Wednesday, 20 August 2014

So I Read Leaving Megalopolis

A 250 word (or less) review of Leaving Megalopolis: Graphic Novel/Volume One
by Gail Simone, Jim Calafiore, and Jason Wright; Kickstarted

Leaving Megalopolis is the Kickstarted survival horror/superhero mashup comic by Gail Simone and Jim Calafiore. It tells the story of a small group of survivors trapped in Megalopolis, a sprawling city infested with murderous, insane superheroes. And its up to these survivors to escape the city and leave Meagalopolis before their former guardians can rip them apart. It's a great little comic with some fun moments, some properly horrific events, and a few clever plot twists. Leaving Megalopolis really plays to it's creators strengths: Jim Calafiore is a wizard at drawing deranged violence while the stripped down, straightforward plot allows the characterization that is Gail Simones greatest strength to really shine. In so many ways Leaving Megalopolis is exactly what I wanted from these creators . That said, I'm pretty unimpressed by the whole Kickstarter experience. While the comic is very good, it was delivered much later than initially promised, and for a pricepoint (with expensive Canadian shipping) that I feel like could have gone much further with a conventional publisher. And the fact that Leaving Megalopolis is now coming out from Darkhorse adds a certain amount of insult to injury. It's great that everyone can now read the book, but I bought into the Kickstarter because it was billed as the only way to get the comic. If I had known a conventional publishing option was forthcoming I would have waited. So, yeah, Leaving Megalopolis was a pretty great comic but a pretty poop Kickstarting experience. 

Word count: 247

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