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Review: Dark Moon Is A Must Own Comic
Stranded on a dark moon with depleting life support systems, surrounded by hostile aliens, how will Dante and the other survivors stay alive?
This is the plot synopsis of Dark Moon, a sci-fi horror motion comic, set to an original soundtrack that coincides with the pages as you scroll through. Dark Moon follows a group of teleportation-enthusiasts, stranded on… well a Dark Moon.
As they fight for survival and search for a way back home, one thing becomes evident; there is much, much, more to this moon than any of their previous research could have indicated. For Dante, Lisa, John, Sarah, and Jacob, the hunt for a way home is just beginning, but it is what is hunting them that will send the tremble down your spine while reading Dark Moon. On one hand, you are being hunted by the unknown, and on the other hand, by the certainty of a lonely death.
So to call this a horror comic would be justifiable, though perhaps a better description would be to call it a horror experience. All aspects of the book combine together seamlessly, from the crisp-eye popping art, to the ominous score that is laid flawlessly over the heart pounding story. Dark Moon feels like much more than just your average comic.
With sound effects in just the right spots as well, it almost makes it seem like you’re watching a stop-motion opera. An overall energy is brought forth through all of these effects that makes Dark Moon a must read. With two issues out already, and another two in the pipeline, I’d be betting my bottom dollar on the success of this independent, self-published and self-financed project.
Both issues can be read at http://freematik.deviantart.com, or via the Madefire app for iOS and Android. I personally use the Madefire app, as it is an amazing format for the book.
When deciding I wanted to do a piece on Dark Moon, I reached out to Creator/Writer/Project Director Tom Freeman. Tom, as you can see, has many roles for the book, but those titles don’t really explain all that he does. From writing the story and the music, to designing the original storyboards and outlines, all the way down to building the motion comic and working directly with the artists to ensure that every scene is just and fitting for the story; the book is his brainchild. Every construct is built upon Tom’s Freeman’s blueprints, every scroll is a direct transcript of his words, but the team he has assembled behind him is mostly what has made it possible for Dark Moon to thrive.
Along with Tom, that team is artist Benedick Bana and letterer Kuen Tang; the three of them make a splendid creative ensemble.
Benedick Bana is a stellar artist who completes the book’s artwork from first sketch to final colour and was hand-chosen by Tom while he was browsing on deviantart.com. Here are Tom Freeman’s thoughts on his choice.
His character designs and almost impressionistic backgrounds were perfect for what I wanted to try in the comic. It turned out that we work really well together and his amazing work has really been appreciated by our fans!
I would have to say that Tom is absolutely correct, they work amazingly well together. As a fan of Dark Moon, I really appreciate the artwork that goes along with it.
Last but not least on the production team is Kuen Tang, who is the letterer on the book. Kuens’ portfolio expands from independent comics all the way into past works for DC Comics, into photography and now film; there is definitely a lot that she brings to the table and that is exactly how Tom feels.
Her work and experience with comics is really giving us more of a classic comic feel.
Although Dark Moon is primarily geared towards a digital format, there is a “Collector’s Edition” of Issue #1 that is in print. It comes with a copy of the issues soundtrack as well, which can be bought here.
As far as Issue #2, which was just released on June 18th, no print copy yet exists, but I do hope to see one soon. We are also eagerly awaiting the release date for Issue #3.
The book has a loosely based publication schedule. As we have covered, they are a self published, self financed team, so only time will tell when we will get another mind-bending, heart-snatching issue of Dark Moon.
Dean Carls is a Contributor to ComiConverse. Follow him on Twitter: @Deanthaghoul
Every construct is built upon Tom’s Freeman’s blueprints, every scroll is a direct transcript of his words, but the team he has assembled behind him is mostly what has made it possible for Dark Moon to thrive.