Topic: Comic Books - New
I'm still blogging reviews of comics that I received during the recent San Diego Comic Con International...
As I've stated before, I read a lot of comics and graphic novels, both in hard copy (print) and .pdf formats. However, I don't blog about them all here in my Blog, as it takes at least a three quarters of an hour to format and proof one of these posts, what with the pics and text to prepare. For me to blog about something here, I've either got to really like it, and / or the publication has a uniqueness or some other quality or feature that I want to share with my blog readers.
I don't normally blog about publications that I don't like for whatever reason(s). My 'free time' for blogging is too short to dwell on something that I didn't like reading, let alone spending extra time writing about it! I like to keep my Blog on a positive path as there are so many deserving publications out there to share with you that I come across....
I found several publications at The Antidote Trust booth at the 2009 SDCC, thanks to Dale Wilson of DWAP Productions who introduced me to the creators who shared their works with me!
Today's blog post is on the first issue of 'The Untamed - A Sinner's Prayer'. I was handed two copies of the first issue, the above pictured cover is the regular cover. The writer of the series is holding both covers in the smaller photo at the top right.
This comic takes place on 'The World of Asunda'. Following are the words used in the publicity promo that describe what this first issue is about:
"I was given a second chance in death. Vengeance was offered and I was quick to accept.”
A cloaked Stranger slips into the rustic Town of Oasis changing things forever. Ten years it had been since he ran this town with malice and harshness. Even then there was hope for his soul. His wife and daughter were on the verge of turning him from wickedness. But they were murdered, and so was he. Now he has returned hell-bent on killing.
Okay... sounds kind of 'heavy' right from the start. It is. However, the text is minimal. No, Not simplistic... just minimal. The dialogue is sparse also. What it does though, is flow very well with the artwork, which is beautifully done by Peter Bergting. Yes, there is blood, and violence here. Is it heavy handed and out to shock the reader? Well, not overly so in my opinion. (Kind of like the 'Man with No Name' movie series starring Clint Eastwood, where the violence goes with the action format.)
What makes this introductory issue 'good' is the combination of the minimal text & dialogue with the illustration / colors / lettering. It is a fine presentation and although normally not what I personally would read for 'fun', it is compelling enough for me to want to read more of this seven issue series.
Here are the credits:
Words: Sebastian A. Jones
Now, here is what makes this comic book additionally 'interesting' and 'interactive' for my Blog readers. You too can read this comic book, but instead of a hard copy, you can see the first issue for free online, all 36 pages including the back story, so you can formulate your own thoughts as to whether it draws you in enough to purchase the second copy. The first issue can be found at:
Just click on the 'Read' box on that web page. See what You think of this storyline! Let the creators know! Let me know!
Again, my Thanks to Dale Wilson of DWAP Productions who has turned me on to several works that members of The Antidote Trust have turned out! Especially 'The Roach' mini-series by Robert Roach! The BEST mini-series I have read in years! (Click here for my review on that series!)
AND Thanks again to all of YOU reading our current and archived blog posts! We do blog daily on comic book creators, comic book reviews, and other pop culture news and events including some TV shows and theatrical films!
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