Topic: Comic Books - New
TODAY'S FEATURE - Blog #3518:
Saturday 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 second one of this week's reviews:
Territory 51 #1 From Law Dog Comics, which I missed when it first came out a few years back.
I saw this at the recent 2011 San Diego Comic Con International, as seen in the top right photo of this blog post, where I am with James Heffron, Publisher at LawDog Comics.
I've already reviewed blogged another 'Law Dog Comics' graphic novel, written by Michael Heffron, EIC at LawDog Comics, in blog #3227 as seen here. That one was on The Further Adventures Of D.B. Cooper. When Michael saw me at the Law Dog Comics booth, he introduced me to James.
Anyways, long story short... I ended up walking away with Territory 51 #1 and another comic that caught my interest, that is available for review in the future.
Right now I want to review this issue:
Front Cover - I'm definitely into what this cover shows... Cowboys and Monsters / Aliens? (See my review blog #3474 on Cowboys & Aliens film here, which I didn't see until after the SDCC.)
Inside Front Cover - Credits Page... Very well done, with tongue in cheek listings!
Splash Page... More of a cinematic opening than an actual splash page... Which got me right into the storyline!
Interior Pages - The creators of this title start off with what could be considered a 'classic scene', where the modern day military discovers something that has happened in the past which now gives them concern in the present. The story moves right along, and yeah, we are going back in time to view what happened. I'm fine with all of this, except for the lettering, which at times seems to be varied a little too much.
Last Page - What a ride so far! There's 22 pages of story, and then 10 pages of house ads. For other titles from Law Dog Comics, including Athena Voltaire, which I've also received and need to review soon. (I do get backed up after big cons like SDCC in review blogging!) There are also 2 pages from Issue #2 of Territory 51, inclluding interior art previewed, so yeah, I'm very interested in how this storyline turned out!
Inside Back Cover - Another 'house ad', this one for comics creators to enter the LawDog Talent Search.
Back Cover - The Logo for Law Dog Comics.
So What's My Take on this 1st Issue?
There was a lot of storyline and action in the jam-packed 22 pages of story in this issue. The storyline, dialogue, artwork and colors were a good introduction to this series.
I have to come back to the lettering though... It did make the issue a little hard to read, when I sit back and think about it.
All in all, this 1st issue delivered what the front cover hinted at... And I am satisfied for a first issue being an intro to the series!
So... I'm giving this a VERY FINE / NEAR MINT (VF/NM) 9.0 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. I don't see a 'shop' at their web site to purchase a hard copy, but at this link you can can see that they are setting up their digital comics line at Graphicly. I will have to update this blog post in the future on how to obtain their comics easier, as their main web site appears to be undergoing rennovation.
In the meantime, thanks to the Heffrons for suggesting this comic book title as one that I would enjoy... As I did!
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