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Posted - 01/28/2017 :  04:13:23 AM  Show Profile  Visit Richv1's Homepage  Reply with Quote Bookmark and Share

Title: Flare # 1
Publisher: Heroic Publishing
Writer: Dennis Mallonee
Artists: Tim Burgard, Mark Beachum
Flare Created by: Stacy Thain
Price: $ 3.50 US, $ 4.50 Can
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Website: www.heroicpublishing.com
Comments: "The Shining Star" Story by Dennis Mallonee, pencils by Tim Burgard, inks Mark Beachum, letters by David Cody Weiss and colors by Tom Luth.
Flare's press conference is very revealing. Flare comes across as materialistic. She is illustrated as a beautiful blonde woman.
As Flare takes to the air the full page pin-up pose is a gorgeous piece of art. She is off to confront Darkon a villain with powers that might just be the opposite of hers. So will her light beat his darkness?
Flare and Darkon do get into one knock down fight. The fists fly and so does the powers. Flare ends up flat on her butt. Well it is a cutely illustrated one at least.
Darkon seems as if he should be a lame villain but he is not. He is Canadian and a worthy foe for Flare.
"The Darkon Effect" Story by Dennis Mallonee, pencils by Tim Burgard, inks Mark Beachum, letters by David Cody Weiss and colors by Tom Luth.
The women Terri aka Flare and her friend Donnah are illustrated so beautifully. The jean shorts on Donnah very sexual. The faces at times could be clearer.
Flare we see living her life. She does have a day job and she is good at it.
Darkon comes back for round two. Flare is full of confidence and rightly so. The light will always shine through the darkness.
"Child's Play" Story by Dennis Mallonee, artwork by Mark Beachum, letters by David Cody Weiss and colors by Tom Luth.
Flare's adventures when she was a girl. Olga and Teresa do have fun playing. These sisters are so beautifully illustrated.
This story does have a little topless nudity.
Flare and her brothers and sister do have a unique family dynamic. There is both love and hate.
A Pin-Up Portfolio: Here are some fantastic pin-ups of Flare from Tim Burgard, Mark Beachum, Chris Marrinan, Dell Barras, Will Meugniot, E.R. Cruz, Rick Hoerg, and Aaron McClellan.
Flare is a shining light! She is a strong and confident character.


Title: Flare # 2
Publisher: Heroic Publishing
Writer: Dennis Mallonee
Artists: Tim Burgard, Mark Beachum
Flare Created by: Stacy Thain
Price: $ 2.75 US, $ 3.95 Can
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Website: www.heroicpublishing.com
Comments: "Betrayal by Design" Story by Dennis Mallonee, artwork by Tim Burgard, letters by David Cody and colors by Tom Luth.
The Thugmaster has a thug called Dash who is very fast and kind of weird to. The coloring on Dash's outfit gets mixed up from orange to red.
Flare has a new costume that one pin-up shows off to stunning effect. Her escort here is the Galloping Galooper another super-hero. Flare and Dash have a free for all and Flare's new costume turns out not to be to good for a fight. She does pop out. It is done cute and in a funny way. Flare does get Dash to stop dashing.
The Galooper is in for a surprise from the Thugmaster's newest super villain. She is a blonde bombshell and will blow him away.
"Mistress of the Occult" Writer Dennis Mallonee, penciler Howard Simpson, inker Willie Blyberg, letters Carrie Spiegle and colors Janice Cohen.
This story features Lady Arcane. Donnah aka Lady Arcane we do get to learn a little about her. Most of the story has her hanging out with her grandfather.
There is a topless female shown here.
Lady Arcane is a beauty and a woman studying the occult. The story does not have much action. The art though is very good. The Black Enchantress is drawn with an evil personality coming through.
"Revenge!" Writer Dennis Mallonee, artist Mark Beachum, letterer T. Owen and colorist Tom Luth.
The adventures of Flare when she was a girl. Here we see Flare and her siblings while they were growing up and training under the guidance of a Nazi Professor.
"Flare's Lost Costume!" Writer Wilson Hill, artist Duval Stowers, colors Maiolo and letters Dick O'Malley.
A flying Flare here is drawn with a killer body. Her head though is drawn to big to go with her body. Flare faces many challenges as she fights her way to the Thugmaster. She is illustrated in many poses that do show off her sexual beauty. Flare is a Champion.
Flare does shine bright in this book.


