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DRAWING OF THE CARDS #1 The story of 35 years ago is revived

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In the 1980s, George R.R. Martin, Melinda M. Snodgrass, and others were engrossed in a two-year campaign for role-playing games. super world. Wildcard Series of Books: An anthology of stories set in a shared world and written by the best science fiction writers.

The premise is simple. An alien virus is released to the public, affecting different people in different ways and rewriting their DNA. This gives rise to Jokers (survivors with crippling physical disabilities), Deuces (people with mild and largely ineffective abilities), and Aces (people with superhuman abilities), while infected people 90% die. The books in this series are set in an alternate timeline to our own history in the 1940s.

As of July 2022, the book series has published 29 works, and has gained popularity, such as posting short stories on various internet sites. The concept has been selected as an option for a film and television series, but has so far failed to make it into production, and he already has two comic mini-series in 1990 and 2008. did.

With such a wealth of talent, a compelling story, and an ever-expanding universe, it’s no surprise that Marvel would acquire the rights and join the action. By adapting the story of the first novel, a new Wild Card: Card Draw The comic is more a loving homage to the series than a quick cash grab by the publisher.

Wild Card: Card Drawing #1 Credit: Marvel Comics

Stories Old…

If you have read any of Wildcard If you read the book, you’ll know the basic story premise, and you’ve probably read the first book that served as the source for much of this new comic. Even if you are new to this franchise, please join us. you won’t be disappointed.

On the planet Takis, one of the warring houses turns its attention to Earth to test a new bioweapon. Humans are genetically identical to the Taxi people, so they make perfect subjects, and there are so many ignorant subjects running around. “Tachyon” (as he became known) is the lone voice among his colleagues, so the wild card virus is sent.

Meanwhile, on Earth, Robert Tomlin was a Flyboy hero returning from war, nicknamed Jetboy. But his life isn’t a bed of roses, and his life at home goes on without him. I’m hurrying towards

The first issue of Wildcard It’s pure superhero origin indulgence. The screenplay by Cornell is witty and deliberately pompous, reflecting the arrogance of the alien Tuxians, and at times touching. and the tone set by Cornell’s script. Cornell is the perfect writer for this series. Wildcard Although he has read the books in the series, he also understands the modern comics industry. I am writing. wolverine When action comicsand each time he challenges the usual superhero constraints, pushes the boundaries of the story in ways readers don’t always suspect. Wildcard And this first issue is already beginning to show that not all superhero stories have to be the same.

Wild Card: Card Drawing #1 Credit: Marvel Comics

…Artwork New

Much of the story isn’t new, but it’s been adapted straight from the beginning Wildcard The books and artwork are bright and fresh. Penciled by Mike Hawthorne and inked by Adriano Di Benedetto, the characters are drawn with subtle, purposeful lines. Each expression and stance is carefully etched into the panel to create a clean, crisp image. This is especially true of Takisians, whose shimmering, gorgeous backdrops transport readers back to the science fiction setting of the 1980s.Takisians’ design work brilliantly demonstrates the creator’s understanding of his sci-fi history and contemporary comics. is shown. Fusing the futuristic look of TV shows like: Star Trek With the extravagance favored by comic book artwork, especially superhero titles. Considering the Enterprise’s bridge mingled with Superman’s Fortress of Solitude gives a good sense of the aesthetic the artist is aiming for.

This opulence is a stark contrast to 1940s America. The most notable difference is the livery provided by Ruth Redmond. Ruth Redmond switches from the cool blues and golds of an alien world to the grungy browns and subdued lighting of New York streets. His palette of changing colors is a visual that readers will immediately recognize. Turning the page instantly changes the tone of the story even before you start reading.

The final piece to the epic puzzle is provided by Cory Petit. On the surface, the lettering is standard mainstream comic fare. However, the subtlety within the lettering makes it a perfect match for the rest of the artwork. A slight change in font size emphasizes a character who mutters under his breath, and intermittent callouts are used to punctuate dialogue to create perfectly timed punch lines. One of her best examples is when Jet her boyfriend visits his girlfriend to confirm that their relationship no longer exists. The moment is a bit clichéd, but when Cory Petit stuffs the words “I’m Sorry” into the speech bubble attached to the main speech, it creates tension as if the emotion was an afterthought. Spoken but without the emotional weight behind it. Different callout layouts, such as two separate speeches, create different meanings and tones.

Wild Card: Card Drawing #1 Credit: Marvel Comics

Ace or Joker?

Wildcard An excellent adaptation of the book. Capture the character and tone of the original story while translating text for mainstream comic readers. Had this been produced for an independent publisher, the styling might have been different, but under the guidance of Paul Cornell and a talented team of creators, Wildcard It has the superficial impression of being a Marvel Comics without succumbing to being part of the Marvel Universe.

It’s a little disappointing that there are no new stories on these pages. A short text on the back page would have been welcome. But this is a minor issue with an otherwise excellent first problem.first time reader Wildcard Making the most of the story, older fans of the series will enjoy the visualization of the story, now 35 years old. We produce comics worth taking.And hopefully this mini-series will be a success and future series will Wildcard A new visual landscape of space.