Kit’s Comics In Review – Titan Comics!


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I had the pleasure of reviewing two books by Titan Comics this week, a new addition to the Nerdlocker Review family. This week I read Devil May Cry and Solid State Tank Girl, let me know what you think!

Devil May Cry The Vergil Chronicles Comic #1 cover

Devil May Cry: The Chronicles of Vergil #1
Writer: Guillaume Dorison aka Izu
Artist: Robin Recht, Patrick Pion
Publisher: Titan Comics
Release Date: 5/15/13
I haven’t played any of the Devil May Cry games, but I’ve heard awesome things about them, so I figured this would be a cool opportunity to read the comic and get to know the series a little better. I really enjoyed reading this comic, and I like that the writing didn’t beat around the bush. I knew exactly what I was reading and there weren’t any cryptic stories happening. This issue focuses on Vergil trying to find his brother Dante, by using Kat’s psychic abilities to travel through limbo. She is captured and tortured and the issue had a nice cliff-hanger. I knew what was happening, but I am interested to see what decision she makes in the next issue.

The story is well written and straight forward; sometimes with paranormal topics, the writing can get a little strange or wordy, but I felt that Izu did a great job of getting straight to the point while keeping the plot moving. The transitions of characters and places were well rendered, and I didn’t feel like I was being pushed in a million directions at once. There was a lot of information to take in, but I didn’t feel overwhelmed; I didn’t have any unanswered questions by the end of the issue.

The art is definitely recognizable as Devil May Cry; from the novels and games I have seen it was easy to relate it to the rest of the franchise. Pion added more of a grungy style to the comic, which was a really nice touch. The details put into the environments surrounding the characters really sold this issue to me. Even a “blank” wall had textures and hatchings on it to make the environment more tangible, and I loved that. There was never a boring moment in a panel; the specific sketch lines and little details made all the difference for me.

For this being my introduction to the Devil May Cry franchise, I am very happy with the outcome. This issue kept me interested and the art style is very appealing. I always love seeing how people interpret the paranormal world, and Devil May Cry did a beautiful job of creating both human and limbo worlds. I look forward to Kat’s decisions and consequences in issue two, and how Vergil and Dante reconnect. I am giving Devil May Cry 4 out of 5 Nerdskulls.

 

 

Solid State Tank Girl Cover
Solid State Tank Girl #1
Writer: Alan Martin
Artists: Warwick Johnson Cadwell
Publisher: Titan Comics
Release Date: 5/15/13
The characters in Solid State Tank Girl are not afraid to say what they’re thinking and mean it. This comic is definitely more blunt and simple than others out there, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Everything was set out on the table in front of you and there aren’t any questions to be asked. After Booga gets electrocuted, Jet Girl, Barney, and Tank Girl get miniaturized in a sausage-shaped ship and travel through Booga’s body and find out how to fix him. Along the way they find a baby hiding within the crevices of his innards, which will hopefully be explained in the next issue.

Alright, I don’t like this art style. It’s just too messy and disorganized for me to enjoy it. I feel like Mignola and Nickelodeon came together to make this issue and it makes me a little uneasy. It’s nothing against the artist, I just don’t enjoy simplified art styles. It’s a totally personal choice, and it’s just not my thing. Plain and simple. I did enjoy the caricature qualities of the characters and the goofy faces Tank Girl makes. Otherwise, I probably won’t be picking up issue two.

That being said, the story was quirky and bizarre, and it was a fun read. I don’t hate it, it’s just not my style. I couldn’t help but laugh at the blatant speech bubbles popping up on the page and the situations throughout the issue. It’s crude and has adult themes to it, but it’s definitely worth a read if you’re looking for a light-hearted and witty issue. If you love Tank Girl, definitely pick this up. I am giving it 3.5 out of 5 Nerdskulls.


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