Topic: Comic Books - New
TODAY'S FEATURE - Blog #3340:
If the title of the today's featured publication sounds familiar to you, that could be that you've seen it here in my blog before.
My youngest son, Vinnie, blogged about the one-shot comic book, Sea Ghost #1 back in December, when both that comic book and this graphic novel came in the mail for possible review, from Nemo Publishing, LLC.
I don't make it a habit to review blog the same publication that either Vinnie, or my wife, Tina LoSasso, has already blogged on. I usually save that for either joint blogs or separate blogs on comic book movies that we attend.
So I'm going to go straight to the publication that you can see the front cover of at the top right of this post.
Here's what the publisher has for the promo blurb:
"Fans of classic adventure, meet Capt'n Eli! Created in the tradition of Flash Gordon, Buck Rogers, and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, The Undersea Adventures of Capt’n Eli is the story of a boy with extraordinary scientific abilities and unusual ties to the sea.
For all ages, this book is an imaginative blend of traditional comics storytelling and contemporary 3-D CGI. Written and illustrated by Jay Piscopo, The Undersea Adventures of Capt’n Eli graphic novel series is distributed nationally to comic shops, book stores, and libraries through Diamond Comic Distributors.
Capt'n Eli's origins are quite unique! He’s the namesake of real-life World War II veteran Eli Forsley who was also the inspiration for a line of hand-crafted sodas from Portland, Maine!"
So when starting to read this...(after reading the Sea Ghost #1 first), I found that what the publisher stated above was actually understated!
I found myself 'transported' back to my own childhood, during the 'Silver Age of Comics', because of the storyline, the ease of reading the story even though this is Volume 2, and I hadn't read Volume 1, and the great artwork!
First, the storyline: Just like Stan Lee did during the 'Silver Age of Comics', Jay uses the 'splash page' to recap what has gone on before, making it 'reader friendly' and not leaving a new reader wondering what they have gotten into!
Also, just like Stan did in connecting the early comics titles he and Jack / Steve / Don & others produced, Jay ties in the Sea Ghost to this title, by showing the 'Origin' of Sea Ghost, starting on page 15!
The ease of reading is because this volume is for all ages. I don't mean 'dumbed down' either for a younger reading audience, as I am definitely not 'young', and found this to be quite an enjoyable adventure story! It kind of reminds me of the fun I had reading Jules Vernes classics and then seeing thosestories on the big screen! It would also be enjoyable to read to a much younger audience.
The artwork is 'current' and even a little 'futuristic', what with the 3-D CGI included. Yet, although a few pages are a little dialogue heavy, the story and art mesh together very well.
Also included were pin-ups by Herb Trimpe, Joe Zierman, and Lauren Monardo. I've blogged about Herb a few times before, and yes, he was part of the 'Silver Age of Comics', as well as the 'Bronze Age', and 'Copper Age' of Comics!
This second volume publishes Acts 4 through 8, and is continued in Volume 3. Which is understandable, as Jay includes a lot of characters in this series.
My Review Rating for this publication is NEAR MINT (NM) 9.4 out of a possible 10.0 Comic Book Grading scale.
Nemo Publishing, LLC has their marketing act 'together', as besides having their web site, CaptainEli.com, they also have separate Facebook Fan Pages for both Sea Ghost, and The Undersea Adventures of Capt'n Eli, which I suggest YOU 'Like' after reading this blog / and reviewed publication!
You can purchase this at several different venues. Diamond Comics Distributors has this volume and the others in their catalogs, so your LCBS should be able to back order it if they don't have it in stock, or you can purchase it direct from Capt'n Eli's own online shop! Or you can purchase it via my Amazon link as seen here: The Undersea Adventures of Capt'n Eli Volume 2
My thanks to Tami Kennedy of Nemo Publishing, LLC, for following up with me on the status of a possible review blog for this volume!
~Michael D Hamersky
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