- Posted by Johanna on May 25, 2007 at 6:10 am
- Category: Superhero Reviews
- CREDITS: written by Joshua Dysart; pencils by Sal Velluto; inks by Bob Almond, Joe Rubenstein, and Sal Velluto
- PUBLISHER: Penny Farthing Press; $19.95 US
Like many readers, I’m not very familiar with the publications of the relatively new Penny Farthing Press… but if Captain Gravity and the Power of the Vril is anything to go by, I’ll be watching for more.
The first thing I noticed was how handsome the book was. Substantial cover stock, well-designed, with flaps and thick interior paper makes this collection nicely heavy in the hand. The contents are also attractive, with slick, professional art by Sal Velluto and Bob Almond and a slam-bang adventure story written by Joshua Dysart.
It’s 1939 in Hollywood, and when he’s not saving people as Captain Gravity, Joshua Jones works on movie sets. His best friend, actress Chase Dubois, has taken up with a German, leading to squabbles between the two. Soon, it’s globe-trotting adventure involving American agents, Nazis, a spy named Ian Fleming, archeological investigations of the swastika, and mystic ceremonies.
One of the elements that set this apart for me was the character of Joshua. As a black man, he experiences less prejudice in the wide-open town of Hollywood than he would back in his hometown Mississippi, but it’s still there, and it lends a bit of shadow to his adventures. As a high concept, the story is “Indiana Jones meets the Rocketeer”, and in execution, it’s a rollicking read.
(A complimentary copy for this review was provided by the publisher.)