REVIEW: Button Press Publications The Wren #8

THE WREN #8

Story by: Jason Connors
Art by: Jason Connors
Letters by: Phil Roe
Cover by: Jason Connors
Publisher: Button Press Publications
REVIEW: This is the latest issue of the Button Press Publications long running all ages comic and is presented in colour here for the first time. This issue continues the story from last issues cliff hanger where Allana arrived at Dr. McCormack’s apartment in Dame Street with her mother’s bracelet. The bracelet was a key to decrypting a book that the Doc was working on with no success but Allana with the key was exactly what was needed to ensure that whatever information contained within would finally be known.
That particular plot thread was one I was eager to see continue and the direction it took was great. The scene where we see what happened was a great narrative and visual combination that surprised me with its insight that opened up a plethora of possibilities in the future and gave Allana alot of insight about her mother’s experiences. That same scene was also a great showcase for some great colouring as well, vindicating the new look for the book.
I like how the main protagonist Jack was written over this two parter, so far, as a whole. He is a kid who takes his responsibilities seriously while Connors infuses Jack’s narrative with some light hearted dialogue sort of in a Peter Parker sense. It adds up to an engaging read, one that will come to a head with the inevitable head to head with villain Amerg and where the final pages reveal will lead us to.
Another nice selling point for the book, especially that it has been enhanced by the addition of colour is the art. The covers to the Wren which have always been in colour were always appealing, leaving you wonder what the interiors would have looked like in the same pallet. Now that we know, we can see that the art is so fresh on the eye. I like Connors style, which on the face of it is simple is actually a fleshed out, detailed cartoony style, reminiscent of some of those cartoon series from when you were a kid. It is a most inviting style and it looks great.
Connors does a nice job of letting the book speak to everyone. The fact that is an all-ages book doesn’t deter it from being appealing to all readers on some level. I’ve seen all ages books cater to a too specific an audiance and forget about other demographics who may pick it up and read it, not the case here. The move to colour also raised the price of the issue by a Euro to three compared to issue seven but in all honesty, you would expect it to be so and it’s actually worth it in what is a very entertaining issue. Connors has said recently that he is re-editing the first six issues in what is shaping up to be a banner year for the company where we can expect further instalments. Based on this issue, the year is off to a pretty good start.