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Often I am leary of being critical of someone that l know as it relates to their creative endeavours, but when l do l don’t throw softball jargon, or pretend to like something when l don’t. With that in mind, lets proceed, shall we? Fight Or Flight is a new comic by my bud Alex Breen. First: the lettering is excellently done by Alex Healy. No squinting, or need for lenses of any kind to make out what’s being said. My one quibble is I hope later in the series Alex opts not to use those semi open loops to place his words in. While it doesn’t detract from the book at all, it’s not aesthetically pleasing to the eye_in my opinion. ImageThe coloring by Nadja Smith is unobtrusive. Using flat colors, as opposed to the more commonplace digital painting doesn’t get in the way of S.R. Ayers sketchy approach to his art. While I tend to prefer a more polished/slick style in art that l typically enjoy, Mr Ayers brings a controlled spontaneity to his work that shows characters with which you can read their expression beyond the three to five range facial pallet that even established artists can’t always convey. The one drawback that l can see is S.R’s use of blacks/shadows sometimes make it difficult to follow what’s exactly going on. Other than that, for an up’n comer he’s not shy with putting in backgrounds (again…some pros are lacking in that dept.)  so he’s well on his way to a promising career. Now for the story: Alex along w/Nolan Rensing doesn’t hold anything up. You’re not five pages deep, and you’re already in the middle of the action. No decompression here, and l love it. However a part of me wonders could this beginning best have been used as a debuting double issue with characters being sleightly more fleshed out (not a criticism, just an observance) Also in future issues… l hope Alex will share some back story about how this came to be, and how S.R. interprets {creative process} Alex’ prose. In the meantime…job well done Alex. Job well done!

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