Wednesday, May 30, 2012

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Comic Review: Veritas

Well folks, I'm back from Phoenix and while I am, I'm not quite ready to write about the weekend there. It wasn't what I was expecting and it's led to some serious shake ups in my life. Due to that, it might be a while before I can write about this past weekend with a clear head.

What I can do, however, is write about a comic that thanks to Walter (best friend and amazing assistant), I was given a copy to review. Now, y'all know that I am ages behind in my C2E2 reviews, but sometimes something just tells you that you need to pick up something before what is technically its time. That was the case with Veritas.

Something just told me today to ignore the rest of the stack waiting for me and to pick this one up and read. Somehow I knew that I'd find something in there that would speak to me and how often does that happen in a comic book? So, let me tell you about Veritas...

The Good - This book comes out of nowhere with a story that I never saw coming. Honestly, I had zero background on this book and I'm glad that I didn't. It left me open to the message that is right there in the first pages of the book. The art is crisp and leaves no doubt as to what is happening in the story. By the end of the book, I was looking for more. I might just have to do some "sucking up" to the author so that I can be on his future reviewer list for upcoming books.

The Bad - I don't know that this is bad necessarily, but I do have a bit of an issue with the font that is used inside the front and back covers. Instead of a's, it uses lower case e's upside down and it does the same thing with w's (using upside down lower case m's). It's a bit bizarre and takes the eyes/brain a minute or so to adjust to what it is.

The Summary - Veritas might not be for everyone. It has a very biblical message and that might be a turn off to some. For me, who is finding their way back, it carried a message that I needed to hear. The story isn't an easy one but it is one that people can and will relate to. Keep in mind that this isn't a book that I would hand to my children, but it is one that I would hand to anyone who is looking for something new to read. There aren't any vampires or zombies (yet?) and that alone makes it different from a lot of what is being handed to me lately. So, if you're looking for something new to check out from an up and coming writer, check out Joshua Pantalleresco's Veritas. For more information on Josh and what he does, check out his blog at Michael Through Time (Nope, I have no idea why it's called that. Why not go read and find out?)

I received a copy of this book thanks to the extremely awesome Walter Jimenez who totally pimped me at the con. Without him, this review wouldn't have been possible. It's amazing how sometimes things line up just when you need them to. All thoughts, comments, Walter, etc are 100% mine. Ok, Walter isn't 100% mine, but he is my best friend and I thank God every day for bringing him into my life. (How's that for sappy disclaimer?)

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