Story / Art / Cover: Rich Tommaso
“THE CORTEN-STEEL PHOENIX,” Part One Journey into the thrilling world of international espionage as one of Britain’s most covert MI-6 divisions, The Nest, recruits a brand-new secret agent to their team: SPY SEAL! An exciting new comic series—reminiscent of The Adventures of Tintin and Usagi Yojimbo—and created by SHE WOLF author, RICH TOMMASO.
When looking up some details about this comic I found out something interesting about it. Apparently the creator had made this character when he was 13 and his fans encouraged him to make comics based on the character.
The major highlight of this book is the art. The creator has such a clean and fun cartoony style that fights well with the anamorphic spy action going on.
Also, it’s very much a more old school spy story. My only real complaint is that the dialogue just seems to meander at time about period politics and such. It slows down the momentum especially when the action is so fun.
There is also a backup feature in the book –
It’s also anamorphic and I think set in the same 60s era but this time it’s a ninja owl. The art is a different style from Spy Seal but this creator too has some great cartooning art. It doesn’t take much to catch onto the story and enjoy it. It’s fairly short but sweet.
Overall I actually preferred the backup Ninja Fukuroh story than I did the Spy Seal. I think that was mainly the dialogue.
So for the comic overall I give it a 3. A 2.5 for Spy Seal and a 4 for Ninja Fukuroh. I don’t know if that comes out to a 3 but there you go.
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