Topic: Comic Books - New
TODAY'S FEATURE - Blog #3295:
Vinnie is with us this weekend, and he asked what was new that had come in during the past two weeks.
He saw the above comic book, and I explained that this was a 'one-shot' comic book on a character that was in a series of TPBs that Jay Piscopo was publishing.
Vinnie read the one-shot, and chose it to be his blog post for this weekend. Thanks again, Vinnie!
This blog post is a review featuring "My Take" on "The Sea Ghost #1", by Jay Piscopo.
Jay Piscopo was the writer and illustrator for all of this, except for a few pin-up posters at the end of the comic itself.
I have not read the "The Capt'n Eli" Trade Paper Backs, so that must be taken into account when you read this review.
My dad had received a package from Nemo Publishing, LLC. It contained "The Sea Ghost" and "The Undersea Adventures of Capt'n Eli", and my dad will later do a review on Capt'n Eli, while I am doing this one. Well, enough of all the fluff; onto the review itself!
The Front Cover has an illustration of the Sea Ghost. It looks just like the average comic: illustration, title, publisher, issue number, and cost. He appears to have his eyes glowing, and a bright white light encircling him. I do not particularilly recall this scene in the story, however.
The Inside Front Cover has a "Table of Contents", (TOC). The TOC lists the story, a pin-up by Ramona Fradon, a message to the readers, a pin-up by Danny Kelly and Robert Caine Jeffcoat, and finally, a pin-up by Jay Piscopo. Beneath that is all the copyright information, so no need to explain any further.
The Interior Pages contain the story, "The Sea Ghost in the Machine", story and art by Jay Piscopo. I liked everything: the story was exciting, and easy to follow, and the art was just fantastic. It would be hard to explain, but to me it seemed realistic, yet cartoony at the same time.
This had me wanting to read the "Undersea Adventures of Capt'n Eli", so I could learn more about Sea Ghost, especially after I read the promotional information that was enclosed in the shipping package, but not shown here.
The promos stated his origin is in the above book. I will definitely have to ask my dad if I can read that trade paper back once he finishes reading it. After the story, there is a pin-up of the Sea Ghost, drawn by Ramona Fradon. I thought it was good, but just a little 'old school' for me. It seemed as though he was posing, like he was waiting for a camera to take a picture, rather than him in his "natural habitat" fighting enemies.
After that, there is a message to the readers. It was saying about who or what inspired Jay Piscopo to create this character, and for the fans of Capt'n Eli who wanted him to make this one-shot comic. Then, there is a pin-up by Danny Kelly and Robert Caine Jeffcoat. I liked it, as there was more going on, and it was exciting, but I'm just not too fond of the style of art. The next pin-up was done by Jay Piscopo. Wow. This one was great! It was definitely not dull, and I love this style of art. I also loved the interpretation of who I believe is Poseidon. I don't know what else I could say except for I love it, but I'm sure I already covered that. It's just awesome! Plus there is one more by Jay included on page 36!
The Inside Back Cover has an advertisement for the first two volumes of "The Undersea Adventures of Capt'n Eli". The ad does make the series sound interesting.
The Back Cover has another style drawn of the Sea Ghost. In the message to the readers, Jay says it was his attempt at a Jack Kirby style of it. I like it, but personally, I like the one on the front cover more. But it is nice to have two different covers on the same comic book without paying for another separate variant cover issue!
Overall, I really liked this one-shot comic book, "The Sea Ghost". It has great art, and a great story, and I really enjoyed it. I wish it wsn't a one-shot comic, and that Jay could make another Sea Ghost comic.
I give this issue #1 a comic book grade, I would give it a Near Mint (NM), a 9.4 out of a 10.0 grading scale.
You should be able to find this comic book at your LCBS, as it is distributed by Diamond Comics Distributors. YOU can order it at YOUR LCBS by using the UPC: 0 74470 26292 3 01 - Look for it in January PREVIEWS from Diamond Comics Distributors!
But if they don't have it, then you can see this comic and Jay's other works in progress at the following web site: Captneli.com
Thanks Vinnie, for guest blogging here today, and giving us your thoughts on this publication from a tween's POV! I'll share my thoughts on this comic book and / or the other work sent in by Jay in a future blog post!
BTW, If you liked Vinnie's 'Take' on this publication, he's also review blogged several other publications so far this year!
Including the graphic novel as shown to the left. Here's his review blog on this publication: Vinnie's Take on Berona's War: Field Guide. After reading that and thinking that this is something YOU would like to read or give as a gift for this Holiday Season, here's a link to where you can purchase it online! Berona's War: Field Guide!
Also...If YOU liked his review today, you may enjoy reading Vinnie's other reviews on: Mouse Guard: Legends of the Guard #4 (of 4), Clutch Cargo DVD, The All New Super Friends Hour Season 1 DVD, The Ultimate Underdog Collection Volume 1, Planet Hulk, Coraline, Ponyo, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Sonic the Hedgehog TPB Vol 1, Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs, The Possum #1 comic book, and Nice Meeting You, Goodbye, just to name a recent few!
Plus check out his 'Look at The Captain Rochester Party for the Artists' at the recent 2010 Comic-Con International: San Diego! He really had fun meeting and having dinner with Sergio Aragones and others there at this exclusive after hours Con Party!
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