Friday, October 18, 2013

What Lurks in the Longbox? #44 - Omega Paradox, A Fool's Errand

Omega Paradox Volume 1: A Fool's Errand
Apropos of Nothing Publishing
$15.00, Color, 132 pgs.
Writer, Letterer: Ian Ng
Artist: Mark Sparacio 
Colorist, Letterer: Abe Melendez

It's been a long time in coming.  After years of tirelessly attending conventions, using social media to endlessly promote his creator-owned series, and struggling with the unique challenges of distribution, Mark Sparacio has released the official trade paperback collecting the four part Omega Paradox saga!

Featuring completely remastered colors by digital painter Abe Melendez, this series represents some of Sparacio's best work yet, which is saying a lot, considering his past work for publishers like Marvel, DC, Moonstone, and Heroic, along with countless cover illustrations for publications like Comics Buyer's Guide magazine and The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide

Back when I interviewed the creative team in November of 2011, Series Writer Ian Ng revealed how the idea for Omega Paradox came into existence back in 2009:  "Mark [Sparacio] started the whole process with a painting and a name. Over the course of four hours at the San Diego con in 2009, we basically went back and forth at his booth. He was painting, and I took notes. When the dust settled, we had our core five-man team, Valerius, and the Eye of Ancev."

Mark Sparacio and his creative team of Ian Ng and Abraham Melendez Rivera have created a fascinating universe of colorful, interesting characters that, while dedicated to their ongoing mission, also question the agenda of the enigmatic leader that has set them on their task.  While on a dangerous quest to protect the mystical "Eye of Ancev" from the evil forces that would use the artifact for their own selfish ends, the team must do their best to get along with each other, as best as any family in the far reaches of space can do.  Just to complicate things further, one of these characters may actually hold the key to keeping the entire universe in one piece.  That's a big responsibility for any alien family, especially a family that can't seem to stop fighting long enough to make progress with their mission.

Besides a wraparound cover featuring all new artwork, this collection also includes the special "zero" preview issue along with all four issues of the original series.  Additional extras include biographies of all the team members and supporting cast, and a "behind the scenes" step-by-step tour of the creative process: from the thumbnails to the photoshoots to the painted cover.

Whether you have read the entire series, or are new to the Omega Paradox universe, this upgraded trade edition will prove that Sparacio, Ng and Rivera have unleashed one of the sharpest creator-owned science fiction series in years.  With an illustrator that studied for several years under Will Eisner himself, the quality of this series speaks for itself.   

1 comment:

  1. Wow! Thanks Chris, for that fabulous review of the Omega Paradox First Story Arc, Trade Paper Back! Speaking for Ian and Abe, we greatly appreciate the glowing review, your friendship and especially your strong and ardent support of the OMEGA PARADOX Comic Book/Graphic Novel Series. The hardest part about creating a whole new universe outside of the "Big Two", is not creating the story or the art, but trying to get people to read your book. We appreciate when readers and reviewers, will go out of there way to find our books, give them a try, like what they have read and try to spread the word to others about our book! So Thank you, thank you, thank you, from all of us at OMEGA PARADOX, we appreciate your great review!