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James Hereth & Rhonda Smiley release Independent Action/Adventure Graphic Novel – “BLOWBACK”


James Hereth & Rhonda Smiley release Independent Action/Adventure Graphic Novel – “BLOWBACK”

Blowback ( is sort of a cross between Black Hawk Down and The Patriot, via Black Sails

In it, a present-day U.S. Marine and his unit disappear in the Bermuda Triangle, only to find themselves in the year 1776. There, they battle to maintain the course of history as they face off against a stranded World War Two era Destroyer turned ruthless pirate ship.

Juxtaposing elements of three distinct time periods – The American Revolution, World War Two, and the present – Blowback highlights clashes not only of weaponry, but of culture, technology, and perspective.  The result is a high-octane take on historical fiction.

Writer/Creators James Hereth ( and Rhonda Smiley (, are veteran screenwriters whose credits include the live-action Ninja Turtles and Jungle Book series, the animated feature, Race, and Chris Pratt’s movie debut, Extreme Team.

Artist, Kev Hopgood (, has worked on Action ForceDoctor Who, and 2000 AD, but is most well known as a penciller on Iron Man. During his run on that book, he co-created War Machine and the Hulkbuster Armor with Len Kaminski, both of which are featured prominently in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Colorist, Charlie Kirchoff (, has brought many titles to life, including Star Wars AdventuresStar Trek Year Five, and Back to the Future: Tales from the Time Train, as well as the Image series, Secret Identities and The Hard Place.

The book is rated Teen Plus (17+ on comiXology) due to violence, harsh language, and brief nudity. 

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Brett has been collecting comics for close to 30 years and is passionate about showcasing the amazing stories in Indie Comics and growing the indie community. A marketing and communications professional with a Masters of Nonprofit Management, he founded The Indie Comix Dispatch in 2020. Brett is also a member of the National Writers Union.

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