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Meridian #1
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January 1st, 2013 by Rusty

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Meridian #1 cover

Meridian #1

Date: July 2000
Publisher: CrossGen Comics
Cover Price: $2.95
2012 NM Price: $3.00
Stats: 27 color pages plus house ads
Writer: Barbara Kesel
Artists: Joshua Middleton, Dexter Vines, Michael Atiyeh, Dave Lanphear
Notable Notes: One of the 1st four flagship titles from CrossGen comics!

The CrossGen Universe Begins!

So, I was a big fan of CrossGen Comics when they first appeared back in the year 2000. I followed all the main titles and several of the later ones. The company put out some cool stuff, and they (supposedly) treated their employees with respect. So you shouldn’t be surprised when I tell you that I was devastated when I heard that they were going under and that they owed money to lots of people. It was truly a shame, but I figured after all these years it was time to give some of their comics another try and see if I still enjoyed them. Yep, turns out I did!

Synopsis:

This first issue of Meridian opens with a few pages of 2 god-like beings discussing how their universe is growing cold and stale, so to make things interesting again they decide to bestow a powerful sign on 2 individuals on the delicate world below. Then the scene cuts to the beautiful floating city of Meridian, and a girl named Sephie who is watching her uncle’s flying ships come in. Sephie and her father Turos, the ruler of Meridian, get all gussied up and attend the welcome celebration for her uncle Ilahn, who is the ruler of Cadador. Ilahn (who is obviously evil, I mean just look at him!) tries to talk Turos into combining the 2 cities, but he refuses. Suddenly a flock of crazy, powerful birds appear and zap the 2 men with colorful yin-yang looking symbols on their chests. This is more than Turos can handle and he passes away, but not before he transfers the symbol to Sephie. Ilahn, realizing that the symbol has power, sets in motion a plan to get rid of Sephie and claim Meridian for himself. Mwa ha ha!

My 2 Cents:

  • Dang – the art in this book is nothing short of beautiful! The pencils, the inks, the colors all combine perfectly and look more like an animated movie than a comic book. Very nice indeed.
  • I was a fan of the CrossGen universe when the books first came out, so I may be a bit biased here, but the story was also very cool! The idea of the sigils, the floating cities, the conflict created by Turos’s death and the new-found powers – they all worked nicely to create a totally interesting story that was fun to read and left me wanting more.
  • You know what else was awesome? No ads. Nada, zip, zilch! All 27 (yes, 27!) pages of story flowed seamlessly together without nary an advertisement. There were a few CrossGen house ads in the back of the book, but I totally didn’t mind at that point. Boy, how would it be if comics now-a-days didn’t have any ads? (Of course CrossGen did go bankrupt 4 years after this issue, so maybe the absence of ads wasn’t such a good thing – financially speaking.)

How I Rate This Issue:

  • Story: 5 stars
  • Art: 5 stars
  • Fun Factor: 5 stars

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