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A review of Looking For The Sun Volume 1



First Published: 2006


Format: A5, Perfect bound.


Number of pages: 220


Age Rating: U


Price: 7.50


Availability: Purchase at the Sweatdrop Studios website.



Introduction

This is the first volume of Looking for the sun by Morag Lewis; it contains everything from the first 7 comics, plus a special short about Kite which ties in with the rest of the story.

Things begin when Kite first wonders into a village and meets the other main character Saryth. They encounter a few hiccups and make their way together travelling between villages sometimes as fugitives or ending up being persecuted for being sorcerers.

Every place they go they encounter new people, make friends and enemies; all in search of the sun.

At first the story seems very much like an old medieval wizard's tale like an old legend. But in fact it is not quite as simple as that. It becomes evident from about half way through the volume when things start getting a bit more scientific that things were not as they seemed. Talk of hydrogen, physics, and how the solar system functions are not usually associated with wizards.

Looking For The Sun is a bit like the dimension jumping Sliders TV series, only with two wizards instead of a scientist and a group of misfits. Only this time they seem to looking for an actual star rather than just trying to get back to the original earth. One could possibly liken it to Tsubasa chronicle as well.

It's a super read, I just love these kinds of story.

Art & Design

The artwork on the whole is pretty good, even in the beginning. From then on things get better and better and more and more detailed. No screen tone is ever used in this book, everything is drawn in ink and textured in ink. Characters are drawn in a unique and pleasant looking style and their anatomy is generally pretty good, although mistakes are more common in the beginning and become less noticeable towards the end of the volume.

Backgrounds are usually very detailed and don't tend to make the pages too busy, as sometimes too much detail is bad in a manga style comic. In this case it works quite well and brings environments to life. There are some errors with perspective though, and those get less frequent as the story progresses.

Panel layouts tend to be much simpler in this comic than in some I've read, usually the story is told in standard square or rectangular frames with deviation from this pattern coming in when key events are unfolding in the story. This helps keep things neat and tidy whilst emphasising the main events.

Overall I like this story; it's an excellent idea with some interesting surprises along the way. The artwork is pleasant enough and gets better as the story progresses. Sliders fans or fans of Tsubasa Chronicle would love this.


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ALL IMAGES COURTESY OF SWEATDROP STUDIOS, & MORAG LEWIS.

Review by Wayne Hallows

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