Page 45 Review by Stephen
From the creator of SHARKNIFE comes exactly the sort of comic I wanted to produce aged 12: quick-fire, episodic, multi-saga, idea-driven with bat-shit crazy energy and visuals.
You know, as opposed to long-form, pensive, self-contained, streamlined, narrative-conscious, photo-realistic and world-changing.
And although I began with zero technical skills, between the ages of 10 and 12 I did produce some 15 issues of just such a comic containing superheroes, sci-fi, comedy and even a little politics - school politics, anyway. The comedy, as I recall, centred around the search for the singular of 'sheep'. (It's a 'shoop', since you ask. I WAS TEN!)
Mine was multi-story and episodic because I'd been brought up on black and white Marvel reprints; in Corey's case it's been inspired by Japan's SHONEN JUMP weekly manga anthology which brought us the likes of DRAGON BALL, NARUTO and DEATH NOTE.
And let us be perfectly clear: this is the comic a 12- to 15-year-old would produce if he had Corey Lewis (Reyyy)'s keen adult technical skills. The key is that Lewis hasn't let those skills inhibit the storytelling.
What's it all about, Stephen? What's it all abaaaaaaaaaaaaaat?!
'Bat Rider' is a thrilling, maximum-contrast, shadow-heavy, skyscraper-silhouette-strewn, black and white, urban challenge starring a chick with a cape, a chap with a Mercury-winged biker's helmet and his seemingly sentient skateboard. Next!
'Arem' appears to be riffing off 'Beyond Good And Evil' in that the female protagonist dashes about an alien planet identifying local fauna that occasionally fights back by snapping its photo then loading it onto social media for critical approval, like. Oh yes, she does so in a big, bio-hazard, heavily armoured exo-skeletal fight-suit.
Huge exterior shots of primordial landscapes, the orbiting spaceship and maximum mecha fanfare use up the world's entire supply of mauve, lilac and indigo for the next fortnight. Also, I loved the structure of one page in particular of our protagonist 1) liking NextiGrams while licking pizza 2) thundering down a treadmill 3) kicking a sack in the same direction before 4) standing before her mighty mech in solemn preparation.
'Dream Skills' is Fruit Salad flavoured (Fruit Salad as in the chews) and follows two female friends, one of whom introduces the other to the sacred art of the sword following the discovery of protective aura circles owned by everyone. These have suddenly been triggered (we know not how nor why) rendering lead non-lethal, and guns therefore redundant.
Besides, blades are flashier (discuss). That one looks like it may contain the most mystery, legend and lore and at this early stage, who knows?
Contains 730% of your recommended daily sugar allowance.