March 29, 2012
Stephen Jondrew liked Iain Laurie’s fanart of The Standard so much, he decided to throw some of his own coloring onto it. He calls this piece… The Reverse Standard:
I know it’s been a quiet month for updates, but there has been lot going on behind the scenes. Come back tomorrow for an exclusive preview of The Standard #3, and some news on its iminent release!
July 22, 2011
Stephen Jondrew from Project Fanboy, who gave the first issue of The Standard a great 4-star review (and said he could see The Standard as a movie – quick, get Bryan Cranston on the phone!) is back with another 4-star review for The Standard #2:
The Standard #2 continues exactly where we left off in the first issue of the series. The story continues following the life of “The Old Standard” and the possibility of him returning into the superhero spotlight.Although there are similar traits between Issues 1 and 2, this issue focuses more on the life of the “The Old Standard” where Issue 1 told the story about how Alex Thomas (the new standard) had become a corrupt superhero. Issue 2 lays a great foundation for future stories by excellently conveying the feel and history of Gilbert Graham (The Old Standard). With every page turn the reader learns something new about Gilbert and both how he used to be and how he has changed.
I’ve mentioned in many of the reviews that I’ve done on the Fanboy Buzz comic book podcast that I think that a creator is taking a huge risk by flashing back to the past frequently – I’ll even admit that I’ve gone as far to say it should rarely be done. While I recognize that there was a necessity in issue 1 of The Standard to flashback, I was fearful when I saw the same thing happening in this issue. I’ve read far too many stories where flashbacks are overused and kill a comic book – The Standard is not one of these comics whatsoever. The Standard excellently executes flashbacks making sure to put a nice balance that does not take away from the main story line at all – it drives it.
I also feel it important to note that The Standard once again does an excellent job of balancing multiple tones – all the way from serious to funny. This balance helps further to connect the reader with the characters and truly help understand their way of life. Although I really enjoyed The Standard #2 it would be unfair to point out that I did prefer the art of Issue 1. There is nothing wrong with the art in this issue; however, like many comic books out there it is only fair to note that a reader will notice a difference between Issue 1 and 2. However, that being said, I’m sure that some readers may prefer this issue over the last. Either way The Standard #2 is once again a great read and in my opinion will appeal to all different ages and types of readers.
SOURCE: Project Fanboy
Thanks again, Stephen! I hope that one of the upcoming issues will finally be able to capture that elusive 5/5 score!
The Standard is a 6-issue comic book miniseries, each chapter 28 pages long. This second issue is written by me, John Lees, is pencilled and inked by Jonathan Rector, colored by Gulliver Vianei and Mike Gagnon, lettered by Kel Nuttall, and edited by Steven Forbes. The comic is published by ComixTribe, and is currently available digitally from these platforms, priced at $1.99:
If you would rather have a print edition of The Standard #2 you can hold in your hands, we’ve got you covered. Within the next few weeks, you’ll be able to order a copy from IndyPlanet, priced at $3.99.
And remember, readers in the Glasgow area should also be able to pick up the second issue for £3 at local comic shops from mid August. You’ll be able to buy the comic in Forbidden Planet, A1 Comics and Plan B Books. The first issue has sold well from these shops, and the local support has been much appreciated. I hope that carries forward with the second issue.