Book Title: STORM GLIDER: BATTLES THE FIVE
Book Description: This adventure starts off at night, where a couple are being robbed, only to be saved by the named hero, Storm glider whose real name is Jared. The next day we see a shot of what appears to be Jared still in high school. A sudden jump shows Jared training with another female hero named Mary. Then another jump to a diner where Jared is eating a meal with what appears to be a close family friend named Al, and ends up saving his life. The assassin appears to be a super villain. The villain is upset that he missed the shot, broods about the miss and vows to finish the mission as he talks to the others that he is with. Then another training session with Mary. When Jared mentions the incident too. The female hero he has been training with, does some investigating work and finds Jared playing basketball with Al in a public court. Where the Assassin named Conan, finds them and takes the shot again. This time with different circumstances. While everyone important to Al is at the hospital, the assassin attacks Mary, but this time they recognize each other and get into a fight, with the story ending mid-fight.
Rating if the Book Were a Movie: PG-13
Writer: Bree Haigler Art: Bruno Abdias
Colors: Matheus Huve
Letters: Cristian Docolomansky
Cover: Bree Haigler
Publisher: Legend Comics
Story: 3.4 Stars
Interior Artwork: 3.8 Stars
Cover Artwork: 3.8 Stars
Dialogue: 3.3 Stars
Mechanics: 3.1 Stars
Editing: 3.1 Stars
The cover art of this story is done exceptionally well, and the style follows through with the interior art, as it bounces from page to page and panel to panel, its consistent and holds your attention. Showing the actions, feelings and emotions in all that are involved.
The dialogue is solid, and the flow of the mechanics down the page, even with inlaid panels over the main panel is easy to follow, and keeps the player interested in the story.
The story itself on a whole is good. But I find that it is not necessarily original. In the reading of the story I see alot of elements pulled from other genres, the open panel reminds me of Batman with the hold up of the couple. The character itself feels like he should be part of the x-men with a spiderman twist being that he is still in school, while also making me think of Silver Surfer, seeing that his transportation that is highlighted is a surfboard.
While also making me think of Power Rangers with the robotic sidekick in a secret cave somewhere. Then there is the issue of consistency. The first few pages jump around so much you don’t know what time it is. First it’s night, than the middle of the school day, then who knows when while he is training in the cave.
Then there was the meal meeting with Al, followed by more training. The only consistent time flow is when Al is injured and you see time pass as they sit and wait while the assassin tries to escape only to be met by Mary before the last fight, which happens to be at night.
Then right before the fight even gets started the story ends, showing Jared on the roof, when he was last seen in the hospital.
The assassin appears to be part of a group that Mary mentioned called the Five, but there is no mention before on who they are, or the history that Mary seems to have with them when she screams at Jared about who is possibly attacking Al.
All in all, the artwork is pleasing to look at, but the story itself leaves more questions than answers, and jumps around so much during the process that it leaves little to no desire to continue reading it, unless you’re already vested in the character from the start. Unfortunately I was not, and while I do not want to discourage anyone who will read this review from checking out this title, I myself will probably not be picking it back up.
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