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Creative One Comics Delivers a Pair of Graphic Novels
Creative One Comics
Creative One Comics is an indie comicbook publisher Headquartered in the Bronx, New York that is helmed by co-publishers Gary Camp and Ed Mouzon. According to the duo, the company is focused on developing original artistic properties and creating quality comicbooks and graphic novels. Founded in 1999 Camp and Mouzon. The publishing company specializes in producing quality comics, graphic novels, and e-books. Their goal is to create and introduce a diverse range of super-powered heroes as springboards for their line of comics. Their new Creative One universe represents an amazing world of powerful Multiethnic characters. The both graphic novel are a collaboration between Camp, Mouzon, and Luis Sierra all joining forces.
Bronx Age: Triple Threat
Two of those graphic novels are Bronx Age Triple Threat and La Mala Noche, a pair of graphic novels that take a darker approach to super-powered beings. Triple Threat is a deals with a triptych of superhero stories told across several generations. The stories are intended to introduce readers to a fictionalized history of the Bronx replete with heroic, yet tormented masked crime fighters. The trio of tales posit the premise that superheroes actually existed in the Bronx’s past, and “reintroduces” the adventures of The Brawler from the early 1930s. Another hero whose exploits are covered is Brother BX, who hails from the turbulent 1970s during the Bronx’s gang era. Then — rounding out the series — is the modern day vigilante known only as BX.
The Bronx Brawler
Superheroes across three generations
The heroes in this trilogy of tales includes, Shawn Silverman, born in the ‘30s, the Bronx Brawler, is an aspiring boxer who settles his scores with his fists, growing up during the great depression in a Bronx neighborhood; Shawn discovers the source to a power that turns him into a masked crime fighter. Coming out of the turbulent ‘70s South Bronx, Brother BX, a Vietnam veteran named Orin Evans II, desires nothing more than to straighten out his old neighborhood, by becoming Brother BX, a champion for justice. BX, The Bronx Defender is the story of Hector Guerra who, after returning from Iraq in the mid-90s is confronted with the drug violence in the South Bronx. BX utilizes his combat knowledge to strike back directly at the problem.
The Bronx Age: Triple Threat graphic novel
Mala Noche: Vampires in the Bronx
Mala Noche, co-written by Sierra and Camp, and illustrated by Sierra, is subtitled Vampires in the Bronx. The three-part story is about what happens one night in the occult world of the Bronx. Four friends are pulled into a young woman's world of revenge as they seek to stop a cult of vampires from having their way with the neighborhood. Nocturna, the leading vampire character in the series, will stop at nothing until she is satisfied with her takeover of the Bronx neighborhood where she once lived and the completion of her hidden agenda. A group known as the Night Krew must deal with a coven of night of creatures and ghouls which are attacking them as they seek to stop a vampire lord from having her way. The streets of the become a dangerous pace at night as the humans go up against the creatures of the night, and those creatures battle amongst themselves
MALA NOCHE: VAMPIRES IN THE BRONX!
Books from Creative One Comics
Bronx Age Triple Threat is 79 pages and retails for $9.99 while La Mala Noche tips in at 107 pages and goes for $10.00. Both books are in B&W (with La Mala Noche sporting splashes of color). Both books serve as enjoyable alternatives to standard, mainstream comics, as they not only explore different themes than most corporate comics, but they combine those themes with a diversity not generally found in mainstream comics. So if the current state of comics-to-films has grabbed your attention, and you are interested in seeing where these characters originate (on the printed page) and you are looking to read some well-written and wonderfully illustrated comics that are a little bit off the beaten path, then you really do owe it to yourself to check out Creative One Comics, you’ll be glad you did.
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