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Friday, October 22, 2010
My Take On: Hybrid Bastards! Collected Edition Hardcover
Mood:  caffeinated
Topic: Comic Books - New


My 'Take' On:

Hybrid Bastards!

The Collected Edition Hardcover From Archaia Entertainment!

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Above Photo:  The Dust Jacket to: Hybrid Bastards! Collected Edition - by Tom Pinchuk & Kate Glasheen.
At the Left: The Logo for Archaia Entertainment LLC. 



TODAY'S FEATURE - Blog #3263:

This is the final blog on my series of posts for what turned out to be 'Archaia Week' at ComicBookCollectorsBlog.com!

I've already blogged this week about: The Secret History - Books Ten & Eleven, Mouse Guard: Legends of the Guard #2 (of 4), The Killer - Modus Vivendi Issues 3 & 4, and Fraggle Rock Vol. 1 The Collected Edition. As you can see from the titles alone, Archaia Entertainment definitely covers a LOT of genres in publishing!  Kudos to those at this company for electing to doing so!

I happened to visit Archaia Entertainment's booth at the 2010 Comic Con International: San Diego in July of this year. (Thanks again, Dale Wilson, for turning me on to this booth!) 

I suggest that if YOU are at a comic con that they are exhibiting at, to stop and take a look at their titles.  There is a LOT of good reading there for sure! I've already posted earlier blogs before this week on some of those titles and series, as seen here.

Today's post is on a different comic book series that has been collected and printed in a hardcover format. Here is what this comic book series is about, per the promo on it:

Written by: Tom Pinchuk
Illustrated by: Kate Glasheen

Zeus is a god, and he has a reputation, a reputation based on a simple truth: he’s a cad. An unrepentant, philandering cad, and it’s been driving his wife Hera nuts for years. One night Hera reaches her limit, and in a passive-aggressive act of revenge, she places a spell on Zeus, a spell that causes him to fall in lust with every inanimate object in sight. It was a night Zeus doesn’t remember, but he’s a god, after all, and so his seed took root, and eighteen years later, his unnatural hybrid bastards are wandering the world: misbegotten creatures. Quirky oddballs. Nature-defying fusions of man and inanimate object. The hybrid bastards were born in a practical joke of mythic proportions.

But Zeus is a god, and he has a reputation, one that he wants to protect, so those hybrid bastards—evidence of a most embarrassing infidelity—have got to go. And go they do, hunted down by his goons. All except a motley crew: COTTON, a smarmy cloth patchwork; CARMINE, a timid automobile; COREY, a self-loathing apple; WALTER, a belligerent stack of bricks; and PANOS, their gallant would-be leader. This pack of hybrid bastards refuses to go quietly. Through schemes both ingenious and idiotic, they will force their negligent father to acknowledge them and, just maybe, do right by them. That is, if their own squabbling doesn’t defeat them first.

Hybrid Bastards!
A three-issue series in which writer Tom Pinchuk and illustrator Kate Glasheen take Greek mythology in a decidedly different direction.

(Next is the Promo For the Collected Edition Hardcover)

Collecting the mini-series that takes Greek mythology in a decidedly different direction, the HYBRID BASTARDS! hardcover includes a bonus story and pin-ups by talented guests. .

(W) Tom Pinchuk  (A) Kate Glasheen (Cover) Kate Glasheen. 

Retail Price $17.95 U.S.  Page Count 104 pages

Format: hardcover with dust jacket, 6.625" x 10.25", full color. Mature Readers (series contains Graphic Violence and Adult Content).

So what is 'My Take' on this Collected Edition  of the comic book series?

I didn't see this comic book series when it was first published. Plus I wasn't aware of earlier works by Tom Pinchuk or Kate Glasheen.

Having said that, I found that once again, Archaia Entertainment has put together into a striking hardcover format, another comic book series.  The format of this book is very fine in its compilation, and the added features make owning this book for fans of the series, a special printing.

However, as always, I've got to be honest on 'My Take' in reviewing this Collected Edition. 

I found that the background research for this storyline to be a very interesting one.  It is definitely a project for 'mature readers' as the topic is a different side of the Greek Gods as mentioned in the promo blurbs above.

The story as written is pretty good, if you are into that historical era, and can appreciate a current updated adapatation taking that topic and running with it as the central theme.

My only 'problem' with the contents of this book is that the artwork is somewhat 'over-powering', and doesn't mesh as well in readability for me on this presentation.

The artist's style on its own is outstanding, if you can appreciate art that is somewhat in an 'underground comix' style, yet updated for the 2000s. 

I found reading the collected edition a little harder than most items that are sent in for possible review.  That's because of the placement of panels, the word balloons seemingly being placed so as not to affect the art, and the flow of the story because of the art layout.

For me, an illustrated story should mesh smoothly between the written word and the illustrations.  I found myself being caught up in looking at the art, and getting sidetracked from the story being told. I do realize that this is a 'collected edition' of an earlier printed comic book series, and again want to state that the compilation into this hardcover format was done beautifully.

Maybe that's what it is...It's more of an art book for me than a comic book series  or  a story in graphic novel presentation style.  Nothing wrong in that, but I read for pleasure, and blog for business purposes.

I did find that the added story 'The Family Tree' produced by both creators to be a better meld of storyline and artwork for me.  Maybe this is like when I was first introduced to Jim Steranko's artwork in the 1960's.  I could see potential there in his artwork, which became full blown in just a few short years.  But at first for me, it was a little disjointed from the stories being presented.  I grew to appreciate his artwork and visual storytelling, and a very fine mix was soon established.  And you know where HE went in the comics industry!

There's some additional pin-ups by other artists in a special section.  Interesting pages of what others could possibly do with this concept.

Plus a short 'sketchbook' section by Kate Glasheen. Where you can see her artwork without the word balloons.

Plus one last short story, 'Cure For The Common Foe'. Which shows me that this writer / artist team can combine for a very well presented illustrated story!

The book ends on an 'Afterword' by Tom Pinchuk. A fitting end to this Collected Edition!

As stated before in this Blog...I don't post negative reviews, as it takes way too long to post a blog in this format. I liked the concept, the storyline, and the artwork.  Just that I personally had a harder time reading this series because it just didn't meld perfectly for me.  However I can appreciate what was presented here in this Collected Edition Hardcover. 

Thus my 'comic book grade' for this publication is a VERY FINE / VERY FINE PLUS  (VF/VF+) 8.25 on a 10.0 comic book grading scale.

Here is the link to Archaia so that YOU can purchase the Collected Edition.  If they are sold out, then try this link via Amazon: Hybrid Bastards!

Here is the Facebook Fan Page for Archaia, which I suggest YOU 'like' also to keep up with what this publisher is presenting next.

My thanks to Archaia for bringing this series to my attention!

PLUS: My thanks again to all of YOU reading this blog and our archived blog posts, now over 3,260 total posts in number! I do appreciate your continued reading and support of this Blog!

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Updated: Friday, October 22, 2010 7:41 AM PDT
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