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Sun Bakery #2: Anthology of Fun

Written by Tyler Kes on Wednesday, April 05 2017 and posted in Reviews

Sun Bakery #2: Anthology of Fun

If you like a heaping dose of fun in your comics, then this is for you.

Source: Image Comics

Written, Drawn, Inked and Lettered by Corey Lewis

The first thing that you notice when opening an issue of Sun Bakery is the sensory overload. The amount of energy and detail Lewis is able to put into every page is astonishing. Also astonishing is the amount of content. There are five features spread out over 48 pages. The $4.99 price tag might scare some people away, but it feels so much more dense than something the Big 2 would release at the same price point.

It is clear, based on the content, that Lewis is a big fan of anime and video games. The anthology format is far more common in manga than in the western market. Pretty much all of the features are takes on something from that world, such as the Metroid-inspired lead Arem, to the heavily manga-flavored Dream Skillz, which features a world obsessed with sword battling, even including touches like power levels.

As a writer, Lewis is carried by his enthusiasm and less by the quality of the writing. That might sound like an insult, but the truth of the matter is that most of the stories are carried by the strength of Lewis's frantic and kinetic line work. There are a lot of heavy lines, and several of the features are drenched in shadows. It makes everything feel a bit more dark than the stories are, but it works.

Of the five, I'd say my favorite is probably Dream Skillz, just because of the sheer over-the-top nature of it. The story takes place in a world where everything is run by blade battling, even simple things like asking for the Wi-Fi password. Of course the 90's superhero pastiche Bloodshed is also a treat expertly parodying how serious and ridiculous those comics are.

I would heartily recommend Sun Bakery to just about everyone. It's got everything I've always loved about comic books, wrapped up in one delightful package. Plus you have to give credit to Lewis for doing all the work on the comic himself. It's nice to see a creative team interpret each other, but there's just something special about seeing one man do it by himself.


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About the Author - Tyler Kes

Tyler Kes is from Minnesota, although he spent some time living in West Virginia, where he graduated from Marshall University in 2013. He spent some time honing his writing skills by working at a newspaper and then at a TV station, but now makes his living making tacos and writing about comics.
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