“This is effective and moving, however, because Giffen pays attention to the little everyday things as he enables us to empathize with a man who has apparently had a living death curse inflicted upon him, and how it affects what’s left of his life, including his failed relationship with a woman who winds up getting involved in his predicament anyway despite breaking up with him just prior to the fateful tagging.”
“…it’s got me hooked. Based on the first issue, I’m expecting a seriously good mini-series. If Giffen manages to pull this off, Tag should be in contention for the coveted “Mag Book of the Year” award.”
“Aliens, monsters in the dark (which may be the vanguard of the invasio), conflict among the survivors, guilt-ridden memories, and a road trip: War of the Worlds mixes it all up in a science fiction fiesta. Nelson hasn’t revealed much, if anything, of substance about the titular invasion itself, which would have annoyed me if it didn’t keep me looking forward to the next issue.”
“the plot is simple and catchy…
Looking through your last sketchbook, I noticed a lot of different subjects. What’s your favorite subject? Sexy zombies? Not really sure. Ugly things next to pretty things I guess. Space Monkeys are always a favorite of mine.
NRAMA: You mention you’ve known the other artists in theBLVD for quite some time, and some of the advantages of working together. But how did the idea to operate as a studio come about? I understand you all operate in different states…
JPL: I suppose the catalyst for choosing to come together was our desire to have a unified presence at conventions paired with the printing of our first BLVD sketchbook.
We do live in different states. Bernard Chang and Trevor Goring are in LA. Tommy Lee Edwards is in North Carolina. Sean Chen is in New York City. And I live and work out of Miami, FL. So of course we don’t share a physical studio in the traditional sense, but modern communication being what it is, we are able to interact instantaneously with each other, sharing ideas, current work, as well as jobs among the five of us. Anyone who works in comics or illustration as a freelancer will tell you how important it is to be able to interact with like minded, creative professionals. Bernard likes to call it a “virtual studio”.
“Giffen and DeMatteis do a great sequence towards the end of this issue that starts out kooky and ends up quite poignantly as Valor realizes that this world is very different from the one he left behind.
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“Giffen and Grant produce wild science fiction that puts all else to shame, and back it up with solid characterization and universe-building that make the series fresh yet seemingly a long-standing story that you just didn’t know was there.