BIG BANG ADVENTURES #17
Publisher: Big Bang Comics
Creators: Pedro Angosto (writer), Jorge Santamaría (pencils), Juan Moreno (inks), Ulises Kuroshima (colors), Adam Pruett (letters), and Gary Carlson (Editor).
Price: $5.95 (available at IndyPlanet.com)
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
“THE LAST WHIZ KIDS STORY, PART 2: THE SIEGE OF ALAMUT”
Continuing the saga from BIG BANG ADVENTURES #14, writer Pedro Angosto and artist Jorge Santamaría continue their love letter to the work of Marv Wolfman and the great George Pérez. I was fortunate enough to get an advance digital copy of this book and check it out.
Let’s start with the obvious: This book is PACKED. There are A LOT of characters in this book, and to be perfectly honest it can be overwhelming, especially for someone who might not be as well-versed in Big Bang mythology as another. The sheer number of characters in this story can seem like a tidal wave at times, and there are a lot of folks vying for the spotlight.
That being said, Pedro, Jorge, et al do a fantastic job moving the story along beautifully. Pedro is a wonderful writer, and his love of both this property in particular, as well as the work of the aforementioned Wolfman and Pérez is obvious. He does a great job making all the characters unique, and even though we all know they’re pastiches of other characters, they all stand on their own as individuals.
Jorge and Juan’s linework is a pleasure to look at, and for the amount of action they’ve been asked to draw for this issue, their talents have definitely been put to the test, and they come through with flying colors. Couple that with the lovely color work by Ulises, perfectly riding the middle ground between classic old school colorwork, and the hyper-saturated color work so prevalent in comics today (especially Indie comics), and you’ve got an amazing final product. And let us not forget the work of Adam Pruett in this issue, who has been asked to apply his skills in lettering to pages that are jam-packed with action and characters. As a letterer myself, I know how tough this task can sometimes be, and he did amazing work here.
In conclusion, I honestly can’t recommend this book enough. Yes, there is a lot to work through. There are a lot of characters and a lot of history. But the team are all professionals, and they do an amazing job giving us a beautiful product that you definitely want to read. There are so many other Indie books that are…lacking in many ways, especially when they try to handle huge casts like this book has. But these folks all show us how it should be done. And we should support this kind of quality product.