Michael McClain sent me a preview copy of his upcoming comic book series "Nyssa: War".
Michael was inspired back in 1997 to start his own comics studio, and publishes a few titles at this time as M-Studios Publishing LLC. I have already blogged about one of those titles, Ray Leonard's "Guytron", (click here for that blog post.)
First off, let me post what the first issue of the Nyssa: War series is about. Here is the description of the story:
Nyssa is © and ™ to MICHAEL McCLAIN (M-Studios) All rights reserved.
They called her Nyssa--a hired assassin, a warrior who walks the path of lost souls, fighting the demons of her dark treatment soul. She travels through the gates of hell to vengeance against those who have destroyed her family name. She learned to kill without mercy--that the road of a samurai.
Nyssa Story Synopsis
Nyssa (bodyguard) boss (G-Marco) pass on a assassination job and--- now he's the target. Nyssa and Rain (Nyssa best friend and business partner) have to protest him and save their own rear. This series will be done by the end of 2009.
Okay, now on to my thoughts of this first issue:
The cover art shown above at the top right of this post is without the logo and the lettering that would come with it. The artwork does make an impact on the casual browser that would see it at their LCBS. The additional logo and text adds to the cover. The finished cover would make me pick up the comic book at my LCBS to see what it is about.
Turning the front cover page... I find that on the inside front cover there are two house ads, one for 'Battle Blood' and the other for 'Guytron'. I'm going to stop for a moment and address something here that I will be mentioning later. This could / should have been an intro page to the story line that is being presented. I for one have never read the earlier Nyssa comic book mini-series and had no idea what this series is going to be about...
The splash page does what it is supposed to do. Make a 'splash' impression in front of you, as if you were at a newstand or a LCBS and make you want to spend your $ to buy this and take it home with you to read and possibly collect the rest in the series.
The art style was presented by Michael McClain. I happened to like it in this story. The style was different enough, yet also familar, that it was easy to follow the storyline.
The coloring by Virginie D Menard added to the illustrations. Just the right amount of coloring to give it a certain 'feel' of likability.
The lettering done in-house flowed with the art & colors, which is what it is supposed to do.
Nest comes the writing... Here is what I found that detracted from my having full enjoyment from reading the first issue. And that is going back to what I wrote earlier. The inside front cover should / could have been an 'intro' to the characters that are in this story. The splash page and the initial pages take off like I already knew the characters and their background history to each other.
However, as I said earlier, I didn't know these characters. That being said... If I had read the earlier Nyssa mini-series, I'm sure I would have enjoyed it more. It was still a good read, just that I 'felt' I was missing 'something' from not having read the earlier continuity...
One additional note: there are only 16 interior pages to this comic. The front inside cover and the back inside cover are both house ads. Nothing wrong with that, except as I mentioned the front inside cover could have been an intro page to new readers, which would have been more helpful. This mini-series is projected to be four issues. With the current price of $3.99 for most comics, mainstream and indie comics, I would have preferred to see a few more pages of story.
All in all, I found this first issue to be drawn in a style I liked, the colors and lettering were fine, and story line flowed to the last page, which of course is "To Be Continued". Hopefully the following issues will address 'the newbie' to the Nyssa character and other characters involved in the series.
To order your copy in the future, or to order the earlier Nyssa series, check this page: http://www.michael-mcclain.com/books-page.html .