Preview: Fade From Blue #1
week, Second 2 Some Studios offers up something a little more long-lasting
than Free Comics Day. Granted, you have to pay $1 upfront, but if you
enjoy the first issue of Fade From Blue, the rest of the run
will only cost you $1.50 per issue.
Compare that to
the big four companies giving away books this week. All of those offerings
are meant to hook you into a series that costs at least $2.25 per issue.
Granted, they're cool series, but it hardly seems fair. Kudos
to Second 2 Some for breaking the price point down in the long run.
But is the book
worth the investment of time and money?
If nothing else,
Fade From Blue is a high concept waiting for a movie development
deal. And that's not a bad thing. The story of four half-sisters (different
mothers, same father) who found each other after their mothers died,
the first issue introduces each character cleverly and allows them spotlight
time without slowing down the action. In fact, the introductions appear
to be part of the action.
relationship writer Christa frames the story. As she distractedly sits
in a phone conference with a clueless editor (clearly, no editorializing
on the part of writer Myatt
Murphy, not at all), we see how each of her pitches to the magazine
reflects her sisters.
Are You Intimidating
To Men? leads into the adventures of Marit, one tough but feminine
badass cop. Trying to bring down local mob guys, it seems likely that
her actions on the job will be bringing tension into the sisters' home.
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About Who You Really Are introduces us to Iya, bartender and former
nude model, a woman far brighter than anyone around her wants her to
be. What we actually see of her leaves her the most undeveloped, as
she walks away from her job. It's clearer who she was than who she is.
Your Eternal Optimist. That optimist would be Elisa, vivacious,
arty and fun, but clueless to the guy who doesn't have the courage to
try to be more than just friends. Of all the sisters, her situation
seems the most real, though she herself might come across a little idealized.
How does it all
twine together? Aside from the sisters having found each other, a
great mystery surrounds their missing father. Murphy drops hints that
there are deep shadows of crime there, possibly driving Marit to her
profession. And someone is still looking for the patriarch, likely
Though it borrows
elements from Sex And The City, that seems more a product of
the "write what you know" school. Being a magazine writer by day,
Murphy clearly has friends like Christa (friends who will also contribute
Christa's articles each month as a bonus feature - our preview copy
didn't include a sample). And Murphy also has done a lot of work on
law enforcement, so the "men's adventure" angle certainly is in his
blood, even if it's from the point of view of a woman.
The artwork by
Scott Dalrymple appears more focused and assured than in his previous
back-up feature, Far From Saints. While it has a slight cartoony
edge to it, it's consistent and believable, with some clever composition.
Black and white suits Dalrymple, though I'd really like to see his
work in color sometime. Eventually, right?
Though it may
not be strictly Second 2 Some's intent, Fade From Blue could
be a book that attracts women to reading comics. Better, it accomplishes
that without alienating male readers, striking a better balance between
the two than their previous title Two Over Ten did.
Though I enjoyed that book, its female lead seemed more a fantasy
girl than anyone in Fade From Blue. If you catch this book
on the stands, give it a try. And if you can't find it, head over
site to get ordering information. Tell them Derek sent you.
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