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The Mercenary Sea Volume 1 (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 16. September 2014

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HASH(0x9d731564) von 5 Sternen Very Enjoyable! 6. Oktober 2014
Von Talvi - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
Mercenary Sea Volume 1 collects the first 6 issues of this pre-world war II action/adventure story recounting a time when men were men and dames were dangerous. Clean, animation cell type artwork combined with a straightforward, sweetly old fashioned story make for an engaging mix - especially at a time when pulp era comics/novels are making a resurgence in the comic industry. Those who enjoyed Indiana Jones will find this a warm diversion.

Story: Jack Harper is seeking a legendary treasure in the South China Sea. But he is doing so in 1938 - a time before the world was mapped out and when Japan had begun imperialistic conquests in China. He'll do what it takes to keep his refitted WW1 U-boat running - until he can chase down the clues that lead to his treasure. Even if it means becoming embroiled in British spy efforts and cannibalistic jungle tribes.

At first, I was a bit surprised at the artwork - it felt very 'digital' and modern for such a grand old fashioned story. But I soon recognized that it felt more like parts of an animated show - brilliant colors with simple but interesting backgrounds. In effect, a straightforward style for a straightforward action/adventure yarn. As I delved further into the volume, I began to fall in love with the lush color schemes and square jawed heroes. There was even something beautiful about the simple lines of the women. If I had one quibble, it's that the Japanese and Chinese looked Caucasian rather than Asian (the main Japanese antagonist sporting a full modern goatee was rather off putting, to be honest).

The story bounces around a bit between issues - starting with tribes in lush tropical jungles and moving to besieged Chinese villages and war ships of the Japanese navy. Oddly enough, it all works, creating a story that moves and is interesting. Those that like old fashioned macho heroes and femme fatales will appreciate the stereotypes and cliches. For others preferring more realistic stories, then a tale about a treasure hunter with a U-boat in 1938 is probably not the best place to start looking for cinema verite.

The Mercenary Sea did feel very cinematic to me - I was almost wishing I was watching it as a movie. But I will eagerly await the next volume to see how Jack Harper's adventure continues. Reviewed from an ARC.
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HASH(0x9d737b1c) von 5 Sternen Written to be a movie, and I am good with that. 7. Oktober 2014
Von Travis Starnes - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
Sometimes you read a book that you feel is so suited to being a film or TV show that you wonder if the comic form was more of a consolation prize for the creators. There have been numerous films, such as Cowboys and Aliens, that took this exact route, not necessarily to great success. This book looks and feels just like a cell animated show and it has a really weird effect on the motion in the comic. There are a lot of books that make you feel like everyone in it are real people who can move and talk by using the most subtle of indicators. Other books feel like a bunch of non-articulated mannequins were shoved in front of a camera and a certain starting run of Thunderbolts is a very notable inclusion in this group. This art style only has one description for me and it is just like someone took a film, chose the parts of it that were the most important and then snipped out the exact frames they wanted.

This book is a real breath of fresh air for me as it is a comic which I would never have looked at, but am now eternally grateful that I did. It is definitely worth reading, especially if you can pick it up from a library or from a friend because I defy anyone who likes action films not to like this. Sure there are a lot of clichés hidden behind the refreshingly new take on pirates, but to one extent or another we have seen everything before. This book looks like a cinematic experience, reads like a spy novel and feels as familiar as an old car with a fancy paint job. I came into this expecting nothing like this, but found it to be a really fun read and worthy of a second volume.
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HASH(0x9d7370e4) von 5 Sternen Awesome art, amazing adventure, killer graphic novel! 18. September 2014
Von Adam C. Donnelly - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
In the early days of the Pacific Theater, as the threat of WWII boils around them, Captain Harper and his patched together crew haunt the seas in a retooled German U-Boat looking for work, dodging the Japanese Navy and searching for a mysterious island that may or may not exist. This was 2014's Summer blockbuster comic; fun, vibrant and pure. The story and dialogue hearken back to the old Charlton/ DC war comics of the '70's (ie Losers, Weird War Tales, Fightin' Marines), a genre long neglected. Salt that with some 80's Indiana Jones comics from Marvel and you're all set.

But the heavy guns on this book is Mathew Reynold's stunning, 21st century art. The art is pro, clean, flawless and jaw-dropping, a brilliant explosion of bright color and darkness with an ability to make the setting tactile from the heat of the jungle to the coolness of the sea. Every panel comes to life. This was the most talked about title at both of my local comic shops this year and my favorite. A must buy.
HASH(0x9d742cf0) von 5 Sternen Rogue Adventurers, High Stakes 14. April 2015
Von Nolan - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
There's something to be said for adventure fiction. It has stood the test of time. Natural dangers. Exotic locales. Dogged villains. Spy contests. From Robinson Crusoe to Kidnapped to classic pulp, adventure stories like Kel Symons' Mercenary Sea continue to intrigue us.

This graphic novel impresses with story and art. One thing that shines about this comic is tone. Writer and artist collaborate seamlessly, creating sophisticated ambience and style that remains consistent throughout the work. The art has an Archer TV series feel to it, a minimalistic yet refined approach complementing the story.

Characters are well-drawn, plot is grasping, and setting is alluring in its tropical, oceanic and historical backdrop. Follow the rogue crew of a commandeered sub through a war-torn Pacific, rife with Japanese battleships off the coast of its nemesis China. World War II lurks around the corner, while lead character Jack Harper searches for lost treasure and gets sidetracked by espionage entanglements. Tough guys and sly beauties accompany Jack as he traverses the dangers of jungle and sea.

If you're looking for adventure, you've found it.
HASH(0x9d742ea0) von 5 Sternen It's a bit cliche, but that doesn't mean it isn't a lot of fun to read. 29. September 2014
Von Wayne A McCoy - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
'The Mercenary Sea Volume 1' is the kind of pulp adventure tale that reeks of old movies, Jonny Quest, Indiana Jones and even Allan Quartermain. The stylized art makes in cinematic and seems like it could be a grown up cartoon series.

Captain Jack Harper and his ragtag crew run a modified U-Boat in the South Pacific in the 1930s. They pick up jobs along the way to survive and even befriend a group of cannibals who look forward to Jack bringing movies like 'Duck Soup' and popcorn for them to watch. Jack is also in search of a mythical treasure. When the crew falls on hard times, they take on a job involving British spies embedded in the growing conflict with Japan. Things take a tricky turn when Jack's old enemies surface and want to eliminate him.

The crew is interesting and capable. They make do with what they've got, which isn't much. I loved a bartering scene early in the book when the crew is in port. The details of the book feel spot on, and I really enjoyed it. Kel Symons writes a great story and Mathew Reynolds art has a cinematic quality that makes the movie spool in your mind like an old serial. I really enjoyed this and look forward to more adventures with Captain Jack and crew.

I was given a review copy of this graphic novel by Diamond Book Distributors and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this adventurous graphic novel.
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