1001 Arabian Nights The Adventures of Sinbad #9

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Apr 2009 | Zenescope

Writing: Dan Wickline
Art: Eduardo Ferigato
Colour: Jason Embury
Letters: crank!

Sinbad and the City of the Dead
Part Two.

With Oz as their guide, they head off into the desert to find the City of The Dead, but on the way they are ambushed by the people they defeated in the inn.

Highly outnumbered, it seems they are captured and the leader of the pack is quite keen to ill Sinbad and claim the bounty, but Sam’s magic puts an end to that fantasy and the aftershocks cause a great hole to open in the sand.

The more I read this, the more I expect to find an animated cartoon on FOX.  I did enjoy reading this issue, but it’s not really sating my thirst for a good adventure story. There were parts I was really excited and really loved this, but as it stands, I feel as if I’m just trying to quell the kid inside me wanting to return to those adventure cartoons like Conan and Pirates of Darkwater, but craving something more new and adult.

I’m still going to keep on going. I can’t bring myself to stop just yet since I still care what happens.

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1001 Arabian Nights The Adventures of Sinbad #8

Jan 2009 | Zenescope

Writing: Dan Wickline
Art: Eduardo Ferigato
Colour: Kieran Oats
Letters: crank!

Sinbad and the City of the Dead
Part One.

After collecting the Sunfury Amulet, Sinbad and his crew are of to Cairo, Egypt to fin the second piece of the Calico Visor, the Crown of Anubis. The words of the wizard Kalbrit Amud weigh heavily on his mind as he wonders if he might be a pawn in a darker plot.

So far, it’s still good. I enjoyed the bar brawl, and Pots managed to find some nookie with a barmaid. I thought it was nice to see our heroes on a bit of respite. Three things were accomplished in this issue, we have a possible budding romance, a message is going to be sent to Baghdad, and a guide was found to find to lead them to location of the crown, in the city of the dead. This guide also happens to know Sinbad and doesn’t seem very happy, but she is pretty hot.

This issue read incredibly quickly, but that didn’t really bother me apart from it was over too quickly. This would really make a fun cartoon, but I wouldn’t want it numbed down for the kiddies.

One more issue and I believe I’m caught up with it’s releases, then it’s back to the long wait. That’ll be the ultimate test, if after a month passes has my interest remained, or will it be forgotten… *gasp* Well, whatever. It’s still on my pull list.

Still hoping for some art I can get excited about.

1001 Arabian Nights The Adventures of Sinbad #7 (Grimm Fairy Tales Crossover)

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Jan 2009 | Zenescope

Writing: Joe Brusha
Art: Ron Adrian
Colour: Kieran Oats
Letters: Crank!

Seeing Ash and Sam argue reminds Wilhelm of the time before his cursing and his first love. Zahra was to be sold as a slave by his master. Angered and desperate, he visits Belinda for a wish.

He wishes for everything his master has; power and wealth. The woman grants it, but in so granting it, it is as his master spoke. Zahra is not his and is love with him.

He returns to wish for Zahra’s love, which she grants, despite a subtle warning. When he goes to see her, he is thrilled to discover it had worked, making him the happiest of men. His former master pleads for his lover to return with him and is angered to find she had been bewitched. This time, he visits Belinda for revenge that would unknowingly cost them both the woman they love.

I’m glad to finally see some back story for Wilhelm. He’s a favorite character of mine and I had been wondering how he came to be cursed, which we don’t find out this issue. Despite this very adventure being a bit of fairytale in-and-of-itself, I’m not too fond of the fable quality. It’s a bit to Grimm for my taste, which I knew it would be being a crossover. I’d rather not have to read the middle of a Grimm Fairy Tale issue to get the rest. It could have easily been spread among two issues without having to bounce around, but whatever.

Slightly disappointing, but oh well.  I’ll look forward to getting back to the task at hand, finding the next artifact. I’m starting to develop a love-hate relationship with this series.

1001 Arabian Nights The Adventures of Sinbad #6

Dec 2008 | Zenescope

Writing: Dan Wickline
Art: Rod Pereira | Alexandre Benhossi
Colour: Zac Atkinson
Letters: Crank!

In this issue we’ve got the showdown between Sinbad and the Wizard, Pots and Sam escape the Queen’s room, and the Sunfury amulet becomes whole marking the end of Sinbad and the Eyes of Fire.

As the issues pass I’ve warmed up quite a bit to the series and it’s become a read I look forward to. Thumbing through this issue, I noticed another artist change. I had pretty much steeled myself against seeing the same stuff that gets under my skin, and now it’s quite noticeable different. The character more-or-less look the same, but there’s inconsistencies between frames. I’d much rather deal with the old than the new, but I have a feeling this won’t last too long anyway.

There’s a scene where Pots, I finally remembered his name, and Sam are trapped in the Queen’s room.  They decide to lug the chest they shoved her in with them. Is it just me, or does that chest seem too small to have a big busted woman stuffed inside?

At least the story is still appealing along with the writing. This issue was mostly on the serious side so there wasn’t too much lighthearted wit. I still very much enjoyed it, and funny as it sounds coming from me, I preferred the old art. It needs to come back. In any case, I shall still await the next issue, but a little less warmly than I have been.

On a side note, there’s a page advertising a Grimm Fairy Tales and 1001 Arabian Nights Crossover. Hrmm. I have mixed feelings.

1001 Arabian Nights The Adventures of Sinbad #5

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Nov 2008 | Zenescope

Writing: Dan Wickline
Art: Eduardo Ferigato
Colour: Zac Atkinson
Letters: Crank!

Kabrit Amud is freed from his imprisonment and he’s pretty angry which leads to a big fight. While the rest of the crew head back to the ship, Sinbad stays behind with the strong man and explains why he searches for the Jericho visor.

Back on the other island, the girl had been bound and captured by the Queen and promised a slow and painful death. Luckily, the cook comes to the girl’s rescue just in time and also find the other half of the Sunfury Amulet.

It took five issues, but I now officially like this series. I will likely never stop complaining about the art, and despite that, I can see still the action playing out in my mind just like a cartoon, probably from my mind making the association. If there were action figures, I’d probably greatly considering acquiring a couple.

I’m not going to say this is the greatest comic in the world, but it has found it’s hold on me by appealing to my inner child that would spend every morning watching my favorite cartoons, making dioramas on my book shelves of epic battles of the He-Man and She-Ra universe where Voltron has lended a hand as well as Gamera.

I almost feel a fan-fic coming on, but I’d much rather write something original less likely to draw the attention of lawyers and might stand some chance of generating revenue to whoever manages to get it published long after I’m dead. That, and the whole idea of a fan-fic just sends me chills like the horrible perverted fantasy’s the tend to degenerate into.

Anyhow, I’m really liking the character development. I still don’t have the character names down, but I’m definitely starting to see their personalities and see some of them evolving. I’m starting to get attached to a few of them. Wilhelm the cursed man, and Mahdu, Queen Alorana’s best warrior. I love how the two of them, who had fought viciously against each other previously, are now growing closer. I really hope she ends up joining the crew, but we’ll just have to see.

I also love the cook with the two word vocabulary of “no” and “yes.” I want to have a chibi plushy of him that I could just hug and carry around with me that also has one of those speaker’s inside. Squeezing one hand would make him say “yes” while the other would say “no.”

This series is bringing out the obsessive nerd in me. Can’t wait for more. I wonder what other strange things I’ll ramble about.

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