Ravens and Rainbows #1
Published by Pacific and © Jeffery Catherine Jones, December 1983
Title: “Ravens & Rainbows”
Synopsis: Poetic, sci-fi/fantasy-influenced short stories and illustrations by the least mainstream member of the legendary Studio, Jeffery Catherine Jones.
Writer: Jeffrey Jones
Review: While this reviewer normally considers each story in a book separately, this collection almost has to be taken as a whole. The shortest of these pieces would sound ridiculous when reduced to synopses, and that would be a shame as they are the strength of Ravens and Rainbows. Jeffery Catherine Jones is a brilliant artist with a poetic tone as a writer. But the longer stories tend to get a little wordy; it’s the single-page efforts that sparkle with unspoken depth. Props to PC for collecting these hard-to-find, ground-level tales. A publisher today should undertake a similar, comprehensive effort.
Grade (for the entire issue): B+
Cool factor: Wonderfully ponderous single-pagers, including “Toys,” “Bias” and “In Deep.”
Not-so-cool factor: The reprinted portfolio was never meant for color – and it shows.
Character quotable: “Now I’ll get a really far out ride!” – A naked woman from “In Deep”
Editor’s note: This review was originally published by Comics Bronze Age on Feb. 19, 2009.