Cyborg

Gunslinger Girl by Yu Aida

Gunslinger_Girl_Volume_OneIf Jack from 24 had a cyborg decoy assistant, Gunslinger Girl would be it. Looking for some high-action fun? You will love this manga. Although there is no horror or fantasy in this book, it is enjoyable. What’s cuter than a little girl in a school uniform sporting an uzi and shooting up terrorists? Maybe that same little girl collecting teddy bears and attempting to play the violin.

This manga raises an ethical question. The premise is that the social welfare agency has rounded up all the physically challenged girls and modified them into cyborg assassins. On the one side, these once disabled kids now have full happy lives where they can walk, go to school, and play with teddy bears. However, the government sees them as cybernetic toys -mechanical- and completely disposable. The kicker is that they also use some sort of drug to “condition” the girls to obey their handlers and risk their lives for them.

What would you do? If you could make a disabled girl walk again, but the trade up was to have them lose part of themselves mentally, would you do it? What if that girl could help track down terrorists and aid homeland security? How high of a price are you willing to put on our safety? If the quality of life is increased, must the life-expectancy be decreased?

All these questions and more will go through your head as you read this. You will also find out what happens when one of the girls starts falling for her handler.

The art in this manga is well done and has a sort of police show feel. There is one glossy color page in the front and no extras in the back.

Get your copy here from amazon:  Gunslinger Girl

Review: Elseworlds Fan Series

Elseworld Elseworlds was one of the most original, innovative and captivating alternate timelines ever to come from DC Comics.  A staple of the series was that it turned everything you know about the heroes and villains of the DC Universe on its head.  Nothing and no one was sacred as they explored this completely new way to look at the characters.  Not long ago, on P:SI I wishfully said that I wish more Elseworlds comics would come out… well something better happened. Chris Cowan and Lex Randleman are producing an original webseries set in Elseworld.  They have produced three episodes so far with a fourth on the way.

The quality of the story, filming, and FX in this series is surprising.  The actors and the story keep you on the edge of your seat as the the mystery slowly unfolds.

Episode 1- “Fair Play” (view here)

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stars-5

Green Lantern hunts down Mister Terrific looking for answers in a resent murder.

The 2 minute 25 second runtime is far too short.  The hook is immediate, and the characters are instantly recognizable.  I am not sure how long they took to cast the series, but it is spot on.

Starring: Dan Johnson - GL John Stewart Lex Randleman - Mister Terrific Lauren Alto - Huntress Christina Napier - Batwoman

Shot by: Chris Cowan, A.J. Rickert-Epstein

Episode 2- “Titans” (view here)

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Mister Terrific goes after Cyborg, while Raven gazes into the universe.

The action in this episode really picks up and plot thickens.  I am glad this episode is longer than the last one, and quite frankly I wish this were an hour long tv drama.

Starring: Dan Johnson - GL John Stewart Lex Randleman - Mister Terrific Chris Cowan - Cyborg Lauren Parkinson - Donna Troy Brittany Jones - Raven

Shot by: Steve Murray, Chris Cowan

Episode 3- “What’s in a name?” (view here)

Elseworld_ep3 stars-5

The Question is dead, and Raven is confronted mysterious figure with a dire warning.

I am glad this episode is over 8 minutes, and I hope this portends the episode length to come.  They have created such an interesting story and setting I want to spend as much time in it as I can.  I think I know who the unknown figure is, but I will wait to see if I am right.

Starring: Dan Johnson - GL John Stewart Lex Randleman - Mister Terrific Lauren Parkinson - Donna Troy Christina Napier - Batwoman Brittany Jones - Raven Vonzell Carter - Unknown Katie Fischer - Black Canary Christopher C. Cowan - Cyborg

Written by: Lex Randleman

Shot by: Chris Cowan

Series Details

This brilliant series is directed by Chris Cowan and written by Lex Randleman.  These two have a bright and wonderful future ahead of them.  I cannot wait to see the rest of the series, and hope to see some original work from them too.


Update

Check our my Interview with Chris Cowan and Lex Randleman.