Wait, so next 4 issues (september, october, november and december) WILL STILL FEATURE THE ZOMBOT INFECTION? Oh, jeez... so the story is going to progress even slower than I thought... I have nothing wrong with the concept itself, as I've said, I'm fine with it (although could have been better if it was just like the Archie's robotization process, but with liquid metal), but the way it's been handled, with that same structure episode after episode... feels lazy to me. And I'm pretty sure mr. Flynn can do it better. And he will have to do better to keep readers hooked if this arc won't be finished until next year.
Perhaps the editors are in contact with Sega directly, and only stories approved by the company can be published. I doubt that Sega is running the story themselves, but instead, they let some limited creative freedom to the authors, and then revise and edit the scripts to fit with the kind of product they want to sell. Still, whatever the process is, Sega has now more control over the comics than ever before.
(Hope this doesn't count as double-posting...) So, I've read issues 18 and 19. Still enjoying the artwork in 18, Tracy Yardley is great at drawing Sonic stuff. You know it, I know it, everyone knows it. Although I've noticed some tricks to fasten his work, like Cream's face being copied in two panels. Not a great deal, but it bugged me. C'mon, Tracy, don't do that, bro. Leonardo Ito, still makes great use of flat colours (specially in a little flashback scene), but it feels a little off in some panels, considering the "darker" tone of the story. As for the script... Issue 19 is drawn by a different artist: Jack Lawrence. I don't dislike his art, but it feels less "Sonic-like" than what other artists have made. On the other hand, the characters feel quite lively and dynamic, Lawrence nailed the expressions and created quite detailed backgrounds, so overall, great art too! Coloring by Bracardi Curry has a strange sepia/orange tone over the first pages, which gave me the impression that I was reading a flashback, although that wasn't the case. However, this is corrected in the latest pages of the book. Overall, in this episode, the chromatic pallete seems to be give that "menacing" vibe previous issues didn't have. Let's go for the story itself...
I'll be honest, I feel the storytelling isn't really all that good. Progress is really slow or fast, each episode is just Sonic interacting with a character or a team... it's the same as the first presentation issues, but now with the infection thing going on. Also, visual storytelling isn't as drammatic or intense as it could. I don't blame the artist for it though. Heck, I feel like I shouldn't put the blame on Flynn -the writer- either. As some of you might already think, it's likely that now that Sega has more control over the comics, they are limiting what can and can't be told in these stories, or even directing the narrative structure of the issues. If that's true, I don't like where this might lead to... If it's not, what the heck is happeing? How long do we have to wait until we have a less repetitive story structure?
Looking great, you sneaky snake! Because this applesauce you'll take, if I have made no mistake wonders in your tongue it'll make! And now, after this pathetic poem, let's see if Jumala shows up and makes us all forget about it..
Huh, I like the new designs. Truly gives the impression that time has passed, but the characters are still recognizeable while keeping the elements that make them so iconic. Also, the new villain looks cute and terrifying at the same time: love that! What do you think? You're the true Steven Universe fans here!
Huh...so it's a musical. Not a surprising thing for me though. I mean, it makes sense that a movie based on a show so well-known for its songs was a musical. It's one of the best selling points of the series.
Wow... That's kind of a twisted concept... I mean, the destruction of the original Steven was probably played just for laughs, but when you think about it... They basically killed off the main character and replaced him before your very eyes... Although, they'll probably play it safe and make the movie take place in the main cannonical universe. Makes sense that, if the show has been working so well, the creative team continued/expanded the main storyline.