Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Cover #1 Review

Cover Me

Written by: Brian Michael Bendis
Art by: David Mack
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: September 5, 2018

Brian Michael Bendis have collaborated before, but I've only ever read their Daredevil work before. I find they work really well together. Bendis has a bunch of different storytelling sensibilities but his work is more muted and grounded when Mack draws his stuff. This is no different, and I need to give this another issue before really deciding if it works or not, but this is so weird and so unique that I have to give it major points for being so odd.

A major draw for me was the artwork. I'm not very familiar with David Mack and based on what I've seen of his work online, the art here was more sequential than I thought it would be. The coloring was pretty flat which made these explosions of colors he threw in very meaningful, and I found that detail very smart. Characters are associated with certain colors while the rest of the book's blue is ascribed to its main character.

The coloring hue changes from page to page sometimes. In the first few pages, there's a very muted light blue which explodes into a brighter blue when a fan recognizes the main character's work. The colors aren't the only aspects of the art that gets stronger, but the lines become thicker as well, adding more detail to the characters as the book goes on. This is simply phenomenal work on Mack's part, and I think this book is one to watch for people who like these little details in the art.

And the story is good too. It moved along nicely and focuses on an industry that this very medium doesn't depict very often: comic books. Our main character, Max, is an artist and has a series of incredible experiences at a con when this outspoken and apparently very rich fan meets him. This fan is more than she seems.

Bits and Pieces:

I think everybody should check this out. The art is simply brilliant and the writing is a lot more fun and breezy than Bendis' recent Jinxworld material.


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