The GeeksverseLucid #3

Lucid #3
Published on Tuesday, January 18, 2011 by

Written by: Michael McMillian
Art by: Anna Wieszczyk
Lettered by: Shawn DePasquale
Cover Art: Wieszczyk
Editor: Paul Morrissey

This has been an interestingly paced mini-series. Most 4 issue mini-series you find out the “purpose” of that series in the first issue, the second issue is the set up/explanation, the third issue is a major fight that puts the hero behind the 8-ball and the 4th issue is the resolution.

Lucid has been different. It hasn’t followed the normal conventions of a mini-series. And normally when you have a mini-series that doesn’t follow the convention it ends up being bad. Not the case with Lucid. Each issue builds on the entire mythos, adding new layers to the overall world as well as the story. At first glance they don’t seem connected and if so, barely. But as each issue moves along, you start to get a bigger picture and can look back and see how all the pieces start coming together.

Very well crafted and laid out.

This issue, the third, is no exception. The conflict of this issue, which begins and ends (relatively) in the confines of the single issue, doesn’t seem to relate to the overall mini-series. It has a one and done appearance, but as we discover it’s all part of the larger conflict. As this issue opens it seems unrelated to the Pendragon, which was only discovered last issue, and it seems like a side chapter to that story, but as we move along, the pieces become connected. It’s not a forced connection, but natural.

McMillian gives the characters a nice and light feel. There’s an easiness to their speech. It flows naturally.

Anna’s art is growing on me. I’m still not a fan of the anime-inspired style, but it fits this story.

Also gotta comment on the letterer, who is doing a great job supplying the symbols for the magic spells. I’d be really curious to discover if there is some truth to the symbols, a “language” (for the book) developed, or if it’s just random images the letterer has come up with.

Lucid #3 receives
4 out of 5

A good little mini-series thats a great introduction to a wider world.

The Pryde received an e-mail from letterer, Shawn DePasquale, explaining the process behind the sigils used in the story.

Hi. This is Shawn DePasquale, the letterer for the Archaia series, LUCID. First off, let me thank you for the kind reviews your site has given our book. The entire creative team is very pleased with the response we’ve received.

Second, and the reason for my email, was to clear up a question the last reviewer had about the lettering/sigils used in the book. I LOVE taking credit for my good work but the credit here has to be shared. Without wasting too much of your time I would just like to clarify the sigil process:

1. Writer/creator Michael McMillan sketches out each and every sigil. They are HIS designs.

2. I scan in the line-drawings of the symbols and then add color, thickness, glow, effects and the rest to complete the look.

3. The balloons and stylistic representation were a collaborative effort that involved me designing some prototype sigil balloons and sending them to Michael so he could give me his thoughts and I could tweak them to look as they do in the finished product.

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