Rating if the Book Were a Movie: R
Writer: Sean Gordon Murphy
Artist: Sean Gordon Murphy
Colors: Matt Hollingsworth and Dave Stewart
Letters: Andworld Designs
Cover: Jon Sommariva
Editor: Clay McCormack
Publisher: Massive Publishing
Story: 4.2 Stars
Artwork: 4.4 Stars
Cover Artwork: 4.2 Stars
Dialogue: 4.0 Stars
Mechanics: 3.8 Stars
Editing: 4.0 Stars
About the Book:
The Plot Holes are a team of fictional characters that go into other books and edit them. They make the necessary corrections to make it so a book can be published and actually be worth reading. Some books are beyond saving. Occasionally there are characters in bad books that are worth saving though. Enter Cliff, a comic book creator living in a story that needs to be deleted. Ed, the Plot Holes’ leader, recruits Cliff to join the team and learn that he can be so much more.
Plot Holes is different from anything I have ever read. Its uniqueness makes it a breath of fresh air. We get a compelling premise and an assortment of fun characters that all stand out in their own unique ways.
Plot Holes struck a chord with me because I have seen a lot of what Ed is talking about in my line of work. I have seen small press publication books with great fight sequences that didn’t explain why the combatants were fighting. I’ve seen books with outstanding character development that aren’t clear regarding what the story is about.
This is why editors and proofreaders are invaluable. Moreover, you need editors and proofreaders that will be honest with the creative team. If something needs to be corrected, the creative team needs to know that corrections are needed.
It takes a handful of pages to fully understand what is transpiring in this story. Once the light goes on it is very easy to fall into this book. There’s a steady tempo to the story and it has a course of events that keep it from lingering anywhere for too long.
I loved the artwork on this cover. It’s a terrific homage to Calvin and Hobbes while still inserting a majority of the key characters we will be meeting in this issue. Frankly, this cover is what made me buy the book in the first place.
Between juggling my 9-5, this job, and family life a lot of titles don’t make it onto my radar until I see them on the shelf at my local comic book store. A good cover makes an outstanding elevator pitch when the creative team isn’t there to tell people about the story.
The artwork on the interior pages is outstanding. I loved the changes in artistic style as we go from one genre to another. It’s a little thing that helps make the premise of the story much more plausible.
As a geek on a budget I am all in on Plot Holes. With its unique premise and fun filled cast of characters this book has laid the groundwork to be a title that we can expect great things from.