Shock Effect reviewed a year AFTER the Zuda competition:
"The comic that I would have picked that month, though, was Shock Effect, by John Lang and Ian Daffern. That comic also started off with plenty of action, the but the creators took the time to put it into context. I knew right away that the girl I was looking at was a sympathetic character. I knew that society was breaking down in the face of an alien invasion. More details could be supplied later, but I had the tools I needed to follow the story."
"Shock Effect is about growing up during an alien invasion. We join Alice and her mom as they await a rescue that could lead to the truth behind the invasion itself. Each panel makes me want to make out with my monitor. That sounded strange, didn’t it? Yeah, well, I do, as strange and awkward as it may be. Competitor John Lang‘s artwork is truly gorgeous. Beautiful, clean and all around solid. Alongside its beauty is its equally enchanting writer, competitor Ian Daffern, whose storytelling brings each panel to life flawlessly. I’m dying to know what happens next and yes, I hope it’s picked for truly selfish reasons. "
Published in the Canadian Comics magazine Sequential:
"One regular guy who goes into situations where his bosses are evil, and how does he deal with that? But it wasn’t enough just to have that. He needed a reason to keep going back, and the basic idea of why he keeps going back is his … family."