Hello everyone and welcome to the first edition of No Such Thing As Reviews! Otherwise known as Never Step Through Alien Reservoirs. I’m Ryan Atkinson and every Tuesday here on No Such Thing As Reviews, we’ll be reviewing a plethora of pop culture and wonderful things! Most often will be independent comic books, but who knows, T.V., movies and many other things may show up. The reviews will consist of a brief overview of what we will be reviewing, a small summary of the content (spoiler alert!!!), my personal thoughts on the content including a rating out of 5 and whenever possible we will include an interview with the creators as well!
This week I review Psychosis issue #1, created and written by Adam Atkinson (No relation) with cover artwork, lettering and the interior work done by David Coates and the 3, count them, 3 variant covers drawn by Christian Stewart, Pete Davies and Matt Rogers respectively.
The book is set in a post apocalyptic future. In the year 2034, civilization as we know it was quickly wiped out completely by the “Genetically Gifted” in an event known as “The Great Purge” and humanity has been struggling to survive, never able to regroup and rise back up to it’s former glory.
Jump to 2107, the story follows Victor Stevens who is a member of a group of rebels who oppose the genetically superior humans and their forces. Victor also suffers from a split personality disorder. All he has to do is put on the mask and poof! The normally quiet Victor dawns a new name and becomes the sword wielding, bloodthirsty killer Psychosis.
In issue #1 we are lead through Victors infiltration of a Genetics facility as he explains how much Victor disapproves of what he is about to do, but how much he loves it. He comes across a mountain of a man known as “The Brick” who barely gets a single hit in before Psychosis slices his ankles and leaves him for dead as he proceeds through the building, mowing down armed guards as he goes.
Down the hall, he finds the children we now know he was looking for in cages (obviously being experimented on by the scientists also in the room). After he frees the children, he gives the scientists 3 words to plead for their lives. They fail.
As they leave the building, The Brick bursts through the door and shoots one of the kids. We learn the child’s name is Chloe. We don’t learn the connection between them, but it’s obvious that Psychosis cares a great deal about this child.
And that’s it! Curtain call, fade to black. Adam leaves us hanging just there in a moment of seeing that the cold blooded killer has a heart after all. Leaves us wishing the book went on just one more page. And I love him for it.
What Adam has managed to do is put us in a scenario where we need to know what happens next. I spoke with Adam about his book several months ago (We are both indie comic creators from the Greater Moncton area after all, we’re bound to bump into each other) and from what I was able to squeeze out of him about book 2, you won’t be disappointed.
So my rating on this book is as follows:
I would for sure recommend this book to anyone, keeping in mind of the mature themes so parental discretion advised.
And I want to make clear, while I’ve summarized the book, and spoiled pretty much everything (womp womp) I haven’t spoiled QUITE everything. That along with David Coates’ artwork would prompt a must read, any day.
The book is in full black and white, which I’m not normally a big fan of, however, the black and white shading in the book help along with the dystopian feel of the book. I’m a big fan of David Coates and his artwork. He’s contributed to other independent projects that we may get to in the future and if you’re new to his work, you’ve been missing out!
I’ve had the pleasure of speaking with Adam and asked him a few questions on his process, you can find our interview below!
What got you started in comics?
“I got started in reading comics thanks to an old friend of my families, Grant. Growing up in a rough part of Toronto, I had video games (SNES), Movies, and eventually comics. Todd McFarlane’s Spawn (Issues 1-5) were the first comics I owned, and his ability to tell a captivating story is what made me get mine out there.”
How did you come up with the idea for this story?
“This story is one that has been years in the making. I wanted to create what I would consider a realistic view on what the world would do if people where born with powers. They would most likely be idolized, and just take control. David really helped me flush out all of the fine tuning, and helped me to come up with the solid foundation to build off of.”
Do you use an outline/plot or do you run with an idea and see where you end up?
“I have an outline for the start, main twists, and the ending of the whole story, but I just write and let it flow. The story builds on its own, and really, my only challenge is trying to keep it within a 20 page comic!”
What inspires you most to create?
“Other creators. That and my family (Wife and Son), those are my real inspirations.”
Do you ever suffer from writer’s block and if so, how do you overcome it?
“I am lucky to be working on about 4 different comics, doing reviews, writing short stories, and working on my first novel, so I haven’t really had time for writers block. I just move on to one of the other projects if it happens.”
If you could choose an actor/actress to star in a movie based on your book, who would it be?
“Brick (Villain) – Brock Lesnar
Frederick Vandermar (Villain) –
Sarah – Georgie Henley
Logan – Ty Simpkins
Victor/Psychosis – Stephen Amell”
What were you like in school?
“I was a decent student, tried my best, but was often bored. I was a very creative person, and actually got in a tad bit of trouble for a story I wrote in my family studies class. Let’s just say I had a really dark/morbid imagination… I owe a lot of who I am to my teachers at RHS though, and one English teacher in particular. He knows what he did, and is honestly the only reason I am doing what I am right now.”
What is your favourite motivational quote?
“If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.”
― Toni Morrison
Where can we buy or read your comic?
” Right now you can pick it up around town at The Comic Hunter or GameZilla, but if you want a copy, you can also Email email@example.com
for a PDF or hard copy, we can find a way.”
If you could give only one piece of advice to aspiring creators, what would it be?
“Stop worrying about what others think, and create what you want to. Trust in your own abilities, the rest comes from hard work, and dedication. Writing (creation at all) is like a second job. You will put in a hundred hours, just to get one thing you are happy with, then most likely scrap it, as you feel like you can do better. You WILL always be your own worst critic.”
And finally, the question on everyone’s mind. Soup or stew? And why?
“Come on man, was that even a question? Stew all the way. It just works better, bread can hold it, and it is like eating a tiny piece of heaven.”
I’d like to send out a very special thank you to Adam Atkinson for taking part in our very first interview! Keep an eye out for Psychosis #2 which will be released in the near future!
I’d also like to thank Tara and Curtis for letting me ramble on about things I may or may not like on their website!
Thank you all very much for reading! If you are an independent creator and would like your work reviewed, or if there are any indie comics you would like to see reviewed, feel free to either comment below or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have a suggestion of next weeks alternate acronym (N.S.T.A.R.) please do the same! 🙂
I’ve been Ryan Atkinson, and I’ll see you all next week!
And remember.. There’s No Such Thing As Reviews!