Rating if the Book Were a Movie: R
Writer: Dustin Brunell
Artist: Devon Massey
Colors: Dan Kemp
Cover: Devon Massey
Story: 3.0 Stars
Artwork: 3.4 Stars
Cover Artwork: 3.0 Stars
Dialogue: 3.1 Stars
Mechanics: 3.2 Stars
Editing: 3.3 Stars
About the Book:
Penny is a movie buff that is in her mid twenties. When she learns that the (supposedly) haunted movie theater has reopened and needs a manager she’s all over it. On her first day Penny is cleaning the theater after a showing. When she picks up a ticket stub she’s transported on an adventure she’s never going to forget.
One of my favorite things about indie comics is the wide spectrum of stories we get. I’ve had the pleasure of writing about everything from a gorgon managing a circus to a wildlife biologist bringing down a poaching ring in Africa to a robbery in the middle of a Kaiju fight in Florida. Creators are only limited by their own abilities.
At some point we’ve all imagined what it would be like to be part of the story in a movie. Be it pretending to be Tarzan as we swing by a rope and splashing down in a pond/river/lake or having a lightsaber duel using sticks as weapons we’ve all imagined being in a movie at some point. Theater 7 gives us a glimpse of that with Penny’s experiences in the world of Return to the Future.
I liked how detailed the artwork on the interior pages was, especially when we see Penny’s transitions. The detail, coupled with the coloring and onomatopoeia made this book stand out. I loved the homage to Amazing Spider-Man when the girls are watching the movie.
Full disclosure, there are some panels that contain full frontal nudity. If that is something you’re not comfortable with, there are other titles to read. My take on the subject is if it’s tastefully done and not being marketed towards children, it’s good to go.
As a geek on a budget I believe that Theater 7 is worth the price of admission. It has an interesting premise, good artwork, and some great laughs.
You can get your copy of Theater 7 by reaching out to Dustin Brunell at email@example.com.