Topic: Comic Books - New
Continuing my blogs on comics that I have recently received for review and that I want to blog about here... is one from Dial 'C' For Comics! I haven't read one of their offerings before, so I looked at it with an open mind, ready for anything.
Which was a good thing to do, because the title of the comic was 'Miserable Dastards', with the 'Dastards' word being covered up a bit on the front cover, making me look twice as to what the word really was...
Not really knowing for sure what 'Dastards' were, I'm glad that the editor of this comic got that out of the way real quick on the inside front cover! (See top right insert of this post.)
Okay, now the front cover made more sense for me! The super-villain being taken away by the police with the 'Thugs', (dastards), being tied up by the super-heroes, who were taking off from the scene!
The interior penciling by Jeremy Dale for this issue was superb, flowing with the storyline by Richard A Hamilton. The inks by Rob Jones with colors by Jelle Van Den Brink were in keeping with the whole issue's presentation, (Great!). The lettering by Steven Prouse did what lettering is supposed to do...and did it well! The cover by Rob Hicks, Rob Jones & Miguel Marques da Silva was top notch, except for the super-heroes cape that obscured the 'Dastards' masthead, which may have been intentional? So as to emphasize the 2nd word of the title by bringing the reader's eyes there?
The phrase 'Making the BAD Guys Look GOOD!' was used on the bottom of the front cover. If that truly was the intent of the creator of this title, then the presentation did do that for me! I enjoyed the story of the dastards, and felt for them during the issue. This was a good concept, and was presented well.
I recently re-watched the 1960's Batman TV Show episodes and enjoyed seeing so many character actors portray the henchmen during my viewings. So I was kind of set up to liking the henchmen / dastards of this comic, or at least emphasizing with them. I would look forward to reading the next issue, as this was just #1 of the series!
Note: This issue's cover price was not marked with a cost, as it was an 'Exclusive Convention Preview' issue. This issue was presented to me at The Antidote Trust Booth during the San Diego Comic Con International 2009 days as part of a package of comics to possibly review.
However, I do see that 'The MISERABLE DASTARDS Graphic Novel' was made available in the July 2009 Previews Catalog as a "Spotlight" and "Certified Cool" item! So just use Diamond code JUL09 0837 to reserve your copy or back order it at Your LCBS now!
The 96 page, full-color graphic novel retails for only $9.99, and it should be a good series to read, based on what I read in issue #1 !
For more info on this comic book title, or to see what else is being published, please check out the publisher's web site at: http://www.dialcforcomics.com/
As a reminder... This is the 2nd comic book title that I've blogged about that was distributed at The Antidote Trust's (TAT) booth at the 2009 SDCC. The earlier blog post on 'The Roach' comic book mini-series by Robert Roach was reviewed here: 'The Roach' Review. Which, BTW, is MY Favorite indie mini-series in a Long Time!
My thanks to Dale Wilson of DWAP Productions for 'turning me on' to this Group's titles, that are all independently published, but following guidelines set by TAT. (Dale's Caffeine Dreams Issues #1-3 are reviewed here from earlier in the year.)
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