April 19th, 2019, 3:26 pm
Review/Critique #1

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Xero Boomer April 19th, 2019, 3:26 pm
"CHARMING" Hello comic lovers of the world, my name is Xerocorpse Boomer, a.k.a Xero and I love comics! Recently, I have delved into artist (ARTOFJOE) and his creation "Charming". At first glance it is gritty, almost sketch-like with little to no background. Even though the first (and a couple after) page in rendered in color, it stays consistent with it's black and white theme and stick figure drawings. So what do you guys think I thunk?....


Yeah, the drawing is rough, but the characters bring the story alive! It takes place in a fantasy world (no spoilers) with iconic fairy tale characters we ALL grew up with, only THESE characters spent several years either in fighting dojo's or mental wards.
Artofjoe brings a colorful cast and impressive pacing in this black and white action rumble that, if you give a chance, will keep you engaged in whats going on while giving you a laugh or two.
I say give it a chance because Ch. 2 is....rough. It was a challenge to get through because I felt like his skills went backwards instead of forwards. Everything in it looks and feels rushed and somewhat sloppy, like someone had a gun to his head and said "DRAW!". He does explain this to the reader in the comments (he is updating his rough drafts and hasn't completed the 2nd part yet).

With that being said, Chapter 3 was AMAZING. You can see his transformation from sketching to art as you go page to page. This gives a more pleasing look to the eye and makes the action all more intense! Even the character interaction with each other is improved by tenfold. They even break 4th walls when talking to the reader outright! Doing this makes you feel like your are apart of their fantasy, thus keeping your interest.

Frogs, Swordsman, Princesses, and Witches alike are all crammed into this action packed "Once Upon A Fist" that for me, left me wanting more! It may seem rough at first, but if you give ARTOFJOE'S "CHARMING" a chance, you may find out that what you thought was a toad could very well be your Prince Charming.
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artofjoe April 19th, 2019, 7:39 pm
Thanks for the review. Part 2 redrawn is in its editing phase, so I'll have it nice and new soon! :) I'm glad you liked it.
Xero Boomer April 19th, 2019, 7:53 pm
Loved it keep up the amazing job!