Page 45 Review by Jonathan
"Let's go Po-Metheus."
"Oh, I like that."
"But our cat was Po! So now you're Po-Metheus!"
"It's not funny if you have to explain it."
Yep, it's a talking cat. Well, it was just a cat to start with, then the Titan Prometheus inhabited it when Charlie, Janet, and Trevor accidentally broke Pandora's box, which had been reshaped into the form of a Greek urn. Nope, I'm not lying, and neither is the cat... See what I did there, non-all-ages comics chums...? Oh yeah, right, it's not funny if you have to explain it...
Anyway... here's the publisher fable to tickle and test your foible-for-fun all-ages fantasy material by explaining the mildly implausible set up...
"What starts out as a typical family vacation to Grandma and Grandpa's house quickly erupts into
supernatural mystery and peril when three siblings accidentally break an old, mystical jar hidden deep in the woods, revealing they are descendants of Pandora and their family has been tasked for generations with protecting the very jar they just broke...
As magical monsters pour out of the fractured relic and run amok, Charlie, Janet, and Trevor must find a way to capture all of the creatures in order to save their family and potentially the entire world before it is too late.
Writer Kara Leopard ([Super]Natural Attraction) and illustrators Kelly & Nichole Matthews (Jim Henson's Power of the Dark Crystal) weave an otherworldly tale about finding help in the unlikeliest of places, learning the truth about your family history, and most importantly of all, talking cats."
Right, firstly, what's to like about this work? Well, Kelly THE POWER OF THE DARK CRYSTAL Matthews' art is truly excellent. That alone is worth the very reasonable price of purchase. Where I have some mild criticism of this work, is that the otherwise exciting story feels very over-compacted and rushed through. It really could have done with another twenty pages or so at least to be allowed to breathe and unwind a bit more naturally. Well, as naturally as any story involving the Titan Prometheus inhabiting a cat trying to take down all kinds of mythical monsters can be...
Even after the first couple of pages I felt like I had missed a chapter or so of lead in. It is relatively slim in terms of page count, so perhaps it needed an editor stepping in early on in the process to just slow it all down a little bit and suggest inserting a few additional scenes. It's a relatively small complaint, but one that I feel does stop this being on a par with the likes of NAMELESS CITY, LUMBERJANES and AMULET. Gorgeous art though, and a very cute talking cat! And that's no lie!