Reviewed by Alterna Pete
Written and Created by Scott O. Brown
“Don’t judge a book by its cover”.
Usually this saying is applied to books that are true literary prizes. But sometimes…sometimes this saying is applied to books that are just simply misleading on the outside. I bought this book off of Amazon.com for two reasons – the plot sounded interesting (a prison run by vampires in which they feed off the inmates), and the cover was illustrated by superstar Clayton Crain. Naturally I thought the interior art must be SOMEWHAT well done. I knew Mr. Crain was not the interior artist, but I figured “what the hey” might as well give the book a shot.
Yet I didn’t listen to many signs along the way. One particular sign was that an Amazon seller was apparently trying to get rid of this book for the price of $1.00. The book carries a cover price of $12.99. I wish I had my $1.00 (plus $3.49 in shipping) back.
Flabbergasted, disgusted, horrified, and annoyed, pretty much sum up my reading experience for this book. The plot is so disjointed and horribly written that it’s amazing that Platinum Studios actually put it to paper. The artwork? Impossibly amateur and disproportionate – I think I could’ve hired a talented 13 year-old to do a better job. Then when I see that TWO – count ‘em – TWO people edited this book, it really makes me shake my head in disbelief.
Platinum Studios has been in a tad bit of trouble lately with affairs not related to their book publishing – but if they continue to publish drivel like NIGHTFALL then I’m afraid they’ll soon have trouble in their publishing lines as well. I wish I could provide more of a review on this title, but you see… I have no idea what truly went on in this book as everything was so clichéd and haphazard that my memory seems to be a bit fuzzy.
I do have to say I learned something though, NIGHTFALL taught me a valuable lesson that appearances can be deceiving, and for that – I am grateful that all I lost was $4.49.
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Name: Peter Simeti
Been reading comics: since I was 6, so that’d be 18 years!
Review Bio: I’m a graphic designer by trade, but a comic writer, artist, and now publisher by fate. It’s a great feeling to know that I’m helping other people’s dreams come true and I’m also helping some great comics see the light of day.
Favorites: Essex County (all 3 volumes), Batman: The Long Halloween, V for Vendetta, Too Cool to be Forgotten, Birth, American Terror, Land of Oz, Lullaby, Unbeatable, Dark Knight Returns, Superman: Kal, Marvel 1602, Dark Phoenix Saga, Fatal Attractions (X-Men arc), God Loves Man Kills (X-Men arc), Spider-Man (60’s to 90’s), and well the list goes on and on