Title: Flare # 3
Publisher: Heroic Publishing
Writer: Dennis Mallonee
Artists: Barras, Baldorado, Beachum & Tighe, Gordon Purcell, Dell Barras and Mark Propst
Flare Created by: Stacy Thain
Price: $ 2.75 US, $ 3.75 Can
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Website: www.heroicpublishing.com
Comments: "The Adventures of Sky Marshal" Plot by David Berge, words Dennis Mallonee, artwork Barras, Baldorado, Beachum & Tighe, letters David Cody Weiss & Simek and colors Janice Cohen.
Flare is illustrated here with a edge to her character.
The Sky Marshal stands ready to protect Flare from aliens. Are there really aliens? Well the Sky Marshal can track Flare because of her Photonic Energy which gives her her powers. Flare is written with a tough attitude. She is a strong woman in both body and mind.
The story could have used more action. The fight with the Sky Marshal was over way to quick.
"Flare Sunday Pages" Story by Dennis Mallonee, art by Gordon Purcell, colors by Mike Estlick and letters by Comiccraft's Albert Deshesne.
This is a short story with a fun ending. We see Flare gets a new way to carry a change of clothes around with her.
"Freedom's Just Another Word" Story Dennis Mallonee, pencils Dell Barras, inks Mark Propst, letters Carrie Spiegle and colors Janice Cohen.
Sparkplug is enjoying her freedom by flying around. Sparkplug is Flare's younger sister. Here we see the process she goes through to join the Champions. It does involve a lot of talk and Sparkplug is patient to a limit. The art looks great and Sparkplug's costume is colorful.
"Retribution" Story Dennis Mallonee, artwork Mark Beachum, letters David Cody Weiss and colors Tom Luth.
This is an adventure when Flare was a girl. There is one great butt shot here of Flare in jeans.
Flare and her brother Shapeshifter do have a unique relationship. Her brother is unstable and so troubled. He though has the ability to see within others and not only know but feel what they do.
Flare will impress you with her inner strength.


Title: Flare # 4
Publisher: Heroic Publishing
Writer: Dennis Mallonee
Pencilers: Mark Beachum, Habagat, Benton Jew
Inkers: Mark Beachum, Lou Manna, Rick Bryant, Benton Jew
Letterers: T. Owen, Jean Simek, Jean Simek, Carrie Spiegle
Colorists: Tom Luth, Travis Walton, Dick O'Malley, Janice Cohen
Flare Created by: Stacy Thain
Price: $ 4.50 US, $ 5.50 Can
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Website: www.heroicpublishing.com
Comments: "Revenge!" Writer Dennis Mallonee, artist Mark Beachum, letterer T. Owen and colorist Tom Luth.
The adventures of Flare when she was a girl. Here we see Flare and her siblings while they were growing up and training under the guidance of a Nazi, Professor Gottmann. The art shows off Flare and her sister Olga is some very sexually provocative poses.
Flare aka Teresa does pick on and bully Philip her younger brother. He is sensitive and seeing him bullied is not nice.
Teresa is a pure girl. She though is written with an attitude.
A Bonus Icicle Adventure "Confrontation with Huntsman" Story by Dennis Mallonee, pencils by Lou Manna, inks by Mark Morales, colors by Travis Walton and letters by Jean Simek.
Icicle has a huge crush on the Huntsman but he does not have one on her. So there is drama. No action in this story but lots of interplay between the characters featured.
"Into the Viper's Nest" Story by Dennis Mallonee, pencils by Habagat, inks by Rick Bryant, letters by Jean Simek and colors by Dick O'Malley.
Flare storms an underwater base. She is all action and posed provocatively. Her womanly attributes shine through. In a battle we are shown just how tough she can be.
Flare has a unique way of looking at the drug trade. She may be right to.
A beautiful pin-up of Flare ends this story.
"Malice" a Champions story. Story by Dennis Mallonee, artwork by Benton Jew, letters Carrie Spiegle and colors by Janice Cohen.
Malice aka Melissa is a powerful woman but still she has feelings and needs. She wants to be loved. She does not want to be alone but she is. She is powerful and beautiful and you will pity her.
These stories show us that super-heroes and villains are still just people. The stories as well are done in a more mature vein. These characters are written as real people.


Title: Flare # 46
Publisher: Heroic Publishing
Story by: Lou Mougin, Dennis Mallonee
Atwork by: Rob Jones and Larry Farrel, Giancarlo Caracuzzo
Colors: Ashley Lanni, Flavia Caracuzzo
Letters: Dick O'Malley
Cover Illustration by: Phil Simpson
Flare Created by: Stacy Thain
Price: $ 4.99 US, $ 5.75 Can
Rating: 2 out of 5 stars
Website: www.heroicpublishing.com
Comments: "Police Story" The art is done in light colors. Flare is drawn so skinny. Her legs are like tooth picks. She is drawn with nice expressions. The Tigress she is drawn beautiful and sexy in the first panel we see her in and than she to is drawn extra skinny and with a huge head. As the comic goes on Flare is drawn more in normal human proportions.
Flare wants to be deputized. She is told no so of course she does not stop.
Impulse and Planar two villains are drawn wonderfully. The writing sets them up as minor league henchmen. The writer forgets Impulse is the name of one of the villains not Power Pulse as his employer mistakenly calls him.
The main villain stays a mystery. You are not really given any clue as to who he is.
The story overall is slow. There is little action. What action there is is not all that exciting.
We do see how headstrong Flare is she does get what she wanted from the start.
"Kickin' Back With Zeus" Mister Madison meet Zeus. These two sit down over drinks to discuss Flare.
The art is pasty. It could use more definition and focus.
Mister Madison a mere mortal stands up to Zeus King of the Gods. He tells him no. You can tell Zeus is so jealous of him. Well he does have Flare and Zeus does not.
Flare is a wonderful character but in this issue the characters around her are as much the focus.
The comic is named Flare so make her the focus. Flare is a hero that can carry a comic and shine her light on us all.

Richard Vasseur
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