Zuda Comics Review by Delos Woodruff

Delos I thought that the readers of ComicFencing might want a quick rundown on all the comics in this month’s competition. Given the few pages we have to look at, all I have to offer you are my initial thoughts. These are my impressions and if any of these comics sound like something you want to see then you want to get to Zuda and vote for your favorite. Time is running out.

by Caanan Grall

Celadore starts with a kid on the run from a couple of smack talking vampires. The main heroine, Celadore, also talks a little smack and she goes toe to toe with the vamps. She runs into an interesting ‘little’ problem before too long and I think the ‘little’ problem will also stick around for a while. No matter what happens, though, there are bigger problems to worry about. The artwork is pretty good and the action staged very well. Rating: ★★★★☆

Colnel MacTaggartColonel MacTagart
by Steve Steiner and Headzo

Classified as Historical Comedy, Colonel MacTagart opens with the Colonel and his aide, February, on safari. The background appears almost painted while the foreground characters are slimly lined, all in full color. I liked the flow of the storytelling and the quaint, historical way of speaking. You can ‘hear’ the Colonel’s english accent when you read it. They are on the hunt for a semi-mythical creatue but instead are found by something else. Rating: ★★★☆☆

by Crawdad Jones aka Kerry P. Talbot

E has a couple of problems in true superhero style. He doesn’t know who he really is and little green guys constantly show up and make him fight, along with their ‘pets,’ as he calls them. He quickly finds out why, but the answer leaves him more confused that before. This comic may have something different to offer, but we’ll see what happens next. E is drawn in a comic book standard and you’ll want to go full screen to read everything. Rating: ★★★☆☆

Action, OhioAction, Ohio
by Neil Kleid

The first eight pages of Action, Ohio are labeled as Supers Action, but so far it’s all just getting things set up. It’s got a great visual (go full screen for this one) - giving a retro, sixties sort of vibe to it and it gives us a different take on silver age superheroes. Superhero comics, as we know them, are a kind of smokescreen. A protection both for us and our heroes. A teen hero dies stopping a fire but the coroner suspects foul play. The investigation brings us to the sleepy little town of Action, Ohio and puts the whole world at risk. Rating: ★★★★☆

by Troy Bowen and Scott M1164

Golden is a story out of Japanese folklore, which features a boy named Kintaro having legendary adventures. He grew up in the forest and has no equal in his skill, attempting things that no one else dares. Kintaro is later given the task of chasing down monsters and outlaws. You’ll want to enlarge Golden to full screen to read and enjoy it. The art is a little rough around the edges but it suits the story just fine. Three stars.

by Marco Della Verde, Stefano Cardoselli, Bill Key, Azurek Studios, Rita Gorgoni and Andrea Neill

Robodeath is a cheery (not!) little tale about death and war. Those who have died no longer stay dead but instead siege the living. Further, these zombies are armed. Not a good situation to be in and it’s all up to just one girl to fix it. The art has some great detail and some striking visuals which gives it two stars. Rating: ★★☆☆☆

Captain LuckCaptain Luck
by Dan Davis

Captain Luck in the Crytstal Parrot is a great pulp sounding title, isn’t it? Even better, Captain Luck and Wink Goodwin operate the Good-Luck underwater salvage company with its headquarters in the Bermuda Triangle. In this story, there is mysterious treasure and a dame. And she’s trouble. All pulp, all the time. The Crytal Parrot story is progressing and I’d like to see how it ends. I give this four stars - it should be interesting to see the continuing adventures of the Good-Luck Salvage Company. Rating: ★★★★☆

The Mean ModelThe Mean Model
by Charlie Podrebarac

This color comic is all about the spoiled fashion models we see on tv. This model responds rudely to anyone speaking to her and rarely even answers a direct question asked by an inferior. The Mean Model is not my kind of comic at all, but I can appreciate trying something totally different from gamer and action comics that are so prevalent today. Rating: ★★☆☆☆

Children of BighandChildren of Bighand
by Rudy Dean Guara

Children is black and white comic that details the story of some children trying to save their father. Of course, they are the hybrid children of a human mother and a fifty foot tall ape father. Things have taken a vicious turn for the worse and now it is time to save their Daddy. It’s a good thing the kids have some strengths of their own. I’m not sold on the King Kong meets Voltron thing, but it is something a little different. Rating: ★★☆☆☆]

Hannibal Goes To RomeHannibal Goes To Rome
by Brendan McGinley and Mauro Vargas

This comic is billed as the historically accurate yet humorous exploits of Hannibal Barca. It actually reads like summarized history but with clever visuals and entertaining “quotes” given by the characters. The art gives a cartooned look with a little bit of dramatic flair. That’s a very interesting approach and unusual subject matter. I’d like to follow this and see what else happens to Hannibal. Rating: ★★★★☆

ZudaZuda May 2008 Comic Competition

Reviews by Delos Woodruff

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6 Responses to “Zuda Comics Review by Delos Woodruff”

  1. Dan Davis Says:

    Hi Delos!

    Thanks for the good words regarding Captain Luck! I think you got what I was aiming for and I appreciate you taking the time to review it! — And the Four Stars–although I only see 3 highlighted–but I’ll take ‘em!

    -Dan Davis

  2. David Gallaher Says:

    All of these reviews are excellent - there’s one thing I wanted to point out though. In the description of CAPTAIN LUCK, you gave the strip 4 stars, but the rating system labels it with 3 stars.

  3. Moderator Says:

    Whoops! Thanks for pointing that out. It’s fixed now.

  4. Delos Says:

    Thanks for the feedback! It’s always nice to hear when your work is appreciated.

    I’m pulling for Captain Luck. I’m glad it’s got all the stars it’s supposed to have. =)

  5. neil kleid Says:

    Hey, Delos - thanks for the Zuda primer and the nice rating for ACTION, OHIO - here’s hoping we can get your vote and continue on!

    Neil Kleid
    Writer, ACTION, OHIO

  6. Dan Davis Says:

    Thanks for that Delos! That David Gallaher doesn’t miss anything! Even if it’s not about his own comic, High Moon!

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