The Summer of Indie – Reviews Revisited: Dexter’s Half Dozen

The idea of Reviews Revisited is to give you remind you of some of the excellent Indie stuff that’s already doing the rounds and hopefully if you’ve already read the review to give you some new information. If you’ve had something reviewed by Geek Syndicate and have some new updates, art etc then please drop us a line and we can see about revisiting your review.

First up Dexter’s Half Dozen.

Who’s it by?

Jamie Lambert and David Clifford

What’s it about?

North Africa 1941, Sir Dexter Kilby; Churchill’s occult adviser, puts together a team to fight the growing supernatural threat of the Nazis.
Sergeant Freeman of the newly formed S.A.S is drafted in to lead the rag-tag group of criminals and misfits of the British army.

The team’s mission is to rescue one of Britain’s top spies from the Nazis occult stronghold at Wewelsburg castle. An impenetrable mountain top fortress deep in the heart of Germany. Little do they know that the Nazis are in league with an ancient vampire of unimaginable power.

I picked up the first two issues of this comic at the Birmingham Con for two reasons. Reason one  – a free drink I was promised if I bought an issue and the second reason was that the creators told me one of the comments about the book had been ‘It’s the Dirty Dozen meets Indiana Jones’. To be honest if they had told me the comment first they could have saved themselves a can of coke.

Opening up the comic I heard the words ‘Dirty Dozen meets Indiana Jones’ echoing through my head and prepared myself for disappointment. Such a claim couldn’t be possible…could it? After I read both issues in one sitting I can honestly say this is ‘Dirty Dozen’, ‘Guns of Navarone’ and a dash of ‘Where Eagles Dare’ meets ‘Indiana Jones’ and I loved it.

I loved the gritty style to the art and I think that it’s definately better in black and white though I would be interested to see what one issue looked like in colour. This style may not appeal to those who purely read DC or Marvel but for me the art worked well and was a great fit with the writing which was top-notch. There were some small issues with the lettering (pointed out to me by the writer) but this did not distract from my enjoyment in the slightest.

All the characters  were weaved into the story in a proper, dirty dozen style, sequence. One of the things I liked about the characters is that you see a lot of their personalities shining through in the first two issues but each one of them also has a lot of unanswered questions. I hope we aren’t left hanging too long in the dark before we get some answers.

There was a real pulp feel to the issues from the mid adventure opening sequence with sets the tone to the cliffhanger endings. This would make for a great adventure movie.

So In short if you like the pulp adventure movies, comic and books of old with a huge dollop of action then definitely check out Dexter’s Half Dozen.

The Summer of Indie – Update

The guys behind Bearded Skull Comics are still going strong and have now produced several more issues with plans to release their single issues as a trade paperback next year. The trade will include the first 6 issues as well as  pin ups and assorted bonus material.

I’ve read all the issues that have come out so far and my opinion of the comic has not changed, if anything it’s grown. Both the art and the story has improved with each issue and I look forward to getting my greedily mitts on my of Dexter and his gang. Personally I’d love to see a digital version of the comic as well as the print version as I think it’s a great way for indie creators to expand their title into another format and perhaps reach some more readers.

Check out a preview of the Dexter’s Half Dozen Ashcan and a look at all the issue covers to date
Myebook - Dexter's Half Dozen Ashcan 2009 - click here to open my ebook

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