called him a hack. Then years later I realized I liked a lot of his work and made a public apology. Some time later I saw he was doing a new Kickstarter for a comic he was creating titled, "Nina and Ariel," which I told folk about and backed myself. Well, the comic arrived in the mail the other day (along with some other rewards I qualified for such as some trading-cards and a bookmark) and I thought I ought to review it.
"Nina and Ariel," reminds me a bit of a comic from the publisher Boundless--and I mean that as a compliment. While some folk rail against Boundless as being pure cheesecake I find the comics have a nice mixture of high-concepts, action-scenes, well-paced plot, and sexy artwork. Within, "Nina and Ariel," Benes has all of that. The comic discusses a depressing future where Earth has been ruined and all the rich folk fled, leaving behind everyone else to fend for survival on the wreck of a planet (high concept. With this we witness our heroines dealing with all sorts of unsavory characters in violent ways (good action) before meeting one another and realizing they need to team-up by the issue's end (a well-paced plot that doesn't make us wait forever to have the heroines meet). Also, within the issue we get a lot of nudity that doesn't come-off as excessive or grotesque, but is reasonably erotic and enjoyable (sexy artwork).
The first issue of, "Nina and Ariel," is a great read for fans of Ed Benes or anyone who enjoys a good action-packed sci-fi yarn with a solid dash of cheesecake art. I'm glad to have backed it on Kickstarter and will for sure want to pick-up any future issues!
4 out of 5 stars.