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Review: Mezo #1

Mezo #1

Set in a Mesoamerican-inspired world, Mezo #1 kicks off a new fantasy world. It’s also the start of a new distribution concept from publisher A Wave Blue World.

The Tzalekuhl Empire is on the warpath disrupting the peace in the land of Mezo. Kyma is of a people who are in their path and witnesses the death of her father, a tribal leader who refuses to yield.

Writer Tyler Chin-Tanner introduces us to an interesting fantasy world setting up the key players and the conflict that’ll drive the story. While interesting, Mezo #1 doesn’t quite make its case though.

Mezo #1‘s release is a bit different. We have this premier first issue which will hopefully get you interested in purchasing future issues digitally or the entire trade with the rest of the story. And while the first issue is entertaining, it doesn’t stand out enough. There’s little when it comes to twists. The characters are tropes and out of the box. What makes the series unique is its design and setting. Beyond that, it’s a story we’ve so far seen and characters who are forgettable.

The art by Josh Zingerman is nice. With color by Doug Garbark, the look of the series is unique to make it stand out. Colors pop and there’s a detail in design of the characters that’s really nice. But, all of that doesn’t quite make up for a story that’s bland. The visuals pop. The story does not. Lettering by Thomas Mauer is good though there are choices where the emphasis on the dialogue should have been made but wasn’t. An example is speeches before crowds where the lettering remains unchanged but should have been larger to emphasize the emotion of the moment.

The comic is ok. There’s nothing inherently bad about it but there’s little that makes it stand out. The “premiere edition” features designs and penciled pages but it’s all standard items we’ve seen in trade collections. Much like the story, there’s nothing new or particularly unique.

Story: Tyler Chin-Tanner Art: Josh Zingerman
Color: Doug Garbark Letterer: Thomas Mauer
Story: 7.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 7.0 Recommendation: Read

A Wave Blue World provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Mezo Premier Edition #1

Mezo Premier Edition #1

(W) Tyler Chin-Tanner (A) Josh Zingerman, Doug Garbark (CA) Claudia SG Iannicello
In Shops: Oct 02, 2019
SRP: $3.99

The rise of the Tzalekuhl Empire disrupts the peace across the land of Mezo. When the conquest begins, a young girl named Kyma witnesses the death of her father, a tribal leader who refused to yield. As the solar eclipse nears, Kyma must unite the various tribes against an emperor determined to make them all kneel before his god or be sacrificed in his name. Mezo, a new fantasy epic set in a Mesoamerican-inspired world begins here!

A Wave Blue World Shakes Up the Comic Business Model

A Wave Blue World Logo

The comic book industry is at a point where publishers and retailers are experimenting. They’re developing new models for a classic product. A Wave Blue World has announced some changes. Their hope is to disrupt to standard release schedule we’ve come to expect. The publisher has announced it will be releasing “premier” first issues. Premier issues will be followed by digital releases and a collected edition of a series. All of this in a compacted 2-month time frame.

The indie publisher recently expanded their brand by hiring industry veterans Joseph Illidge, Editorial Director, and Lisa Y. Wu, VP of Sales and Marketing, to help launch their “Premier #1 Program.”

The Premier #1 Program came from A Wave Blue World’s recognition that the comic book market is evolving. Many readers are choosing to “Sample, Collect, and/or Binge” on comics. Readers don’t want to wait 6 to 9 months for the full story. The program offers readers choice and the ability to get the entire story within a 2-month period.

Each new title will launch with a Premier Edition #1. This will be the only single issue in print and will contain the full first issue as well as a “behind the scenes” look at concept art not found anywhere else. The first issue will be wrapped inside an exclusive cover with high-end art on premium stock.

Then, the reader has two options: 1. Read the subsequent issues digitally released every two weeks, or 2. Buy the collected volume within two months after the release of the Premier #1.

This new business model gives the readers the freedom to choose and sample with a guarantee of delay-free enjoyment and reflects A Wave Blue World’s values of integrating sustainability practices into its business decisions.

In the announcement, President/Co-Publisher Tyler Chin-Tanner explained:

Two of the challenge that prevents fans from reading indie comics are the difficulty in finding all the issues and waiting long periods of time for them to come out.  We’ve addressed both of those problems by having the full series completed in advance and ready to deliver in whatever format the reader prefers.

Executive Director/Co-Publisher Wendy Chin-Tanner said in the announcement:

Our goal in conceiving AWBW’s Premier Program is to solve a sales problem by creating a win-win solution for readers and retailers alike.

To kick off the Premier #1 Program this October, A Wave Blue World is revealing Mezo and Dead Legends.

Editorial Director Joseph Illidge said in the release:

The Premier line of books is a celebration of A Wave Blue World’s promise: To bring daring authors and innovative artists together for compelling stories about amazing characters and personal journeys. We can’t wait for you to see these books, created with the true collaborative nature of our comics community in mind!

Lisa Y. Wu, VP Sales and Marketing concluded:

Influential, innovative and progressive, A Wave Blue World is reinventing a modern approach to enjoying comics. We are redefining comics for our retailer sand readers for the 21st century in that we are placing their values into the designs of how we publish the stories of today and tomorrow.


MEZO

Tyler Chin-Tanner, Josh Zingerman, Val Rodrigues, Doug Garbark, Thomas Mauer
Cover Artist: Claudia Ianniciello
$3.99 / 32 pages / Full Color
On Sale October

“The rise of the Tzalekuhl Empire threatens to disrupt the peace that has lasted for generations across the land of Mezo. When the conquest begins, a young girl named Kyma witnesses the death of her father, Hegol, a tribal leader who refused to yield.

As the solar eclipse nears, Kyma must unite the various tribes against an emperor determined to make them all kneel before his god or be sacrificed in his name.

MEZO is a daring Mesoamerican-inspired Game of Thrones-type epic that can only be found at A Wave Blue World.”

MEZO

DEAD LEGENDS

James Maddox, Gavin Smith, Ryan Ferrier
Cover Artist: Leo Colapietro
$3.99 / 32 pages / Full Color
On Sale October 9

“A widow seeking revenge. A champion hellbent on losing. A world-class assassin second-guessing her contract. The Dead Legends tournament contains a long history of pitting the best fighters in the world against one another, but this year, these combatants bend the rules and place the future of the tournament in jeopardy. This is the martial arts throwback series that hits harder than a kick to the skull, where alliances are made, bonds are broken, and fighters lose their lives.

DEAD LEGENDS is Kill Bill meets Enter the Dragon.”

DEAD LEGENDS