Writer - Mike Luoma
Introduction and Epilog Art - Gwyn
Main Art -
Pencil - Ben Ferrari
Ink - Jeff Graham
Color - Tim Tilley
Back-Up Feature Art - Juan Carlos Quattordio
The story of Tales of the Team was very well done. It is a tale unlike most told in the superhero trope. And the artwork does have a very indie feel to it. I know I say that a lot. But this artwork is something you would not see in most of the comics out now. Now I am all about the pairing of the script to the artwork. However, for me this was a shaky pairing. I will explain way in my closing thoughts.
The story seem to follow the adventure of an event that happened some time in the past. You can tell by the art work the flashback is happening. That also lends its favor to the story. A character of Mind Man is being told he needs to step down as command chief of this heroes league, so that some second-wave heroes can take over. "Brawn over Brains" as the title suggests. Mind Man seems to suffer a mental break and attack the collective. The team regroups and ends up completing the mission that they were originally tasked to do and everyone seem so to be ok. Then we go back into a current date (Epilog) which gives good foreshadowing to what we might see in the second issue.
The back-Up feature, an origins story of a character, could actually be a stand alone piece itself. The art for this piece is amazing. And the story pairs with it very well.
All in all I found the story to be very well developed and well written. I found some of the art better than other parts of the book. The main feature's artwork left me wanting depth. What I mean is a lot of the characters were missing muscle structure or realistic features. The artwork done by Gwyn had the the muscle structure but also missed the mark on the realistic aspect. The back-up feature actually had decent muscle structure and realism. Now I understand some stories you might not want this. And I can understand if this story is suppose to be that way. But it kind turns me off of the book.
As for a rating I would give this book a solid 4 out of 5 on the script alone. However when paired with the artwork it drops the rating to a 2.8 out of 5. And to be honest it might not even be my usual read, and I am very pro-indie comics.