Saturday, April 8, 2017

Black Cloud #1 Review

Story by: Jason Latour, Ivan Brandon
Script by: Ivan Brandon
Artist: Greg Hinkle
Color: Matt Wilson
Color Flats: Dee Cunniffe
Letter: Aditya Bidikar
Logo and Design: Tom Muller
Cover: Greg Hinkle, Matt Wilson
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: April 5, 2017

You're a wacka-do

The cover and title name alone grabbed my attention to give this new series a try. Let’s see if this jumping on point will keep me around to add Black Cloud to my pile.  

We meet our main character Zelda, who comes from a magical world and has placed herself in New York City. She has no place to call home on the Earth world and finds herself begging for change in order to eat. But she has something up her sleeve to distract a food cart owner to steal his phone from him.

Later that day, Zelda has met up with several students at what seems to be a hotel. She’s makes somewhat of living selling drugs. Todd, one of the students isn’t hip to the idea of taking random pills. Zelda helps to convince the students by taking Todd into her dream world which is reminiscent of the movie Cool World. The two don’t stay long as an unknown monster starts to enter the world. Being spooked, Zelda busts ass to keep back to the real world.

The following morning, Zelda meets with the mayor of the city and is offered a handsome salary and more to keep a certain family member out of the picture while he works on getting re-elected. This leads Zelda to return back to her world only have another run in with her unknown foe.

I had no idea what I was getting into jumping onto this book. There’s a lot of mysterious elements taking place. We don’t get a real sense of who Zelda is quite yet. Besides having a chip on her shoulder. This is a book you definitely have to read through a couple times. While it’s a unique approach to storytelling playing with dream states, I kept waiting for that hook to reel me in and just never came. For being thirty pages there seemed to be a bit of repetitiveness. Unfortunately, this is a title I’ll hold off on until I’ve heard trusted positive opinions to revisit this.

Bits and Pieces:

We’re introduced to two separate worlds and our main character Zelda, who can travel through both freely. Not exactly sure what is going on yet and didn't hook me to give it another issue. The art is fitting and a beautiful book to look at.

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