This is, without a doubt, the single best-written superhero setting sourcebook I have ever purchased. As a long time gamer of super settings, I have bought several good products on this website; but this is the first I have been compelled to review.
It is *that* good. I simply cannot say enough about the craftmanship of the writing. The reader can become immersed in this setting. You will be drawn in by the city description, the depth of the NPCs, the structure of the various organizations, and even the municipal politics. The deepweb chatter inserted from time to time regarding plans within plans of the big bad guys and their shadow groups was an especially nice touch.
The material is fun to read, the setting is original, and the details are well explained. Bravo!...
What's fun about Sunnyville Stories is their playful tone, however, this issue deals with a mature theme--yet it's still told for all-ages. What's impressed me about Max West from the start is his storytelling ability and his clever combination of overt and subtle humor. The man never seems short on ideas and how he came up with this type of story for this type of comic, I'll never know. This story was solid, the town of Sunnyville seemed like a real place, and a few new art techniques were used compared to the rest of the series. You can count this fan happy....
You can always count on Max West to deliver a good tale with Sunnyville Stories and this issue is no exception. What sets his comics apart is his desire to bring back the good old days of yesteryear by instilling in each installment some kind of moral. This issue does just that and tackles the importance of trying again after not succeeding--especially against opposition--a lesson we all need to be reminded of now and then. Really appreciated this issue.
While the price is reasonable the content is the real problem. The stats and information on the characters is squeezed together instead of a full or half page layout. I have a large number of Green Ronin products and this is not one of the good ones. The only saving grace is the price for the PDF.
Love the artwork! Especially the dragon.
It will be interesting to see how the story thread develops.
Scanning was fine - colours OK on my machine.
Text is a touch small for me and I had to zoom in to read some of the words.
This is one of my favorite issues of Sunnyville Stories. Not just for the great Queen tribute on the cover, but also for the content of the issue. Sunnyville is usally sort of an idellic world, but every now and again it takes on serious issues. In this story, we see Rusty getting a bad grade on a math test. A simple enough concept, but then his mother finds out and this is where the story takes a serious turn.
We are introduced to the character of Rusty's mother and she is not the ideal cartoon mom, she is a character with depth as well as flaws. I don't want to spoil to much of the plot, but I will highly reccommend this issue to people as sort of a turning point in Sunnyville Stories. Many of the beginning issues set up this world and now we are beginning to see the depth and complexity that makes this one of the great indie comics out there....
In this issue of Sunnyville Stories, Rusty takes on the role of Master Detective. Max west once again brings his "only what is necessary" style to Sunnyville. It is a steamlined art style which suits the work quite well. The story itself is a great farce on the detective genre with Rusty and the gang getting up to thier ususal mischief. In the end it is all sorted out and happiness is restored to the iddelic world of Sunnyville.
This is a great all ages comic which can be enjoyed by young and old alike. Max throws in a lot of references to those familiar with indie comics. He seems to really have a firm grasp on the history of comics and the medium he has chosen to tell his story in. This issue is one of his simpler farce issues and doesn't take on any real serious issues like some of the other ones, so anyone can enjoy this issue. Highly recommended....
A very good western anthology. Highly recommended!
I've enjoyed most of the stories but the opening one is my personal favorite - “Thicker Than Water,” written by Sean Fahey with art by Lisandro Estherren.