Published on April 9th, 2013 | by Richard Boom
Review: Crazy Mary OGN Vol. 1: Futuristic Mayhem Page-Turner
When I first heard about Crazy Mary, it was way back during the Digital Webbing anthology period. This must have been around 2007. I was immediately impressed by the art as well as the premise but my wallet told me to skip it.
Fast forward and a year ago (March 2012) a Kickstarter project came up and my brain started to sizzle. I quickly backed the project and even started doing some PR for Michael Colbert and publisher Josh Finney, because I truly believed this was meant to be. Sadly the Kickstarter did not garner enough funding and so the adventure seemed to have come to a halt.
But not for Colbert and Finney…
Headstrong, determined and focused they decided to go ahead anyway and with pre-orders done via trusting future customers, the first (of I hope many) Crazy Mary OGNs became a reality and shipped early this month.
The first thing you notice is the size of the book. They went for a smaller sized TPB, almost a Manga format. You will also notice that the inside back and front covers are not printed, which is unusual, but makes for great sketch-in-a-book momentum of course.
Then there’s the high production value, with great glossy paper to support the lovely and lush artwork and coloring, the great lettering … and the black is really black! Those may seem like nitpicky remarks, but the package truly makes a difference.
On to the main attraction then: the story. Mary can see and hear things others are incapable of;some might call her a freak, others a looney, some might believe her and some won’t. All that matters is that it works: Mary’s ghosts help her solve cases nobody even sees happening. By picking up a lost toy she can trace a kidnapped kid and from there the story goes further and further into futuristic mayhem with flying cars, bombs that can communicate and not to mention Crazy Mary’s amazing sidekicks!
The OGN is comprised of 8 chapters that vary in length (some are 2 or 5 pages, others 12 or 21) but combined are one big story. It won’t bother you that different artist will pick up the previous chapter. From the lushly painted style of J.K. Woodward to the comic-styled work of Ryan Sergeant to the realistic comic style of William Blankenship, these pages are stunning, panel by panel.
I have nothing but respect for the effort in publishing Crazy Mary and getting her sexy ass into print. This truly is a page-turner that you don’t want to miss in your collection!
- Words: Michael Colbert
- Art: J.K. Woodward, William Blankenship, Ryan Sergeant
- Publisher: 01Publishing
- Price: $9.99
- Release Date: Apr 1, 2013