Graphic Novel Review 227/365: The Sapphire Spectre

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Hey, all! I have some cool things coming your way in March, so make sure that you are checking back every day. I appreciate you for reading.

Let’s kick off March with an indie title.  I was hanging out at my local comic book shop (Alternate Reality on 111th and Kedzie in beautiful downtown Mt. Greenwood, IL.) when local artist James T. Molloy came in to shop his comic to the owner.  I engaged him in a conversation, grabbed a copy of his comic, and here we are.

Title: The Sapphire Spectre

Author(s): James T. Molloy

Publisher: Indie (2017)

Age Rating: 13+

Yesterday I mentioned focusing on some of the industry’s auteurs to expand my knowledge of the masters, and I plan on doing just that as time goes on, but I also find it important to discover the up-and-comers, the indie artists hustling to break into the competitive industry.  That brings me to James T. Molloy.

If you’ve been to a con, searching for new books by new artists, you’ve seen some stuff that is…well…not so good.  But dang if those artists aren’t passionate about their craft.  It’s refreshing when you find a new artist, shopping a book that looks pretty darn cool.  The cover of The Sapphire Spectre hinted at its quality (see image above), and a quick peruse of the interior solidified that James T. Molloy is a legit artist.  And while the art is not perfect, it’s close, and I’ve seen lesser art on the pages of a DC or Marvel book, so there’s that.  The juxtaposition of bright conflicting colors plays very well and the page/panel layouts are professionally done.

The story is straight forward.  Girl lives among the living and the spirit world in order to help people and solve mysteries.  The art, character interactions, and humor make up for the simple concept, and it is one of the better indie comics that I have read this year.

If you would like to find out more about James T, Molloy and his work, check him out here.

Happy reading!

Eric

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