Daily Archives: April 28, 2008

Cowboys in Camelot

Caliber #1
Writer: Sam Sarkar
Artist: Garrie Gastonny
Colors: Imaginary Friends Studio
Letters: Annie Parkhouse
Cover artists: Garrie Gastonny/Stanley “Artgerm” Lau/Dave Wilkins
Editor: David Elliott
Publisher: Radical Publishing
Price: $1.00 US

Sometimes it seems like every week brings with it a new publisher throwing its hat into the comic-book ring. This week is Radical Publishing’s big coming out party, with the release of this comic book and the first issue of Hercules: The Thracian Wars. Not all of these newer publishers offer a product to the marketplace that’s really up to a professional level. Fortunately, Radical doesn’t appear to be one of those outfits, at least not judging by the work in this debut episode of Caliber. The high concept is fairly simple: Arthurian legends meet the Lone Ranger. Writer Sam Sarkar doesn’t force the square peg of the legend of Excalibur into the round hole that is the Western genre too hard, and the end result is a surprisingly cohesive, entertaining and fresh take on old stories. Also impressive is the artwork by Garrie Gastonny. His efforts yield a painted look that balances the gritty, raw qualities of the Western elements with the magical fantasy nicely. If I’d been the editor of this book, there’s really only one major change that I’d call for, and that’s to do something about the painful predictability of the plot.

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