Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Review of Pariah Issue #1 by Aron Warner and Philip Gelatt

Issue #1:
Print: 32 pgs.  Digital: 27 pgs.
Publication: January 1, 2011 by Sea Lion Books 
Writer: Aron Warner, Philip Gelatt     Artist: Brett Weldele
Cover by: Pat Lee
Publisher: Sea Lion Books
Brent Marks is not a freak. He is one of the Pariah, a group of teens who become extremely intelligent after being cured of a genetic disorder. Although in most ways a normal teen, Brent is considered dangerous and is tracked down by the government who see these kids as an enormous threat. Can he evade them? What do they have planned for Brent and the others?

About the Authors 
Aron Warner is the Academy Award®-winning producer of the animated blockbuster “Shrek” series. Mr. Warner joined PDI/Dreamworks in 1997 working as the producer on the animated film, Antz. He is currently in partnership with director Andrew Adamson in Strange Weather where they and partner Jeff Fierson are developing a slate of live action and animated feature films and television shows. He, producing alongside James Cameron, just wrapped the Untitled Cirque Du Soleil 3-D project, which was written and directed by Adamson. Pariah is his first graphic novel series.

Philip Gelatt was born and raised in Wisconsin. He attended NYU where he earned his undergraduate degree in Cinema Studies and Anthropology. He began his career writing for both Oni Press and Dark Horse comics. For Dark Horse he worked on INDIANA JONES ADVENTURES and for Oni he has written a number of original graphic novels including LABOR DAYS volumes 1 & 2 and the forthcoming PETROGRAD (due out August, 2011).
Philip has also written screenplays for both Lionsgate and Misher Films and in 2010 he made his directorial debut with THE BLEEDING HOUSE, a dark thriller that he also wrote. Philip lives in Brooklyn.
   A Review of Pariah Issue #1
Let's start off first with the cover artwork for Pariah. It's amazing! Into the reading, readers are introduced to the 'thick of things'. Brent is giving a highly intelligent speech to his fellow classmates in school for them to be completely bored. Safe to say unimpressed. As the issue moves into a more ominous tone there is the added information that in the world of Pariah there are certain people designated as Vitros. Vitros from what is gathered are highly detested. Making things hugely interesting because our main character is a Vitro.

 Artwork from Pariah Issue #1
In terms of characters , Brent, was very relatable. He's a smart individual in a world that doesn't really understand him. During, the issue he's approached by Anna, a girl, that seems to want to try to connect with him but can't because of their differing viewpoints of the world. It seems being Vitro makes for a personality difference with regular people. Found this concept very creative. For this reason Vitros are frowned upon when there is an attack against regular non-Vitro humans in some labs.  Everyone swears its connected to Vitros for sure. Meaning serious danger to Brent now that he's labeled an threat to regular peple.

Pariah has a very good rhythm is this first comic/graphic novel issue concerning the pace of the story.  The characters are most present in their speaking dialogue and actions. Brent as a main character is for all good intentions a sort of sarcastic even at times cynical guy. Found it vastly endearing and relatable. There is this type of mind dialogue from Brent that keeps to himself whenever he’s acting on actions or interacting with others that’s overall fascinating. Further cements the idea of Vitros as a whole new type of human being and how they are as people.

From the start, Pariah Issue #1 by Aron Warner was one of the issues released by Sea Lion Books was most interesting by which wasn’t bad at all despite being honestly short. While simple in its concept, in many ways it’s original. The artwork is something  so attractive. All the facial expressions are uniquely rendered on page movement. Conception of characters all made nicely with gray, watery almost blocky style that is easy on the eyes. While the story was somewhat almost amazing. Almost. The artwork was lovelier. If you are to get Pariah, your decision may well be led by at least the amazingly attractive artwork.  
Overall: Touching read 
Comic/ Graphic Novel

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