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Connor, Leighton – Esoterica #2


Esoterica #2

One of these days I’ll learn that trying to keep track of a story when I only see a new issue once a year is an iffy proposition at best. Maybe if I had any kind of order to my comic piles I’d be able to grab back issues… but I digress, as I usually do. If you read the review for #1, you’ll see that I thought this had a lot of potential, so has that been realized here? Well, sort of, but this is obviously a long story, and it’s one of those cases where I’m not going to be sure about that until it’s over. In this one most of the characters from the last issue find themselves in an alien universe, with a handy-dandy guide to let them know a lot of the important facts about the place. There’s an alien on the planet who needs to sacrifice them to his god in order to save his people, and (not to give anything away), I’m REALLY intrigued by the god, who we do get to see. Other than that, the art is solid, the writing is fine (although some of the dialogue isn’t great), and I’m still cautiously optimistic as to where this whole thing is heading. Contact info is up there, this one’s $3!

Connor, Leighton – Esoterica #1


Esoterica #1 (Leighton Connor only)

Here’s an odd story about catching fairies. Um, maybe I should explain a bit more than that. There’s a class at the local college called “Esoterica”. It’s meant to teach all sorts of odds and ends, with the first assignment being that everyone has to catch a pixie. The cast of characters is six people, all of whom we see in some form or another, which serves to go a long way to set these characters up. I don’t know if this is going to end up being some sort of X-Files style mystery show, with different odd things going on each issue, or where this is headed, but it has potential. My problem is that’s where my feelings of this are: that it has potential. I don’t know if it was the complete lack of backgrounds, or maybe just the fact that he’s taking his time setting up the characters and the story so there’s not supposed to be a big “hook” this time around. Either way, I’m not sold that this is a great thing, but it sure could end up there. Great cover, anyway, that’s for sure. It’s $3, send an e-mail to see if this guy is planning on taking over the world or what.