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    Thoughts, comments, spare change?
    • CommentAuthorwymarc
    • CommentTimeFeb 24th 2010
    But you already have all my spare change...

    Just picked up Ignition City a few days ago and now this. Back to the shop I go.

    Seriously. It looks interesting. I always love your sideways takes on history; and while the art is not my usual taste, it fits nicely. I can't wait to see where this goes.
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    It's interesting.
    I enjoyed the ?journal/letter pages? with their diagrams and how they contrast with the main comic pages, and offer not just a different viewpoint but also different visual style. Font for that section is a bit large, IMHO, but after reading crud in a times size 10, I think my eyes needed a break anyway.

    I don't feel hooked, though, and the dark red backgrounds on some pages I find really, really distracts me from the rest of the art -- and I feel like it clashes an itty bit with the lighter highlights on the cover's blue border and seems to be fighting with a lot of the blues when they appear on the page. I keep on finding myself staring at the red areas and following those lines like an utter idiot and having to force my mind to go from the background to the actual images, and I feel sorta bad for not really finding the comic to my taste so far, because it has a lot of the elements of things I like.

    I don't hate it, but it just doesn't feel like a "must have" to me.
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    I'm totally hooked on this one. The dawn of police combined with alternate history combined with steampunk? Oh hell yes!

    Love the art, too. Raulo Caceres put in some amazing linework, and possibly because I read it in very good lighting the dark colors didn't obscure a bit of detail. It's always fun when a book is slow reading because I keep getting distracted by the intricate art.

    Very enthusiastic for this one. More please!
    • CommentTimeFeb 24th 2010
    I like the protagonists. The young Bobbie Charlie seems rather driven. Captain Swing's attitude is almost as fun as the journal.
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    Beautiful artwork... kind of reminds me of the old EC artists.

    I liked the large text pages, they were different. I think a smaller text would have been lost on the page, and the larger text (beautiful font by the way) made it so that they were short sentences that got to the point.

    And I'm with James up there when he talks about the dark colours not obscuring the details. Usually I don't like a lot of dark colours in comics because it so often hides what I want to actually see.
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    Really enjoyed this, the separation of the textual pages and the drawn story was well done, and the intricacy of the art was beautiful. I'm going to follow this.
    • CommentTimeFeb 25th 2010
    Aside - I really like the details regarding the Bobbies' uniforms. Was garroting really an issue?
      CommentAuthorJeff Owens
    • CommentTimeFeb 26th 2010
    kind of reminds me of the old EC artists.

    That's exactly what I thought when I saw Charlie in the second panel on page four. I'm a bit of an EC nerd, so that definitely made me happy, right off the bat.

    I picked up this book in the shop to look at it and decide if I would read it. I saw Swing holding a beaten man in uniform and thought it looked great. Nearly convinced I, for some reason, flipped to the last page.


    Yup, I thought, looks like I'll be buying four issues of this!

    I'm pretty excited for the next three issues. It feeds the hunger for a new issue of Dok, quite nicely, though nothing could ever truly replace that.
    • CommentAuthorbtx
    • CommentTimeFeb 26th 2010
    Wow, this was even better than I thought it would be... and I was expecting great things after Crecy! I was very surprised about the facial expressions that seemed to work somehow - has the look of one of the Mad mag artists I thought. And I really appreciate that the book looks like it should cost $4, unlike certain publisher's work .

    I'll keep my Gravel praise to another thread :)
    • CommentTimeFeb 26th 2010
    I really enjoyed that, and I'm definitely coming along for the whole ride.
    It's funny, I was expecting it to be a black and white book like Crecy (Warren posted some B/W art a few months back), so the colour caught me by surprise. Nicely done, I especially like the crackly lightning bits.
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    It has Spring Heeled Jack in. I am happy.

    Also the last page feels like it is riffing off the "gaze into the fist of Dredd" panel. No bad thing that.
    • CommentTimeFeb 26th 2010 edited
    I'll keep up with it. I just read Glass Books of the Dream Eaters, and maybe only because of the proximity of the reads, it's throwing me a bit. Most of the Victorian-based Sci-Fi I've read is set later in the century, so I'm looking forward to learning more about the time period.

    Love that it's got the Spring-Heeled Jack mythos.
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    Mail order means probably 2 weeks before I get a copy. But I'm getting two copies, as a friend of mine (who doesn't read comics) was so taken with the cover he insisted on one. I may be expecting too much, what with it being the finest title for a comic ever and all, so I'll pop back to tell if illusions were shattered...
    • CommentTimeFeb 26th 2010
    One of the best 'to be continued' splash pages I've seen in a long time! Delightful writing, too.
    • CommentAuthorKen Miller
    • CommentTimeFeb 26th 2010
    My home town is Tamworth, which has a fine statue of one of its local lads in the town centre: Robert Peel. Come on you Bobbies!
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    spare change? what do i get for a buck and a quarter?
    • CommentAuthorOxbrow
    • CommentTimeFeb 26th 2010
    Is it only four? I figured I was on the ride for six. Oh well, happy to take four as well.
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    The visible sweat-drops need to die a quick death, but other than that I was pleased with the art and interested in the story. I really liked the journal entries as helping to inform and set up the setting. Hooray electro-punk! Or should it be heavy metal lightning?
    • CommentTimeFeb 26th 2010
    Steam engenius. (Not my word. It belongs to Isaac Brock as far as I know.)

    The timing of the release is impeccable. End of "Crossed" is the beginning of "Captain Swing."

    Normally, when I read a comic for the first time I focus on the story. I loved the pages of text, and I wish them to continue. However I found myself focusing on each panel on my first run. I am not familiar with Raulo's work, but it is engaging. The chops are magnificent. I believe I took in the locks on the last page for several minutes. This is new to me.

    Man, that guy REALLY dislikes authority. I'm sure it's going to be a great story. It's already rife with historical bents and supressive agents. Four issues? I hope there is a meaningful conclusion.