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: 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