In Review – SENTINEL #01

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The images here are my photos.

Sentinel #01 is a 64 page ‘digest size’ comic, written by Alan Holloway with art & letters by Ed Doyle.

I’ve known Al & Ed for quite a while now, so when I saw this up on Kickstarter I gave it a punt. Specifically for the option to get the Steven Austin cover. Remember that.

Review:

Sentinel #01 has a cover price of £3.00, and in all honesty that is great value for money. Alan & Ed have crafted an entertaining yarn, with enough twists, turns and in-jokes to justify the expense. I’ll be keeping an eye open for the second issue down the line.

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That being said it is not perfect – There are issues with all aspects of the book in my opinion. There is one character who is only named 16 pages after their first speaking panel and only then in a caption. Ed has some anatomy issues and has fallen foul of adding extra digital detail to a character (presumably a kickstarter backer who has paid) that is added to scenes after the initial drawing was done, resulting in a very visible difference in line quality. Ed needs to work on his lettering too.

Ultimately what this project needed was a good editor to be involved from the beginning.

That being said, I genuinely enjoyed this and was glad I backed it. Quality wise it is head and shoulders above some of the early works I was involved with, so there is no reason that future issues shouldn’t live up to what I perceive and their potential.

I asked Ed about availability and was told:

“available from the Getmycomics website, Orbital comics shop in Leicester Square,  Alan’s Imaginarium comic shop, the Sentinel Facebook page and hopefully as a digital download on comixology but we’re  working on that.”

Google Get My Comics and then Indie then select ‘S’ on the bar, that should get you to the book.

You’ll see the original cover on the website – I opted for the cover by Steven Austin, Steven is a superb artist and I’m glad I did.

Fingers crossed that following the successful kickstarter and the resulting sales Al & Ed will have enough funds generated to roll into the printing for the second issue, removing the need for Kickstarter altogether. And fingers crossed they can take any lessons learned forward and just keep putting out readable, enjoyable comics.

 

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