Bottom Line: The more you know about comic book fandom, the more you will like this show. For casual observers, be sure to watch through episode four when the story arc starts into full swing.
Issues is a web program concept developed by New Jersey-native and self-proclaimed film junkie Scott Nap. As frustration with strikes, political decisions and industry woes became too much, the College of New Jersey graduate decided to take matters into his own hands and set to work on a script focusing on one of his favorite subjects: comic books. The ten minute webisodes, set to air on YouTube upon completion, focus on the misadventures of the strangest gaggle of geeks this side of cyberspace. When newcomer Zeke enters The Store, he enters a world that rivals the pages he loves to read. He quickly learns the ropes with the help of a unique fellowship of fanatics: a man named Leslie, a woman named Bobby, the enigmatic shelver “Mack” Riley, the silent store enforcer Edgar and his cheery goth cheerleader Madeline and the neurotic (or is it psychotic?) uber collector, Jackson.
But like the crises and invasions that rock the inked volumes on a weekly basis, a threat to the well-being of the “bookies” (comic book fans) will soon emerge. This media menace threatens to break the sanity of the weekly wanderers. Secrets will be revealed, hidden powers revealed and the struggle for balance has begun!
Cast: Noah Rothman, Louise Flory, Kevin Sebastian, Autumn Weisz, Katie Ritz, CJ Maldonado, Daniel Halden, Tom Hanley, Sarah Croce, Sean Beattie, Joanne Colan
Libsyn Channel: Issues The Series
Website: Issues The Series
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I really dig the comicbook styled intros that they do with every episode, very slick. (Style 3.5)
For the most part it is a solid like at life inside of a comic shop. At points, however, it might be a little too accurate. I found myself cringing once or twice at some of the store floor banter, not because it was bad perse but because it sounded like the awkward, half-funny pop culture references you might just hear if you were a fly on the wall of a comic shop. The situation gets a lot better starting in episode 4 when they add “Jared Sain” to the cast, the outside perspective really helps to break things up. (Storytelling 3.5)
Like Variants, Issues is probably a little too “insidery” for casual viewers. If you love comics and have deep knowledge of the minutiae of geek culture this one is right up your alley, but if you find yourself scratching your head every time someone mentions Green Lantern, you’re going to be spending a lot of time staring blankly at the screen. Though, if you’re going to give it a try I suggest sticking around through episode 4, the series really picks up steam after that point. (Watchability 3.5)