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Grey Legacy Tales #1

Posted: Saturday, May 15, 2010
By: Ray Tate

Wayne Wise
Wayne Wise
Fragile Elite Studio
"Her Feet Never Touch the Ground"

Disclosure: I've known Wayne Wise for years and consider him to be a friend.

Set on a future world, Grey Legacy Tales focuses on teen students Brix, Dani, and Kleri. The connections between the trio begin as personal but soon feed into the larger issues. These situations include intergalactic power plays and planetary secession.

Writer Wise has a flair for characterization. What's more he writes normal well. You can't simply jot down conversations you may overhear in a coffee shop. Most conversations are only interesting to those chatting. When me and my buds are jawing about the latest developments in the many, many Avengers titles, I'm pretty sure that nobody outside the clique actually cares. Alternately, I really don't give damn about what happened on American Idol.

The dialogue in Grey Legacy Tales evinces authenticity spiced by the looming cosmic strife and sapphic realities in advanced social mores. Certain rules still apply. If the chemistry isn't there, sparks just won't fly. No matter what one character does to catch the attention of the other, she won't budge. Nevertheless, the pursuer of the heart will not abandon her love and that makes her pure.

The book falters in the art department. Artist Wise has excellent cinematographic skills and a superb sense of animation. He illustrates a distinctive attractive aesthetic. He would make a helluva storyboard artist, but some of his technical choices really hurt the look of the book.

The characters are supposed to be young but the frown and smile lines make them look older than they should. A lighter touch would diminish the years. Dani's freckles don't really come off well in a black and white comic book. Wise should probably just stick to the simpler tradition of dots representing freckles until he decides to publish in color.

The haircut one character receives is a big mistake. She looks hideous after she has been shorn. This might have been a gag, but the haircut really doesn't make any sense from a story point either. The girl is trying to vamp another character. She's not trying to repel her.

Grey Legacy Tales ends rather nastily and I can see why Wise chose not to show the violence, but in this case I really think the impact of the ending would have benefited more from a stronger visual. I'm not suggesting Wise should pay tribute to Peckinpah, but I was thinking of something in the line of "Robin's Reckoning" from Batman: The Animated Series, when Boss Zucco ends the lives of the Flying Graysons. Something should have represented the character's death.

While I enjoyed Grey Legacy Tales and wouldn't mind reading a series, I must consider my association when determining the score. That's why I feel I can only give this book three bullets.

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