- Posted by Johanna on August 14, 2006 at 11:14 pm
- Category: Minicomics
- CREDITS: by J. Kevin Carrier
J. Kevin Carrier’s art isn’t up to his aims, but I have to admire his dedication. He’s been plugging along with his minicomics for years, creating stories about superhero Lady Spectra and barbarian Glorianna.
In this special issue, the two temporarily swap places. The first story focuses on how Spectra’s daughter Sparky copes with the sword-wielding barely clad warrior in a modern city, while the second sends Spectra to attack a castle. The cover sums up the concept well. (The line down the middle is the spine, creating wraparound art.)
As I mentioned above, the art is servicable at best. You can tell what’s going on, and the characters have expression, but the images themselves are often awkward or off. The dialogue, though, can be fun, as when Sparky tries to explain to Glorianna why they’re arresting a gambling overlord:
Glorianna: That’s silly. Why shouldn’t people spend their money as they choose?
Sparky: Well, he sells drugs, too!
G: If people want to make themselves stupid, it’s no concern of mine.
S: And – and – prostitution!
G: Distasteful, but a girl has to earn a living.
S: Fine! Whatever! I’m going to go arrest him anyway, if it’s all the same to you!
I did wish that the characters were better identified in the stories — I finally realized that the concepts were explained on the back cover, which I only found after reading the rest.
At 28 pages, including a letter column and fan art, for $1.50 and a color cover, it’s a great deal. Find out more at the Fantasy Theater website.