Topic: Comic Books - New
Raymond Leonard has informed me that... the first issue of his new comic book mini-series should be out soon for all to read!
I just finished reading the preview copies to issues #1 & #2, and wanted to mention Raymond's new creation here in my blog.
The first issue is 16 pages of the main story plus a backup feature for a $3.50 cover price, and #2 follows up with story with 22 pages of story for a $3.50 cover price. Raymond is the creator / writer / penciller / inker for this mini-series. The colorist is Virginie Menard.
The 3 issue mini-series comic book is from Enemi Entertainment through Haven Distribution.
So of course the first question would be... What is the story about? Well here is a synopsis of the story from Raymond on the publisher's web page:
"Galvin Fry is a normal 20 year old retail stock boy, who encounters a
"Galvin is told he's the only one who can stop the invasion. However, the perishing alien gives his "Gadgettron" gauntlet glove to him. (The Gadgettron is a symbioticbio-armor that mergies with it's host.) The symbiotic weapon has bonded with Galvin and can not be removed. However, he becomes a cosmic hero called "Guytron". He will have more to worry about, than every day personal life issues. Now it appears that the fate of the universe rests on his shoulders. This is a superhero - romance - action - sitcom where anything and everything can happen!"The creator goes on to say that ... "If you are a huge 80’s type of fan that like “Specter-Man”,”UltraMan”, 8Man, The Galaxy Rangers your gonna get that all out action! adventure! drama! and hanging on the edge suspense!"
Okay, I read these first two stories in .pdf format, and I gotta agree that Raymond is going for the 1980's feel of comics in his first two issues! There are some familar aspects to the storyline as it unfolds in the beginning and the middle of this three issue story arc. But that doesn't take away from the story itself.
So who is this mini-series 'targeted' for? Well, the creator states that it is for the Young Adult (YA) to the 'older crowd'. When a creator of a project takes on all the duties of writing / pencilling / inking etc. on a project, the success or failure of the project lies directly on the shoulders of that creator. The creator has to know who his/her target market is and to write for that audience.
In this case, Guytron does hit the mark for the Young Adult audience IMHO. Sure, there could be a little tightening up of the storyline, but I haven't seen the finale of this three story arc as of yet... So I would have to reserve judgment on that. The artwork does remind me of the early days of Image Comics with a few 'pin-up' style pages, but the artwork flows with the story nonetheless.
For those of you near Chicago, Illinois, Raymond will be exhibiting at the Wizard World Chicago this upcoming August 6th - 9th, 2009. So by then, this first mini-series of Raymond's should be totally published, and you could ask him there about his next planned story arc for Guytron that he has in mind!
In the meantime check out Raymond's three issue mini-series at your LCBS or regular online source for purchase!
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