Is it “right” for a reviewer to write about a book where he’s friends with both of the creators, he makes an uncredited appearance in their book and has even published their combined talents? Probably not but this review is probably not going to make or break any of our careers, I obviously believe in their talents so I’m putting my money on black. Genre Nineteen (Geoffrey Thorne and Todd “Brocasso” Harris) Presents Prodigal: Egg of the First Light- Prodigal for short – is a silly-fun book of adventure and action.
The two main characters are the top of their interesting “retrieval specialist” game – she’s super smart, more than mentally capable and he’s physically badass but they’re mysterious because they’re powerful but they don’t wear “costumes”. So, the book becomes less about what their powers are and more about the snappy dialogue and the actions of the characters that are so fantastically drawn. Brocasso Todd’s style is certainly pop but it’s remarkably efficient, smooth and dynamic with a focus on factual representation – he draws EVERYthing accurately.
So do I have something negative to say about my friends’ book? Sure, I dug around for some things. There is a female character with swords that nearly undresses for combat but the same time, another female main character dresses appropriately in order to rescue the main male character who’s had his shirt torn off when he’s captured and to show off his bulging muscles – there are definitely some borderline cliches. So there is some equality in flesh for readership. The only other failure that I could find in the book is that are only hints at previous adventures, they’ve not been documented yet (I want to see more Prodigal stories). Prodigal’s not perfect and I’ll talk to Geoff and Brocasso Todd about that later but in the meantime, look for it at your local comic book store and cross your fingers that the creators get to bring to life more books.