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Tales of Honor Volume 1: On Basilisk Station (Tales of Honor Tp) Paperback – November 25, 2014
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1: Visually there are two critically important uniforms in the Royal Manticoran Navy. One is the Skin Suit that you did very well, though the helmet needs to be able to be "racked" on the back of the command chair. The second it the usual duty uniform, a tunic in Black and Gold. I beg you to consider getting the design from the defunct table top game "House of Steel", it was perfect and you can get it cheap. It also has a cleaner art style the you should give consideration to if you intend to do animation in addition to live action in your movie options. Please also remember the colors, they are important and so are the uniform awards that will show up as the story continues. The stars are for hyper capable commands, not rank insignia. If you have to keep your design, please correct the colors and figure out how you will attach the rank, medals and ribbons to something that looks like an x-man costume. If you can do it and in the right colors I'll try and stop hyperventilating.
2: NIMITZ is "cute". He is overlooked as being dangerous by adults, small children love him and all tree cats because they are cute and fluffy. Nimitz is FLUFFY, remember Honor brushing him on the tropical prison planet because his very thick fur was torturing him in the tropical climate? He is a cat, not a Hexapuma that are black demons from hell. Please consider trying again. Consider that with a thick layer of fur he would be easier to animate since there would be some hidden motions. Also the tail has to be fluffy too as part of their survival during the Griffon winter. So a THICK fur coat.
Ok I realize I'm not your target audience of bringing in new people and this is a reboot similar to the recent Star Trek movies, but even they realized that you can't kick your guaranteed fans too hard or they will not buy the DVD, extended release Blue Ray, Toys, Ship Models, spinoffs etc. I am a loyal fan of David Weber, I am not yet a fan of your revision. I want to be.
I am not just being a hater. I didn't criticize the ship designs, I am trying to be accepting and even learn to love some of the alterations in time. I want to like what you are doing.
I can overlook the muddy art style though it is hard, I can hold my breath over the redesigns. But the Uniform and the Tree Cat are too central to the story to lose. The only thing worse would be to start messing with the names of the characters. You don't have to do it the way I "see" it, but make it look like you read the books, liked them and wanted to see them live. So far I see ego getting in the way of vision. Doing "My artwork" is not the same as great work with a talented group creating a living world that lifts us from out world into Honor's. The vision we love started with David, and he is a great and easy to get along with guy. His fans are a little more demanding. Please consider uniforms, especially colors, and TREE CATS. Make it easier for us to love what you do. Thank you for your attention and I hope these were constructive suggestions and not just frustration.
Good luck, keep trying, and there is still time.
Regards, Michael Lee Burgess
In the Honor Harrington series, Weber always catalogs the devastation of warfare, but the visuals here are more dramatic than words alone. My main problem with Tales of Honor is the problem that fans often have with films—a disconnect between what I previously imagined and what I am seeing. This version of Honor is less beautiful, more menacing, and less subtly nuanced than the one in my imagination. And, the Nimitz in this book is unrecognizable. Really.
However, as a fan of HH and Weber, I am looking at these panels as elaborate story boards— a step toward seeing Honor on the silver screen.
For newbies, this approach will certainly introduce this most excellent character. Hopefully later volumes will flesh out the story and attract a wider audience to Honor Harrington's universe. Fans of comics and graphic novels should give this book a chance.
Tales of Honor is a beautiful comic book that works for the medium. The imagination and world might overlap and push the kind of limits James Cameron did for Avatar. The art by Jun-Geun Yoon, San-II Jeong, and Linda Sejic add so much depth and wonder that you often forget that this is a military-sci-fi-thriller but more of a space opera fantasy. Each page is filled with extreme visual details, creative ships, and mindblowing action. TOH might only be suitable for comics because the film’s budget would be colossal! The high concept storyline would work for a movie but it would be a crime to scale down the visuals this comic produced.
Satisfying read. The cliffhanger on the last page will make you go buy vol. 2 immediately. It will also make you want to adopt a cat and name it Nimitz.
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