Topic: Comic Books - New
TODAY'S FEATURE - Blog #3520:
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 fourth one of this week's reviews:
The photo at the top left of this blog is of Geo Brawn IV at his table in Artists Alley at the recent 2011 San Diego Comic Con. He is shown holding a copy of this 'graphic novel' that I'm reviewing here today.
This isn't the first time I've mentioned Geo either here or at my Facebook Fan Page, as seen via this link.
I've read this graphic novel earlier, but as usual after attending the largest comic con in the Northern Hemisphere... I've been a little backed up in review blogging all those comics / graphic novels / TPBs that I was given there. This was the perfect week to post a review on this graphic novel.
That's because this is definitely a 'HoRRoR' graphic novel. The preview edition comic book said this about the storyline:
"Gwen had no idea what she was in for when she became a vampire in the year 2072 AD. Until she was drafted into this team as apart of a great prophecy. Soon she learns the line between good and evil is not always black and white, but yet is always a wild, sinister ride.
This is a Story that depicts an order of supernatural beings,(vampires,werewolves, witches, demons, etc.), who are sworn to fight the forces of Evil that prey on the unsuspecting mortals of this world. Known as Blood Rites, they've continued the fight since the dawn of time."
Blood Rites:Next Gen. TM and © Geo BRAWN IV. All rights reserved.
Okay... That is just one of the features in this graphic novel, but you get the picture as to what the creator is showing in this Book Two.
As for my thoughts:
Front Cover - The words 'Blood Rites' in the color red lets the casual browser into knowing what this book is probably about. Plus adding the images of five females on the front cover adds to what the main characters will be like.
Inside Front Cover - A 'Credits Page' / 'Thank You Page' to the creators supporters in this endeavor. Okay...
First Page - The start of a three page intro
Fourth Page - Chapter One - The Kat... which continues into more pages and stories.
The artwork is black & white, which is fine, because the 'blood red color' might be a little overwhelming for the faint of heart.
The storyline is a compilation of many stories, and the chapters seem to overlap and run into each other. Being a creation of one man who is both writer & artist of this series, this book takes you where he wants to go...
Where that exactly is, I don't know, even after reading the whole book. Geo has been developing his multiple stories into a collection of graphic novels known as The Untold Chronicles, and this Book Two is 'Blood Rites'. Back on October 14th of 2010 I review blogged Book One, as seen here in Blog #3256.
So, if there is an end story to this 'Untold Chronicles' series, I don't know what it is...! However if this genre of story is one that you enjoy reading in comic book illustrated format, this one is up there in providing you the thrills and chills that you would be looking for!
Geo illustrates women very well. He also has the shades / blacks / tones when illustrating down as well. This book is done very artistically in black & white. No need for color interior pages.
What I would like to see in the next book is an 'outline' of sorts that ties together Book One, Two & Three when it is published. As to what all these stories tie in together as.
I'm sure that I could find more answers at his web site, or Facebook Group Page, or elsewhere, but I'd like to see it published in Book Three when that comes to print. I'm 'Old School' that way, where if a publication is in print, then the characters bios etc., should be in print also. But that's my opinion from over fifty years of reading comics...
In the meantime... I'm giving this a VERY FINE / VERY FINE PLUS (VF/VF+) 8.25 out of a possible 10.0 comic book grade, because of what I just mentioned above.
If you don't see this graphic novel at your LCBS... You can purchase it at: Untold Chronicles: Blood Rites.
If you missed Book One... Here's a place to purchase it online: The Untold Chronicles-Everdance: A Blood Story.
If you are in the Los Angeles Metro Area, then you can also buy both books at his table at the upcoming ComiKaze on November 5th & 6th!
Thanks again to Geo Brawn IV for bringing this Book Two to my attention at the 2011 SDCC!
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