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Author, artist, and full-time obsessive-compulsive, Josh has been working as a comics professional since 2004. His first success came with the acclaimed cyberpunk series, UTOPIATES, which was conceived in part with his wife and partner in crime, Kat Rocha. Since then, Josh's writing and art has graced the pages of BATMAN, CATWOMAN and JETTA. As well, Josh wrote and co-rendered a stand-out story in the 2007 AWESOME ANTHOLOGY, dubbed in the press as, "a virtual who's who of the best of up-and-coming indie talent."

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  • Series: Titanium Rain
  • Hardcover: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Archaia; First Edition edition (May 4, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1932386726
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932386721
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 0.6 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,647,825 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Author, artist, and full-time obsessive-compulsive, Josh has been working as a comics professional since 2004. His first success came with the acclaimed cyberpunk series, UTOPIATES, which was conceived in part with his wife and partner in crime, Kat Rocha. Since then, Josh s writing and art has graced the pages of BATMAN, CATWOMAN and JETTA. As well, Josh wrote and co-rendered a stand-out story in the 2007 AWESOME ANTHOLOGY, dubbed in the press as, a virtual who s who of the best of up-and-coming indie talent.
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ali S Hassan on April 3, 2011
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I bought this yesterday at WonderCon. I'd seen the single issues in shops, and often looked them through. The art is truly unbelievable, I've thought this since I saw issue one back when it first came out. While thumbing through issue one, I noticed how "real" it was. The level of emotion and fear in the ground troops as they were being overrun, and the relief when air support arrives. The characters reminded me of Kingdom Come's Alex Ross. Very realistic, and very familiar.

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.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Patrick McEvoy on April 26, 2010
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Great Science Fiction and comics have often been mutually exclusive. Of course, the always-entertaining "Space Opera" genre has been explored to great effect almost from the dawn of comics, from Alex Raymond's Flash Gordon, through EC comics and Wally Wood, Al Williamson et. al, up through the great Sci-Fi/superhero fare that Marvel has been creating so effectively for decades.

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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jason Tudor on May 31, 2010
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This is a broad adventure we're being taken on, forward-swept wings cutting through the sky faster than the speed of sound. Solid characters, glorious landscapes and the sort of detail that one would expect from a spanning story like this make this one to have for your collection. I'd bet the creators of "Shatter" and the digital works that followed wished they could have achieved the sort of splendor that is captured on each of Mr. Finney and Ms. Rocha's pages. Not "meh," but magnificent. My full review is here: [...].
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By James Z. Chiang on September 27, 2011
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This is indie graphic novels at it's best. First time I read through the plotline did not seemed to lack depth, but after reading it a second time through it's character really shines through- the beauty is in the details. Not much out there that pushes the limits and bound of visual wise... almost as if you're playing through an FPS. Plotline is actually quite philosophical in terms of a hypothetical pan-asian conflict and the ethics of modifying/excelling humanity. Lots of goodies in the back also, subplot leaves you wanting more. Some may criticize Finney modelling the main character after himself, but the extent of the fictional 'Prometheus' program makes up for it. Add this to your collection, you won't be sorry... cannot wait for Vol. 2 to come out!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kevin J. Lin on May 18, 2010
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The super-talented creators of "Titanium Rain" have produced a work that beacons the next generation of graphic novels! This is one of those rare books that absolutely excels in all aspects of the graphic novel with its combination of drop-dead gorgeous art and design, deeply compelling and sophisticated writing, and absolutely captivating and thought-provoking story. The beautiful hardcover version contains the additional "Intel Files": supplementary creative content in the form of intelligence profiles, reports, maps, classified case files, letters, interviews, journal entries, magazine articles, as well as an aircraft encyclopedia, "Aircraft of the Sino Conflict, First Edition, 2032"! This is the new criterion for graphic novels!
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