With Free Comic Book Day (FCBD) fast approaching, I thought I would take a look at the offering from UK based Publisher Markosia Enterprises. Lets start with a breakdown of what is in the book. Its a full color book 36 pages, cover to cover. The book features previews from five titles which will be released in July and August.
The five titles are Endangered Weapon B, Project Luna: 1947, Hero 9 to 5: Quietus, The Case Files of Harlan Falk and The Heart of War. You will find all the book details such as creators, page count and ISBN numbers on the inside cover, so it has all been kept nice and simple.
- Endangered Weapon B
Issue one of this title makes up the bulk of the Markosia FCBD offering and it is more than likely because it is the all ages friendly title of the bunch. The artwork for this is excellent. The characters are well defined and the backgrounds are beautifully rendered. The coloring is superb and above all, its very, very fun. There is a great sense of humor running through the book and the pace is perfect for an adventure book. Highly recommended.
- Project Luna: 1947
This is a two page preview which shows the quality of what you can expect in the full title. Once again, the artwork is great and the coloring adds a subtle touch of class. This preview does not show any “space” themed Sci Fi as the title suggests, so we all have that to look forward to.
- Hero 9 to 5: Quietus
This book is the eagerly awaited follow up to Hero 9 to 5. I was lucky enough to pick up a copy of this at the London Super Comic Con and it is a top notch book and a different take on the Super Hero genre that is as welcome as a breath of fresh air. Great art and story telling.
- The Case Files of Harlan Falk
This book has been in the making for a good few years now and I for one am waiting with baited breath. Its written by horror master Cy Dethan (Cancertown) and the story matches the stunning artwork. There is currently a kickstarter campaign running for this book which you can check out here.
- The Heart of War
This is Jimmy Pearson’s supernatural take on the Vietnam conflict and has some amazing artwork by Row Bird and the fact that each page has been lovingly watercolored by hand by the incredible Valia Kapadai makes this book a real collectors item. You can sample some of the great work by picking up a copy of the Markosia FCBD on May 4th.
To sum up, books of this quality are hard to come by and the fact is you can pick it up for FREE! What are you waiting for? Get to your local comic book store and pick one up this weekend. Also, please visit the Markosia website where you can find out more information on these titles, read interviews with the creators and see the whole range of books available. You can also visit Markosia on Facebook.