Comic Review: No World (#1)

Synopsis:

From Goodreads:

They exist in the all-new ASPEN UNIVERSE…yet belong to NO ONE! Enter a brand-new phase in Aspen’s growing collection of thrilling series, as characters from our most critically-acclaimed titles unite—EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT IRIS, Soulfire’s MIYA, the supernatural vigilante DELLEC, along with an exciting new cast of characters come together in this altogether different story–yet one thing is certain—their respective lives are in no less danger! A mysterious conglomerate has emerged on the scene with a sinister purpose—the incorporation of pure evil on a scale never seen before! But, will this collection of unstable personalities come together as friends to defeat this new adversary—or will they instead battle as foes?! Find out in this new Aspen Comics title ready to tip the scales on everything you thought you knew about the Aspen Universe!

What I First Thought:

I bought this issue back on Free Comic Book Day in 2017. I wanted to buy a few comics from the store I was in because I was grabbing quite a few freebies, so I grabbed No Worlds. The cover really grabbed my attention and it looked like it was going to be an action packed adventure!

Ratings:

Art: 3/5

The art overall is alright. The pen work looked a bit heavy to me, making the lines really thick in some places. I’ve never been one for thick black lines because I feel like it doesn’t really add much to the picture and just things blockier or less sharp. I like a lot of the designs so far; some of the character designs, especially in what looks to be the next issue, look pretty interesting and fun. I could do for more diversity in body types, though, especially the women. I’m not a huge fan of the shadowing and detailing in this one so far, just because it’s very dark and I felt like it drew too much attention to certain features.

Story: 3/5

The story isn’t bad, it’s actually interesting if not a bit dark. Not a whole lot is divulged in this issue, leaving a lot of questions unanswered. You get a brief introduction to at least two of the characters, but not enough to give you a clear understanding of who they are. I know that a weird thing to remark on, but if I’m unfamiliar with these characters and I’m not given a reason to see how their story ends then most likely I won’t. However, this story intrigued me enough to at least read the next issue just because it looks like we’ll be introduced to a really fun character then.

Overall: 3

This is a bad start, I’ve read worse. I’m interested to see how these characters fit together and get along. I also want to know what kind of dystopian, end-of-the-world, event we have going on here!

Details:

Title: No World

Issue: 1

Publisher: Aspen Comics

Writer: Scott Lobdell

Illustrator: Jordan Gunderson (pencils), Mark Roslan & Charlie Mok (digital inks)

Colors: Juanchoo

Letters: Zen

Released Date: April 26th, 2017

Pages: 32

Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Dystopian

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Comic Review: Runaways (2017-) #1

Synopsis:

From Goodreads:

GET READY TO RUN! The “IT” book of the early 2000s with the original cast is back – Nico! Karolina! Molly! Chase! Old Lace! And, could it be? GERT?! The heart of the Runaways died years ago, but you won’t believe how she returns! Superstar author Rainbow Rowell (Eleanor & Park, Carry On) makes her Marvel debut with fan-favorite artist Kris Anka (ALL-NEW X-MEN, CAPTAIN MARVEL) in the series that will shock you and break your heart!

What I First Thought:

I’ve never read a single Runaways comic before, mostly because I haven’t found any trades in the comic book stores that I’ve visited. I have a basic understanding about the group from my boyfriend’s impressive knowledge of the Marvel Universe. I’ve always been interested in reading about them myself, especially after I picked up a Nico figure last year, so when I saw the new series I decided to pick up the first few issues to give it a go.

Ratings:

Art: 4/5

So far, I really like the art. The shadows aren’t too harsh, there is actual degrees of shading going on that really fits the lighting in the scenes without making things appear too dark. The character designs are really interesting, though I haven’t met all the characters yet. The detailing is great, there’s enough there to get a general idea of texture, pattern, and other minor details without cluttering the overall picture. I’d have to say my favorite part of the art for this issue is the coloring of Nico’s hair, I love how smoothly the colors blend together creating a nice gradient between each of the different colors!

Story: 4/5

I’m no stranger to Rainbow Rowell, though I’m not a huge raging fan of hers I wanted to give this series a try. This fist issue really started off with a BANG! Right off the bat everything is tense and things are moving quickly. They do a good enough job trying to get new readers up to speed on what happened in the previous story, which I now have to track down, that there aren’t too many questions by the end of this issue. The only questions that remain are the ones that are making me want to continue! I think Rowell also did a good job in how she caught up the new readers while still keeping up the excitement, it was a nice diligent balance between important information and action.

Overall: 4

Obviously, I’m going to continue as soon as I find the other issues. I’m curious to see how this all plays out and I can’t wait to meet everyone else in the Runaways. I’m also curious to see how Rainbow Rowell does writing for comics, especially since I wasn’t overly impressed by her Fangirl novel.

Details:

Title: Runaways (2017-)

Issue: 1

Publisher: Marvel

Writer: Rainbow Rowell

Illustrator: Kris Anka

Colors: Matthew Wilson

Letters: VC’s Joe Caramagna

Released Date: September 13th, 2017

Pages: 32

Genre: Superheroes, Action/Adventure, Young Adult

Comic Review: Star Wars Forces of Destiny: Leia

Synopsis:

(From Goodreads):

Celebrate the inspiring stories of Princess Leia, Rey, Padme, Ahsoka, and more in this exciting graphic novel that covers every corner of the Star Wars universe!

