Welcome back to part 2 of our exploration of TKO Studios and their comics. Last week we reviewed Sara and this week we decided to give another of their comics a shot – Sentient.
Sentient is written by Jeff Lemire with all the art done by Gabriel Walta. These two creators go together like peanut butter and jelly. The result is a very tasty Sci Fi story that will have you burning through the issues to see how it ends.
As we mentioned in last week’s podcast, TKO Studios has a very different business model when it comes to comics. They give you the entire story in one shot either with a Trade Paperback or 6 issues packaged together. You are expected to binge the comic. Jon and I enjoyed the book especially with art like this…
Gabriel Walta’s character and ship design are incredibly detailed. You can tell this was a real labor of love putting this together. Lemire’s plotting really matches Walta’s pacing.
In the podcast, we go over the story but keep it mostly spoiler free! We talk about what we liked and debate over other aspects. We also talk about other great Sci Fi stories that we thought about as we read it.
We highly recommend pick this book up as well as checking out other comics from TKO Studios. They are trying something different and it is working.
While visiting our local comics store New England Comics (which is the best by the way), I came across a Trade Paper Back Blowout sale that they were having. I looked through the many boxes that were there and came across an absolute buried treasure:
Strikeforce: Morituri – created by Peter B. Gillis and Brent Anderson back in 1986!!
The entire run (31 regular issues and 5 issue prestige format miniseries) was collected into 3 Trade Paper Backs! Each one was $5 a piece!!
I instantly grabbed them up and proceed home as fast as possible to begin re-reading the series. I knew that I had to have Jon read these trades and this was going to be the next podcast.
Jon read most of the 1st TPB and we decided to go over the first 2 story arcs of the series and then talk about what we think were some of the influences to Peter Gillis when he was writing this series. It was great revisiting these stories and we hope that you can snag a copy of these comics and get a chance to read them or if you already read the comic, relive the memories that we have of the series.