Sleeping Beauties #1
Based on the novel by Stephen King and Owen King
Adapted by Rio Youers
Art by Alison Sampson
Colors by Triona Tree Farrell
Design and Letters by Christa Miesner
Edited by Elizabeth Brei
Like the beginning of many of Stephen King’s literary works, this one starts off kind of slow. Okay, more than kind of slow. And not only does it start slow, but you have different characters that just randomly show up with no real explanations. There’s no clear direction of the story line or plot. It just seems to kind float in one spot and it’s an undefined presence.
The lettering is small and the text background in addition to the small font makes it very difficult to read at times. At some points it made my eyes feel like they were getting cross-wired and even gave me a small headache.
The artwork isn’t bad but the colors appear dull and lifeless. This gives the whole issue a very dim and flat look.
I have to be honest and admit this first issue left me feeling confused and frustrated. I had really high hopes for this because it is an adaptation of a Stephen King novel, but so far, it’s long winded palavering has left me with a bunch of questions with no answers, feeling disappointment and as if I wasted time in my life, I’ll never be able to get back. The worst part is I actually began to question my love for Stephen King’s work, which is almost like blasphemy to me. Truly depressing to me.
This was the first issue of a comic book that I have read that with every turn of a page I was hoping it was the last page in the book. I am always willing to give a new series three to five issues to see if it’s going to really go somewhere. So, I’m not counting this series out completely just yet. But they are going to have to start pulling some thing together and making some sense of all of this. Let’s hope it get better.