Welcome to a special TKO Studios edition of Micro Reviews. Now that the publisher has made their books available on Comixology, here’s a look at their series’ first issues.
The Fearsome Doctor Fang #1
(w) Tze Chun, Mike Weiss (a) Dan Mcdaid (c) Daniela Miwa
TKO Studios is a Comic Publisher I had never heard of until this Wednesday, when they released all of their comics on Comixology with the first issue’s being free. I decided to check them all out starting with The Fearsome Doctor Fang due to the fact it looks like a action packed Pulp Magazine, a genre I love. Tze Chun and Mike Weiss write a fast paced story that falls short on plot by giving us so much of it then by the end of the issue resolving a fair amount, giving no real purpose to follow through with the next five issue. The art by Dan McDaid is fluid with a great page turning flow making me want to see Mcdaid work on more comics. With art getting a vibrant pop from Daniela Miwa’s color that catches ones eyes while not distracting from the art, just complementing it.
It’s fun but that’s primarily due to the great art and action pieces.
The 7 Deadly Sins #1
(w) Tze Chun (a) Artyom Trakhanov (c) Giulia Brusco
I love comics, all kinds of genres, and even some comics people hate, hell I even dislike some comics others love, trust me the reason I wrote that will become apparent by the end. The 7 Deadly Sins was my second venture into TKO Studios which is also written by Tze Chun who wrote The Fearsome Doctor Fang. Deadly Sins feels like a huge step back in the writing department compared to Chun’s other TKO comic, it feels unoriginal, and a drag that made me want to quit in only a few pages. It might just not be my cup of cowboy tea but the only interesting thing is the ending cliffhanger, which I will never climb because I don’t plan on reading the next few issues. Art is provided by Artyom Trakhanov with colors by Giulia Brusco and luckily they fit the setting of a western story with the dark grey colors, and gritty art showcasing the nasty feeling of the old west. With so little old west stories happening right now I wanted to like this but ended up despising it.
Not everything needs to be original, or a masterpiece to enjoy, but Deadly Sins feels like a chore to read.
Goodnight Paradise #1
(w) Joshua Dysart (a) Alberto Ponticelli (c) Giulia Brusco
It seems that the third time is the charm with TKO Studios! Going into Goodnight Paradise #1 written by Joshua Dysart I had low expatiations, the first couple pages don’t do justice for the rest of the comic. While writing this it even seems crazy to me how much I enjoyed it, the story/writing felt like a major departure from other comics I’ve read and was surprisingly heart felt for such a dark matter. The tone of the story was greatly improved by Alberto Ponticelli’s rough (but great), realistic art. Giulia Brusco’s colors brought the art to life giving it a sense of realism while helping showcase the nasty aspect of the story.
This comic felt like it took a huge risk with the story which paid off greatly!
(w) Garth Ennis (a) Steve Epting (c) Elizabeth Breitweiser
I usually try to avoid “War” comics when I’m deciding what to read on my free time because I’ve never hard a big interest in them, but Sara #1 may just change that. Garth Ennis is a name I associate with The Punisher and other mature rated comics that can get bloody very fast. In Sara #1 it’s not as bloody or dark as you would suspect but I have a feeling it can go down that road pretty fast. The snowy landscape looks beautiful with the art by Steve Epting looking realistic hitting the war aesthetic on the nail, while showing harsh living conditions the characters have to deal with. With this being more realistic than fantasy, Elizabeth Breitweiser’s color has a flat tone in the dark sections and vivid colors where needed.
This is the best way to some it up, or pitch this story to a friend; Sara feels like a M-rated bad-ass Black widow.