It’s time for another review!
This week, it’s Veiled & Vile #1. This book is published on comiXology Submit by Rocketblast Comics, and even though that’s the case, I’m hoping for something decent here. We have Sam Lenn as the writer, Gleb Melnikov on art, Stanislav Leonov doing colors, and Rachel Deering on letters as well as serving as editor.
As always, it’s the Prince song system that we’re using for ratings: Adore means buy the book, Beautiful Strange means take it or leave it, and When Doves Cry means don’t buy the book.
All set? Let’s go!
First, I believe the title of the book to be atrocious. It’s also terrible that there’s reference made to it on the first page of the story.
The story. It’s basically Orange is the New Black with superpowers. That’s really all you need to know.
Let’s start with the writing. Sam Lenn’s writing isn’t bad at all. I’m engaged from the first page, because there’s snark and some pathos. We’re introduced to the main character, Lady Atomica, and how she’s endured some heartbreak. I like it.
There’s snark all throughout this book. The writer likes his snark. I can get behind that, because I’m somewhat snarky myself. There’s even a story that comes with it. It’s enjoyable.
What isn’t enjoyable are the mistakes. A couple in spelling, one in research, and lots in punctuation. Part of that is on the writer, but most of that is on the editor.
The art is beautiful. I especially love the first few pages. The pencils and inks are just lovely. Everything is in proportion, and I understand that there isn’t a lot to grab onto visually since we’re dealing with a prison—basically a lot of rooms but no real display of powers. It’s okay.
The only thing that threw me off were the wide eyes of the women. Sometimes, they looked posed, like Barbie dolls. The eyes aren’t especially large, but they are opened very wide. Not terrible, not even disconcerting, but noticeable. However, I’d hire this artist, and that’s saying something, because I’m something of an art snob.
I’d also hire the colorist. In a place where you could go crazy with extraneous special effects, there aren’t any present. Very nicely done. Restraint in a colorist is a wonderful thing.
Then there are the letters. This threw me out of the story a few times. The first is that there is too much “air” in the balloons most of the time. Then there are at least two different font sizes in the book. It’s noticeable when it happens, and it’s terrible because of that. Lettering is supposed to fade into the background. This brings attention to itself.
There’s also the fact that the word balloons are irregular. If they were done by hand, then I could possibly understand it, but I doubt that this was done by hand. The Savage Dragon is lettered by hand. It looks better than this. If a smooth oval can’t be made with a computer, then there’s a problem. It’s just another way that the lettering calls attention to itself instead of actually doing its job.
Then there’s the editing.
The editor’s job is to make sure the rest of the team looks good. Here, Rachel Deering is making the writer look bad because we’re practically seeing a “raw” script due to the lack of correct punctuation, as well as herself look bad two times as the letterer as well as the editor. She didn’t do her very simple job of reading, researching, correcting, and explaining the corrections. It’s a rap sheet, not a wrap sheet. Rap is an acronym for Record of Arrests and Prosecutions. Two minutes on Google if you didn’t know it already.
So the book has problems. It’s still an entertaining read. I’d read more, and urge the editor to do their job so it can be that much better of a book.
Final Verdict: Adore