Topic: Comic Books - New
TODAY'S FEATURE - Blog #3482:
I spent some time during different days at the Archaia Entertainment booth during the 2011 Comic-Con International: San Diego, (aka San Diego Comic Con), as it was very close to the Indy Press Section. I would go by it enroute to the other booths I had not yet seen in Indy Press.
What Archaia did this year was similiar to previous years, in that they had different comics / graphic novel creators stationed at tables within one end of the Archaia booth for signings. I didn't try to stop by at certain times for signings, as that is too hard to navigate at such a large convention!
So my running into Royden Lepp when he was signing on Friday, July 22nd was just luck on my part. Why? He presented me with a copy of his new graphic novel after posing with it, (seen at the top right of this blog), after finding out about this #1 followed blog of mine on Facebook.
My wife Tina, says that Royden did tell her and myself that it was one of a series at that time, but I had forgotten that until Tina reminded me about it last night when I told her what my blog topic for today was. (She is reading another Archaia book for an upcoming blog to be posted.)
She told me that Royden had mentioned it was a first book in a series, but nowhere on the book or inside did I see it was a volume one of a series before reading it. Nor did I know at the time that 20th Century Fox had acquired the screen rights. And that "Simon Kinsberg (X-Men: First Class) is producing the Rocketeer-esque adventure flick". That I found this morning!
So what is this graphic novel, 'Rust: Visitor In The Field' about? Per the promotional info:
Written by Royden Lepp
Rust is a high-octane adventure set in the prairie lands of an unknown time. Life on the Taylor family farm was difficult enough before Jet Jones crashes into the barn, chased by a giant decommissioned war robot! Oldest son Roman Taylor struggles to keep his family’s small farm afloat as the area heals from a devastating world war. While the rest of his family may not trust the mysterious boy with the jetpack, Roman believes the secrets of Jet’s past may be the key to their survival.
Rust is Archaia’s next great All Ages book.
Available September 2011 wherever books are sold.
Okay... That is a lot to live up, being... "Archaia's next great All Ages book".
What's my take on this graphic novel?
First the front cover: The graphic on the front cover definitely caught my eyes! A robot, a flying kid, and a farmer, along with a 'rust' / 'sepia' colored background and silver type colored font. Very fetching, like I was holding something from another time period!
The back cover: Very tasteful promo, with enough of what the story would be about to arouse my interest in reading this!
Inside front cover & what would be a 'splash page' in a comic book: The sepia toned photos / illustrations evoked memories within me that this was somehow familiar... Since I already posted above that 20th Century Fox is calling it a Rocketeer-esque adventure flick, I'm safe to say that that thought crossed my mind here, especially after seeing the front cover...
Flipping to the first page... The storyline immediately starts with a dedication page, and the opposite page is first page of the story.
The sepica tone is kept throughout the book, and I'm drawn into the storyline immediately! I'm watching a battle take place in the woods. It appears to be of World War I, but maybe I'm assuming too much, as there are machines that come in... Robot like machines... Then flying kids?! By the end of this first scene on page 29, I'm definitely drawn into this whole storyline, even if I don't know where or when it is / was!
Pages 30 & 31, a two page spread, brings me into a different time. The present? The story progresses, yet references the past, which is what the first 29 pages were about.
Several pages have illustrations only, no dialogue. It is good that the writer is also the artist!
Page 184 comes all too soon... But wait... What's this?! It's called the 'End'?! The story isn't finished?!
Instead there is a section titled: Rust - Secrets of the Cell. "An exclusive preview of the next volume of Royden Lepp's Rust. With six pages from the next volume. I didn't bargain for this! Another volume? Nowhere on the book's front or back covers or the spine is there any mention that this is a first volume! I'm disappointed in that the story wasn't finished, and I had no inkling that it would be continued. But then again, I'm also interested in reading a volume two, after seeing the preview pages. If this was a marketing error... Okay, but there should be a mention somewhere... But then again, my copy didn't come with a slipcover for the book which may have stated this. But I don't see it mentioned as such on Archaia's web site either...
After the preview, there is an 'About the Author' page with a 'Special Thanks' box. On the next page is Archaia's credits page. The last two pages are another sepia toned photo similiar to the front inside two pages, starting with the inside front cover.
Okay... I read this graphic novel with great interest, and had a minor let down at the very end, because I found I was reading the first of a series; a series that is supposed to be comprised of four volumes, after reading an article elsewhere while researching just now for this blog before it is posted!
So what is my comic book grade for this first volume in the series?!
I'm giving it a NEAR MINT MINUS (NM-) 9.2 out of a possible 10.0 comic book grade, because of the minor letdown at the very end that it was a continued story. This has nothing to do with the graphic novel itself, as far I can ascertain, so I'm assuming it is from the marketing / production end. I'm still thinking this was a fine book, and I can see why a company like 20th Century Fox would pick up the screen rights to it already! This could make a great franchise! I'm not going to let a marketing situation marr my enjoyment of what I just read, so am knocking the final grade only half a grade!
My thanks again to Royden Lepp for bringing this graphic novel to my attention at the Comic-Con International! And congrats on the upcoming film!
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