Publisher - Tatem Games
Writer/Artist - Otto Schmidt
I was browsing the iTunes app store looking for some free apps. During my search, I discovered Snow Queen. It was made by a guy that I've never heard about and it involved a character that I've never read about. Oh, and it was free which led to a quick download. After reading it, I kinda wish that I'd never read it.
I'm going to try to explain the plot, but it's hard to understand(more on that later). A blonde chick tries to assassinate some queen, but ends up botching it. Along the way, some, "things aren't as they seem", moments show up and things take off from there.
Before I delve into the nuts and bolts of the story, I've got to talk about the actual comic format. It's pretty simple to go from one page to next. Just tap the left or right side of the screen to go to the previous or next screen. All of the screens were made with the iPhone/iPod Touch technology in mind, so there's no weird cut off screens. When I exited the app, I was sent back to the last screen that I was on(which is essential for reading on an iPhone/iPod). With that being said, there are two problems with the reader. First off, there is no way to switch from one screen to another far away screen, in a simple fashion. If I'm reading a screen at the beginning of the comic and I want to get to the end, I have to tap like crazy to get there. Second of all, the last screen features two buttons to start the story over or exit the app. There's nothing wrong with that except that the buttons cover some word balloons.
I mentioned that the plot was hard to explain earlier and it the reason for that is simple - there are plenty of poor word choices. Here's an example:
"Just on time! What an irony. Just once you've come on time....to die! There she is.... The queen. No guards? It'll be easier.... Sweet moment is so close."
And another one for good measure:
"This was my pay for my mistakes. You'll face with baffling problem. This Sooterkin is not Kai."
Even if this was written by someone with a better grasp of the English language, I doubt that it this would've read better. The pacing is off and the dialogue that I could understand wasn't great. This comic should've been longer, if only to add some more depth and clarity to the back story.
The art is easy on the eyes, Despite his lack of writing skills, Schmidt can make some pretty images. What makes it stand out is the coloring. One thing that I've got to mention about the art is that there is plenty of focus on the female form. There's no nudity involved, but there are plenty of naughty bits that are covered up with word balloons and bits of steam(depending on the scene). One scene in particular is a flat out fan service shot.
Snow Queen is the equivalent of a foreign, dumb, hot chick. What comes out of her mouth may be stupid and barely understandable, but she'll always have people drooling over her. Just pass this sucker.
4* out of 10*
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For years, GLX has been writing on-and-off for The Outhousers covering comics, video games and comics - among other things. He currently resides in The South. Yes, that's capitalized, and, no, that doesn't mean it's a place full of sunshine and butterflies.
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