Most folks who know us know that Jon Del Arroz & I are interweb buddies. But the dirty secret I have is that I really hadn’t gotten around to reading any of his books yet!
As an editor, I’m frequently swamped, and as a reviewer of old stories with a regular review column, most of my reading energies went towards those…
Well, I ended up backing the first Flying Sparks crowdfund to support Jon, but I only backed for the digital copy. I’m terrible about reading digital stuff, and just never got around to it [like the upward of a dozen Alt-Hero comics I may or may never get to].
This time, I backed for physical copies of both volume 1 and volume 2, and I’m glad I did.
Honestly, part of my procrastination was that Jon Malin’s cover for volume one was pretty uninspiring–it said nothing about the comic and looked like generic cape-stuff. [I prefer covers more evocative of the action within, and almost never go for character portrait covers if I can help it].
But Jethro Morales’ interior art and Shannon Ho’s colors are fantastic. Plus, Jon’s story is really good! It’s well-paced and exciting. The story is something like a mix of My Super Ex-Girlfriend and Mr. and Mrs. Smith, but he’s able to pull it off without the campy cheese that a story like that lends itself to.
I’ll be reading volume 2 soon, and I’ve got to say, Flying Sparks is right up there now with The Terrifics in terms of new titles I’m excited about and looking forward to reading more of.