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Executive Assistant Iris Volume 1 (Collected Edition)
by Walter P. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 02/16/2017 20:07:24

This was just OK. Mediocre story and art bordering on bad at times. There's a really good chance I won't be picking up Vol. 2.



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Worlds of Aspen: FCBD 2016
by Nic J. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 05/27/2016 15:32:11

Love the artwork! Especially the dragon. It will be interesting to see how the story thread develops. Scanning was fine - colours OK on my machine. Text is a touch small for me and I had to zoom in to read some of the words.



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Charismagic V1 #0
by STEVE O. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 05/23/2015 19:18:58

Nice Classic Graphic novel format and art work. Plot needs help. Nothing to grab the Reader and pull them in.



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[3 of 5 Stars!]
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All New Soulfire #1
by Brian L. [Featured Reviewer] Date Added: 03/16/2014 18:30:28

Having no ties to the previous versions of Soulfire, I was excited to jump into this new series featuring one of Aspen’s more popular characters. This incarnation is written by J.T. Krul and Frank Mastromauro with art by V. Ken Marion (pencils) Mark Roslan (inks) and Kyle Ritter (colors).

We learn in the prologue that the world of Soulfire is one in which magic has long since disappeared. It’s now the year 2213 and a young man named Malikai has brought magic back into the world. He is accompanied by a winged woman named Grace (who adorns the cover of this issue) and a group of adventurers.

The first issue of a the series introduces a new female character to the group, and sees the group head to Paris, France for a battle tournament that Malikai’s colleagues are entering. We also see the main villain of the series pondering his past defeats and beginning a new plot to use both technology and magic to reclaim his place of power.

While there is a lot of recapping past events in this issue, it still felt to me like I’ve missed out on quite a bit. For the most part, the main characters are already established and I think the creators are assuming that readers are at least familiar with what has come before. The artwork is great overall, and the world of Soulfire is vibrant and colorful, filled with unique characters that I’d like to know more about.

In order to learn more about that world though, I get the feeling I’ll have to go digging into previous series, as this series feels like it will require that previous knowledge.

Overall, Soulfire #1 is an interesting read, but not necessarily new-reader friendly.



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Shrugged V1 #0
by Keith M. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 03/14/2014 05:30:22

The art is good, but the story is kind of dull and doesn't really let one know what the overall story is going to be.



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Charismagic V1 #0
by Keith M. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 03/14/2014 05:29:09

The art is good, the set-up is interesting, I'm curious to see where the creators go with this.



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Charismagic V1 #0
by John G. [Featured Reviewer] Date Added: 02/19/2014 07:22:21

Most of the time, zero issues are a good way to get a taste of the story, characters, and style of a book's creators. Zero issues also get a little more slack than I might give a full issue in a storyline. They are meant as an introduction and a teaser. And usually they come at a nice discount. In this case, Aspen Comics has made the zero issue of Charismagic a free issue.

They start off well by giving us both variant covers. That's essential in a digital copy, and I'm glad to see it here. Particularly since the covers are in differing artistic styles. So, bonus points for even HAVING a variant for a free zero issue.

The next thing I look for in a zero issue is how quickly they can grab me into the story. They do an okay job here, with a panel of exposition starting in a diner booth. The lose points for conversation versus setting a tone, but they gain points with their mystical, obviously magical, woman with a hot neck tattoo. (Okay, I can be superficial - it is comics, and attractiveness isn't necessarily gratuitous).

The book gets high marks for the art, with a unique style that also happens to fit with the Aspen line. It's more angular than, say, a Michael Turner clone artist. The panels flow and are interesting.

The writing is fine, but some of the phrasing isn't natural. A few turns of words wouldn't really be said in real conversation - split sentences work fine while she is telling the background story, but don't work as well in general conversation. (For example, the line "Then maybe you should listen to your own warning, and...don't tell me you can't...feel it inside?" The split between "and" and "feel" is a bit awkward. I know it's a nitpick, but it does describe the style in some other sentences in the book.) But, the story gets across fine so I just chalk that up to my personal peeve and not a big deal.

The main character, I think, is introduced in the last few pages. This is Hank the Magnificient, a Las Vegas magician. We don't see much of him, and he seems likeable. I believe the creator wanted to show the contrast between the dark figures that make up most of the book and this goofy magician who has good confidence and possible good skills. I'd have liked to know more about him.

Even so, it's worth checking out - especially at the price! I will be reading more of this series to see how things unfold.



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[4 of 5 Stars!]
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