Filed under: Comic Reviews, Indie Comics | Tags: Black Hearted Press, Jim Alexander, Sha Nazir
Today we turn our spotlight on Sha Nazir as part of our Black Hearted Press week long feature. As one of the three co-founders, Sha has also got a few books out with BHP including Laptop Guy and Scout One.
Laptop Guy #1
As Sha’s first attempt at creating a comic, this book definitely shows potential – set up as a humorous take on today’s society and current comic books, it’s a book that doesn’t take itself too seriously. But you probably already guessed that since the main character has a Laptop for a head! The origin of the character, although not all that necessary, is your typical “man gets struck by radioactive lighting” (as you do) while opening a his “snapple” laptop. This is just a few of the many nods and reference the book has burried in it’s pages.
It’s the mixture of short sharp single page stories, the witty references and social comments that make this book a worthwhile read. There’s enough of a supporting cast of characters to help mix things up too, which also leads to my favourite part of the comic “Net Trek II – The Wrath of Spam”. I’m sure you can guess what it’s taking the piss out of, and there’s plenty of jokes like the “USB Returnprize” and “Noooo…SPAAAAAM!” that’ll tickle those of a treky nature.
Most of the book is written and drawn by Sha in a nice and simple cartoon style that helps with the comdey feel – but don’t let that fool you into thinking Sha’s drawing skills are basic. There’s a really nice section at the back that shows off his real skills as he sticks laptop heads on some of the more well-known superheroes. Next time I see him, I’ll be sure to ask for a Laptop Wolverine sketch!
Scout One #1
Scout One #1 sees a team up between writer Jim Alexander and artist Sha Nazir to create a superhero tale with an edge. It’s set in the not so distant future, in a world where shops are boarded up, there’s a curfew in place and dinosaur type monsters called Bogeys run the world at night. It wasn’t always like this though – there used to be a hero that would save the day – but Scout One is now only a memory stored in some newspaper clippings under the bed.
I’ll admit, this book was a bit of a surprise, especially following on from Laptop Guy. It’s still done in that great cartoony style that Sha does so well, but the story is a lot darker than I was expecting. The main story doesn’t really feature the hero from the title – only his memory, so things are pretty bleak, however the back up stories containted in this issue are more akin to the superhero tales that we’re used to – stopping flaming meteorites from destroying the earth for example.
The issue is also split up by a mock interview with Scout One during the launch of his new book – “Look to the Sky”, showing that Jim and Sha have put a lot of thought into the whole back story and future of this character. I’m intrigued as to where the main part of this story will go and hope to see more of an explanation for how the future turned out this way.
Make sure to also check out our interview with Sha Nazir on his comics history and his plans for BHP.
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