Created By Lee
Hello there folks, Lee here back from a bit of a break to give you all a brand new MQC! As a bit of a note, this article series is going to be a general review of various things. Basically of what ever I feel like it. Whether it be games, movies, comics, goats, airplanes, etc. So there.
That being said, this time we are going to follow up with a Kickstarter I supported/spoke of in the KBR, Ugli Studios Presents #2. So sit back, grab a drink, relax, and check out what I have to say about this set of comics.
Ugli Studios Presents Volume 2 is the second collection of comics done by who else, Ugli Studios. This time it features three very distinct stories created by several talented artists and writers, all of which have greatly varying styles and tones.
This anthology has been eighteen months in the making that has come into being by the incredible amount of work put in by it's creators through their Kickstarter drive, hitting the convention circuit, and actually bringing the book to life.
So what do I have to say about the product of all this effort? Plenty, but for the time being I want to keep this simple before diving head first into it.
What I really want from Ugli Studios Presents Vol. 2 is 'more'.
The range of stories in the collection is a big strength for it, making sure there is something to spark everyone's interest as well as letting them enjoy tales they might not have picked up and read otherwise
The anthology features the sci-fi action and adventure of "The Courier" following what looks to be a desperate journey of a lone human in an alien ship. The feel of an old school spaghetti western with "The Painted Ladies Of San Quentin" with a twist. And the dark thriller "Thirteen" about what happens when a serial killer clones himself.
It's a bit like you get this feeling that the stories could of been expanded/trimmed and they would of been paced a bit better, but they somehow got stuck in the middle.
A good example of this is in one story we meet a character, are given their name, a slight bit of backstory, and watch as they are decapitated with a single page between introduction and death. Which in itself is not so bad in a story of this size, but this happening to several other characters gives a sense you are missing out on what could have been.
After that what you have before you is amazingly crafted artwork in three distinct styles that is colorful, expressive, lively, and just damn pretty. You can tell how much hard work and thought went into the all the detail found within the comics.
As I said before too, the overall ideas of each story/tone are creative with some great flashes of originality. They are the kinds of stories that hook you and pull you along on the edge of your seats with brute strength until you've read the last page.
Overall, I mean what I said about wanting more from Ugli Studios. Even with my minors problems with bits of the stories, I want to see and read more from these guys. I am already hoping for and looking forward to a Volume 3. So pick this up as soon as you can, grab Volume 1 if you missed it, and give your support to the talented work of these local artists/writers!
You can buy the comic anthologies HERE!
And be sure to check out their website HERE!