Writer: Paul Jenkins
Artist: Carlos Magno
Publisher: Boom! Studios
This week Tron meets Gladiator; with this futuristic tale of tournament battles facing the Anti-Meridian, who will come out on top? This issue focuses on Sable, trying to communicate to Dragonfly, while fighting Manchurian. The story unfolds when Manchurian reveals he has left a hidden message for Sable, giving this virtual battleground a one-eighty. I wish I could elaborate more but the story was hard to follow.
I enjoyed the lead-up of Sable and Manchurian’s battle to his secret left behind for her, but the art seemed very blurry and hazy. The speech bubbles felt like stickers placed upon the page; much more clear and defined than its environment. The art aside, the inner turmoil of Sable’s trust to the Manchurian was a nice touch; she wasn’t quick to jump on the mysterious opportunity and really contemplated trusting this character.
The concept of this story has some great ideas, but the art lost me immediately. I am genuinely curious to see Manchurian’s secret decoded, but it’s not enough to keep me reading.
I am giving Deathmatch #10 2.5 out of 5 Nerdskulls.
Bushido #2 (of 5)
Writer: Rob Levin
Artist: Jessada Sutthi
Kichiro is determined to prove to his brother, Orochi, that he did not kill their father, but that a supernatural being did. The only person who seems to believe him is his love, Mitsuko, who will do anything to help him prove his innocence. The story is beautifully written and the art matches it in style and execution.
The art in this issue is stunning and feels like I’m watching a movie; the characters and environments are gorgeously rendered and defined, along with the panels reading smoothly into one another. Each page is like a painting, the detail and world creation are captivating. The use of cool tones makes the light sources pop tremendously. The story is just as charming, I love that it is set in Japan with traditional antiquity.
Bushido is the perfect mix of action, romance, and horror. Setting it in Japan and giving it an authentic feel was a beautiful choice. The art and story complement each other gracefully.
I am giving Bushido #2, 5 out of 5 Nerdskulls.
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