Topic: Comic Books - New
Yes, I did find a wealth of new comic books series and graphic novels at the recent 2009 Long Beach Comic Con!
Which is probably why I enjoyed this 1st Annual Convention so much! The organizers made sure that Artists Alley was the main feature of this event!
Anyways, this blog post is about another series that I found at the TAT booth, (The Antidote Trust). TAT isn't just one publisher, it's a 'collective' of independent publishers who have joined to better promote their own comics offerings under the TAT banner.
I have been amazed at the scope of comics being offered by those creators / publishers under the TAT umbrella!
Joseph Patrick Gauthier, pictured above top left of this blog post holding all four issues of 'Lazarus: Immortal Coils' invited me to read and posibly review his series. The top right photo of this blog shows the front cover of the 1st issue, 'The Director's Cut' version. Joseph is also pictured in the video shown below the first issue, welcoming You also to see what 10WorldsStudio is offering.
The following are the creator credits for the first issue of this series:
Created & Written by: Joseph P. Gauthier
Standard Comic - Full Color - Page Count: 28
So what's this series about? Here's the PR for the series:
“A LONG TIME COMING…” It begins here, the New Testament character that disappeared from history is back, but this is no bible tale! On the surface, Gehenna City is any other metropolis. Its citizens are unaware they are raw material for an invasion! Demons rule Gehenna, possessing citizens and spreading like an infection. Only Lazarus can stop them! Discover the origins of this eternal warrior. His death, resurrection, and what fuels his one-man war for over a millennia! The comic 1,974 years in the making!
LAZARUS: Immortal Coils starring the Biblical figure as an immortal warrior in a city built by demons where humans are used as hosts for an invasion. The miniseries is created and written by Joseph Gauthier, penciled by Carlos Rafael Duarte (Highlander: Way of the Sword), with covers by Casey Edwards and Kevin Sharpe.
OK, I gotta tell you that the front cover of the first issue kind of threw me off at first. Because I hadn't read the Press Release printed above!
True, I figured it must have something to do with 'Lazarus' or even the 'Lazarus Concept'. After all it did state on the cover: "The True Immortal Returns...".
But the front cover showed kind of a modern looking figure, a type of super-hero, so I figured that maybe just the name was being used from the biblical tale.
But no... the Splash page, indeed the first four pages were illustrated so fine that I believed I was reading a biblical tale! It wasn't until page five that the story moved into the present day. And then the action began! Almost non-stop action with many illustrations and much less text and dialogue. But a lot of sound effects! Plenty of sound effects!
There was also four pages of bonus material, including character designs / concepts. Not a bad start for a series I thought...
So I went right into reading the following issues since I had them in hand.
What I found in reading all four issues is that I was actually more interested in the olden time scenes that were presented as flashbacks than the modern day scenes. Not that I wasn't interested in what was happening in the present, but the art style would change back to a simpler presentation when the biblical times were shown. I liked that back and forth direction in art style, even though both eras were shown in a grim n' gritty way.
The storyline was really presented well, and the dialogue fit the characters that were presented. The artwork flowed through all four issues, with great coloring especially on the olden days scenes. The lettering did not get in the way of the art, and I enjoyed the sound effects lettering a lot!
This is a pretty good presentation from 10 Worlds Studio in my opinion as I enjoyed the 'Lazarus' concept updated for comic book format...
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My thanks to Joseph for bringing his series to my attention at the LBCC!
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