Topic: Comic Books - New
TODAY'S 'MAIN FEATURE':
Last week I blogged about the upcoming 'Indy Comic Book Week' that starts December 27th, 2009....
The above pictured comic book is one that can be ordered direct from Indy Planet, or could be at your Local Comic Book Shop, (LCBS) during 'Indy Comic Book Week'.
John B. Lai, Chief Operating Officer/Editor in Chief of the Ultimate Comics Group, LLC, was kind enough to send me a preview copy of the issue. This after I found that Harold Dean Cupec, a Facebook Friend of mine, had mentioned this project on his Facebook Wall.
So what's this issue about?
Art & Colors: Harold Dean Cupec
"You asked for it? You got it! In this inaugural issue of The Enchanting Essence’, Jessica risks her neck defending an ‘undead’ servant against his master, Ran-Dax, the LORD of the VAMPIRES! You’ll have to check your pulse when you see surprise ending! Don’t miss ‘Love Bites’ Part 1.
Jessica Gates never quite fit in. With a childhood full of overwhelming emotion, insecurity & alienation, she struggled to find the truth behind her father’s mysterious death while ALSO trying to develop her self-confidence. Follow the adventures of this telepathic SUPERMODEL as she discovers the security of friendship in between her constant battles against Earth’s deadliest villains, as the enchanting ESSENCE!
The Enchanting Essence TM and © Ultimate Comics Group, LLC. All rights reserved."
So what did I think about it?
Well, I've always liked Harold's artwork that he has posted on his Facebook Wall. Enough that I was looking forward to seeing a sequential art story illustrated in his style.
This issue #1 of 'Enchanting Essence' did not disappoint me!
Harold can draw great looking gals and illustrated this story in a sequential manner that held my interest.
I've already mentioned here in my Blog before that vampires and zombies are not my usual reading niche, but since I blog about comics and pop culture for others as well as myself; I feel that I should include those of that niche that are more than just run-of-the-mill publications.
I do feel I missed something by not previously reading issue #0 of this series, but this first issue was the 'set up' for the next in this story arc. Additionally the action in this issue kept me from wondering muchon what I had missed with the intro of Essence in issue #0.
John B. Lai's dialogue kept the story flowing, and the storyline was well paced in this setup issue.
The colors were vivid, and meshed well with the genre of this story.
After reading issue #1, I would look forward to issue #2 of this series. The nice thing about this series is that if You are interested in reading this series and don't have a LCBS near you, then Indy Planet has issues #0 & #1 for sale via ordering on the web, plus will probably have issue #2 in the future...
For more info on this series and others that the Ultimate Comics Group has in its' run of titles, please check the following web site: http://www.ultimatecomicsgroup.com/ !
As a side note, I am wondering as to what audience age group this comic book publisher is aiming for, as the following verbage was on the 'home' page of their site:
"Welcome to the Ultimate Comics Group Universe! Brace yourself for 20+ full color pages in every issue and a comprehensive world that you’ll almost recognize as your own.
These AREN’T the comics your parents read."
The last time I saw or heard this was during the days of the early 'Image Comics', whose books were definitely not for the older crowd. After hearing that spoken aloud by the Image Comics creators a few times at different programs and panels at comic cons, I definitely was 'turned off', being an older reader. Which by the way, influenced my talking with my peers about the then new 'Image Comics'...
However, My thanks to Harold Dean Cupec for making me aware of this comic book series. Pretty darn good for a vampire series!
I will be blogging about more indy comics series right here at ComicBookCollectorsBlog.com in the days to come, straight into the New Year itself, as that is how long 'Indy Comic Book Week' continues into!
You can follow what is happening and how you can participate in 'Indy Comic Book Week' by checking out the details at:
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~ Michael D Hamersky @ ComicBookCollectorsBlog.com