Topic: Comic Books - New
TODAY'S 'MAIN FEATURE':Somehow the USPS didn't deliver the hard copy of this comic book to me... so Shannon sent a .pdf copy to me for possible review...
Since this comic book is debuting at this weekend's MegaCon in Orlando, Florida, I wanted to get this blog published ASAP.
So what's this storyline all about? Well, Shannon sent me the following:
Six students have been selected to receive full scholarships for their participation in a special sleep studies class. It doesn't take them long to realize that this is no ordinary class, and that they will be facing dangers unlike anything in this world. They hold the fate of countless lives in their hands, and every decision they make could be their last.
A new weapon capable of changing the world is being developed underground. With quick thinking and a strong team the students might have a chance to save life as we know it. That is if they can save their own...
Join us as we follow their out of this world adventures. Will these students that seem a world apart be able to fulfill their roles as heroes while still trying to deal with the everyday pressures of school? Will their friendships and bonds be able to withstand the trials they will face? Find out in the all new comic series "SleepRunners".
So... what did I think of this first issue?
First, the Story: I found the storyline and the background to be of interest to me. It caught my attention, but at times the execution of scenes changing and locales changing was just a little too abrupt for me. The story does delve into the background of the concept presented above, and it is a long enough issue that there is more than just skirting around the concept.
Second, the writing / dialogue / etc.: Well, I'm definitely glad the acronyms that were used were spelled out for me at the very beginning of the story. Not being from the area, I wasn't for sure where everything was at first or what was being talked about until the explanation of the acronymns which were listed in the same panel... Then again, the cutaways to different locales wasn't as smooth as it could have been for me as a reader, witness pg 10 to 11 and 12 to 13, and elsewhere in the story. Yet the dialogue was well written and the story made sense to me overall.
Third, the art: I had not seen this artist's work before... and at first it was a little different for me to adjust to. However, as the pages went on, I could see that he could tell a story, in a sequential art format, and not settle for 'pinups' like I've see too much of in the past in other comics. The artwork grew on me, and it would bring me back for part 2 to read. Of course there was another reason that the art stood out for me, and that is addressed next...
Fourth, the coloring: The coloring more than complemented the artwork, it actually made the artwork stand out. Beautiful job of color creating / matching / setting the tone of the book. Kudos to the colorist!
Fifth, the lettering: It may have been the fact that I was reading a .pdf file, instead of a hard copy, but I found the lettering font a little hard to read at times when the wide word balloons were used in a few panels.
In Summary: I found this first issue of SleepRunners a good read, and better yet, a good value for the money a purchaser of this comic book would be paying. Yes, it is $5.00 cover price, but you get a good story and more in the 55 total pages of this comic book. There are actually 51 pages of story, plus some additional promo pages and the 2 covers.
For those of YOU interested in checking this issue out...
HERE'S HOW TO PURCHASE SLEEPRUNNERS #1
Shannon also tells me the following:
Plus, I've mentioned Shannon's name several times in this blog post. I don't want to neglect mention the artist's name that handled the art chores for this issue. Here is a little bio on him now:
Kewber Baal: Born and living in Brazil, Kewber started his comic book venture with SleepRunners, and is quickly becoming a highly sought after artist. Kewber Baal is best known for his work on Chaos Campus from Approbation Comics with Bart Thompson. Kewber joined team Knighty Knight in 2008 for work on SleepRunners. All concept art and line art from the series has been provided by his great talent. His works can be seen for many issues to come as Kewber continues to provide our window into the SleepRunners world.
AND Finally: I did mention that SleepRunners would be found at this weekend's MegaCon, right?!
SPECIAL NOTE: Well, there will be 50 limited edition copies of a special issue with a variant cover there by Chris Stehm. So be sure to drop by early at their booth at the MegaCon!
Okay, that should do it for this post... My thanks to Shannon Volkes for bringing this series to my attention!
AND...My thanks again to all of YOU reading this blog and our archived blog posts!
Join us again soon, as we publish another 'Main Feature'. And don't forget to check out the 'Featurette' shown below this 'Main Feature' article at the bottom right!
~ Michael D Hamersky @ ComicBookCollectorsBlog.com
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