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Examining FCBD: Marc Silvestri’s Rise of the Magi #0

Thanks to CBR posting the full issue of Image Comics Rise of the Magi #0 on their site, I finally got to read it. That was one of those I missed on FCBD (Free Comic Book Day) as I was keeping in the store’s limit of 5 per customer. Rise of the Magi is written by Marc Silvestri and drawn by Sumeyye Kesgin in a fantasy styled universe. In a weird way it feels like a bare bones 80’s movie and a bland fantasy universe. The main character Asa is likable enough but filled with some powerful cliches in his characterization. I could see his rebellious spells hit from a mile away as to how this story was going to operate. He wants to be like his brother Raye in the Spell Guard; the elite army in this universe and his Dad thinks he should accept his place in life as a carpet repair worker like him. Mischief ensues, craziness happens, and his journey begins. 

Rise of the Magi never bored me but just didn’t engage me in the premise. I will say though, Kesgin’s art was nice and that helped a lot in this. Despite the story not catching my attention, Kesgin has such an engaging art style that I couldn’t help but keep reading. The art in Rise of the Magi saved this book for me and the coloring by Jasen Smith helped too, bright and energetic colors that fit such a fantastical premise. While Silvestri’s story didn’t do much for me, I have to say the last couple pages sparked a little life for me in Rise of the Magi but not enough to make me want more. Now that being said if I’m in the mood I may do a review of that as I’m not wholly against the idea of reading more of Rise of the Magi. Could be that this preview wasn’t the best foot forward, I’ll be happy to admit then that there was more to Rise of the Magi than the preview let on.

Rise of the Magi #0 is an odd book for me, if you want to read it for yourself though and see what you think, take a wander over to CBR at the link here. Let me know if you agree or disagree with me on this one. I’m hoping to catch more of these books as they pop up online, seems like more and more of them are. FCBD had many books released and I’m hoping Comixology gets more of them up as well as the days go on as I’d like to read the ones I managed to miss. This has been a fun series of articles to do and I still got a few in my own haul I haven’t done yet. Thanks for reading!

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Examining FCBD: IDW’s Transformers vs. G.I. Joe #0 Is Beyond Amazing

Transformers Vs. G.I. Joe #0 FCBD CoverTime to set the scene for you, I was a bigger G.I. Joe fan as a kid than a Transformers one. I liked Transformers but for some reason the G.I. Joe’s resonated with me a bit more. Overtime I got more hooked into Transformers thanks to reruns and Transformers: Beast Wars. Now the licensed comics have been a mixed bag for me,  recently I reviewed Transformers: Windblade for Rhymes With Geek and it wasn’t a half bad read. Before all this the idea of Transformers vs. G.I. Joe was one that had been done but not with Tom Scioli involved, which screamed that this would be unlike anything I’ve seen before. Tom Scioli is the man who co-created Godland with Joe Casey, American Barbarian and more, so that sold me on this from the get go. He’s working with John Barber and as I read the back matter for this, I like that there’s a genuine sense of joy they’re getting out of working on Transformers vs. G.I. Joe. As I read the #0 issue, the fun that they share in the back matter shows in every inch of Transformers vs. G.I. Joe.

In a way, Transformers vs. G.I. Joe dare I say reminds me of Nextwave: Agents of H.A.T.E. in the sheer joy of this comic. It’s delightful, it’s fun, this is the sort of comic that would have hooked me on Transformers as much as G.I. Joe as a child. The creative way Scioli uses his art to introduce the G.I. Joe team was clever. Each member of the team got introduced via a G.I. Joe file card straight out of the 80’s, that was genius. The entire comic has a retro cool design to it, the added touch of the weathered pages caught my eye. Transformers vs. G.I. Joe feels as if it came from another time but feels perfect for this age, Scioli’s colors, art, and design sensibilities are brilliant. It’s weird that haven’t even mentioning the writing as the art is that jaw dropping, the story is just as much fun.

Never seen The Transformers introduced in such a way, they have their own language and that was cool. Great to see Starscream and Bumblebee be the introductions to The Transformers that we get in this comic. The reason why I noted Nextwave in the last paragraph is in the script. The G.I. Joe team is having fun on their mission with a madcap energy that’s straight out of the 80’s but taken to another plane of existence. I felt as if this could be a cartoon now and this would be the hottest show on TV bar none. Now for those who are hesitant about trying out a licensed book, Transformers vs. G.I. Joe could be a nice change of pace.

There are comic readers that won’t touch licensed stuff and there are fans of either Transformers or G.I. Joe that won’t read the comics. IDW has a winner here if this goes over the way I think this could. Transformers vs. G.I. Joe #1 is due out in July and I can’t hardly wait to see if the first issue lives up to the FCBD #0 edition.