Sparks (Part 1) is a iPhone “motion comic” quite similar to the Metal Gear Solid Digital Graphic Novel
released for PSP a while back. I can’t, nor will I, pretend to be any
sort of expert on comics or film noir. That said, Sparks was clearly
created by individuals (Catastrophic Comics) who aren’t just experts, they’re huge fans. There’s a lot of heart put into this.
With your download of Sparks (Part 1),
you receive an app that allows you to view the comic in still image
form or in motion comic form. This essentially means dramatic panning,
some movement, sound and music. It’s a comic that essentially shows
itself to you in a cinematic way. The motion comic contains excellent
sound work as well as voice acting done by known professionals. The
music adds a lot to the dramatic noir feel although one song was
slightly anachronistic. Perhaps this was intended to add a timeless
feel. The storyline gives its “supers” a decidely vulnerable existence,
making for a much more believable plot.
This is not just an issue of a comic, but a motion comic for only $0.99 USD,
cheaper than most physical comic books. It leaves you guessing about
certain things, and of course has a cliffhanger ending, but that’s what
one should expect from a noir comic, no?
(Note!: Anyone without an iPhone interested in this comic should contact Catastrophic Comics.
It’s also possible to purchase the iPhone app via iTunes and extract
the comic images and motion comic video for viewing on other platforms.
Anyone interested, ask me how in the comments below!)