Garfield #33: His 9 Lives Part 1 (of 4)
Author: Scott Nickel
Artists: David DeGrand, K. Lynn Smith, and Andy Hirsch
In 1984, Jim Davis created a groundbreaking series of illustrated short stories called Garfield: His 9 Lives, setting the Fat Cat in various eras, that became an instant classic.
Even if you’ve never read the original His 9 Lives stories or watched the 1988 animated special, you’ll enjoy these unique interpretations by an all-star cast of cartoonists, including Andy Hirsch, Yehudi Mercado, Roger Langridge, Frazer Irving, and Genevieve FT, as they depict Garfield through the ages, from prehistoric times, to the reaches of outer space.
“Garfield: His 9 Lives, Part 1.” The journey begins with “Cave Cat,” as David DeGrand (Spongebob Comics) takes us back to Garfield’s first life, during the earliest days of life on Earth! Then, K. Lynn Smith (Plume) illustrates “King Cat,” as we see how Garfield got down in Ancient Egypt.
Meet Vesper, the thrill seeking daughter of a renowned world explorer, and her guardian spirit, Corrick.
K. Lynn Smith‘s hit web comic, Plume, captures the Wild West feel and turns it on its head with the magic and adventure the likes of Indiana Jones. The reinvigorated Devil’s Due Entertainment has taken the comic and packaged it to hit shelves this week.
There’s a lot I like about the comic. I’ll admit the story seems a bit thin, but as a first issue, it’s still solid. We start off on an adventure then flashback to Vesper’s life and how she met Corrick. That’s about it for this first issue. It’s very much an origin tale, but no direction as to where the story is going. That’s not necessarily bad for a story arc, but as a first issue, something just felt missing to me.
What stands out most though is K. Lynn Smith’s art. I love it, with this great feel like you’d see in an animated film. Something about it just really appealed to me. Also is what seems like an entertaining female protagonist. As a lead Vesper seems to be entertaining and strong, not the stereotypical female comic character, another solid thing about the series.
As a first issue goes, I was hoping for a bit more, but I think the overall sum will add up to be greater than it’s parts. So, the series has me intrigued, looking forward to see what we can expect when the second issue rolls around. My gut says this will be a series that starts off slow, but pays off once it gets rolling.
Story and Art: K. Lynn Smith
Story: 7.5 Art: 8.25 Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Read
Devil’s Due Entertainment provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review
Devils Due Entertainment has announced they’re bringing K. Lynn Smith‘s hit webcomic Plume to comic shops as well as managing the licensing and crowd funding. The web comic hit last year and was well received online, rocketing to a readership of tens of thousands in a short time.
Plume is a Wild West adventure with a supernatural twist, centering around Vesper Grey, the defiant daughter of an eccentric archaeologist, and her ghostly (but handsome) guardian bound to her by a mystical necklace. www.PlumeComic.com
A series of prints and a t-shirt will be available for sale at San Diego’s Comic-Con International this year, at booth 2229, including a “jam print” featuring Smith’s characters, drawn by her, among other characters from the Devil’s Due brands. While Smith is not able to attend the show, her fans can also get the prints now on Kickstarter: http://kck.st/LB7iUV
Smith will continue to produce the web comic, while Devil’s Due will manage her future crowd funding efforts, film and media licensing, and distribute print editions of the books in comic book stores throughout North America. Devil’s Due Entertainment will also manage digital retail distribution through various outlets on iTunes, Kindle, and various app platforms.