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Black Powder Red Earth V1
 
 

Black Powder Red Earth V1 [Kindle Edition]

Jon Chang , Kane Smith , Josh Taylor
2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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Special operations contractors, backed by Saudi petrodollars, wage a war of ruthless intrigue and clandestine violence against Iranian proxies and agents in the post-Iraq state, Basran.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 24009 KB
  • Print Length: 72 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005UHKNCS
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  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #470,837 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2.0 out of 5 stars short and uneventful 12 July 2013
Format:Paperback
I purchased this with high hopes as the premise (not covered in the book, check the featurette on the website) sounded great and realistically possible.

Unfortunately there was very little going on in v.1 and while I was prepared for some scene setting and introduction of the cast I got none of this and no action or arc of a story to hook me.

The art work was great if a little dark. I was expecting more high contrast sun / shade as it really is out in that bit of the world.

I will try v.2 to see if it picks up but only as I know I can sell them to some one if it does not deliver.
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Amazon.com: 3.5 out of 5 stars  28 reviews
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars C+ for Effort 14 Sep 2012
By sessquipedalian - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
As both a comic connoisseur and someone interested in military/middle eastern issues, this series seemed right up my alley. Perhaps because I had such high hopes, I had set the series up with some unreachable goals. Some things that resonated with me both positive and negative:

-Art: Spot on, but still a little generic, which is hard to avoid in the comics world.

-Dialogue: Excellently researched military jargon. You could tell the amount of time the author had spent immersing himself in the world of private military contractors, learning the lingo, references, and personalities.

-Authenticity and Setting: Oozes out of the page. This is the highlight of the series! Setting accurately deals with the sectarian divide in Iraq, as well as the intercine and shifting tribal and political alliances. It also (presciently) projects a civil war, which, to be fair, is hardly out of left field.

-Characterization: Flat as a iPad. This is where the book begins to bog down for me. The characters are not just one-note, they're stock types. There are the burly contractors, the shifty Iraqis... and that's it. Perhaps the development got lost in the shuffle to use all that cool jargon.

-Plotting and Pacing: Moves glacially, really for no good reason (again... gotta fit in that jargon). No dramatic arch of any sort, and seems to violate the obvious cardinal rule of visual media (show, don't tell).

In summary, I prefer... you know..."story" in my comics. I was expecting something in the vein of "The Losers," or "Queen and Country," but what I got was a cross between a textbook and an army field manual. That's not to say that the series doesn't have potential, but I hope that the writers wake up and start to read some classics for inspiration.

I give it a C+.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth the money! A great opener... 9 Dec 2011
By the gold don - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I am not sure exactly what the first reviewer is on about - and I don't think they properly understand the way a Graphic Novel is supposed to be read.

I hope others see the irony in a reviewer using barely more than a dozen words to describe a great book like this as "too short".

I can, with hand on heart, say that this is by far the most accomplished way of showing us mere mortals what it is like to work in the Close Protection/Private Military Industry. You can tell that there has been some serious consulting done with the actual guys in the business.

The effort spent in ensuring that the dialogue, tactics and procedures are accurate bleeds from every page, and like any plot-driven action movie, the pace is set nicely. I loved the characters (and can't wait to see more of them) and I loved the style. The gritty artwork and solid coloring is also top-notch.

I had VERY high expectations of this series and Chang et al have made a fantastic start with BRPE. I, for one, cannot wait to see more.

Great work guys - roll on episode 2!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars black powder red earth fan 12 Jan 2013
By paulusmc - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
good start in the operator life in third world. it gives a great start to show individuals what operator life is like.
1.0 out of 5 stars When I read the other reviews I have to wonder what awesome product they got compared to what I got 19 Sep 2014
By cityofthesouth - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I ordered this because of all the art I had seen in connection with it. There seemed to be this fully developed cannon, so to speak, surrounding the series that suggested a specific attention to detail in the art, but V1 certainly contains none of that. It's page after page of talking heads in a style of art half as detailed as even the grey cover. On the rare occasion that a firearm is depicted, it's unrecognizable. When I read the other reviews I have to wonder what awesome product they got compared to what I got. I can't believe that V1 encouraged anyone to take a risk on V2 - I'm not going to. Talking heads are fine in a Tom Clancy novel when you want to get some shut eye. But a graphic novel is driven by the art, and given value in this case, by what I thought was going to be strong attention to detail and realism in the gear and firearms department. At the very least I would have been satisfied to "own" some of the really great supporting art that is seen all over the net to promote the series. I tried the digital version but I found that I personally want to hold a graphic novel, be able to examine the supporting artwork and feel like I really got something for my money. This doesn't deliver.
5.0 out of 5 stars Pretty amazing how the events that set this story in ... 7 July 2014
By Rob C. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Pretty amazing how the events that set this story in motion are really happening right now. A glimpse into the future?
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