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Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Review #7: Generic Name, Serious Strip

Title: Neotopia
Artist: David Coacci
Collective: None
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Updates: Almost weekly

This guy's only pumped out 36 strips, but it only took a third of that time until the "neo-elf" started slicing and dicing through an automatic turret and plenty of guards in a way that makes your jaw drop all the way to the floor in amazement.

Though Neotopia is a bit of a generic name, I'm willing to look past it as Mr. Coacci has built one hell of a strip with a solid foundation (provided you're willing to read some of the background material he wrote up). I just couldn't pass up the sight of seeing an elf in a Sam Fisher-esque suit.

Speaking of sights, the artwork in this strip is just fucking awesome. Fully-colored panels all touched up with some computer-generated animation, the quality is so good you'd almost think this was like a "cine-manga" that they sell in bookstores.

I can't really say much more about this strip. In the first few strips, we are introduced to Allen Gatehold, a mercenary who carries a big freakin' sword for reasons unknown, and the unnamed "neo-elf" who is slicing and dicing through people to retrieve information, though her client and her purpose are not yet revealed. However, if you have enough patience to wait through the strips when more of the story will be revealed, then this is a very good comic.

Art: 5/5 (Best...Artwork...Ever)
Story: 2/5 (Still too vague, but needs more time)
Humor: 1/5 (Not much to be found)
Action: 5/5 (Oh, Hell yes)
Characters: 2/5 (See story)
Overall (not an average): 6.5/10
Evil Stuff: Claims to be "for Mature readers," but I haven't seen much to warrant that label yet. There is some cursing and a little blood and guts spilling out during the action sequences, but there may be mature stuff coming down the pike. Who knows?
Final Thoughts: As it stands, the comic ain't much but some kick-ass action sequences. However, it has a solid foundation, and plenty of room to blossom into something truly awesome.


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