Sand Storm #2

Posted: Tuesday, April 3, 2007
By: Steve Saville

Cover of Sand Storm #2 Writer(s): Keith Lovely
Artist(s): Rashida Lewis
Publishers: Newave Comics
From: USA
Price: US$ 2.99

The most obvious change in this second edition of the proposed 5 part mini series comic set in ancient Egypt is the change in format from A4 to A5 page size. In makes no real difference though because the uncluttered approach to page layout mean that ‘Sand Storm, suits both formats.

Once again we are treated to plenty of martial art type action as Princess Anumari kicks her way past several adversaries in an attempt to preserve life and limb in her war torn kingdom. What dominates this particular comic however is the genuine attempt to develop narrative depth to the plot. Overall this has been successful as the layers of political machinations evident in this ancient land torn by civil war are slowly revealed. Add to this a developing mysticism where script carved in stone starts to change before the eyes and you end up with an intriguing and increasingly complex storyline.

In comparison with the first edition though I do feel that the art work here is a little less detailed. The portrayal of the characters looks a little more contemporary than historical and as a result it is sometimes difficult to maintain a clear vision of the time and place that provides the setting for the epic tale. The lithe females and muscle bound males are well drawn but often verge on comic book stereotypes. This is a shame because they promised so much more in the opening instalment. There is a definite and deliberate sexiness in the presentation of the two main characters Princess Anumari and Thunder. The Princess in particular poses and struts her way through the comic to the extent that some pages appear to be part of a comic models portfolio. Her large breasts and thin waist certainly dominate many of the frames.

The computer enhancement of the art work does at times almost seem to dominate the visual appearance on many pages which is a shame because when it does the characters lose a degree of ‘believability’.

I realise that this all seems to be quite critical but that is because a high level of expectation was established in the opening edition and overall this second chapter does not quite live up to that expectation.

Overall this title is not yet totally compelling but remains an interesting concept that could still deliver.

In a Word: Scanty.

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