Topic: Comic Books - New
TODAY'S FEATURE - Blog #3519:
This past 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 third one of this week's reviews:
Scarlet Huntress #2 - Photo Cover Variant!
I've review blogged the Scarlet Huntress Preview Issue before in blog #3232 back in September of 2010. So I was looking forward to seeing how the 2nd issue of this series turned out in print...
Here's what I found when reading the comic book:
Front Cover - I received the photo cover variant to possibly review. I usually like female characters with live models on the front cover... And this photo cover variant was no exception! She came across exactly as what the creator, Sean Forney, had illustrated in the Preview issue I had review blogged earlier!
Inside Front Cover - Showed that there were three different covers to this issue #2, which I am not usually a fan of... Unless there are only two covers, with one a photo cover. There were additional credits and links shown on this inside front cover, which was used as a 'credits page'.
Splash Page - Not used as a 'splash page', but rather as page one of the story.
Interior Pages - Tells the following story: "After running away for two years due to the death of her mother, Scarlet returns hoping to move on with her life. Instead her plans change when she learns of a secret family legacy that will change her life forever. Through her grandmother Scarlet learns of a hidden world full of evil, werewolves, and huntresses. Now Scarlet must decide if she can truly complete her first kill as a Huntress."
After 24 pages of story, which are printed in black & white, there are 2 pages of color pin-ups, 3 pages of black & white pin-ups, and then a color photo page of the model as 'Scarlet Huntress', with a house ad page of the Scarlet Huntress as a 'game'.
The Inside Back Cover is a color ad...
The Back Cover is a color pin up page of the Scarlet Huntress.
So what's my take on this 2nd issue?
I found that the cover variant I received was a nice touch in having the character jump out at me when first looking at it. The model fit the image that Sean had illustrated over a year ago in the Preview issue.
The inside cover page was okay, but could have been laid out a little better for reading.
The interior pages, in black and white, were fine... UNTIL I came to the color pin up pages!
I'm not a 'color snob'... But after seeing those pages in color, this comic book could be far easier to read AND sell to a wider audience range.
What I viewed in the Scarlet Huntress Preview comic that I review blogged last year, is turning out to be a good comic book series. But seriously... The next issue should be looked at closely as printing in color...
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.
If you don't see this comic book at your LCBS... You can purchase this comic issue #2 in a digital format at Graphicly at this link. Or check out the SM Comics web site for it.
To be interactive with Sean Forney and / or his wife Stephanie Forney, who is the writer of this issue, you can 'Like' their Facebook Fan Page at: Sean Forney Illustration!
Thanks again to Sean & Stephanie Forney for bringing this issue #2 to my attention!
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