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Spera Volume 1 Hardcover – January 24, 2012
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Josh Tierney resides in London, Ontario with his wife and cat. He is the writer, creator and editor of the ongoing fantasy comic Spera, which features the artistic talents of a large—and still growing—team of illustrators. The online version of Spera can be found at Spera-Comic.com. His absurdist prose work can be found at JoshTierney.com.
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Each of the 1 - 4 issues, plus extras, in the series is beautifully created by various artist. So when you open it you will have to at least smile if not sigh. Two kingdoms are in peril. The princess from one kingdom, named Pita, flees from her castle because of what her Mother has done. Now, her Mother the Queen is heading for the neighboring kingdom of her friend, the princess Lono. The rest is the funny and interesting tales of their adventures together. Just to let you know, on the cover illustration, it's the two princesses. One of the princesses doesn't like to wear dresses. One is a tomboy and one is a girly girl.
I'm not sure if this comes in softcover yet or will in the future, but take it from me, you will enjoy the hard covers more. Each volume on the HCs (hardcovers) are etched with either, gold, silver or bronze leaf around the cover illustration and the text. This volume has the gold leaf. The information pages look like it's designed on burlap. All three of these volumes, are quiet literally, some of the most beautifully designed books I've ever owned.
Now, go get all three volumes, you want be disappointed!
I was happily surprised that, upon getting the book, of how nice quality the hard-cover was. It is different from what most people think of when they think "comic book", but I enjoy the hard-cover comic books as they stand the test of time a little better (my Asterios Polyp hard-cover will attest to this, as it's gone through much abuse after being read and re-read dozens of times). The colors really pop off the pages and give justice to the different styles of art-work.
The story is an engaging one, and like the other reviewer said, it suits all ages. It definitely gives of a "new type" fairy-tale kind of feel, with brave heroines and heroes to admire, a wonderful story-line, and great art by all the different artists.
I wish I would have been able to read this when I was younger, too! Would have matched up perfectly with my other heroines of the time like Buffy and Xena and then I would have had a trifecta of powerful fictional women to be my heroes! ;D
Styling detailing, print quality and paper stock, It's just a really nice well bound book!!
I could not imagine reading this on a tablet!
Regarding the story and artwork inside, it's a nice little adventure story, illustrated by a cast of talented illustrators. It's all-ages, but don't let that dissuade you, it's well written and can be enjoyed by both the young and young at heart.
However, I don't think the storyline is very appealing as an adult. The two heroines essentially fall at the two ends of the gender spectrum, one heavily feminine and one heavily masculine to create a clear dichotomy, so the novel reminds me more of a girl-power theme more than really complex characters questioning or exploring gender as an issue. That may change in later volumes, but I'd say this is mostly a typical fantasy adventure novel that happens to be about girls. I'd say this is for ages 6-14.
Although the overall plot of the book isn't complicated, it manages to have a lot of drama and emotion in it. I found the characters very like-able. There are several different artists working on this series, with wildly different styles that still compliment the mood and characters well.
It's an all ages book, however some parts might be a little scary or sad for young children. Part of me wishes this book was around when I was a teenager, I would have loved to have seen female characters like the main duo when I first started reading comics. I love their personalities and their relationship.
Overall, a fun and pretty exciting book with a lot of heart!
(I don't usually write reviews, but it seemed like a shame this book didn't have one yet. If you're on the fence, check out the free comics on the website. They don't give away much plot, but give a good feel for the humor and character interactions.)