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Sunday, June 21, 2009

Bellmore, Brad & Michaels, Dave


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Saint George: Ashcan Edition

Where do I start?  How about the good news: this is a decent comic.  It's an ashcan edition, meaning something that was put out mostly as a preview for the eventual comic series, so I knew going in that there wasn't going to be much of a story.  Still, Brad does a good job of summarizing what's going on, and the recap hints at all kinds of interesting things, like a sword that only our hero (who's assumed to be crazy by the rest of the world) can see and a big old war between good and evil.  The trouble is that our hero spends all 8 pages locked up in a loony bin, so it's not exactly something that demands that you go out and get future issues.  I've had problems with people not putting contact info on their books in the past, as it's the easiest freaking thing in the world to do, but to not even put a website in a preview comic that is designed to get you to want to check out the regular comic is just stupid.  The internet being what it is, I was able to find something that may or may not be the site for the publishing company, but it needs to be crystal clear (especially in preview comics) where I need to go to learn more.   There are some sketches thrown in with various characters, and this also does a good job of getting some character information in.  Still, I'll need a little more information before I start buying frogs as demons and a rooster as a pivotal plot point.  No, I'm not going to explain that.  So: intriguing, the art looks good, the story looks like it could have potential, but they could have put a little more into this ashcan.



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