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Another Mind Palace Review

The Mind Palace has been reviewed again this time by Comicbookkid.

Here is what he had to say:

 

For part 2 of this week’s Sunday Spotlight (which started this morning with an interview with Luke James Halsall) here’s a review of Luke’s most recent work, The Mind Palace #1.

The Mind Palace is an anthology of short stories written by Halsall. Each story was then given to a different artist to bring to life. First up, Tick Tock;

Tick Tock

Tick Tock is a poem that Luke had written before the rest of the book came into fruition. The art is handled by Sofi Hjalmarsson, a Swedish artist living in Scotland and can I add that it is handled perfectly.

The entire thing created out of cross-hatched fine liner pen, if Sofi is anything like myself I can imagine the amount of stress that comes with every line put down on top of the image and the worry of having to start the whole thing again but as I can see, not a single line is out of place.

The Defender

The second story in the series is your classic, sci-fi superhero story and if I’m completely honest, this is a letdown in comparison to the other stories in this anthology.

The story is of 2 teenage boys who refuse to believe the stories told by their Grandpa about how their estranged father isn’t around because he’s an intergalactic space ranger. “That doesn’t sound so bad?” You’re right, it doesn’t and it was handled rather well when Marvel released Nova #1 a few months back.

The art on this one was handled by Rex Kennedy and again, leaves a bad taste in your mouth. Some panels are well done, far from perfect but manageable, however the consistency between panels and pages is lacking. As a big fan of typography, the lettering was kind of cringeworthy too.

2.8.

The second half of this book is where it really comes into it’s own. Both through the writing and the artwork as Halsall kicks off 2.8 with a thought-provoking take on a large horror-themed event in the centre of Glasgow.

The book looks at the human condition and how easily we let our guard down but covered up in a much more light-hearted, almost “Scooby-Doo” sort of way.

The ink work by James Cocoran is the absolute highlight through out the book.

 

Martian

The last story in this short series is Martian, another wonderfully drawn book. This time artwork handled by Jamie Wright with art blurring the lines between Sofi’s ‘Tick Tock’ and Jamie’s ’2.8.’ while also throwing some manga-esqe facial expressions in.

As the title suggests, this is another sci-fi piece in a similar vein to that of 2.8.

This is another genius story from Luke James Halsall and is the one I would most like to see continued, although he would have to really pull something special out of the bag if he wants to keep up the level of intensity.

 

 

Thanks again for the review. I really appreciate it and I hope that you all take a look at the  review in full at Comicbookkid

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