A no-frills review of


January 26, 2012

Today I’m reviewing Josh Ulrich’s new one-shot comic “The Amazing Eddie Ripcord”, an off shoot of his Jackie Rose online graphic novel that’s been running since 2009. Jackie Rose is an adventure set in 1947 that sees Jackie and her pilot friend Eddie get caught up in the search for an ancient artifact of great power… which she has to get before the Nazi robots do. That story is both finished and free so if you’re up for a good adventure then you should go right now and read it at http://jackie-rose.net/?page_id=17.

While that’s not necessary to read Eddie Ripcord it does add to its appreciation. Eddie’s tale takes place at an air show during the War. He’s an orphan whose slightly-less-than-legal guardians use the boy in ways Child Protective Services wouldn’t approve of as part of their barnstorming act.

That’s the gist of the story without giving too much away. Its 26 pages, the first half, the set up, is built around character interaction and the second on action. Eddie is quiet, someone who’s used to just letting things happen to him and rolling with the punches and Jackie, well Jackie happens. At thirteen she’s a cowgirl whose boisterousness plays great against Eddie and sets up for their relationship in later years. The dialogue throughout is natural and often funny.

For those who don’t know Jackie Rose I’d say the best part of this kind of one-shot is the art, it’s a fun comic style and Josh knows his classic airplanes. The cover art is a tip off for what you can expect inside, as the comic uses a lot of interesting or dynamic shots, the aerial sequence gets special mention in that area, the drawing quality is what you’d expect from a major comic. Y’know, the ones that cost $5 and half of it is just ads for Disney merchandise and superheroes eating Subway.

The other big draw for me on this is that it’s backstory for Jackie Rose, and y'know how obsessive I can be about background information. My idea of research so far has been (and not limited to) participating in a ground war and partaking of balut… nature’s perfect food. So just reading a story to learn more about the background of something I like is a lot simpler and less likely to get me shot or rocketed or even raise my cholestrol. (Balut can do all three of those things to you, y’know.) 

Really nothing to complain about, this is the equivalent of a one-shot you get on Free Comic Book Day, but seeing as how you get the six chapters of Jackie for free it’s worth the $1.50 price and of course to support the artist, something which I’ve always been a firm believer in. (Everyone please remember this when I start selling a baby onesy with Mattie’s bloody bolo picture on it.)

That’s that. I thought about doing the whole rating thing, give it four balut out of five or something equally inane, but I’ve already told you what I thought so what's the point?


Hope you enjoyed that. I’ve never tried my hand at a full on review before but plan to do more in the future as I come across books that fit here. Currently I’m reading Yangtze Patrol by Kemp Tolley so that may be next. That’s out there though. Next update may include an article I did for the ship’s newsletter about the Asiatic Fleet. So until next time, ingat ka.

The Secret of Morolonago

Mariveles, Bataan Province, Philippines

This metal 'Soldier's Grave' is part of the Death March Memorial at Kilometer 0, where the march began in Mariveles. An identical sculpture is on Corregidor as well. We found this by accident, we were driving to the bancay boats to get to Corregidor when we missed our turn. I noticed the Death March marker we passed said "2 km" on it, so I asked our driver if he could go another two kilometers before turning around. Sure enough two kilometers down the road, across the the beach and nestled in a quiet little park next to a Jollibee fast food restuarant was the Death March Kilometer 0 Memorial Park.

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