The Private Eye #1

Posted by G-Man (30677 posts) - - Show Bio

The Good

Every once in a while comics can give you a wondrous surprise. Somehow I was completely unaware that Brian K. Vaughan and Marcos Martin were working on a comic together. Set in a future world where technology is seen differently and privacy is held at an absurd level. With a main character that is a paparazzi, we get quite an interesting look at what this future holds.

I could try to describe it more but the problem is, I wouldn't be doing it justice. This is a comic that needs to be seen. As corny as it may sound, reading it is an experience. Not only does Vaughan's story take us to a new and fascinating place, but Marcos Martin's art with Muntsa Vicente's colors make it a trip you won't forget.

We posted an article about this yesterday. Besides the great creative team, there's the fact that you can determine how much to pay for it. By visiting their WEBSITE, you can get the comic by naming your price. The idea is if it's successful enough, we'll see plenty more. I'll be completely honest, I paid $3.00. I wish I paid more. This is a comic I'm proud to support and I definitely want to see more.

The Bad

The only bad thing is some may not pay what this comic is worth.

The Verdict

I try to encourage readers to try something different once in a while. This is the perfect candidate. I went into it without knowing what it was about and that amped up the excitement. If you've ever read anything by Brian K. Vaughan or have seen Marcos Martin's art, you know you're in for quite a treat. You don't need me to tell you how great this is. Give it a try. Visit the website and name your price. You'll be happy you did. This is what happens when creators decide to take a risk. You owe it to yourself to take a risk as well and check this out. You can thank me later.

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#1 Posted by JairamGanpat (952 posts) - - Show Bio

I don't have paypal and I don't want paypal. :(

Hopefully it will be in print someday.

#2 Posted by skooks (205 posts) - - Show Bio

That last panel got me so pumped for the next issue. This was an awesome read, can't wait for more.

#3 Posted by DonFelipe (1096 posts) - - Show Bio

Paid $3.20 for the 32 pages. Pretty cool that they also offer versions in Spanish (and Catalan). Love it!

The colors are crazy and the art is AMAZING!!! You're absolutely right, G-Man, one has to see and experience it. Pretty much like Saga though different artist are responsible - as a creative artist it must be kinda fun to work with Vaughan. He's got all the crazy, mind-blowing ideas for stories and characters. You never know what'll come next.

The Private Eye is another masterpiece. Can't do anything wrong picking up a Vaughan!

#4 Edited by DonFelipe (1096 posts) - - Show Bio

Just finished reading it twice. It's beautiful! Can't wait for more. Hopefully, the next issue is going to be available soon...

#5 Posted by Meteorite (3351 posts) - - Show Bio

The only bad thing is some may not pay what this comic is worth.

Which is why I haven't bought/read it yet ;)

#6 Posted by K3vinkha0S (62 posts) - - Show Bio

If your a BKV fan this is a must buy, and its pay what you want! How can you go wrong.

#7 Posted by Cavemold (1676 posts) - - Show Bio

i loved this!!!! when the next issue coming out?

#8 Posted by Fantasgasmic (1071 posts) - - Show Bio

I know I'm the jerk, but I chose to pay $0. It was an option and I took it. If there were full pages available for preview, I might've plopped down $2 or $3. The news post a few days ago about this digital-book didn't give any actual information. "You need to get this book! (why?) Because they'll make money from it! (…aaaaand?) They'll use that money to put out the rest of it! (ಠ_ಠ)" I don't know why they didn't put out a real preview instead of those few colored pages without any dialogue. Comixology usually has the first issue of an story for a free download, indie games like The Walking Dead give you the first installment free to whet your appetite and get you to pay for later installments. iTunes and Amazon let you listen to clips of a song before DLing it. Dunno why they kept everything so close to the chest here, I'd think they'd get more/higher paying customers with a preview. I am a story guy, so those blank pages did nothing for me. And honestly, I don't think highly of anyone who likes comics (or movies or tv shows for that matter) based solely on the visuals, but that's neither here nor there.

I don't know if I'll be in for the rest of this series. Generally I like noir movies, I like cyberpunk books, I really liked the tattooed, octogenarian hipster grandfather - he reminded me of everything I hate about my generation. But so far this doesn't feel like it matches noir or cyberpunk what with the super bright colors and lack of the internet.

#9 Posted by AltyAce (43 posts) - - Show Bio

@JairamGanpat: You don't need Paypal and can enter 0 to try out the first issue at least.

I would have given this 4.5 stars It was really enjoyable and I loved the art but I didn't get as much of the "I need the next issue now!" factor that I get with Saga.

#10 Posted by Mucklefluga (2524 posts) - - Show Bio

@JairamGanpat said:

I don't have paypal and I don't want paypal. :(

Hopefully it will be in print someday.

they have said it is never going into print.

I paid 2 dollars i really wish i paid more and i definitely will for the next issues, love it!

only paid 50 cents! What a tight bas***d, he said he would've paid nothing if he realised you could've.

#11 Posted by danhimself (22305 posts) - - Show Bio

I paid 3 bucks and it was worth every penny...can't wait for the next issue

#12 Posted by MadeinBangladesh (6165 posts) - - Show Bio

I don't have paypal, but I wish I could for this awesome book instead of getting it free.

BKV You da best! :)

#13 Posted by DanyBoy (14 posts) - - Show Bio

I didnt' pay, I'm an asshole. I'm paying my second #1 issue right now !

#14 Posted by The_jackolantern (445 posts) - - Show Bio

I paid a dollar I pay more for the next issue but a dollar is enough for a issue I know nothing about

#15 Posted by darkwingdan (186 posts) - - Show Bio

For those wondering about pricing, I paid $3.00 for this. I do think it's okay to pay as low as a buck for this as most digital-only or digital-first comics go for that price. Seriously, that's getting one size smaller coffee in the morning over 2 days. That's getting 5 tacos from Taco Bell instead of 6. Support the creators. For something like this, it's more than worth it.

#16 Posted by darkwingdan (186 posts) - - Show Bio

I don't have paypal and I don't want paypal. :(

Hopefully it will be in print someday.

There's an option to pay without Paypal.

#17 Edited by Dud317 (286 posts) - - Show Bio

I've taken two things from this.

1) If they didn't want to give people the option of downloading it for free, they wouldn't have. Instead of calling people names, maybe commend BKV and MM for their generosity.

2) Gman said they plan on printing it. If thats accurate, they've already 180'd from their original plans.

It worked for Radiohead.

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