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Tuesday, December 28, 2004

Point Pleasant Review

Point Pleasant from Pleasant
Ape Entertainment $3.95
Writer: Chad Lambert; Artists: Ryan Scott, Jason Moser, Michael Gray, Dan Barlow, and Dennis Murphy

The area known as Point Pleasant, West Virginia, has been the site of more than its share of tragedies and troubling events. In 1777 many colonists and Native Americans fought against each other for power and revenge. In the late 1960s the legendary Mothman was spotted by and terrorized numerous residents, and M.I.B. reports peaked. And in December of 1967, 46 people died in the Silver Bridge collapse.

Writer Chad Lambert unites all these happenings in the premise that Point Pleasant itself is the epicenter of a paranormal rift. Agents of the Paranormal Preservation Society are sent from the future to investigate the rift that they believed was caused in 1777 and propagates throughout time in the Point Pleasant area.

The art is quite good, and although there are several artists, the feel is consistent throughout, no style is too different from the others to jar the reader. Michael Gray'’s work on the Mothman sightings stood out especially to me. The human stylization is a bit reminiscent of Tony Harris'’s penciling on “Ex Machina.” Gray'’s work in this part of Point Pleasant is amazing and has to be seen. The only art that didn'’t stand up with the others was that on the Silver Bridge chapter. These five pages show less skill and polish than the others, but still do their job and show promise.

Lambert'’s writing is engaging, the plot is very intriguing, and judging from a couple interviews with Lambert I’ve read, he did a daunting amount of research. However, I'’m left feeling as if there could have been more plot development in the pages. The 32-page book could have been expanded and the story filled out and told more completely. The idea was there, the writing was there, the execution was just lacking a bit.

Really, though, this is just a minor complaint for the book as a whole. Lambert’'s research alone tells me he gives great care and dedication to his craft, and it certainly shows in the book. I look forward to reading more from Lambert and the many artists of Point Pleasant.

Bottom Line: B+


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