July 30, 2015

A Review: THE SHRINKING MAN #1

The Fellowship was fortunate enough to obtain a copy of THE SHRINKING MAN #1 from IDW Publishing. Ted Adams adapts the Richard Matheson story, with art by Mark Torres and colors by Tomi Varga.

Scott is a regular guy with a wife, a daughter and a problem. One day he’s six feet tall, and the next – he’s shrinking. All science can tell him is that he’s losing about 1/7th of an inch per day. He’s had a lot of problems to face in the last few months, but right now he’s dealing with his biggest yet – surviving at 5/7th of an inch of height.

Scott really is a normal American male, but he’s got an extraordinary problem, and we’re getting to know him through the lens of that problem (and through some helpful flashbacks). This adaptation does an excellent job of conveying that sense of character, which is central to the original story. The art really stands out as well, with very realistic size perspectives and a grasp of the details of the mid-20th century timeframe.

The challenges of a “bigger” world is an important theme in our global culture today, so Matheson’s vision can be useful for all of us. And this title is a great way to experience that vision.
                                                                                           
THE SHRINKING MAN #1 is available now at your FLCS or at idwpublishing.com.

~Mike ( @MikeyGeek )

July 22, 2015

A Review: POWER UP #1

The Fellowship was fortunate enough to obtain a copy of POWER UP #1 from BOOM! Box. Kate Leth writes and Matt Cummings draws and colors.

Amie works in a pet shop. Her boss is a little overbearing, but otherwise she’s pretty happy with her life. She enjoys her work and she’s got good friends. One day she’s left alone in the shop for a few minutes and she and Silas the goldfish are struck by some kind of weird light beam. Then a strangely well-dressed tentacle dude walks in and attacks her, but they manage to fight him off. And no one saw anything.

Amie is a really likeable character; she’s got a great sense of self, combining inner strength with a bit of eccentricity. And something weird is definitely going on, but I’m not spoiling this one. There’s a cool fantasy story in there, and big things are coming. The art does a great job of contrasting the mundane from the fantasy (and the tentacle dude looks really cool!).

This is a fun, friendly little story that works for any fantasy fan, young or old. It would be a great choice for sharing a comic with a friend, so pick up a copy.
                                                                                           
POWER UP #1 is available now at your FLCS or at boom-studios.com.

~Mike ( @MikeyGeek )