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09/21/2004 Archived Entry: "Comic review: Gone South"

Gone South, Issues 1 and 2
Created and Written by Mike Wellman
Art and Cover by Guy LeMay
Lettering and Production by Johnny Lowe
Published by Atomic Basement

Reviwed by Kathy LaFollett

Gone South presents Victoria and Sylvia, vampiresses trying to find their way and place alongside the mortals of the world and among their peers.

The guys at Atomic Basement have a really well rounded storyline laid out. Victoria and Sylvia as individuals present unique views into their way of the living death. Politics of the Vampire Nation are expressed as the girls fight their tendancies, vampire comformity, and grudges. I dig the characters and the writing.

Now comes the confusion and disappointment. The artwork is lost unto itself.

Issue One utilizes an inking style that is reflective of expected comic book practices. Stylized to a point that, at times, distracts from the read, the art did carry its weight. Issue Two offered such a drastic change it took half the comic before my mind settled on the new look of the characters. I never was able to feel comfortable and "at home" with this art. Heavy, chunky and childlike the art does not carry the expression of sensual vampires and their world. Basically, Issue Two is a disappointment strictly due to the art.

Gone South is a great story presented with distracting simplistic artform. If they can get the art undercontrol, this would be a solid comic book.

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