Topic: Comic Books - New
I met Thomas Doherty, Editor In Chief of Committed Comics, at the recent Long Beach Comic Con (LBCC)...
He shared with me a few titles from the publishing company. I've already shared one title via an earlier blog post, Threads #1 - With a Shadow Rider Cover By Dick Ayers.
Today, I'm going to blog about a different title, 'Java!', of which I only received part 1 of the 3 part mini-series, so my thoughts are based only on the first issue.
However this storyline is almost like combining the film 'Mad Max' with a Starbucks in the future storyline. Yeah, it is that strange!
Just like the other title I blogged about before, 'Threads', the Committed Comics company published this mini-series of three issues before going on hiatus back in 2005. When I was at the Committed Comics table at the LBCC, I wasn't aware that before their hiatus, Committed Comics had published a total of nine issues of three different titles: three issues each of Java!, Threads, and Neo Dawn.
My understanding after researching this title's history is that Java! is the creative property of Kensuke Okabayashi. Kensuke is the writer and penciler of this title.
His storyline includes the characters: Java and her partner La-Te. Right, that's pronounced 'latte' the way I figure it. Oh, and the two are part of the B.E.A.N. Force!
Okay...!! Interesting concept...so far... here's what the press release says of the storyline: "The world has a shortage of coffee beans and coffee has become one of the earth's most valuable commodities. Follow the adventures of Java and her crew as she tries to stop the illegal trafficking of 'tainted' coffee beans".
The first pages show Java and La-Te breaking up a bunch of smugglers, so go figure out what they are smuggling!
Later on 'hoverboards' are shown, which I can't figure out is a homage to 'Back To The Future Part II' or what.
The dialogue seems to be including some sort of coffee-house slang. This is a strange series so far, but the art keeps me reading. Plus the colors used in this issue are very vivid and keep me interested as well.
Just like a James Bond, this series has to have gadgets. I've already mentioned the 'hoverboard'. How about using a 'decaffeinator grenade'? Yep, there's one of those in this first issue too!
There's more action in this issue, which is set in 'Neo-Seattle' in the Year 2073. Which helps keep me reading this story. It is kind of 'far out' after all...
Yeah, 'far out', because the 'bad guy' is tracked down to be 'Dr. Grind', who's company 'Sunrise Coffee' trucks were smuggling the beans.
Oh, and Java and La-Te aren't the only ones in B.E.A.N. Force. Take a look at the top right panel from this issue for the others in the Force.
You know, this whole story would seem kind of hokey, except that the art by Kensuke with inks by Peter Palmiotti and colors by Lee Stacy make the pages really stand out to me!It's kind of a fun read, as long as you don't get too caught up in the strange storyline.
Again, I haven't read issues 2 & 3 yet, so I don't know how the mini-series ended.
Also, it's a little old, (circa 2005), but Committed Comics does have it in their online store for sale at: http://www.committedcomics.com/comics/java.htm
Also, here is the Facebook Member Page for Committed Comics if you are a Facebook member so you can interact with your thoughts on this mini-series:
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