The latest collection of what is by the far the best science fiction comic book series out there. Really, each story arc -- this time around issues #22 - 28 of the series -- is a self-contained graphic novel. Dream Sequence stands on its own as a fine work, and with Finder, Ms. McNeil has proven herself a world builder of the first order. She really and truly is in a league of her own as far as comics goes. To learn more visit Lightspeed Press, home of the hardest working person in comics biz, Ms. Carla Speed McNeil.
This is the seventh collection in what is indisputably the best science fiction comic book series currently being produced in the United States. Great art, great stories and great characters make for a great reading experience. With each volume the depth and complexity of the Finder's mythical setting -- Anvard, Cynosure of the North -- grows and grows. Readers of Dave Sim's Cerebus, Gilbert Hernandez's Palomar and Jessica Abel's La Perdida -- just to name a few -- who are looking to branch out, all stand a good chance of being pleasantly surprised by Carla Speed McNeil's Finder, which is now on the cusp of entering its second decade! To learn more, read this extended review on Salon.com.
OK: any reader who enjoys both world-building science fiction and comics who has yet to experience the wonder that is Carla Speed McNeil's Finder should simply stop reading this now and go out and buy this 664 page mega-collection that collects the first 22 issues of this long running series. These works were originally collected in four volumes – Sin-Eater 1 & 2, King of the Cats and Talisman – with a combined price of $69.80 and that was a great value, so, basically, this new volume is practically giving it away! Do yourself a favor and head on over to this page, where you can learn more and read a 28-page excerpt from the early pages of this book that reveals a clear Dave Sim influence. McNeil's work has constantly evolved over the years since the inception of Finder in 1996. McNeil has developed her own clear comics voice; she has absorbed a wide array of techniques and styles that will be familiar to readers of Joe Sacco, Gilbert Hernandez, and Alison Bechdel. And then there are the characters! The series is anchored by a female-friendly (he'd better be, considering he was created by a woman) bad boy. As it develops, he is brought into contact with a a wide array of fully formed characters that successfully combine realism and fantasy in delivering to the reader an intriguing host of aliens, humans, half-breeds and mutants.