Where do you begin with reviewing Manga Man, Clearly the artist and writer Parisel has a lot of creativity and determination, but this just doesn’t feel like a finished comic. Or at sometimes even just a comic. Parisel has an art style that reminds me of being young and trying to make comics on our own. There’s form and it has it’s own very two-dimensional style that can work but being in just colored and classic pencil holds back the overall presentation.
I can also see where he is going with compiling it as a video. He’s trying to make it like a motion comic But I really feel the well-produced music takes the foreground over the comic and pulls the attention away. At times I had to tell my self to stop grooving to the music and pay attention to what was going on. Going further, I can’t help but think that there has to be a significant amount of story that is left untold or under-told due to limitations of presentation style.
I’d like to lay out a challenge for Parisel, I’d like to see your works brushed up, touched up, colored, inked, and finished digitally. Just like all the other indie comics. And if you want to do it as a motion comic again, instead of the music, get some people together, record them reading the roles of the characters themselves. I think it would bring a lot more attention to your stories, draw in the audience, and make it feel more personal to them.
It feels unnatural to assign a review to Manga Man – Road Worriers at this point but if I had to I’d give the art a 1.5/5.0 . The story, once again completely distracted by the music I have to give a 2.0 / 5.0 . Readability 1.5/5.0, I’ve talked about that, I’m not going to drive it into the ground. Potential 2.5/5.0, there’s a lot of rough edges, but if properly produced I think we can get a better idea of what we have. That gives us an average of 1.87/5.0.
As I always say you don’t have to take my word for it, you can find Manga Man – Road Worriers on Parisel’s website along with more of his works. Let us know what you think in the comments