Review of Beyonders Vol 1 by Paul Jenkins, Mike Marts (Editor), Wesley St Claire (Contributor)

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I was given a copy via netgalley in exchange for a fair review

The best thing about this book is the Welsh Corgi.

He’s the main character of the story. Let no else dissuade you from that.

I enjoyed Beyonders, it def had a good sense of mystery and intrigue. Though at times the scientific jargon was a bit too much. I’ve read a lot of thrillers especially concerning Ancient World mysteries and they have the same problem.

In order to write an alternate history or to present a conspiracy theory, you have to make it sound interesting. But there should be a limit within how much you present as scientific jargon, and how much you present it as dialogue.

The problem I had, was while this referenced Assassin’s Creed (fantastic!) it went too much like Salvation (A US TV show based on an incoming doomsday) which had too many confusing character arcs. In the sense that Jake, and Liam Cole are very similar. They keep going on and on with the jargon. I don’t know much, but all I would say is to make it less scientific and more engaging. Okay so, for example, I’ve read about climate change. What new can you tell me about it? Say what’s happening in the Brazilian Rainforests? From a distance, I don’t know much about it until I hear it from a person that’s directly affected by it. Does it affect a farmer? Does it affect an individual?

The pacing was a bit too fast for me. At times we went from so many different locations that at the end this is a problem I have with comic book movies. You are going so fast I would have preferred to stay in one place. Like, say Asterix and Obelix. Every city you went to. you spent at least 2-3 pages here. At one point we were in Istanbul, the next in another city etc.

That would be my honest criticism.

However, don’t let this dissuade you. If you want an action-filled adventure comic that we don’t get about enough more connecting mysterious ancient conspiracies, then look no further than Beyonders.

I really want the next series to go to Ancient Egypt. Please add a time machine! One of the problems I have with plots like this sure we’re always in the Modern day. Why not have some perspectives of the Ancient People? What would they think? Its always interesting to you know to do this. I’ve read 1636 by Eric Flint and the entire series is people from the 21st century interacting with people from 1636? If all we see is another order bent on saving/destroying the world, why don’t we push this a little further? Why don’t we have a time travelling ministry or a machine that has been run by the Ancient Egyptians? They probably have a secret order that has existed for all eternity and in the end they may return to conquer the world and they’re all agents of Pharoah Tutmose III who in all accounts was the Napoleon of Egypt.

Just my thoughts!

Review of Relay Vol. 1: Reality Denied by Zac Thompson (Goodreads Author), Donny Cates , Mike Marts (Editor) , Andy Clarke (Contributor) , Ryan Bodenheim (Contributor)

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I was given a review copy via netgalley in exchange for a fair review

What if Humanity was nothing more than a gigantic experiment made true by a giant monolith?

What if Humanity itself was….a creation of its own evils?

What if Humanity was deep down, never the morally good race as we like to depict ourselves, but as the violent human beings that became corrupted after the Gods left us? Ra broke with humanity, Vishnu reincarnated ten times onto this earth to defeat earth, before in Kal-Yug. Were the Gods aliens? Or who were the aliens in the relay?

What drives hope? What drives fear? Why should humanity suffer and not prosper?

These are some of the deep implications that this comic will make you question. It questions your morality, it shows you a dark side of humanity that is comparable to Star Trek and Babylon 5.

There is not much I can say but I did not want this to finish. Not at all. It was an amazing novel. I would ask that the next series focuses a little less on the scientific jargon and makes it more accessible. This could easily be a movie in its own right.

Why has no one adopted this as a movie? Come on Hollywood, adapt!

5/5