Thursday, June 7, 2012

Double Barrel #1 - Review

The Cannons get a direct hit

There’s something that’s been missing in digital comics. We’ve gotten day-in-date online publishing, guided views, and a huge catalog to download to our mobile devices for anytime reading. But few creators are taking leaps and bounds to make the digital experience more worthwhile and fight back those dreaded words every issue-based comic writer cringes at – “I’m waiting for the trade.”

Kevin and Zander Cannon (no relation) have created a monthly anthology series that gives instalments of their latest graphic novels. Not to mention a load of bonus material that makes this a steal at the price of $1.99.

Zander’s story, Heck, is about a washed up high school football player who discovers a gateway to Hell in the basement of his father’s home. Kevin’s story, a continuation of his smash hit Far Arden, is Crater XV. This story features the continued adventures of arctic adventurer Army Shanks in frosty aquatic adventures. Both stories have very distinct cartooning styles and are entertaining to the last page.

This is the kind of thing that can really take digital comics to a different level. These two creators could have waited to release the trades and collected editions of their stories, but instead opted to try an experiment with serialized storytelling in a digital format.

It worked.

Double Barrel gives you 122 pages of content for just under two dollars. You can’t find a comic book deal like that anywhere else for brand new material. Here’s hoping that more companies try ambitious new methods like the Cannons and Top Shelf.

RATING: 8.5/10

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