Written by Ben Acker & Ben Blacker
Pencil Art & Cover by Phil Hester
Ink Art by Eric Gapstur & Andre Parks
Color Art by Mauricio Wallace
Letter Art by Marshall Dillon
Published by Image Comics
Release Date: 04/22/2015
The Thrilling Adventure Hour Presents: Beyond Belief #1
- The Thrilling Adventure Hour comic is based on the stage show and podcast on the Nerdist network. The podcast is performed in the style of an old-time radio show and it’s awesome. If you haven’t watched I would highly suggest giving it a view.
- Beyond Belief follows Frank and Sadie Doyle, who are high-class socialites and part-time ghost hunters.
- Story by Ben Acker and Ben Blacker, Art by Phil Hester and Eric Gapstur, Colors by Maurico Wallace and Letters by Marshall Dillon.
- I love a good old-time radio show and I really enjoy the Thrilling Adventure Hour podcast so I was incredibly excited when I saw this comic.
- You really can’t help but love Frank and Sadie; they are portrayed as whimsical, liquor lovers and smart, active ghost hunters in one high-class swoop. They are reminiscent of Nick and Nora Charles of the Thin Man movies, a whimsical liquor loving detective and his playful socialite wife.
- The characters are fantastic, and I love that they work so well together. Their easy-going banter and smart one-liners are spot on. The script for the story is excellent and it works whether you are familiar with its origins or not.
- The artwork by Hester and Gapstur has an old school charm that resonated with me for this particular story. The artists have a good sense of the characters and I love the outfits these two wear.
- The artwork, though simplified at times, has good proportions and is anatomically sound. There is a sense of action and solidity to Frank and Sadie, while the ghosts are an excellent combination of solid and fluid motion that differentiates them from the living characters.
- I like the panel design in this comic; overlaying the panels over the artwork is a novel design feature. The overall design is clean with just enough visual stimulation to keep the eye flowing nicely through the pages. I also think the use of stark white character outlines over some of the haunted paranormal scenes is visually captivating.
- Wallace colours the comic with a flatter palate and then enhances the paranormal with bright pops of colour and glowing sheen.
- The faces are sometimes overly simplified and it takes away from the expressions of those characters.
- This is a great story and I felt like the characters were perfectly recast into the comic book format.
- Beyond Belief can be enjoyed by everyone, but for those with an appreciation for old-time radio shows this comic will be even more enticing. The comic delivers witty banter, excellent dialogue, and fast paced sequences as the ghost hunting duo chase down their spectral prey.
The comic delivers witty banter, excellent dialogue, and fast paced sequences
The faces are sometimes overly simplified