POWER COMICS

TITLE: BARBARIC TALES #2 (1986)
PUBLISHER: PYRAMID COMICS
ART BY: RAGNE NAESS, BRAD MOORE & JOE CASE
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This tryptic of episodic sci-fi/fantasy character pieces rages out of the gate with ”ESCAPE FROM THE CITY” featuring Ragne Ness’ jaw-dropping illustrations. What follows is 8-pages of meticulous perfection featuring the mohawk muscler Damlog - a fugitive of the future with the Woblac Police on his tale - who was subject of his own Pyramid Comics one-shot. ”SPARTAN - DEVASTATOR REX” follows a inter-dimensional barbarian which adds a clunky mid-section to the book with zzzzz-inducing artwork. The closing story “AKLON - LAST OF THE BLUE TREE ELVES” about an abandoned elf turned champion deity rounds out the book with some head-scratchingly frustrated art. -EH

DAMLOG
ISSUE: #1
YEAR: 1987
PUBLISHER: PYRAMID COMICS
STORY & ART: RAGNE NAESS
B/W
COVER 4.5/5
ART 4.5/5
STORY 4/5
BUY: $2.50
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A post-mutated snapshot of the alien-colonized earth, viewed through the blazing lens of lazer espionage. Damlog is an escaped government experiment who now earns his living as an “assassinator,” employing futuristic weaponry to take down amphibious military commanders and other non-human targets. Every character is hyper-overdeveloped, with their abdominal muscles, anti-gravitational breasts and strained codpieces battling for prominence in each panel. Creator Ragne Naess (whose name is possibly a clever anagram for several phrases that include the words “rage” and “ass”) has a fascinatingly claustrophobic approach to both his linework and plotting, creating a tense/dense tale of interplanetary mercenary survival. Unfortunately, this 5-issue limited series ran only one issue. -zc

THE WORLD OF X-RAY
ISSUE: #1
YEAR: 1987
PUBLISHER: PYRAMID COMICS
STORY & ART: JIM FROST, EMBELLISHER: ALAN BAKER
B/W
COVER 4.5/5
ART 4.5/5
STORY 3.5/5
BUY: $1.50 VG
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Super hero police officer X-Ray - part of the elite squad of genetically-enhanced “Alpha Cops” - watches over the crime-infested streets of a near-future Chicago. The mohawked, spike studded, drug-pushing crime syndicate The Skull Gang is just one of the many vermin in X-Ray’s crosshairs. Between the familiar vigilante-with-a-troubled-past storyline, this one-shot issue inserts unresolved vignettes of high emotional seriousness: a consistently beaten child who loathes himself and a former human rights activist whose hand is biten off by his own pirana. X-Ray zeros in on the Skull Gang but our story halts as he is trapped within a forcefield battling a demonic creature with a knife tail. -EH