Comic Review – Sugar Glider Stories

Sugar Glider Stories follows Susie Sullivan and Newcastle’s own superheroes. The art in this book continually changes from story to story. This was something that worried me to begin with but with such solid dialogue from Daniel Clifford (one of the co creators) giving it structure, it actually works to its credit. In my opinion continually changing an artist can either be detrimental or very effective: here it is the later. The key is all about the transitions from one artist to the next. As a whole, this is unbelievably effective, drawing the reader in even more then they would have. The artwork by Newman in first story ‘Father’s Day’ compliments the writing perfectly. The mannerisms and emotions he has managed to get the characters to portray brings greater effect to the already tight script of Clifford’s.

In ‘Father’s Day Reprise’, Clifford cleverly allows Grice’s art do the talking. The creators have handpicked his artists well, choosing the perfect style to compliment the right moment. It is the sign of a great creator when the writer knows when to sit back and let the artwork do the talking. In a medium such as comic books, this is an essential skill as less can often be more with writing. This is a skill that Clifford clearly has.

Further the juxtaposition to Gilmore’s work is a nice change. His art looks like an episode of Batman the Brave and the Bold. It again gives the right tone, intriguing you to carry on. This is emphasised by his page layouts.

Clifford’s writing is sharp, clever and witty. His dialogue makes the scenes feel very natural especially in ‘Father’s Day’ as well as providing many laugh out loud moments further on in the book. A stand out moment comes in the story ‘Jackdaw Rising’ with art by Cavanagh. Fellow writer, Bainbridge in the story ‘Work Day 200’ provides some brilliant sparks of wit. Again, as well as the artist transition working, the writing transition is seamless.

Sugar Glider Stories is a credit to the small press. It draws you in entirely to the extent that you do not want to put it down: some big league comic book creators do not even have this talent. A great read, worth every penny.

GS Rating 4/5

Luke Halsall

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