Thursday, April 14, 2011

How Digital Comics Should Be Done--Action Double Feature #1

Action Double Feature #1
There is a company called Four Star Studios, made up of four individuals. I know one from his work on the comic Hack/Slash so I heard about this that way and from a positive review of the app I am about to discuss on Comics Alliance. Just what is "Action Double Feature"? Well, it is two eight page comics for $.99. Not a bad deal, 16 pages for almost a buck, but it is the way they take advantage of the digital medium that makes this really neat stuff...

Basically you get the 2 eight pages stories, and then you get the option to break them down into just the color art, inks, or in one of the stories, the rough pencils! Plus, in what I consider the coolest addition, you can add a commentary box where the creators say a bit about how they came up with their ideas for the concept or page and otherwise offer additional insight into the creative process. If that isn't really cool I don't know what is!
The features are neat and all, but all the bells and whistles aren't worth a hoot if the stories and art aren't any good, right? Well, you don't need to worry there because both first digital issues are promising and action-packed. They aren't utterly incredible, but easily are above average. I won't give any more details as they are short and that would spoil a lot. With the ability to peer into the creators minds and see the process, that impacts my review a bit so I'm going to break things down some...
Stories Themselves: 3.5 out of 5 stars
App Bonus Features (Commentary, Art Breakdowns): 4.5 out of 5 stars.
Overall Score: 4 out of 5 stars.
Go to their website for more information (or to buy a PDF of the comic which has the fun story but no special features) or use the App store to get the great stuff for your iPhone or (You can only view the PDF on an iPhone) iPad!

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