Silber Media Matchbook Comics: Built #1, Monthly #1, Star #1, Vigilant #1 – Reviews

Posted on May 15, 2011

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*Note: Just a quick take on why I am doing all four of these on the same post. Silber Media makes mini-comics the size of a pack of matches. The Size of the pictures are the size of the comics! So due to the size, and amount of content within each, I am reviewing them all on the same post. But they are the coolest little concept, very original idea which I highly applaud.

Issue: Built #1
Writer: Brian John Mitchell
Artist: Joe Badon
Publisher: Silber Media
Pages: 36
Price: $1.00

Built is the story of a robot fighting his programming & his masters.

Dying Breath: 4.0 out of 5
This was a real solid read, that I hate to think might be best as just a one shot. The idea of the machine having it’s purpose, but wanting more is very intriguing. Can you say hello Skynet?  Just kidding. The pacing on this story works very well, each page moves it along so nicely. I really got a great feel for the robot and his internal struggle. The artwork played nicely with the story as well, and just lead to a great read.

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Issue: Monthly #1
Writer: Brian John Mitchell
Artist: Eric Shonborn
Publisher: Silber Media
Pages: 28
Price: $1.00

A mini-comic about the dark side of relationships.

Dying Breath: 4.0 out of 5
A love story for the monsters, would be a good tag line on this one. I wasn’t sure where the book was going at the start, but when it hit the end I was more than satisfied. The artwork played nicely with what was going on, and well I am a sucker for a mini werewolf it seems. Without spoiling it I have to say my favorite line was when the main character explained who he was. This book is a winner.

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Issue: Star #1
Writer: Brian John Mitchell
Artist: Kurt Dinse
Publisher: Silber Media
Pages: 40
Price: $1.00

Star is the story of a rocker trying to outrun his demons.

Dying Breath: 4.5 out of 5
This book is the strongest comic in this group. The artwork was fantastic, so much detail for such a tiny page. The real winner was the story. Was it all internal issues or something that was a real issue. Those poor ex-girlfriends never saw it coming. The pacing was great, as it played out and like some of the others reviewed here I would hope this wouldn’t be a standalone issue, but if it is it works.

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Issue: Vigilant #1
Writer:
Brian John Mitchell
Artist: PB Kain
Publisher: Silber Media
Pages: 24
Price: $1.00

“Vigilant is the story of vigilantes or revolutionaries or a better future.

Dying Breath: 3.0 out of 5
To me this story read more as a poem, and I liked it. It just read as a clear cut message on how to protect the underdog. The thing that stood out most to me was that this was just an introduction into where this series can go. The characters come off as a group ready to protect society, who they are we don’t know just yet. There is some good appeal to this book. The downside to me was some of the artwork. It wasn’t the best looking of the bunch, but the panels delivered what they needed to.

If you would like to buy or know more about these titles you can find it at http://silbermedia.com/

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