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“Very Near Mint” Graphic Novel Review!

Jacques Nyemb 05/04/2011 Reviews

I recently received Justin Peterson’s self-published graphic novel, Very Near Mint Volume 1 and immediately my geeky heart was in LOVE with this story. The cover is graced with characters punching through the page and really drew me in.

The story starts on a Wednesday with  a UPX truck carrying precious cargo: COMIC BOOKS! The truck gets hit by a mysterious figure who then sets it on fire.

Chaos ensues. If you are a religious comic guy/gal, you know that new comics come in on Wednesday. Our Main Characters, Colin and Sam, owners of The Splash Page comic shop,  try to survive this day. To top things off a new arch nemesis is encroaching on their territory, by opening Across The Street Comics (Yes that’s really the name).

Copyright © 2011 Justin Peterson

The story took me on an adventure ride and kept my attention the entire time. I devoured it in 45 minutes.

Here are the things I LOVED about it:

  1. The story is so unique and well-written that it kept my attention
  2. It has a pretty sweet cliffhanger (It ended the volume well…but made you wonder what will happen next)
  3. GEEK REFERENCES! (But they don’t detract from the story if you don’t get them)
  4. The art is AMAZING! It’s in black and white, but the textures made it a treat to the eyes.

There are some things I’ve NEVER seen before and think are COOL:

  1. The usage of white space on pages 88-94 (when you see it you’ll agree)
  2. Best comic curse word censorship in history! (You’ll have to read it to get what I’m talking about)
  3. Great Bonus Stuff towards the end! I love seeing the process from script to final.

Well that’s my quick review! I think it was absolutely AWESOME! My only complaint is Justin not adding Volume 2 at the end :D

Now go and read the FIRST TEN PAGES

Then BUY it!

If you already got it, tell Justin you liked it!

~Jacques

PS: If you got the book and you want to comment feel free to do so below ;)

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About The Author

Jacques is a comics lover, 80-90's nostalgic and an all around geeky guy. He is a graphic artist by trade and just love all things artsy-fartsy.

  1. Jax 05/04/2011 at 3:37 pm

    Will check it out now. Thanks for the great review!

  2. CGC Lee 05/04/2011 at 5:45 pm

    Nope, haven't bought it but willing to give it a look. Space has been a commodity that goes against my collecting habits. I tend to be very picky in what I get anymore since I seem to get a hankering towards older graded comic books these days, and those prices are escalating. Your review was short, direct, and left me wanting more….Thank you!

    • Jacques Nyemb 05/06/2011 at 2:35 am

      That’s exactly what I go for in my reviews. I don’t have the patience or talent to write long posts, LOL so I go for straight to the point and try to get those who want more to go to the site :0)I'm glad you like!

  3. Jordamus Prime 05/04/2011 at 10:49 pm

    Not even going to lie, you sold me. I just ordered my copy of volume one!

  4. Jacques Nyemb 05/05/2011 at 8:29 am

    Thanks everyone! It is definitely worth a read. I really appreciate the comments!

  5. Nick Furious 05/06/2011 at 9:26 am

    Yup gonna snag this next week for sure…feels like I got a replacement for Scott Pilgrim now :)

    • Jacques Nyemb 05/09/2011 at 8:17 am

      That's actually a very good way to categorize it!

  6. Lee 06/26/2011 at 4:54 pm

    So glad this book got some coverage! I've been telling everyone how awesome it is. Justin was a really cool guy to meet too. I ended up getting two copies of the book from him just so I had one to give away as a gift. He sent me home with a pretty banging sketch too.

    • Jacques Nyemb 07/01/2011 at 8:51 am

      His book is what got me wanting to cover Indie comics. It was so amazing yet was hidden from everyone's radar.

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