Time for another review!
This week, we have Skies of Fire #2, written by Ray Chou and Vincent Ferriero, art by Pablo Peppino, colors by Bryan Valenza, and letters by Nick Shaw.
As always, we’re using the Prince song rating system: Adore means buy it, Beautiful Strange means take it or leave it, and When Doves Cry means don’t buy it.
This is the second issue, and I didn’t buy the first. The story is about what seems to be airships fighting, and the captain of one airship has to enlist the aid of a prisoner in order to fight someone.
The writing is pretty good. I few complaints about it.
My first complaint is that the book starts out silently. I’m not a fan of opening silent pages for relatively new series. I feel there’s too much worldbuilding to do. This isn’t done to best effect. It’s a fight, but it isn’t helpful because as a new reader, I don’t know who’s fighting or why. A small recap would have been nice.
The second qualm I have about the book goes back to the silent pages. There are too many of them for the book, I believe. Storytelling opportunities are missed. It builds a mystery, but I’m not sure if it’s enough to really warrant a third issue.
The writing, however, is clear. I like that.
I love the art. There are no ambiguities here. Pablo Peppino knows exactly what he’s doing, and I had absolutely no trouble at all in following the action. It was just really, really good to look at.
Part of that reason was the colors by Bryan Valenza. Lush is an apt word to describe it. The only bad part about the colors are there are some flashback sequences that are hard to understand for what they are because there is nothing in the coloring to differentiate it from the subjective now, and nothing in the writing, such as a caption, to tell the reader we’re in a flashback. We have to guess it, and it’s somewhat frustrating.
There is no editor on the book. That could have been fixed if there were. There’s also another thing that could have been fixed, and that’s the crossbar I’s in the lettering. Nick Shaw does a great job of leading the eye, and the font used isn’t off-putting, but the crossbar I’s are something that should have been fixed.
Overall, I found this to be an enjoyable read. Just a couple of things would have taken this to the next level. A bit more attention to detail, and a bit more story would have gone a long way.
Final Verdict: Adore