Topic: Comic Books - New
TODAY'S FEATURE IS BLOG #3692 - Well... Here's yet another comic book that I found recently from our five days at the 2012 Comic-Con International: San Diego, (aka San Diego Comic Con or SDCC).
That comic book is actually a "trade paperback" that I found at the Rare Earth Comics booth at Comic-Con.
Here's what this trade paperback is about per the publisher's promo:
"Doctor Atlantis Volume One is in stores the this July!
I'll start my review next...
Front Cover - Pretty good front cover, IMO. Crab creatures fighting a seafaring man. Gives me an idea as to what the interior pages should be like...
Inside Front Cover - A full page sheet of the credits... With Ian Ally-Seals & Carl Mefferd being the cretors. Ian is also the Editor-In-Chief, with David Robles as the Art Director, Douglass Hansen as Director of Producrtons, and Tim Durning doing the Cover Colors.
Splash Page - A nice illustration of what is actually the start of Chapter One, or issue #1 of the Doctor Atlantis comic book series.
Interior Pages - Are printed in black and white only... The only disappointing thing in this book. After seeing what Tim Durning did on the front cover, it would have been nice to see this TPB with color interior pages. The 3 chapters presented flow well, and make for a good storyline. Sad to say that the TPB is continued in the next volume...
Back Interior Pages - A couple of special features... 'Concept Art', 'The Life of a Page', and 'The Many Faces of Fowler' are included. Not for sure if these were printed inside of the comic books also or not.
Inside Back Cover - 'House Ad' for Rare Earth Comics with a link to their web site.
Back Cover - The three front covers to the three comic books reprinted here are shown in color.
My take on this TPB?
Well... You know what? I liked this TPB! I thought at first it was a 'graphic novel', not realizing it was a TPB. The black & white interior pages were the only minor drag on this TPB.
The artwork was fine, and the storyline was darn good! It was kind of like 'Steampunk' and 'Pirates' put together... The artwork was sort of 'cartoony' and a little exaggerated at times. But it fit the storyline!
My rating for this TPB? A Very Fine / Near Mint (VF/NM) 9.0 out of a possible 10.0 comic book grading scale. Thanks to Ian Ally-Seals for bringing this TPB to my attention at his booth at the 2012 Comic-Con International: San Diego!
You can find this TPB for sale at the Rare Earth Comics web site.
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