Comic book printing has improved leaps and bounds over the years, but in Saga of a Doomed Universe #1 the creative team heads back to the 1980s for a vintage feel.
Saga of a Doomed Universe #1 is an epic love letter to the event comics of the 1980s. Featuring bronze age style art provided by series creator Scott Reed (Hark, The Overman, Incredible Hulk), Saga of a Doomed Universe channels the charm and allure of the era in a complex story you’ll want to read again and again.
The crazy idea of giving your interior pages a yellowed look with more of a Ben-Day dot printing process effect allows the reader to transport back to the bronze age of comic books but with a modern twist. This, hate to say it, gimmick is such a fun way to make a comic book. Donny Cates and Geoff Shaw did a similar coloring effect in their Crossover series, but Saga of a Doomed Universe took it a step further.
Superhero, or capes and tights style stories are a hard sell outside the big two publishers of Marvel Comics and DC Comics. Few have had extremely successful runs, such as Robert Kirkman and Cory Walker did with Invincible. However, it seems the storytelling ability of Reed could become one of those success stories.
Telling a story within a story with a narrating voice is such a fun way to take in a comic book and Reed nails it with Saga of a Doomed Universe. Comics, nostalgia, conspiracy, and superheroes make for a comic series worth reading.
In addition to the throwback style of Reed’s new CEX Publishing series, Reed illustrated a number of homage variant covers. The three-issue miniseries debuts with Saga of a Doomed Universe #1 at local comic book shops on Wednesday, November 30 with issue two aimed for December.