I feel I should start this review with a two part full disclosure.
Part one : I know the guy who did this. He’s been good enough to let us share some of his art on this website and when I go to cons, if he’s there, he’s usually in the gang I usually end up drinking with.
Part two : This doesn’t automatically equal a good review or mean I’m gonna bullshit about what I thought about it. What this does mean is that if I didn’t like his book then I probably wouldnt post a BAD review. I wouldn’t lie about it, you just wouldn’t hear about it either way. Trust me I know LOTS of small press comic creators. I don’t write up reviews of their stuff too often. I got enough people gunning for me as it is.
So, with all that out of the way I feel I can now say I fucking loved this comic without anyone jumping out of the woodwork and calling foul. What you get in this book are three 8-10 page long adventure stories which introduce the character of Shaman Kane and his world. And that’s what this book does, adventure stories. It’s a cool hero fighting ghosts, vampires and zombies in space, doesn’t try to do anything more than entertain and does a damn fine job doing so. And while I say vampires etc, it’s still all given a cool sci-fi twist. See the cover above? The purple guy is the vampire.
For 2000AD fans the obvious shorthand for this character would be to say it’s Strontium Dog but with supernatural, not mutant elements, in no small part due to the main characters look and especially his colour scheme but I think that’d be selling it short. It’s a cool character with a cleverly realised supporting cast and one I really hope we see more of in the future.
It’s really well written, with each chapter feeling like a full story, not part of one, and the artwork is really dynamic with a lot more detail than your usual small press output. I’m probably overdoing it now but I just really, really enjoyed this. It’s fun comics. I like fun comics.
You can pick this up now using the comicsy link below
and for more info and artwork, go check out David’s website at the link below