Saturday, 30 May 2015

Just a Sidekick Issues 1 - 5 Review

Review By
Patrick Scattergood

Written and Illustrated By
Kel Winser

Published By
Beardy Boy Comics



A comic book series telling the story of a down and out comic book maker who ends up in his own comic style adventure!


In the indie world, there are so many writers and artists vying for attention that you never know where to turn to find something that will hook you in, that will be something a bit different for your money.  Luckily, the indie comic book world is one that is full of talented creative teams that aren't afraid to take risks and try new things.

Just a Sidekick is one of those series that not only goes for something new but does it well and with style.

The series takes a unique run at creating a set of stories that will stand up in a crowded genre but really takes a risky route in to doing that.  Each and every issue is set in a completely different genre yet each issue is part of a long running, connected series.  In the hands of anyone else, such an idea would end up feeling  disjointed, confusing and maybe even feel more like a gimmick instead of a quality series.  That's not the case here at all.

For me, the strongest part of the series is the writing.  To be able to juggle 5 different genres and keep the story not only coherent but exciting too is quite a feat and Winser does so with confidence and style.  It's not all balls to the wall action or witty quips.  There really is an emotional side to the series and that to me raises it above a lot of the other comics that I have read lately.  With each genre that pops up, the characters take it in their stride yet there are sometimes some brilliant quips about the genres themselves that will bring a knowing smile to the readers face.

With such strong writing, there would have to be some cracking art to go with it and these comics have that in spades.  The subtle art really works well alongside the stories themselves and bring the characters to life.  The strongest part of the art is by far the fact that it's not clinical and safe like the art that seems so prevalent in recent comic books.  Instead the art sometimes takes a frantic turn and it works.  It really makes the action on the pages pop and keep your eyes glued to each and every page.

All in all, this is a series that is both unique and exciting.  Each issue dealing with a different genre yet maintaining a constant story is a risky but ultimately successful move.  Just a Sidekick is a series that is not only well worth getting but also take the time to check out Winser's other work here too.

Story 8/10
Art 7.5/10
Covers 7.5/10
Recommended 8/10
Overall 31/40

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