Plus, an all-new story featuring soon-to-be favorites from The Last Jedi, Rose and Paige! These stories are presented by a wide array of talent from across Star Wars novels, comics, and animation including Delilah S. Dawson, Elsa Charretier, Beth Revis, and Jody Houser!

What I First Thought:

I’ve been a fan of the Forces of Destiny line since they started making action figures. It started out as a web series on YouTube, I believe, and has expanded into toys, books, and now comics. I didn’t actually pick this comic up myself, it was another one that my super sweet boyfriend got for me when he went to our local comic book store after work. He knows how much I support the line and he thought I would really to read the comics too!

Ratings:

Art: 5/5

The art in this story isn’t a masterpiece, it’s simple and bright but still interesting to look at. I really enjoyed the variety of color, it didn’t take away from the story and made each page more interesting to look at. The character designs are simple and cartoony, but still realistic, which I think will appease most audiences. Overall, the art and coloring is simple but still pleasing to the eye, using light details to add to the story without cluttering the page.

Story: 5/5

As far as I can tell this story takes place right before Episode V, at first I was a little confused on the timeline but it was cleared up by the end. This was a nice story to read to break up the monotony of some of the other things that I’m currently reading. It’s a self-contained story, meaning that it begins and ends with this issue, so there are no worries of lacking any important information to help understand the story. Even if you’re not super familiar with the Star Wars Universe, it’s still a simple story of growth and learning—which is something I really appreciated about this. You get to read one of the stories that ultimately makes Leia a great leader. She has her flaws in this story, but together she overcomes some of them by the end and it makes for a nice light read.

Overall: 5

“It’s okay to feel tired. It’s okay to feel weak. It’s okay to fall. Because in the end, people won’t remember all the times we fell but they’ll share the tale of that last time we got back up and stood. For good.” ~Leia

This is only one of a good handful of good quotes from this issue. I absolutely love it! It’s a quick read that is sure to make you smile, even when you’re stressed or having a rough time. It’s a fantastic story of the Leia we all know and it helps make her seem a little less perfect but all the more admirable! I recommend this story to people of all ages, and for boys and girls a like! It’s fun, simple, and witty.

Details:

Title: Star Wars Forces of Destiny: Leia

Issue: 1

Publisher: Idea & Design Works

Writer: Elsa Charretier & Pierrick Colinet

Illustrator: Elsa Charretier

Colors: Sarah Stern

Letters: Tom B. Long

Released Date: January 3rd, 2017

Pages: 32

Genre: Space Opera, Action/Adventure

Comic Review: Slam! The Next Jam (#1)

Synopsis:

(From Goodreads):

Get ready for another lap around the track in this follow-up series to Pamela Ribon’s critically acclaimed SLAM! After breaking one of the biggest rules in derby (not to mention an actual collarbone), Knockout and CanCan have a lot of work to do to rehabilitate their bodies and improve their standings in the league.

What I First Thought:

I was really interested in reading this one, just because it was really bright and colorful. I’ve read other things by BOOM! Box and I haven’t really been disappointed with them yet, so I decided to give this one a go.

Ratings:

Art: 2/5

The art wasn’t terrible, it just wasn’t my style. The overall drawing style stayed consistent and was fine. I really enjoyed all the various character designs; the variety in size, shape, and design was fantastic and easy to tell most characters a part. There were a few characters that were really hard to tell a part and it made parts of the story hard to follow. The thing that I didn’t like the most about this art style was the coloring, it was so in consistent! At times it was solid with no hint of shadowing, even though it was supposed to. Some of the shadows were smooth, other times it looked like someone decided to take a black marker and scribble in between the lines. The scribbling wouldn’t bother me so much if it were consistent, but like when it came to hair a character could have perfectly dyed hair with a nice fade affect but another could have scribbles in their hair. The scribbling didn’t have a rhyme or reason that I could discern and just made the pages look sloppy to me.

Story: 2/5

So it wasn’t until I was looking up some information for this that I found out that it was a follow up to another story, which would explain some of my confusion. This story starts off after a big even is only mentioned at during brief moments, but I don’t really know the characters involved so it was hard for me to judge the severity of the event. For those who read the previous story, this wouldn’t really bother them, but a writer should never assume that a reader has read their previous work because you’ll get someone like me. There was no real indication that this was a follow up, but I always felt like there was something that I was missing that I couldn’t really figure out. A writer should be able to appeal to returning readers while also getting new ones caught up in a clear, reasonable fashion. Instead, this first issue does nothing to really introduce the characters and their relationships with everyone. Aside from that, the story has panels that are out of place that weren’t explained, I was never really sure who the story was following at times, and at the end I’m not really given a reason to continue.

Overall: 2

I don’t think I’m going to continue this series. The art frustrates me. It’s inconsistent and sloppy for no real reason. The writer does nothing to really hook new readers. They don’t introduce their characters in a reasonable manner, the story seems to skip between at least two if not three characters, and there’s no clear objective or storyline. The premise of the story looked interesting, I’ve always wanted to read more about Roller Derby, but I wasn’t really left with a reason to continue…

Details:

Title: Slam! The Next Jam

Issue: 1

Publisher: BOOM! Box

Creator: Pamela Ribon & Veronica Fish

Writer: Pamela Ribon

Illustrator: Marina Julia

Colors: Marissa Louise

Letters: Jim Campbell

Released Date: September 13th, 2017

Pages: 32

Genre: Realistic Fiction, Young Adult, Action