Saturday, May 4, 2013

Review: The Adventures of Nikki Harris the Cybermation Witch #5


CANDLE LIGHT PRESS/Warning Comics – @candlelightpres
CARTOONIST: Carter Allen
24pp, Color, $2.99 US (2013)

Let’s all go on a sea cruise, right?

She can match up with just about any space opera heroine, and she’s back. Nikki Harris, the Cybermation Witch, makes her annual comic book appearance in The Adventures of Nikki Harris the Cybermation Witch #5, entitled “Hell on the High Seas.” This time around, Nikki is on a working vacation, but the work turns out to be a bit tougher than she expected.

Nikki Harris has traveled to the planet, Qua. This water world is a “pleasure planet of the colonial worlds,” and is apparently a popular destination with tourists the universe over. Among Qua’s most popular attractions are the hydrocruisers, which are ocean-going party vessels. Nikki has booked passage on one of them, the Pontoppidan.

However, Nikki isn’t onboard just to par-tay. She’s tracking another passenger, Dr. Elias DuHarm, who could lead her to a cabal that supports the Voyd, the alien horde that has invaded Earth. Vacation turns to terror, however, and it’s “Die Hard on a boat,” when Nautilie attacks.

The Adventures of Nikki Harris the Cybermation Witch is a digitally-produced comic book series. Writer/artist Carter Allen renders the images, graphics, and texts using a computer and software. Early on in the series, the Nikki Harris comics, visually and graphically, seemed as stiff as early computer-produced comic book efforts (remember Shatter from First Comics?).

The most recent Nikki Harris color comic books are different. The art pops off the page, and even Allen’s compositions, with their Spartan production and design values, occasionally take on an exotic quality. Nikki’s brash personality and cowboy-hero persona come at the reader like one of her combat moves. This quirky, but sparkling sci-fi, super-chick series will grow on you, and you’ll be waiting for next issue.


Reviewed by Leroy Douresseaux

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