Creator/Writer/Letterer: Benito Andino III
Artist/Colorist: Jorge Suarez
Editor: Giannina Andino
This is a brand new comic from the maker of Heavyweight Messiah. It was sent to me by the creator and writer of the book, Benito Andino III. Big thank you to Benny for sending this to me. I thought it was really good.
Now, while the artwork may not be so much “my style” of art that I normally gravitate towards, it is still good artwork. Very style specific to the artist.
But, honestly, it’s the story that I dig so much. This is a tale of revenge…no…vengeance. Revenge is for suckers. Vengeance is justice. Justice that circumvents the conventional laws and systems.
And I love that about this story.
Here we have a man who decides to dole out justice to a perpetrator that killed three kids. A pedophile that he believes CANNOT be rehabilitated. But, our friendly neighborhood vigilante has a darker side. There’s a whole other person in his head. They talk. They argue. And they work together to accomplish certain goals.
Truly a fascinating glimpse into the mind of a killer…or justice seeker…or psycho…??? We don’t really know yet. This is only the first issue. But it’s a good one.
Now, I read it digitally and I have to say, I really loathe reading digitally. I much, much prefer a hard copy. Especially for comic books. I feel I personally follow the story better if I can see the whole page at one time. On my devices, I only get about half the page at a time. So, for me, that makes it a little harder to read. And even with THAT issue, this story was still intense and gripping.
If you get the chance and you like bloody vigilante stories, grab this. Immediately. You won’t want to miss out.
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Written and Created by Ted Adams
Art by Santiperez
Colors by Jay Fotos
Lettering and Edits by Robbie Robbins
When I first got this comic I was super stoked and read it right away. I completely planned on doing a review at the time but, it kept getting pushed to the bottom of the list. Now, here it is, a little late but, that’s better than never at all.
The story is narrated by the guy that works at Diablo House, a “haunted house” experience of sorts. People line up and take tours and hear grisly and gruesome stories while going through the creepy rooms. This tour guide’s name is Riley. Diablo House is located in La Jolla, California. It is a big hit and gets a lot of business.
Our first tale is about love. But, it’s not the love story you might be thinking.
Meet RC. At the time he first appears in the story he is a kindergartner. We see him being introduced to his new neighbor kid, Angie. Then we briefly get a rundown of the next twenty years of their life together. They manage to fit some happy times in between the horrid home life Angie has and her mother blowing her own brains out in front of her. They love and support each other in goals and in life and soon get to the adulting.
RC and Angie are now newlyweds and have just bought their first house. RC has held a steady job at a fast food place for five years and is working on a deal to franchise the business and become partner. Angie is getting fed up with living paycheck to paycheck and thinks they should be getting a cut of the millions of dollars in profits he has helped make the company. She’s constantly pressing RC to get the deal done.
Well, he finally does. And life improves greatly. However, in the process, RC had to pull some dirty tricks on his business partner and he feels bad. Angie, on the other hand, does not. She’s all about getting what’s theirs and not worrying about anyone else.
But at what cost? Who is willing to risk what in order to get to the top?
I’m not going to tell you but, I WILL tell you this…the closer you are to the top, the farther the fall.
This was an excellent comic book. I have the other issues and will be reviewing them as well but, for an introductory issue…this was phenomenal! The artwork is good. It has an interesting style look to it. It definitely adds to the creepiness. And Riley, although we see very little of him, he is very effective. And the story, the story is great. It moves quickly, has a lot of attitude thrown around in it and has a great ending.
I will say there is a small bit of nudity in this issue. It’s one page, five panels. But big deal. It’s not like it’s nothing y’all haven’t’ seen before in the mirror. There is also a fair amount of profanity but, just like the nudity, that doesn’t bother me. It’s a comic book people. And it is one that is meant for MATURE readers…although now that I’m looking at it, the cover doesn’t state that. But, I promise you, this is not a child’s comic book.
So, any of you horror comic fans that haven’t already picked this up, you should. The first issue was published in July 2017 so you might have to get online to order it instead of grabbing it at your local comic book shop. But definitely worth the buy. Hope you all enjoy!
Okay, so, I don’t know if it’s because I’m not a huge DC reader or if it’s because I don’t know all about all these characters but, these stories seemed so random and so out of place that I just had a hard time even getting through the issue. Truth be told, this was my third (and final) attempt at reading it. I decided if I couldn’t get through it this last time I was going to just give up on it.
The stories are about familiar characters. I’m not that far out of touch with DC. But I don’t understand what happened here. I know what it SEEMS happened here. It SEEMS that the writers tried to take everything (or anything) good about these characters and act as if they all had turned completely evil. I mean, it just doesn’t make sense.
In one story, Bruce Wayne figures out he’s the Joker. “How does that happen???”, you ask…read it and find out. We do get the usual flirty banter from Harley Quinn but, it’s a different Harley Quinn. The stories just don’t seem to make sense. They are confusing, lack a cohesive flow and it’s hard to decipher the code.
Now, since I’m not a DC reader usually, this could very well be how they tell their stories. I, on the other hand, like to at least know what point of view I’m reading. They think just because they change the font or text color that it’s completely obvious, well, it’s not. And half of the stories, when I finished them, I was left wondering what the hell the story was even really about.
I didn’t even care for a lot of the sketch type artwork. I thought it made the comic look half-assed. In fact, I felt like the stories were half-assed too. But, know that I am not against that style of artwork. It just has to be done in an effective way…and this was not…for me.
The other curious thing about this comic is that it is totally horror based and yet it was released in December 2017. December??? Unless we are looking at something like Silent Night, Deadly Night made into a comic book or some other series that is horror focused like Grimm Tales of Terror, WHY would you release horror in December??? That makes me feel like they saw a bunch of horror stuff on the shelves in September and October and decided “oh crap, maybe we should get in on this” and whipped something together really quick.
I can’t say I enjoyed this comic and other than the Harley Quinn story I just thought it was a flop all the way around.
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