Review: The Saga of the Jack of Spades
December 3rd, 2015 | by Dean Carls II
Gamble or steal? ComiConverse’s Dean Carls says steal. He’s here to give us the scoop on The Saga of the Jack of Spades.
The Saga of the Jack of Spades is a project I have followed for quite some time now; from merely just a Twitter page, to a successful Indiegogo campaign, now to the book reaching fruition and being a self published title, through Nothing Works Entertainment, Inc.. With a hard working, dedicated team that was willing to gamble everything for almost seven years to get the project completed to perfection, I’d say it has earned its share of the chips in the comic world.
The Saga of the Jack of Spades follows the Prince of Spade Kingdom, Jack, as he prepares to take on the medieval criminal syndicate known as the Euchre, who are hell-bent on revolution and ready to spill blood for that revolution. The first issue has us following Jack as he is getting ready for his first real encounter with the Euchre, and what might be his last. With opposition coming from within the Kingdom, Jack feels it his duty to prove to the people of Spade Kingdom that he has what it takes to not only take out the Euchre once and for all, but also to one day rule over the people as their King.
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Considering that the writer of the book, Chase Kantor (also Creative Director of Nothing Works), says he was heavily influenced by movies such as The Princess Bride, Robin Hood, and Indiana Jones, it makes it very easy to compare it to works like that. It comes off as fun, but also has a way of realistically portraying the violent nature of the time period, giving it a necessary edge and sense of adventure. Oh, and did I mention that the Prince of Spades, Ol’ Jack , is also Lord High Minister of Executions? Well, he is. And this helps to bring a good amount of that aforementioned edge to the book.
(I think it’s easy to get caught up in that kind of of grim and gritty historical realism.)
And I would agree, the team bringing the story to visual life really helped give the story a sense of immersion. Daniel Schneider (pencils/inks), Sabrina O’Donnell (colorist), and Sylvia Moon (letterer), have a style that meshes together very well to bring an impressive product to the table, and honestly is very reminiscent of Marvel’s early Ultimate X-Men runs. Crisp bold lines with fine details and characterization, intricate colors that set tone and mood panel by panel flawlessly, and lettering that finds ways to be appealing, without taking the eye away from the details of the art itself while reading. I would say the art is my favorite part of the book, hands down, and that is not to take away from any other part of the book, but merely a tip of the hat to the art department at Nothing Works.
I highly recommend giving the book a shot. You can download issue #1 here, and also keep up with all the news following The Saga of the Jack of Spades. And although there is not a definite publication schedule set forth yet, the team over at Nothing Works is hoping to make it a quarterly publication, and thanks to the Indiegogo campaign they will be releasing a limited print run of the book in 2016, so follow them on Twitter for all the latest updates.
Dean Carls is a Contributor to ComiConverse. Follow him on Twitter: @Deanthaghoul