I’m a sucker for comic art by Jock and his cover for Pigs #1 alone almost got me to order this book in Previews a few months back. But every reader/buyer has to have his limits. Right? Anyway, so when I was in my local store the other day, looking for something new to my world and something to review, I spotted Pigs #1 on the shelves. It of course stuck out to me because I’d seen Jock’s work before but also because it’s not a superhero title – several bonus points already.
I would have loved to have seen Jock draw the insides of this book but Breno Tamura’s relatively non-traditional style was plenty good enough for me. I like that his work comes off as different from the mainstream but still holds onto enough of the cannon to be easily digestible and doesn’t take away from the story by being too experimental. I do have to comment on Christopher Sotomayor’s coloring; it served very well in terms of setting feel and coherence in scenes – good stuff. The writing is generally good, even if there are a few scene transitions that bother me. One thing that really stuck out to me is that there are no obvious heroes/protagonist in this book yet, there is no one to love. But, I was surprised to find that this did not detract from my interest in the story. The book definitely have the pang of feeling like an intro but it is what it is and although there is a lot going on, I never felt lost.
While I am normally against cover artists as a bait and switch from who is drawing the meat of the book, it worked here and the got me to read the book. Right now, I lean toward ordering the trade when I see it in Previews, or at the very least picking it up when I see it hit the shelves. Oh and I will also mention, the cliffhanger at the end because it definitely plays a part in my consideration to buy the book. Or check it out at Graphicly.