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A magical world of adventure has begun as this book delivers some great comedy and art.
Writing
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Artwork
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Review: ‘Mae’ Vol. 1: A Wonderful Start Of A Long Journey

When she was just a girl, Abbie discovered a portal to a fantasy world and has since had great adventures there: defeating horrible monsters, power-mad scientists, and evil nobles. But when she turned twenty-one it all came apart and she decided to return home. Her sister, Mae, had no idea what happened to Abbie all this time, and Abbie’s tales are too hard to believe—that is, until the monsters and other terrible creatures start to cross over to our world . . . Collects issues #1–#6.

Writing

Ready to go on an adventure? If not, then you should probably stay far away from this comic, because this series is nothing but a fantastic ride into another world. A series full of legends, magic, and super science which is the beginning of something big. From the moment in the first issue when Mae reunites with her sister Abbie, Mae’s world is turned upside down. The poor woman has little time to adjust to anything before she finds herself having to take drastic steps to keep her family safe from bizarre and dangerous opponents.

Writer Gene Ha shows a lot of geek love through the course of the book. There are plenty of nerdy references to behold. Each issue features a member of the cast quoting a cult classic movie or TV series. This is especially true in the back up stories where many items are spun into the background of each panel. It helps to sell the comedy of the book without it getting old or feeling forced.

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Artwork

Gene Ha also provides art for the series with help on the colors from Rose McClain and Wesley Heartman. Ha draws some odd facial expressions at times but this is really the only complaint against the entire series. There is a wonderful mixture of different fantasy realms and styles on display from Star Trek to Gurren Lagann and other anime series.

There is a notable shift in art in chapter six when Paulina Gancheau takes over the art and with Kendall Goode on colors. The style isn’t bad, and does help to show a different side of the characters. It’s just noticeable when you get to the last chapter of the book and it turns out to be such a shift.

Conclusion

This is the start of a great indie book series which makes you want to check out the next chapter as soon as it is done. The only individuals who won’t find this book entertaining are those who are looking for a light read. This series is gearing up to take the reader on a very long adventure with a lot of dynamic characters. The pace and plot may move fast so hurry and pick up this first volume.

Anthony Wendel
Anthony Wendelhttp://www.thegiganticproject.com
Anthony is a geek through and through who still looks forward to new releases, sneak peeks, Giant Monsters, and robots of all shapes and sizes. He loves animation of all shapes and sizes. He has a distinct apprehension for trolling and clips shows. His books, The Handbook for Surviving A Giant Monster Attack and Santa Claus Conquers Manos: The Hands of Fate are available on Amazon.
Review: 'Mae' Vol. 1: A Wonderful Start Of A Long JourneyA magical world of adventure has begun as this book delivers some great comedy and art.