Created by Jeremy Biggs, Adrian Mursec
Writer: Jeremy Biggs
Artwork: Javier Bordon
Design: Paul Nicholson
Colours: Javier Bordon, Yel Zamor, Jeremy Biggs
Letters: Jon Scrivens
Publisher: Subversive Comics
The Book: Have you ever wondered what would have happened if (Akira creator) Katsuhiro Otomo and 1970’s era Ridley Scott had teamed up to create a comic about Giant Robots fighting an invading demonic empire? Well, wonder no more, as it may have been something like Super Robot Mayhem.
The Review: A brand new comic from Yancy St Graphic Novel of the Year 2017 Award winner Metal Made Flesh writer Jeremy Biggs, Manchester-based blogger Adrian Mursec and artist Javier Bordon, Super Robot Mayhem is a stunning SF tale in mashing up ideas drawn from Akira, Aliens, Transformers and Robotech into something new – and thoroughly enjoyable.
Super Robot Mayhem #1 was successfully kickstarted in February 2017 and has deservedly attracted some incredible reviews for its artwork and storytelling. This opening episode sets the scene for the tale, introducing both human and alien cast with aplomb, and featuring some terrific art by Javier.
As we’ll discover, lead character Raiden Nakamura is infected by an alien mind virus that causes him to bond with the mysterious mecha, MAYHEM. Together, they are the only thing that stands in the way of the invading Demon Imperial Alliance. But Raiden’s union with MAYHEM comes at a price.
Slowly losing his identity, Raiden’s battle for control threatens to destroy not only his sense of self, but also the existence of everything he holds dear – but all that’s to come. For now, #1 gives you a smashing set up (and a real sense of camaderie among the human characters, thrown into the middle of something they have yet to understand), backed by great visual storytelling that helps writer Jeremy Biggs build the suspense right through to the last pages.
The book also features design work from Paul Nicholson, who worked for Production I.G. on Ghost in the Shell S.A.C. and designed the icon Laughing man and Aphex Twin logos.
Recommended, although the £10 cover price does induce a sharp intake of breath! (I’ve backed #2 already to get some extras that make that price a bit more bearable…)
The founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. He is currently editor of Star Trek Explorer, published by Titan – his third tour of duty on the title originally titled Star Trek Magazine.
Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Babylon 5 Magazine, and more. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War” and “Dan Dare”.
He’s the writer of “Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies” for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.