Topic: Comic Books - New
TODAY'S FEATURE - Blog #3517:
Yesterday I blogged about the upcoming Long Beach Comic & HoRRoR Con that is running October 29th & 30th in Long Beach, California.
The con's promoters had just added the 'HoRRoR' title to the name of the con, as the con keeps occuring during the Halloween period.
So I thought to continue this week with review blogs on HoRRor / MoNSTer / Sci-Fi comic books that have been given to me or mailed in for review. Here's the first one of this week's reviews:
The Attic #1... From Main Enterprises.
Jim Main, Publisher of several comics & magazines, has decided to publish another anthology. This one is captioned at the top of the comic book as 'Tales of Horror, Fantasy, and Suspense!
Okay... What do we have here?
Front Cover: By Scott McClung... Which I like, because I do like having 'hosts' in anthology comics, which this front cover indicates this could be. The production design is also very well done.. I like the layout, the title using a 'skull' to dot the 'i' in 'Attic'. Good start...
Inside Front Cover: Pinup page by Rick Limacher... Black & White... Quite a bit different in style from the front cover, enough to make me move on next to the Table of Contents page, which is used instead of a 'splash page'.
Table of Contents (TOC) Page: Nice layout. Pages numbered for easy access... and a few panels from stories featured inside. Quality TOC.
1st Story: Intro to 'Grimsby'... 'Alistair Grimsby', humble caretaker of the Thorndyke Manor... which includes 'The Attic'! Good intro for this first story in this new anthology series. Liked this story and art by Jack Bertram and Jim Main!
2nd Story: 'The Axe of Modo' by Al Limacher with lettering by Rick Limacher... Six page story... Where the art fit the storyline.
3rd Story: 'Regret' by Robert J Sodaro and Jack Bertram... Eight Pager, where the lettering font seemed to take away just a little from the storyline.
4th Story: 'Cowbell, by Rick Limacher... Nine pager, where the storyline, the dialogue, and the art flowed together along with the lettering used.
5th Story: 'Incomplete' by Sam Gafford... A one page prose piece, like I used to see in older comic books to meet the USPS mailing requirements for mailing. Well done.
Inside Back Cover: By John Lambert... Not for sure what this what meant to be, other than it does feature 'Grimsby' at the forefront of the pinup page.
Back Cover: Ad page by the printer, ComiXpress... Which is the 'norm' for small press publishers. Almost all of the comics submitted to me for possible review are printed by either ComiXpress or Ka-Blam!
So what's my thoughts on this first issue of 'The Attic'?!
Well, I enjoy most of the publications that are published by Main Enterprises... Which is why you see so many review blogs on their comics / mags here at 'ComicBookCollectorsBlog.com'!
However, as I have also said before... Publishing 'anthology' comics has to be one of the hardest things to do...Period!
This anthology's first issue set out very well on the Front Cover, and definitely caught my interest! The setting of the Table of Contents page was well done, and showed that the Production Manager, Marc Haines, as well as the Publisher, Jim Main, wanted to produce a high quality comic.
I've got to say that the majority of the stories fit that bill. Enough for me to want to see a second issue in this comic book title series.
The concept of this comic book is one that is a good one, although it has been used before. However, the totally different artwork in almost each story presented from each other didn't help to jell this concept together in the first issue for me.
Yet I still enjoyed reading it and it is well worth the $2.99 cover price for fans of this genre of comic book. Please note that the interiors of this comic book are printed in black & white.
Again, the Editor of an anthology comic book such as this one has a hard job in compiling a presentation, let alone using a comic book host such as 'Grimsby'. The first issue is a good representation of this genre, but a little more 'tweaking' in artwork presented will make it even better.
I'm giving this a VERY FINE PLUS (VF+) 8.5 out of a possible 10.0 comic book grade, because of what I just mentioned above.
You can purchase this comic book to see for yourself at the Main Enterprises order page! While you are there... Check out the other publications that have been published to date!
If you need some help on what else to order... Here are several more review blogs I've posted on Main Enterprises publications over the years.
My thanks to Main Publications for submitting this issue for possible review! As I said above... This is a publisher with quality publications, and I'm pleased to see my reviews & re-posts by others at 441 different listings at Google at the time of writing this blog!
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