Adventure Finders TPB #1

Today I am reviewing a collected volume of Adventure Finders #1-#4 and it is absolutely lovely. If you enjoyed the animated Beauty and the Beast or Aladdin films, you should read on.

Adventure Finders TPB #1
Written and Illustrated by Rod Espinosa
Published by Rod Espinosa

Synopsis: Adventure Finders is the story of a small town girl and her friends who want to make it big as great warriors of renown. Main character Clari grows slowly from playful and feisty tomboy into a talented lady warrior-to-be.

Rod has taken on the Herculean duty of producing by himself a fine American manga, sorta. This book supersedes manga and brings the feel of the best anime to mind. Highest praise, the opening chapter had me imagining a John Lassiter production with an opening song number. Anime incidental music is in my head the whole time I read it.

Multicultural, the book oddly combines races and yet characters speak with hints of modern and old English.

Small flaws do distract the reader. Lettering is inconsistent and sometimes squiggly. Presumably the posse characters are young but the boys all have receding hairlines.

Distracting but understood, lots of Adventure Finders is computer generated. It looks great but it’s not all the result of hand crafted drawing. Backgrounds and fills are  filtered photos.

I criticize the architecture which looks like Google sketch up and again pastes our English, multiculti cast into Asian and Italian settings. Universe building is one thing, but the story works just as well without the shortcuts.

A caveat for buyers with children, there is severing of heads and slashing in battles.

Even dinging it for computer generation, I am recommending it as a buy for everyone with caveats. 3 1/2 stars out of 5.

Go online to get it here.

Lonnie Webb

Geek-o-Rama received a copy of this book for the purpose of this review. All thoughts, comments, and opinions are those of the individual reviewer.

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