Advanced Review: Train Me, Gamble

Posted by Zack Freeman (314 posts) - - Show Bio
When the galaxy’s most-feared hero, Andrew Smith, is asked to stop a diabolical warlord, he has to own up to the fact that he doesn’t actually know how to fight and seek out the training of Gamble, a legendary immortal fighter.

The Good 

Rocky meets Star Wars is an inherently-appealing  concept for a comic and I was charmed by the whole notion of a giant monster having to, at last, live up to this heroic reputation circumstances had undeservedly awarded him. The first third of this OGN (the first issue) is actually pretty tight with some fun, if light, poking at the tropes of space opera. 

The Bad 

The art’s really all over the place. Some pages and panels have lavish detail and professional levels of rendering; others seem like there wasn't enough time or interest put in to properly render backgrounds or even keep perspective in line. The writing really suffers from the same problem.  It starts off quite tightly, then gets steadily buried in a mess of long monologues that could've really benefited from trimming. 

The Verdict - 2.5/5 

In both positive and negative ways, this OGN feels like a promising ashcan you’d pick up in artist alley at a convention.  If it were tightened and some of the excessive monologues were shortened, it'd be a solid 22-pager. There’s definitely raw talent  here and an earnest sincerity to the work that's hard to resist, but it’s much rougher than anything I’d everexpect out of IDW.  I feel like the team behind this is going to produce some good comics, but they still need a couple years of practice to sharpen their work.
#1 Posted by Jean_Luc_LeBeau (84704 posts) - - Show Bio

You lost me at "Rocky meets Star Wars."

#2 Posted by aztek_the_lost (28224 posts) - - Show Bio
@Gambler said:
" You lost me at "Rocky meets Star Wars." "
and that was "the good"!
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#3 Posted by Mercy_ (92925 posts) - - Show Bio

Fix

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#4 Posted by aztek_the_lost (28224 posts) - - Show Bio
@The Dark Huntress said:
" Fix "
everyone knows you only "fix" these to get your post count up...TROLL! you probably broke them in the first place!
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#5 Posted by Mercy_ (92925 posts) - - Show Bio
@aztek the lost said:
" @The Dark Huntress said:
" Fix "
everyone knows you only "fix" these to get your post count up...TROLL! you probably broke them in the first place! "
Pfft. I fix them because I have slight OCD and they irritate the crap out of me. There are tons of other things that I could be doing to get my post count up. 
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#6 Edited by aztek_the_lost (28224 posts) - - Show Bio
@The Dark Huntress: so could I...because I'm amazing
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#7 Edited by Mercy_ (92925 posts) - - Show Bio
@aztek the lost: you sure are
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#8 Edited by aztek_the_lost (28224 posts) - - Show Bio
@The Dark Huntress: don't I know it
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#9 Edited by Mercy_ (92925 posts) - - Show Bio
@aztek the lost: something meaningless
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#10 Edited by aztek_the_lost (28224 posts) - - Show Bio
@The Dark Huntress: witty comment
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#11 Edited by Mercy_ (92925 posts) - - Show Bio
@aztek the lost: desperate plea
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#12 Posted by aztek_the_lost (28224 posts) - - Show Bio
@The Dark Huntress: no...I've said too much already, I'm going to have to make sure this conversation never happened now 
 

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#13 Posted by Mercy_ (92925 posts) - - Show Bio
@aztek the lost: THAT'S AN ABUSE OF YOUR MOD POWERS! I'M TELLING ON YOU!!!!
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#14 Posted by aztek_the_lost (28224 posts) - - Show Bio
@The Dark Huntress: you forget I have the list of every wrong thing every user has ever done in their life...mods had their slate wiped clean...nobody would believe you, the ravings of a lunatic they'd say
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#15 Posted by Mercy_ (92925 posts) - - Show Bio
@aztek the lost: O_O
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