Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Illustrated Comic Book Style Adventure
"Four Color Bleed" by Ryan McSwain!

Hiya peeps! Any super-hero or comic book fans here? I certainly am! Check out this awesome illustrated novel all about comic books, super-heroes, and adventure, and let me know what you think in the comments below!

Four Color Bleed

 Four Color Bleed
~Author: Ryan McSwain
~Released: August 31st 2017

~Publisher: Pithos Publishing

~Length: 437 Pages

~Genres: New Adult, Contemporary, Fantasy

Four Color Bleed is a novel about comic books, nostalgia, and the nature of reality. Featuring illustrations by Rian Gonzales, Weshoyot Alvitre, Ben Zmith, Morgan Perry (aka Geauxta), Ben Cohen, Kevin Kelly, Adam Prosser, and Chris “Chance!” Brown. 

Ralph Rogers was the darling of the comic book industry, a teenage artist who’d taken the world by storm. He had it all, until a high-profile scandal left him in disgrace. Years later, his reputation in tatters, Ralph has fallen into an obsession with the legendary lost comics of Pithos Publishing—a shadowy company that vanished into the fog of time. As he uncovers the mystery of Pithos, the curtain unravels between his own mundane life and a fantastic version of reality. Ralph suddenly has everything he’s ever wanted: He’s a celebrity, a beloved artist, and he’s been reunited with the girl of his dreams. But soon this new paradigm turns deadly, and Ralph must fight for his life in a land where the impossible is commonplace, where caped heroes rule the sky, and where the villainous Ocularist will stop at nothing to conquer the world.

 My Review


What a fun story!!

As a comic book fan and former artist who had glossy dreams of having my work published, this story was somewhat relatable. Following the story of an artist who reached, then fell from stardom, and struggles to put the pieces of his broken life back together, this story is just as entertaining as any classic comic book. He becomes a unique kind of hero, and as the story delves into the impossible, and an alternate reality where his stories aren't stories, Ralph earns a new appreciation for life and all it's quirks.

The writing was fast, with short chapters and colorful descriptions. Easy to picture and follow, the scenes jump off the page just as well as illustrations. I enjoyed how the chapters were broken up, and how the story overall was organized and structured. It flowed well, and felt very nostalgic to read. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone, comic book fan or not, and thank the author for the chance to read and review.

*I was given a complimentary eCopy of this book, from the author, to read in exchange for an honest review.

@Desert Rose Reviews
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