July 18th, 2011
Review by Bernice Watson
Regardless of the subject or the story, there is always something immediately satisfying about reading an independent comic created by people who have lovingly slaved over it simply because they have a story to tell. There’s no massive paycheque (at least not at first), no merchandising deals or lucrative corporate endorsements. Just a creative team and an idea.
Having said all that there is also an element of anxiety when cracking open an indy comic for the first time. It could very well be terrible. After all, there’s no editorial board looming in the background, ensuring that stories and art meet a certain standard. In the case of Moon, however, readers need not fear. This is a thoroughly enjoyable read from start to finish and the art is beautiful to look at.
Moon is the story of, well, the moon. Summoned from the heavens and given human form (well, pretty much human anyway) by the ancient Celts he now lives in modern day London as a crime fighting genius. Facing off against such villainous foes as a woman made entirely of meat (pre-Lady Gaga and her meet dress?) and an overly aggressive parking cop, Moon and his partner are the perfect crime-solving duo.
The first thing that really struck me about Moon is the dialogue. It’s fast paced, snappy and very funny. Where some writers might aim for clever and instead just hit a sort of forced, self-conscious humour, Thompson effortlessly creates a flow of very funny dialogue and situations. Moon plays heavily on the comedy of the absurd and a kind of slap stick humour that comes across very well. Being a fan of ancient history, I particularly enjoyed the origin story in the first half of this issue which is set in ancient Celtic Britain.
Penfold’s art and Matilla’s colours are incredibly vibrant and energetic. The art in Moon works in well with the dialogue and helps to underscore the humour throughout. I enjoyed the changes in panel layout, particularly in the final three pages, and the attention to detail means you could spend a good few minutes just poring over each page.
If I was to level one criticism at Moon it would be that the script could have done with one final proofreading before going to print. There were a few typos here and there that could have been easily avoided by a read through with fresh eyes.
Overall I thought Moon was a brilliant debut issue and I’d recommend everyone grab a copy. Or, even better, enter the Liberation Frequency giveaway competition to win a signed copy! Details to follow in our next podcast.
We caught up with the guys from Moon at the recent London Film and Comic Convention, check out the interview!
And you can see more interviews from the LFCC in the Liberation Frequency Video Podcast.