Monday, August 4th, 2008 at 5:05 pm
Neozoic #3-5 Written By Paul Ens
Art by J. Korim
Colors by Jessie Lam
Letters by Troy Peteri Red 5 Comics
Cover price: $2.95; On sale now
Now, I’m not going to say that Neozoic will read better in the trade, but I have to admit that I really enjoyed reading these three issues back to back to back. Reading them all at one time really helped me to keep sense of who everyone was and what they were doing. I missed the first issue, but caught on with the second, and now with these three issues, I have to admit that this is a really good series, with lot’s of action, and a crap ton of dinosaurs.
Picking up from issue two we find the members of the Predator Defense Force dealing with an attack by an army of dinosaurs at the behest of the Talpid, a kind of lower race that has come to kill off the human kingdom. The humans struggle to fight back in issue 4, although try as they might, they’re fighting a losing battle against a larger (literally) force who has the element of surprise on their hands. Issue five is a bit of the calm before the storm issue, as the human forces gather together again, and prepare to fight back, but not before we learn some of the reasons the Talpid have attacked and what the mystery of the little Talpid girl that one of the Predator Defense Force rescued earlier in the series. While maintaining an action oriented tone, the story also has a lot of dark moments to it, but the whole thing has a nice balance to it that keeps the action fun, but the story interesting. I would say that the biggest problem with the series is the number of characters running around, and with this being a new series, it’s a bit overwhelming. It’s taken five issues for me to learn who the major characters are, but there are a lot of side characters, and it takes a flow chart to keep some of them straight.
The highlight for me though is the art by J. Korim. His style has a definite manga feel, particularly in the character design, but his action sequences manage to keep more of a western feel. He mixes up his panels well, as well as changing up the shots, and he keeps the story moving well, but doesn’t over-complicate things. What I love best about the art is the various dinosaurs that make this setting stand out from other books. The story is a fairly standard fantasy adventure, but the inclusion of dinosaurs to the world really mixes things up. And Korim handles the dinos very well, making them look interesting and distinctive, but still integrating them into the rest of the art and really making them fell like a part of the world.
So, is this a perfect series? No, maybe not. The story is fairly basic and it’s easy to lose track of who’s who. However, it is a very fun story, and it has enough enjoyable moments for me to want to check out more and see where the story leads. It fills a nice place on my reading plate of a good adventure story, so I’ll be back for more next issue.