Review: Sons of Anarchy: Redwood Original #1

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Sons of Anarchy: Redwood Original #1

Publisher: Boom Studios!

Script: Ollie Masters

Art: Luca Pizzari

Colors: Adam Metcalfe

Letters: Ed Dukeshire

Cover Art: Chris Brunner

Cover Colors: Rico Renzi

Subscription Cover: Ricardo Lopez Ortiz

Variant Cover: Brian Level

sons of anarchy: redwood originals #1

The artwork of Luca Pizzari on Sons of Anarchy: Redwood Original #1 was adequate for the story. I prefer some more detail in the images, which seemed to be used sparingly. The characters were consistent and good enough if the reader is not familiar with the television show. But, with the exception of Clay, the characters do not really depict their television counterparts. Though, to be fair, the characters are younger versions of themselves in this story. Therefore they are naturally going to look a little different. The action scenes are done well. They had a tasteful amount of blood and action lines. The color choices by Adam Metcalfe were bold and lively. They really brought life and some detail to the panels. The lettering of Ed Dukeshire was great. It was a good font for the story and the size was nice. The lettering was also consistent in its delivery. This made it easy to read and flowing.

sons of anarchy: redwood original #1

The story of Sons of Anarchy: Redwood Original #1 by Ollie Masters was great. The dialogue of the characters was very natural. The story slips from one thing to another with ease. Each section seemed to flow organically into the next one. The story is involved enough to hold the reader’s interest throughout the comic.  Descent choreography is displayed all the way through making for nice action sequences and poses.

sons of anarchy: redwood original #1

Sons of Anarchy: Redwood Original #1 follows the early days of Jax in the club. In fact, in this story he is still a new prospect. This means that he still has a lot to learn about being a part of SAMCRO. He is not the wise and controlled man that we know from the show yet. Therefore he still thinks he has a lot to prove. Especially as he tries to fill his father’s shoes and impress Clay. This is shown perfectly in scene where he gets called, “Easy Rider” by a stranger. The grown up Jax from the show would have blown this off. But Prospect-Jax starts a fight with the guy over it, smashing the guy’s face with his motorcycle helmet.

sons of anarchy: redwood original #1

Over all I enjoyed Sons of Anarchy: Redwood Original #1. I definitely want to read the next issue to see where they go with this story. I would also recommend this title to any fan of the show. I think however that part of my enjoyment came from my familiarity with the show. Seeing the characters in a different light was both fun and entertaining. But I’m not sure that someone unfamiliar with the show will get the same amount of enjoyment from it. There are references made that an unacquainted reader will not understand. For instance, Jax’s relationship with Tara is mentioned and commented on. This would only make sense to a fan of the show.
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Sons of Anarchy: Redwood Original #1

Sons of Anarchy: Redwood Original #1
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Story

9/10

    Art

    8/10

      Overall

      9/10

        Pros

        • good story
        • good characters
        • nice action sequences

        Cons

        • art lacked detail

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