It is no secret that I am an avid fan and supporter of both Dark Horse Comics and Falling Skies and have had the honor and delight of working closely with both of them over the past year and some change. Whenever I read work like this it is easy to be reminded why I enjoy working with both of them so much.
The comic was released in two formats, an action packed panel by panel view here on Falling Skies’ site, and a traditional and equally action packed full page comic format on Dark Horse’s Digital Comics site here.
Like with the previous Falling Skies comic from Dark Horse, “Battle of Fitchburg” is written by the delightful and talented Paul Tobin and arted by Juan Ferreyra.
Upon the very first panel and page I noticed one very important thing, Dai talks.
While hanging with the Falling Skies cast during my trip up to their set in Vancouver this year it came up how little Peter Shinkoda’s character speaks throughout the series. No longer! Dai has plenty of lines in “Battle of Fitchburg” and based off our discussions in Vancouver I believe he should have many more to come in the upcoming season! Which given how awesome his character is being portrayed in “Battle of Fitchburg”, I am greatly looking forward to this.
As mentioned it was released in two different formats. The directing style of the online comic is indeed action packed. That panel by panel shot is so close to motion it could be one of Dark Horse Comic’s new Motion Comics on Geek and Sundry. Thoroughly enjoyable for anyone who is a fan of the show. In fact, while going through Dai’s opening bike sequence I was immediately struck by how much it looked just like the set I’d walked myself in Vancouver, which really made the chase feel even more in motion to me. Conversely, the comic feels exactly like a comic. The panel arrangement is gorgeous and again individually action packed, while letting you take in the whole of the art as one full page. The differences between both styles makes each worth checking out and definitely independently enjoyable.
I also enjoy the little details thrown in to the art and script to keep the comics feeling like the show. Things like the emotion of Captain Weaver/Will Patton’s face etched perfectly while under the stress of the situation, or Tobin having Pope snag the beer. It’s always the little things that bring a sense of reality to whatever project you’re working on and the Dark Horse team translates these from the Falling Skies team perfectly.