Welcome back to part 2 of our exploration of TKO Studios and their comics. Last week we reviewed Sara and this week we decided to give another of their comics a shot – Sentient.
Sentient is written by Jeff Lemire with all the art done by Gabriel Walta. These two creators go together like peanut butter and jelly. The result is a very tasty Sci Fi story that will have you burning through the issues to see how it ends.
As we mentioned in last week’s podcast, TKO Studios has a very different business model when it comes to comics. They give you the entire story in one shot either with a Trade Paperback or 6 issues packaged together. You are expected to binge the comic. Jon and I enjoyed the book especially with art like this…
Gabriel Walta’s character and ship design are incredibly detailed. You can tell this was a real labor of love putting this together. Lemire’s plotting really matches Walta’s pacing.
In the podcast, we go over the story but keep it mostly spoiler free! We talk about what we liked and debate over other aspects. We also talk about other great Sci Fi stories that we thought about as we read it.
We highly recommend pick this book up as well as checking out other comics from TKO Studios. They are trying something different and it is working.
It’s the first podcast of the new decade! Happy 2020 everyone!
We will be covering a comic this week and it is a very interesting one – in both story and format.
The comic is called Sara – it is the tale of a Russian sniper during WW II. It is written by Garth Ennis with art by Steve Epting and coloring by Elizabeth Breitweiser. It is published by TKO Studios.
The format of this comic is very interesting to me. TKO Studios has a very unique business model. They only release 6 issue stories and they release the issues all at once. You can purchase them in a trade paperback or in 6 issues in a collectors case. Their model is binge reading. Here are some of Steve Epting and Elizabeth Breitweiser’s work on the covers:
As I mentioned, the story is great – a well paced story with moments of quiet introspection juxtaposed with pages of violent action. Here is an example of the interior art work. Garth’s words and Epting/Breitweiser’s interiors make this book a pleasure to read.
Jon and I highly recommend picking up this book. We talk about the pros and cons of TKO’s business models and does it make us want to purchase more of their products? (spoilers – it does).