DREW HAYES POISON ELVES #1 (COVER A: ROBERTSON)
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  1. I was hoping for a lot more from this. Ponderously wordy and a scrachy visually dense mess. Lacked all the subtlety of the original series. Eh.

  2. gottgen (@vandavisart) says:

    I liked the book, but there were problems for me.

    The story picks up roughly where the Drew Hayes run ended.

    But, confusingly, it starts well ahead of the story, as an entry in Jace’s journal…an odd way to start the new line, if being clear to new readers is your goal.

    I agree with other comments that the story is very…dense. Lots of tiny frames squished together with massive amounts of text. Also, the condensed text section, explaining the series so far to those who are new to the book, is located at the BACK of the book, for some reason…not the beginning, where it might aid a new reader in decoding some of the mayhem to follow.

    Neither of these choices seem good for allowing people to catch on to the story.

    Drew Hayes tended to take a slower approach to storytelling; allowing the reader to sink themselves into the world he was creating, and absorb the greatness and the flaws in Lusipher and his surrounding characters.

    He gave the art room to breath. He filled his pages with detailed textures and hatching, without muddying the images and obscuring the character interactions we were supposed to be paying attention to.

    This isn’t a bad issue. I have no doubt that the people at APE Entertainment have a great love for this series, and they’re trying their best to do Poison Elves justice.

    The story line, itself, is pretty good and adheres well to the characterizations and themes of Drew’s stories. I’m genuinely excited to find out where this series goes. The art by Osvaldo Montpeller is fantastic, besides the aforementioned crowded feeling to the pages.

    They said it would be different, and it is. I’m sticking around, but I’m hoping that APE finds their footing with this, and tries to bring things a little more in line with the pacing and clarity that made the original run so great.

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