The GeeksverseBlue Estate #1 – Advanced Review

Blue Estate #1 – Advanced Review
Published on Monday, April 4, 2011 by

Story by: Viktor Kalvachev & Kosta Yanev
Written by: Andrew Osborne
Art by: Viktor Kalvachev, Toby Cypress, Nathan Fox & Robert Valley
Colors: Viktor Kalvachev
Cover Art: Viktor Kalvachev

I’m not sure what to think of this book. It’s got a noirish tone but the pacing is really odd. It opens oddly and then progresses to a series of flashbacks introducing two of the main characters, then goes into some random introductions of other players in the mix. It kind of hops around. Each introduction does provide a connection that leads to the next introduction, but the pacing from one to the other doesn’t work. They don’t read as if they are in the same times. It has an “all over the place” feel to it and that doesn’t improve once we get past the introductions and into the meat of this issue.

The meat is actually pretty confusing. Part of the issue is the art. It’s similar from one artist to the next, but it’s different enough that the same character doesn’t look the same from on segment to the next. This provided me some major confusion when it looked like two gym rats were being hired to kill someone and turns out one of the gym rats was a movie star introduced in the flashbacks.

And I’m not quite sure what the point of this story is. There are some nice moments. It does have a nice noir feel. But it’s jumbled and hard to follow.

The art is decent if you like that style. The four artists have similar styles, but there’s enough of a difference that it can be jarring when the transition occurs. The story isn’t set up in chapters either, so it makes it confusing why there are different artist being used.

Blue Estate #1 receives
3 out of 5

I think there’s a decent concept in here, but I’m not sure.

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