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Close the Window, I Feel a Draft

Posted by Don MacPherson on 17th September 2007

Drafted #1
Writer: Mark Powers
Artist/Cover artist: Chris Lie
Colors: Joseph Baker
Letters: Brian J. Crowley
Editor: Mike O’Sullivan
Publisher: Devil’s Due Publishing
Price: $3.50 US

To say Drafted is an ambitious project would be putting it lightly. Former X-Men editor Mark Powers has crafted a story in which every corner of the globe serves as a setting, and individuals from all over the world, from a diverse array of backgrounds, serve as the expansive cast of characters. While there are science-fiction elements in the story, Powers’s plot is more about sociological speculation and the politics of the apocalypse. It’s really quite intriguing and, like I said, ambitious. The problem is that it’s too large in scope. Powers spreads the story out over too many locales and too many characters. There’s a scattered quality to the plotting, and the reader is never given a central figure to latch onto. The art certainly captures the immensity of the story, conveying the detail of disaster effectively. Artist Chris Lie achieves a somewhat realistic look… until one looks at the characters’ faces. Devil’s Due is to be commended for experimenting with genre and subject matter here, but there are glitches in the experiment that interfere with the results. Read the rest of this entry »

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Undead Reckoning

Posted by Don MacPherson on 16th April 2007

Xombie Reanimated #1
Writer: James Farr
Artist: Nate Lovett
Letters: Brian J. Crowley
Cover artists: Tim Seeley (cover A) & James Farr (cover B)
Editor: Mike O’Sullivan
Publisher: Devil’s Due Publishing
Price: $3.50 US

According to the xombified.com website, Xombie Reanimated is the comic-book sequel to an Internet property that’s experienced some strong word of mouth and success. This limited series stars the same characters and is set in the same post-apocalyptic landscape filled with flesh-eating, mindless zombies. Zombie stories are a growing genre in comics today and in pop culture in general, but many creators approach it from the same, tired standpoint, making for a glut of derivative material. Fortunately, James Farr’s creation manages to stand out as unique in a couple of ways. First of all, the hero of the book is a zombie himself, and furthermore, Farr casts off some of the conventions of the genre to arrive at something a little more interesting. The writer/creator’s script is an accessible one, but more importantly, it’s one that boasts a strong sense of personality and fun. The script endeavors to establish an urgent, serious tone, but the cartoony quality of the art tells the reader that this is really more of an action-oriented, attitude-filled romp. Read the rest of this entry »

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