Octal Vol.3- Pitch packet graphic novel – review
Writer/ Artist – Diego Guerra
Writer/Artist – Joe Koziarski
Fat Guy and The Donut
Writer – Manuele Bruno
Artist – S.W. Eeten
Writer – David Pluscauskas
Artist – Edson Alves
Colors – Matheus Bronca
Writer – Nicolas Izambard
Art – Dkaotic
Le Due Nazioni
Writer – Francesco Polizzo
Art – Mirko Treccani
Letters – Marco Della Verde
Fit for a King
Writer – Aaron Sullivan
Art – Dominik Zaruba
The Long Walk Home
Creator – Joe Koziarski
Octal are back with Volume three of their creator pitch based series. Octal Vol.3 contains pitch packets to 8 different comics form a multitude of creators.
Diego Guerra creates a story with an interesting concept but this issue lacks a hook. Guerra’s writing has some good character developments with their introductions however, the characters are lacking something. The main protagonists are introduced with no real chemistry which continues once the issue ends. This is a major misfire as you’re not engaged to learn more about them. This issues intrigue may improve with the missing 11 pages as without them this story lacks substance.
Diego’s art is a mixed bag as his technique is great, with fantastic attention to detail. The problems however, is the static nature of the panels. There is a panel where a character gets hit in the face however, the motion and impact is lost resulting in a lifeless snap-shot. Also, the fact that the main character is pregnant is hardly noticeably which is strange considering it’s a focal point of the story. The coloring is simple, yet effective with an apocalyptic feel.
The Astronaut is a visually stunning story. The space station and related scenes have a rich Sci-fi feel to them however, Joe can’t maintain that feel throughout. During the earth scenes characters and actions are muddled. There is a character that’s supposed to be a woman but that art does not translate that to the audience. There is also a fight scene that is Godfather (Sonny beating up Carlo.) level bad. The pastel colors are nice but there is no visible shading which results in the art feeling flat.
The writing isn’t any better with dialogue that’s not grammatically correct. This results in the story feeling fractured affecting the pace heavily. The narrative Joe is trying to tell has potential however, the story lacks enough intrigue and that’s the fault of the writer. The characters are too one-dimensional for the reader to gather investment.
Fat Guy & The Donut
Manuele does a stunning job on writing considering it’s his first venture into comics. This like The Foundling, Fat Guy & The Donut is only a teaser of issue one. Due to this the full comedic factor of this concept is not fully achieved. There are humours moments but not enough yet to class this as a funny book. This issue also seems to start with issue 2 which is confusing as to the overall plot and characters motivations. The pacing is good and I would love to see the rest of this story.
The art by S.W. perfectly encapsulates the themes and humour, Manuele is creating with his story. The character designs are fantastic with their own style and shape. The gestures and emotions feel organic without looking static. The colors are also beautifully bright with some fine shading. I’d love to see more stuff from S.W. Eeten.
David Pluscauskas knows how to write action, Seyton has some brilliantly scripted action with great pacing for their sections. The overall story here however, is a different story. The pacing from section to section is choppy and disjointed resulting in a jarring few pages. This also goes for the narrative which is jarring and lacks context to fully enjoy Seyton.
The pages sampled in Octal Vol.3 don’t have a natural flow or clear connection to each other. The main protagonist is also reduced to background duties. Seyton has protentional but the full story need to be seen to determine how much.
Edson’s art is brilliant and encapsulates the time-period perfectly. The action which is a primary focus of Seyton has a wonderful flow and direction. Alves captures the emotions well that they deliver an impact when executed. Bronca’s colors however, are the standout. His shading and color choices are outstanding.
Nicolas has scripted a charming and humours story that I’d haply continue reading. The pacing and characters were brilliant with an element of depth. There were a few cringe moments however, they can be overlooked. There is also a nice reference to Samuel L. Jackson. Dkaotic’s art is stunning and dynamic. They have a visually appealing coloring technic and perfect partner to Nicolas’ script.
Le Due Nazioni
Francesco has written the best story in Octal vol.3. The story is easy to follow with great characters and a hook that leaves you wanting more. The story and exposition are well balanced resulting in wonderful pacing.
The art is a perfect partner to Francesco’s writing. His heavy use of black adds to the tone of the issue and works brilliantly with the minimalism colors. The characters and backgrounds have a strong foundation. The color pallet enhances the issue. There are some grammatical errors however, overall this is a great team and story (despite the Trump undertones).
FIT for a KING
The writing for Fit for a King is great however, there are faults. The pacing and narrative are wonderful, Aaron has done a fantastic job there. The faults come down to the dialogue. One protagonist Sharq has his own language which he speaks quite a lot. This becomes an issue when there’s no way to know what he is saying.
The art is a perfect match to the story and setting. The character designs are great with distinctive features and personalities. The art fits with the all ages theme of the story.
The Long Walk Home
The long walk home ends Octal Vol.3 with a whimper. Joes story is not engaging in the slightest even with the introduction of a strange creature. There’s not personality to these characters on display from the straight forward dialogue to the blank expressions from the art. The story doesn’t have enough of a hook to keep me engaged.
The art is okay however, the characters feel static and lack emotions when needed. There are no dynamic panels or angles to give the narrative some excitement. The Long Walk Home could have fared better if Joe was working with a team.
Octal’s goal is to help creators out of the gates and that’s what they’ve done. The issue however, is the overwhelming lack of quality in the stories. There is on the other hand some great stories like – Fat Guy and the Donut, Fit for a King, & Le Due Nazioni. I wish every creator the best but I was ultimately underwhelmed by Octal Vol.3.