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.
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.
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.
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…
Title: Slam! The Next Jam
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
Genre: Realistic Fiction, Young Adult, Action