Comic Review: Ignition, Vol. 1

Ignition Vol. 1
Written by Various
Penciled by Various
Colors by Various
Edited by Andrew DelQuadro
215 Ink
Release Date: Available for Pre-Order
Cover Price: $29.99

So, there’s a review in here, promise, and it’s going to be about the new collection from 215ink called Ignition Vol. 1. The lede is just, as people who call writing a profession say, buried. First, I need a moment to qualify what I mean and give a frame of reference. So, sorry, but: you can always circumvent that by skipping to the end if you’d like.

There’s been something of a renaissance of creator owned content lately, with a bevy of titles being announced from creators like Grant Morrison, Steve Niles, Brian K Vaughan, and other industry heavyweights. Although artistic control has been a high profile issue in the comics world at least since the early 90s -what with the Creator’s Bill of Rights in 1988, and the creation of Image Comics in 1992- the past calendar year has seemed like something of a watershed moment for the publicity and frequency of creator owned projects. Every major publisher, I believe, has an imprint dedicated to these projects, and the whole thing smacks of a cash-in. That sounds cynical.

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Comic Review: The Vessel Of Terror

The Vessel Of Terror
Written by Magnus Aspli
Art/Letters by Dave Acosta
Colorists: Pages 1 – 22 by Jeremy P. Roberts, Pages 23 – 110 by Goran Kostadinoski
Markosia Enterprises
Release Date: October 1, 2011
Cover Price: $17.99

For as many years as humans have been exploring Earth, there is still much of its cracks, caves, and crevices that we’ve yet to discover. Our oceans hold many mysteries we may not see solved in our lifetime. In Magnus Aspli‘s The Vessel Of Terror, our ignorance of the oceans’ depths proves very costly for the crew of the research vessel Alesia.

While out at sea to study sperm whales, the Alesia comes across a rare find. The crew reel in and capture a Magnapinna squid, the first to ever be caught by mankind. The ship then alters its course and heads for home early, to bring the Magnapinna in to study. On the way home, strange things start happening to the ship’s crew members. Something overtakes their minds and forces them to carry out horrifying acts, the consequences of which effect the entire crew.

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