The GeeksverseReed Gunther #1 – Advanced Review

Reed Gunther #1 – Advanced Review
Published on Monday, May 30, 2011 by

Written by: Shane Houghton
Art by: Chris Houghton
Cover Art: Chris Houghton

Reed Gunther started off as a self-published book and the Houghton brothers have brought it to Image and in full color. No credits are given for the letterer and colorist but they do thank Richard Starkings, Dave Chow, Kassandra Heller and Katie Scott. I’m going to assume that Starkings did the lettering but it would have been nice to know who did the coloring, whether it was Houghton or someone else.

The point of moving it to Image was to do it in color and a wider audience, so crediting the colors would have been nice. I believe it was Chris Houghton but it would have been nice to know.

This issue apparently reprints one of the four self-published issues that were originally black and white. The afterward by Shane Houghton says that they will be reprinting the four issues in color and following up with six new issues.

The story has an element of fun, but there’s an over-the-top aspect to it. Reed Gunther isn’t the smartest person around and it shows. He gets through the issue’s adventure on pretty much pure luck with Sterling, his bear mount, does most of the heavy lifting. Shane Houghton’s script moves along quickly but with no depth.

Sterling is the star of the comic. The bear has the best “lines” and he’s the one that saves the day.

The element of fun is there but the book doesn’t strike me as all-ages. It seems like it toes the line without going over. It’s a decent story but it a bit over the top in alot of spots.

Chris Houghton’s art is decent. It’s an exaggerated style with the characters reactions going overboard at different moments.

Reed Gunther #1 receives
3.5 out of 5

It’s a decent story but nothing earth shaking. Fun but not overly fun.

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