I collect the article about me and neil's up coming comic project "A second chance at Sarah" I know here:
Project Fan Boy:
A Second Chance at Sarah Graphic Novel[link]
A Second Chance at Sarah Something Ape to Pound its Chest About[link]
Ain't it cool:
A SECOND CHANCE AT SARAH #1[link]
Uncharted 2 Writer Pens Graphic Novel[link]
indy comic reivew:
(since the site doesn't allow direct link, I'll the full article here that I got the permission of the reviewer
Writer: Neil Druckmann
Artist: Joysuke Wong
Pencils: Joysuke Wong
Inker: Joysuke Wong
Colorist: Joysuke Wong
Letterer: Michael Thomas
Publisher: Ape Entertainment
Description of book: A newborn son, a dying wife, and an arcane talisman, thats what Johnny stares at when he considers the demons deal Johnnys soul in exchange for a chance to save his wife (whose soul has just been collected.) Johnny nods and instantly, hes a teenager again, a child of the 90s, and now he must relive a day from his youth. Johnny has the next twenty-four hours to befriend his future wife, uncover her secret past, and stop her from selling her soul to the demon.
As Johnny gets pulled into his wifes hidden history, he starts questioning whether he can, or even should, put a stop to her supernatural deal.
From writer Neil Druckmann (co-writer of the award winning videogames: Uncharted: Drakes Fortune and Uncharted 2: Among Thieves) and acclaimed digital painter Joysuke Wong comes this gripping supernatural adventure about love, loss, and time-travel.
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Review: Alright, it's been almost half a year (really?) since I last did one of these, so I'll see if I can't shake off the dust and cobwebs a bit.
First, I have to confess, I was giving serious thought to giving up the reviewer gig indefinitely until I read the premise of this comic in a review request. At that point, I figured I could page through the PDF and then decide if I actually wanted to do a write-up or not. Well, after I was drug face-first through the entirety of the book, I realized there was only one thing to do. So much for "I can quit any time I want to..."
On to the book itself... It must be stated that this premise is both interesting and unpredictable. It doesn't begin, play out, or end in the way you'd expect it to. In fact, somehow Druckmann manages to create the expectation of the exact opposite of what ends up happening at just about every turn... And yet, somehow the outcome is completely plausible every time.
From the beginning, there's a sense of sympathy that's established for these characters, particularly Johnny. There's something so directly human and endearing about the guy that you can't help but feel his plight. You know how badly he wants his family to come out of this ordeal in one piece, even if you've never been in that situation yourself.
Even when you finally meet Sarah, you're given both the image of her as the teenager Johnny first met and as the woman he later married. There are more than a few twists and revelations that you wonder how she manages to absorb but, at every step, the reactions are believable. Again, that sympathy built up towards the characters does a lot to make some of these scenes heart-rending.
There are a few points where the level of trust Sarah places in Johnny does seem a bit of a stretch given that they had "just" met in the story, but it's never enough to prevent the suspension of disbelief. In fairness, there was probably more to the story that was cut simply due to constraints on the story length.
Wong's artwork contributes a great deal, making the characters expressive and distinctive in appearance. However, don't let the cover art fool you. While there is a touch of anime style to the artwork, it's more widely applied in the characters as teenagers. The visuals take on a very different, almost gritty tone, when the story is in its "present" day. That versatility not only provides an excellent complement to the writing, but also offers a fluid quality that isn't present in many titles I've read.
In essence, the supernatural elements are kind of a smoke screen for what this really is: a love story. Now, this isn't the kind of "feel good" love story that depicts two characters who have no flaws. No, both Johnny and Sarah have flaws - even in the sense of "could I have been better?" That alone goes a long way to make the characters both completely human and completely endearing and serves the story better than any gimmick or plot twist could have.
All told, this is a triumph and it was enough to drag me out of early retirement. May we see many more from this team!
Overall: 5 stars.
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Will update when I get more news.
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