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Titanium Rain Volume 1 HC Hardcover – May 4, 2010
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Outside of comics, Josh has done art and concept designs for numerous games, magazines, album covers and on occasion, even television. In 2003 Josh was commissioned by Star Trek screenwriter, Jimmy Diggs, to design an alien spacecraft which was slated to appear in the ill-fated, fifth season of STAR TREK: ENTERPRISE. Other skeletons in Josh s past include time in the music industry (as a journalist and musician), a gunshot wound, his life as a staff artist for England s famed sci-fi magazine INTERZONE, and that time he did graphics for the DORA THE EXPLORER game...but you can ask him about it if you really want to know. Josh looks forward to continuing his career in comics, telling gripping stories and striving to redefine the medium. With brain transplants and robot bodies a distinct possibility in the near future, Josh hopes to be at this comics stuff for quite a long time.
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Now, years later, I actually met the creative team behind the book. I knew I always wanted the first issue, and now was my chance to get it and the rest of the story as well as a lot of reference and back up story in the form of "official documents," in world magazine articles and recruitment posters as well as many many more (about 50 pages, counting front and backs) articles and technical data. Now, I love extras so I really really enjoyed all of behind the scenes stuff, and since it was all presented as in story fact it only helped me dive deeper into the lore behind this seemingly inevitable war.
The story is pretty good so far. This is only book one of what should be a 4 volume series (12 issue story, and volume 1 consists of the first 3.). Obviously because of this I cant really go into too many plot spoilers because honestly the plot is only coming together at the end of the book. The author, Josh Finny told me he did a lot of research in military jargon and interviewed pilots to know how they talked and how they operated. All of the pre flight preps and and arming of weapon systems, to activating the ejection system created such a level of authenticity, I'd have sworn the man was taking notes from Tom Clancy.Read more ›
But real, meaty, intelligent Science Fiction has been rare in comics, especially American comics. Chaykin's Cody Starbuck and American Flagg come to mind. Kirby's OMAC and Fourth World books. Transmetropolitan. A few others.
Well, I think Titanium Rain joins in that short list. A comic book that uses the Science Fiction genre to its best effect: asking how people would react to situations that are plausible yet have not been faced by mankind before, due to advances or alternate paths in technology.
Titanium Rain also works well as speculative fiction, postulating a very interesting and completely believable near-future, based on the current state of global economical-political realities. The detail of the work created here by writer Josh Finney is exceptional.
But not only is the Big Picture taken care of, but also the center of the story, the lives of individuals being affected by events far larger than themselves, is handled with skill and impact.
And of course, as with any comic book, the art must carry more than its share of the load. The husband and wife team of Finney and Kat Rocha do this admirably, bringing a sense of gritty reality to what is, at its heart, a classic war story. The hyper-realistic detail imbues events with the hard-hitting visceral jolt of a good war movie. As though we were watching "Saving Private Ryan" or "Band of Brothers", filmed as Science Fiction.
In all, a very impressive work of contemporary Science Fiction, worthy of your consideration.
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Titanium Rain starts off with a bang and drops you right into the Sino Conflict. But the action sequences are broken up with moments of reflection from the main character about the... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Cliff
After reading the blurb on the back about high-tech warfare, bioengineered pilots and a Near Future sci-fi setting - I was super excited. Read morePublished on March 21, 2011 by Brett
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I've just received this tome. After months and months of waiting, and knowning the problems with the Chinese prints(i've seen this book has... Read more
I'm not usually much of an graphic novel fan; I tend to read some manga and a few American comic series (namely Star Wars Legacy and Star Wars: KOTOR). Read morePublished on April 30, 2010 by D. Hawk