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PREHISTORIC PRODUCTIONS PRESENTS

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In This Issue:
    Godling #37
    Godling's World #7
    Legion of Net.Heroes Volume 2 #58
    Nonfiction #2
    Powernaut 1912 #1

Also Posted:
    All-New Legion of Net.Heroes #4
    Chevalier: The Queen's Mouseketeer (February)
    The Continentals (February)
    Cover Gallery #15i
    Just Another Multi-Writer Cascade That Will Probably Never Have an Ending #4-7
    Just Imagine Saxon Brenton's RACCies on a Plane Filled with Killer Ninja Gorillas! - Trade Etherback Complete Collection
    Mighty Medley #2
    Powernaut 1968 #5-6
    Ripping Off King Arthur #157-168
    Spies With Badges: Junior Spies The First Movie, Junior Spies 2000 (Plus One), Junior Spies: Spell of the Unknown

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"Aw yeah! Said I'd get this one done early."

Godling #37
"The Right Person"
A Miscellaneous [MISC] series
by Jochem Vandersteen

"TRICK MARBLES THOUGH."

Godling's World #7
"DESTROY! DESTROY!" Part 3
A Miscellaneous [MISC] series
by Jochem Vandersteen

"Oh, fine, I might as well give Jochem a real review. The DESTROY! DESTROY! arc continues Godling's trend of taking Golden Age superhero style and slamming it into Modern Age social issues (or possibly Bronze Age social issues, depending). Assholes from the government try to take a kid just 'cause he's powerful, as do terrorists, and Godling's in the middle trying to protect the kid and his mom."

"And this slamming-together is really quite effective. In more action-y issues, it would be 'get to the good part', but here, it feels more like 'get to the emotional part'. And the military assholes, despite being over-the-top, seem a lot less over-the-top than in other, similar stories. I quite like it."

Legion of Net.Heroes Volume 2 #58
"The B-Movie Teenage Romance Thing"
A Classic Legion of Net.Heroes [LNH] series {HCC42}
by Saxon Brenton

"This is an entry in High Concept Challenge 42, 'Beyond the Walls of Genre', where the challenge is to put one's characters in an alternate universe outside their normal genre. And Saxon has certainly chosen an interesting genre; a '50s-esque monster movie in a world where the transplanted characters are in high school. Oh, and everybody's a robot, and the monster is a human."

"It's tempting to say 'that's a bit much' when you summarize it like that, but when you're reading it, it flows naturally. Actually, a bit too naturally – until the monster showed up, it felt more like high school slice-of-life."

"And it has the level of characterization of slice-of-life. One of the interesting things is how Joshua and Mary-Ann fit together so well because they have a shared analytical view on life. I wonder if this holds true for Limp-Asparagus Lad and Senses Lass in the main continuity."

"One other thing: the robotic viewpoint works well. When the human is described, it's very consciously written from a non-human, non-flesh point of view."

Nonfiction #2
"Other Lives"
An Eightfold [8FOLD] story {HCC42}
by Tom Russell

"What the Heck Is This: A series of pieces that are nonfiction pieces from within the fictional Eightfold universe."

"Another HCC42 entry, this one deals with a man suffering from (I think) severe anxiety problems who gets suddenly pulled from the main Eightfold universe into another, seemingly identical to our own, with no superhumans and no alien invasions."

"It was interesting and reasonably painful reading through this. Though I don't suffer from anxiety problems myself, I know some people who do, and from a second-hand perspective, this seems gut-wrenchingly accurate. In other words, I JUST WANT TO GIVE HIM A HUG."

"Tom worries that he may have misinterpreted the instructions by having a character who moves in-story from one universe to another, rather than writing a story with characters from one universe transposed to another. I say, pish-tosh! This is as valid an interpretation as the one I was thinking of when I wrote it."

"That said, I can't agree with his assertion that his characters wouldn't work if moved into another genre. Are we simply collections of reactions to the world around us? I think not; we have our own identities, and although they are shaped and informed by the things that happen to us, we are, at core, ourselves."

"Also, I mean, to be fair, we can cheat. I'm just saying, if you need a defining tragedy like Martin has..."

Powernaut 1912 #1
"Being the Adventures of Paul Poderr in the Ways of Power!"
A Superhuman World [SW10/WWW] webcomic {HCC42}
by Scott Eiler

"The third and final HCC42 entry, Powernaut 1912 deals with an analogue of the Powernaut in a world based around early-20th-century adventure comics. Paul Poderr takes his nephew Peter on a nature hike. They meet Paula Paige, proprietor of a local summer camp, but suddenly, Mexican revolutionaries!"

"Scott's said in comments that this may or may not turn out to be the Superhuman World. I'd like it to go in that direction, just because I love fleshing out the details of worlds beyond the people punching each other. This comic definitely feels like the worldview of old-timey scouting and post-Teddy Roosevelt conservationism. I quite like it."

Andrew "NO .SIG MAN" "Juan" Perron, aw yeah!

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