In full disclosure, I was given the first three issues free for responding to a tweet from one of the creators. So, they were gifted, but that will not keep me from being critical in my review of the comic.
Having tweeted back and forth with the main owner of the comic’s account and having read his posts, I doubt he would want me to go easy on him anyway.
So, without further ado, here is the review.
Clicking on the website linked to the Twitter account, you can see the world building that is taking place, and this is with only two projects thus far.
You can find the Twitter here.
You can go to the website here.
Jack Irons as an immortal cowboy that remembers all of his past incarnations. This means he remembers everything from all of his past lives and recounts a few of them in the first issue.
The line work and coloring
From panel to panel you can see the care that was taken in the lines of each backdrop and character. You can almost feel the breeze blowing and the little details of the stray hairs, clothing wrinkles, and folds of the clothing give it a gritty feel.
The coloring of the panels coincide with the change of the moods in each story perfectly. The palettes used for each panel and story of his life are masterfully chosen.
As a calligrapher, I am always paying attention to the lettering of a project. The spacing, the font used, and the strokes can either make or break the storytelling.
I couldn’t be happier with the lettering. It is spaced perfectly and the bold facing to emphasize the tone is not overdone.
Exposition can be tricky, especially in a comic book. If you do too much of it, you can bore the reader. If you do to little, the reader can’t truly empathize with the main character. I find myself on the fence with the first issue.
One the one hand, the exposition was done in a conversational tone and provided a lot of insight into Jack. It wasn’t dry, and it didn’t feel like it was dragging on or have a lecturing feel to it.
However, this was a large exposition dump that I feel could have been broken up and placed throughout the series to give us small glimpses into Jack’s past lives.
I did get senses of loss and missing loved ones, regret, and why he distrusts people. I can see how Jack came to be who he is. I find him to be likeable and someone who holds new people at arms length. He can also be one who treasures the connections he makes along the way.
If this was a cartoon and not a comic, I can see the first episode being a voiced over series of events in his life.
I give “Jack Irons: The Steel Cowboy, Issue 1″…
4 out of 5 shots