Monday, September 16, 2013
Review: The Adventures of Nikki Harris the Cybermation Witch Omnibus Vol. 1
CANDLE LIGHT PRESS/Warning Comics – @candlelightpres
CARTOONIST: Carter Allen
ISBN: 978-0-9895371-0-0; paperback (June 21, 2013)
160pp, Color, $14.95 U.S.
Carter Allen, prolific cartoonist, comic book artist, and graphic novelist, presents the first trade collection of his comic book series, The Adventures of Nikki Harris the Cybermation Witch. Nikki Harris is a comic book character who has made annual appearances in her own comic book series for the last seven years.
The latest Nikki Harris publication is The Adventures of Nikki Harris the Cybermation Witch Omnibus Vol. 1. This full color paperback book reprints The Adventures of Nikki Harris the Cybermation Witch 2.0 #1-2, and The Adventures of Nikki Harris the Cybermation Witch #3-5. This includes five stories, several pages of pin-up art, and some character profiles.
In these five comic books, Nikki faces a sci-fi rogue’s gallery of weirdo adversaries. First, Nikki battles an old Voyd war machine (#1). Then, she faces Lady Opulent Red in Old Europe (#2). In the ersatz, Disney World-like Candy Citadel, she smacks sweets with Citizen Cane (#3). Nikki returns to her alma mater, Grantham Academy, and gets grief from both the bitchy Headmistress and the “mirror image” or a villain from her first issue (#4). Finally, on the planet, Qua, the “Love Boat” becomes “Die Hard-on-a-boat” when Nikki faces Nautilie (#5).
As a fan of Nikki Harris comic books, I am happy for The Adventures of Nikki Harris the Cybermation Witch Omnibus Vol. 1. It is the best way to read the series, which is still ongoing. One handy edition, this omnibus captures the graphical, visual, and storytelling elements that make Nikki Harris’ adventures a unique comic book reading experience.
From the exotic quality of the presentation to the quirky, but sparkling sci-fi, Nikki Harris is an ode to the joy of reading a comic book. This series is the traditional fashioned with the tools of a new medium. Nikki’s brash personality and cowboy-hero persona are now in one volume, which may (or may not) be enough to hold Nikki fans between issues.
Reviewed by Leroy Douresseaux
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