By V_Scarlotte_Rose 11 Comments
Sorry for the delay, but I've had computer troubles and a lack of free time. Should be able to get back into a more regular schedule now though. :)
I'm usually completely unfamiliar with review comics, but I did review a Gold Digger issue a while back. I don't remember it much though, so I can maybe still judge it's new-reader-friendliness O.K. There may be small spoilers, but I'llblockthem just in case. Let's start with the cover.
The cover by Fred Perry shows the main characters from the issue clearly on honeymoon, which makes sense, but I'm not sure what the rest is about as these other characters and robot don't seem to appear within.
I think it's a nice enough cover though. It kind of sums up the contents of the story, and the drawing is nice, with a kind of cartoony manga style. The strong and contrasting colours make it nice and vibrant and eye catching, without being garish.
The interior is also handled by Fred Perry, and inevitably looks quite similar, though it is a little different, with some subtler colours and softer lines. It's quite nice looking mostly, with good character designs and facial expressions. There's no actual nudity, but there's plenty of skin on show, including a kind of unnecessary story choice to have Maya walking around without any trousers.
The lettering is handled well, with a range of large and small sound effects, with some good onomatopoeia choices. Little love hearts are added to speech bubbles to show affection, and there are a few moments where quiet dialogue is presented outside of a bubble which can be quite effective.
A newlywed couple, Kevin and Penny Koss are heading to a private island for their honeymoon by plane, whilst a pair of magicians/explorers, Maya and her "coach" are going the same way by boat, with Coach telling tales of old adventures with Mayas sister Sara. In the night, Maya uses her powers to go exploring undersea. The morning after, Kevin and Penny are sitting down to breakfast when a huge statue rises from the sea, and Maya is ejected from atop if by a tentacle.
Maya recognises Penny as "Doctor Penelope Pincer, The Super-Genius, Big-Shot Explorer!", and immediately develops a feeling of rivalry. They go to explore the statue, with Maya explaining that she met an octopus called Poindexter, and accidentally cast a spell that evolved him into a giant that shoots lasers, and got stuck inside. Within the statue, they find Poindexter in distress over the fact that his "Tentajunk" was being squashed by a mechanism inside the statue as a result of his sudden gigantism. They set him free, shrink him down, and they depart on good terms.
The issue has a kind of humourous tone that goes well with the art style. It's rather "lusty" throughout, with the honeymooning couple, and Maya showing obvious attraction to both of them. It successfully tells a whole story though. It could be that there's lots that preceeds and follows this issue, but I'd say it could be read without prior knowledge of the series.
24 Pages of comic content for $3.99. A little bit more than some comics.
All the advertising is left to the end, so no interruptions on the story.
There's a QR code, and web address that advertise that you can catch up by reading 199 issues of the series for free, which is kind of cool.
Overall it's a fairly enjoyable short but complete story. It's not necessarily the sort of thing that I'd follow monthly, but I imagine I could appreciate reading it. There will be people out there who'd really like it I imagine. I'll give it a ().
So has anyone on here read this issue? What did you think of it? This review is just my own opinion, so it could be good to hear some others.
Any feedback is appreciated, and please let me know if you'd like to see more reviews in future. I have my October comic already, and I should be getting Novembers this week, so there should be more reviews soon. :)
For all my previous reviews, see here.