Rating: 2.5/5 – Chess-Themed Heroes From a New Comic Company.
by ComicSpectrum senior reviewer Shawn Hoklas
Five heroes arrive in present day New York City from the future through what looks to be a tear in time. After some dialogue and questions about where they are, the army shows up and fighting breaks loose. The story is written by Bradley Golden and Gary Mcclendon and drawn by Marcelo Salaza, making an entry into the independent super-hero genre of comics.
The writing felt rushed as well as being a bit off on its pacing. For example, when team member King raises his hands after being asked to identify himself, he starts to talk and before he can finish, the attack order is given by the Army General, . Also, in that same sequence of events, the General looks different from one panel to the next so I wasn’t sure if it was the same character or not. This same sense of confusion happened a few times in this issue and could be helped with some stronger sequential storytelling and possibly some caption boxes which we only see on the first page.
There are some bright spots to this first issue. The action scenes are pretty well done; each of the “chess” characters have their own powers and despite some more issues I had with panel confusion, the way the powers are drawn by Salaza look nice. The King’s powers, although different, have a classic “Aquaman” feel with the circular waves protruding outward from his mind. And despite having a very small appearance at the end, the Pawn Master’s design is extremely cool in his black and white costume with a white stripe in his hair.
It’s always exciting to see new creators having a passion for creating comics, but even though there’s promise to the creator’s work, this first issue didn’t leave me eagerly awaiting the second issue. I got the sense that there’s passion here, especially in the artwork that has yet to be refined. There’s some cleverly created characters and an obvious desire on the part of the creators to see their work get out into the hands of readers. Although I had problems with this first issue, I’ll periodically check back to see what else comes out from this young comics studio. If you like checking out new creators and smaller independent companies, this issue is available through sites like comicsfix.com or by visiting the Second Sight Facebook page.
Reviewed by: Shawn Hoklas
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