Monday, January 14, 2013

Time to Get a Tablet - Lookouts

Lookouts #1 - May We Die In The Forrest - 365 Days of Comics
Lookouts #1 - May We Die In The Forrest
Most comic books you can buy online, through Comixology and other digital retailers, can also be found in physical form; however, some comic books are produced solely for digital consumption. Among the digital only comic books there are a few gems that unfortunately do not get as much attention from the larger comic review websites. Since the digital only comics reach is limited to those with digital readers, such as tablets, a review for them may get less attention by browsers. Well, I don't have a full on website and my main reader is my mother, so I could care less about reviewing books that are popular or wide spread.

Lookouts

To get my attention, or a possible purchase, digital only comic must possess at least 2 of the following criteria.
  • Only $.99
  • Unique and/or interesting art
  • Created by a writer I like or respect
  • Created by an artist I like or respect
  • Has a very unique idea that's conveyed in the 3 sentence preview
  • Has at least a 4 star rating with over 100 reviews on Comixology
Lookouts #1 fit 3 of the above points (only $.99, interesting art and 4 star reviews by a lot of readers), so I gave the digital only comic book a shot. I was happy I did.

Lookouts is a wonderfully fun comic which follows a group of young village protectors in training as they learn the ropes from their wise eye-patched instructor. The world of Lookouts is a fictional past in which goofy bridge trolls and large vicious sphinx can only be passed with a riddles. The sword is wielded but experience and intelligence is valued and conveyed as important in Lookouts, which makes the digital comic book great for children.

The best part about Lookouts is the amazing art. The lively characters penciled by Robb Mommaerts all have distinctive looks, especially the large bubbling troll the young Lookouts face in issues #2 and #3. Mommaerts also does a splendid job with the backgrounds and general scenery. The opening page on issue #2 is worthy of being framed (by use of an Aaron Brothers coupon of course...framing is expensive!)...it's that good.
Lookouts #2 - Bridge Troll - 365 Days of Comics
Lookouts #2 - Bridge Troll (Click for Larger Pic)
Of course Robb Mommaerts' work is heightened thanks to the tone-perfect coloring by Rainer Petter and the crisp ink work displayed by Mike Norton. This team has created a display that fits the bright digital format and makes excellent use of the platform which it exists.

If you're looking for a beautiful book...checkout Lookouts. If you're looking for a fun book...checkout Lookouts. If you're looking for a book that your kids can actually have downloaded on their tablet...checkout Lookouts. Just get this book already. Jeez.

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