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INDIE COMIC REVIEW: Anne Bonnie #6 – The Strongest Seven

By Jeff Ayers

INDIE COMIC REVIEW: Anne Bonnie #6 - The Strongest Seven

Creator/Writer/Artist: Tim Yates


Blue Juice Comics

The action and adventure of Anne Bonnie waits for no man or woman, as this issue jumps right into the thick of it! When we last left our heroes, Ariana had made the mistake of joining up with the pirates of the villainous Bilgeheart, and her decision was quickly made clear to her as that crew ransacked the poor town of Portville. Not only had the evil pirates burned the town, but they stole as much bounty as they could, as well as the poor flower girl’s mother. Ariana wouldn’t stand for this so she stole the keys to the Crimson Dawn and set sail to meet Bilgeheart and his crew head on!

INDIE COMIC REVIEW: Anne Bonnie #6 - The Strongest Seven

Once again, this issue ramps up the action and the excitement, and you find yourself not being able to turn the pages fast enough. Some of the best sequences are the fights themselves, like when Ariana’s friend and shipmate Finn grabs hold of a sword and makes short work of some pirates to inevitably save Aggie’s mother. But the heroes aren’t out of the hot water yet, as Bilgeheart and his crew barrel down on the Crimson Dawn. Once Shen and Mary Reed find out that Ariana is in trouble, the comic pulls out all the stops and it seems like the most epic battle is about to go down.

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INDIE COMIC REVIEW: Anne Bonnie #6 - The Strongest Seven

The true strength of a comic like this is that it keeps its voice throughout the series. Sure, it is a tale about pirates, and finding your place in the world, but it tells this story with a lighthearted feel that can be enjoyed by adults and children alike. The violence is never over the top, yet the fight sequences are definitely exciting and brutal. Also, the exposition is peppered in throughout the issue so that you never feel like you are truly lost at what is happening on the page. This issue in particular has a lot of added info, as the readers have only heard whispers of “The Strongest Seven” in previous issues. Without spoiling some of the more major reveals, this issue allows you to see some of those fabled warriors in action, and it seems like there will be a lot more magic and powers in the books to come.

INDIE COMIC REVIEW: Anne Bonnie #6 - The Strongest Seven

The “Best There Is”: The writing really comes into its own in this issue, as we finally have a grasp on all the main characters. Ariana has really grown the most as a character, starting from a naive girl to a much more confident one, albeit still pig headed when it comes to doing what may be right. The action sequences in this issue are top notch, and the art really leaps from the page as Ariana, Finn and even some new players throw down against the evil Bilgeheart, who I am sure we will be seeing more of in the future. If you haven’t picked up this series by now, you are in luck because this issue marks the end of the first story arc, and all six issues will be collected in a beautiful trade out this December from Blue Juice Comics.

The “Isn’t Very Nice”: A few minor details, but I have two small complaints with this issue. The parts where the character Shen has to explain some laborious exposition almost stops the action dead at a few points in the issue. The pacing in this book is a little two fold, between the action and the exposisiton, even though I really like the way the exposition is written on the page. That being said, the action concerning Ariana, Finn and Bilgeheart is given to the reader at breakneck speed, which can be good and bad at times, seeing as I found myself turing the pages too quickly. I guess my concern is the overall pacing of this issue in general, with either maybe a back off on the speed of the action, or a more tight paced exposition sequence.

FBI Score: 9 out of 10. A truly wonderful wrap-up of the first story arc of Anne Bonnie. With only six issues, Tim Yates has managed to not only craft an amazing and entertaining story, but also give Ariana a full character arc. The six issues will be collected in a trade paperback in December, which will give us all another reason to raise the Jolly Roger and dream of being a pirate.

Jeff Ayers

Both my parents instilled in me at an early age the awesome power and incredible wonder of the written word. My father sat with me when I was four years old and taught me to enjoy reading with classic comic strips like SPIDERMAN, PEANUTS, B.C. and, later, CALVIN AND HOBBES. My mother exposed me to such classics of literature as Poe, Tolkien, Stoker and Doyle, and I started my own comic collection with allowance money from mowing lawns. I liked Wolverine before it was cool, I watched as Superman died and returned, and huddled under the covers as I turned the pages of SANDMAN. Reading is like oxygen to me, and all genres and formats are welcome and devoured equally. I am the co-host of The DW and Incredible Jeff Show, CEO of Permian Productions, and a reviewer at Graphic Novel Reporter. I am 34 and live in scenic Saratoga Springs New York, where I haunt coffee shops and dive bars and the best comic shop anywhere, The Comic Depot.

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