly, as De Caneva and Bosco are similar enough in style that the book doesn’t look disjointed.
O’Cair is an interesting protagonist and Sawyer has placed her into an intriguing situation (one that Sawyer has clearly spent a lot of time developing, as she does an excellent job of world-building with the first issue of the series). I look forward to seeing how O’Cair ended up in prison.
You can buy the first two issues directly from Sawyer here.
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