Indie Comics Spotlight: Anti, Charismagic, Point of Impact
by Jonathan Pilley (@omnicomic)
Chances are there are a few wars that will never be won. The war on drugs, the war on Christmas and the war between Heaven and Hell with Earth caught in the middle. That last war makes for good stories, though, including the continuing one in Anti #2 from 12-Gauge Comics. Anti #2 is written by Peter Calloway, illustrated by Daniel Hillyard, colors by Charlie Kirchoff and lettered by Ed Dukeshire.
Zachary continues to run from his past while his new powers begin to manifest. There’s a lot that’s been going on in his life, with even demons posing as cops coming after him. He escapes with Jordan, a demon-hunter who he’s forced to take care of learn to trust. Meanwhile, Charles Emmanuel and his message continues to be posed on the masses, which will likely lead to even more demons and hunting.
Calloway spends the second issue setting up the backstory behind the impending war with angels and demons at its core. He doesn’t stray too far from familiar territory here, as the crux of the impending battle features Lucifer’s fall from grace. Zachary is portrayed as naive enough to know something strange is going on, but not fully understand the scope of it all. Jordan is coping with her wounds and is definitely battle-hardened. She’s seen many aspects of the war and knows a lot about it, forced to reconcile her need for help with inability to trust. The new partnership between the two will likely lead to quite an interesting story and should prove to be a strong backbone for the series.
Hillyard’s art works great. The scenes depicting Lucifer falling from grace are actually really well done and seeing some of the other demons make an appearance will be equally as intense. The scenes with Jordan show her in immense pain and suffering, really hitting home the predicament she’s in.
Religious themes in comics can work if implemented well. Lucifer’s fall from grace is a tried and true story and the second issue doesn’t seem to be too much like Constantine. Zachary and Jordan have an uneasy alliance that will prove to be something that makes the impending war fairer.
Anti #2 is in stores now.
Charismagic: The Death Princess #1
While many are currently coping with the fact that everything they know about magic has already vanished, the magic world at large continues to move along. That world is moving along at a torrid pace in an attempt to stop the latest threat to the universe at large in Charismagic: The Death Princess #1 from Aspen Comics. The issue is written by Vince Hernandez, with art by Emilio Lopez, colors by Lopez, Jocelyn Dunn and Ivy Beth Gladstone and letters by Josh Reed.
Orlana is as powerful as she is feared. She’s known as the Death Princess and she has a way of bending the minds of those around her to her will. Few will stand up to her, save one: Kon. Kon escapes from a pitched battle in Orlana’s realm, leaving his colleague Serke behind to continue fighting. Kon decided that they weren’t nearly strong enough to defeat Orlana on their own, prompting him to seek out recruits. Those recruits include Dero (a druid) Eshera (a sorceress), Kentari (a wizard) and Ro, a massive, centaur-like creature. Of course, Kon feels the merry band still isn’t enough, prompting them to seek out one more.
Hernandez continues the feel behind the Charismagic series in Charismagic: The Death Princess #1. The world is still dangerous place with countless magical entities vying for it, only here the threat is quite possibly the most powerful of them all. Orlana is someone who is feared by Kon, which says a lot.
The art by Lopez is a great compliment to the story. It has a look like a Disney movie and that’s a knock on the art at all. In fact, there’s a certain cartoonish feel to it that makes the story feel that much more, ahem, magical. It’s also vividly colored and the characters show great imagination in their appearances.
Charismagic: The Death Princess #1 is something fans of the original Charismagic mini-series will want to check out. It has the universe continuity in it and feels like familiar ground for fans. It’s also accessible to new readers though and it doesn’t require you to have Wikipedia handy to find out who’s who and what’s what. It’s a strong start to what should be a strong miniseries.
Charismagic: The Death Princess #1 is in stores November 7.
Point of Impact #1
When an object falls and hits the ground, it leaves a point of impact. Evidence of the object’s fall radiates outward in the form of cracks in the pavement for instance. When a person falls and hits the ground, there is more than just cracks left behind. There are damaged relationships and sordid love affairs, as is the case in Point of Impact #1 from Image Comics. The issue is written by Jay Faerber, with art by Koray Kuranel and letters by Charles Pritchett.
What’s a night of romance in a parked car without a dead woman’s body crashing into it? The body is that of Nicole Rafferty, wife of journalist Mitchell Rafferty. The reason for her fall and death is a mystery and it sets the tone for the entirety of the series. Further complicating matters is secret lover named Boone, a masked thief with a prominent tattoo and a detective who knew Nicole from high school.
This is a captivating first issue for a new property. Faerber has managed to make a relatively simple crime rather intricate; offering an elegant story that will likely feature many twists and turns. A lot of mystery surrounds Nicole and the life she leads, as it’s very clear she’s anything but the woman Mitchell thinks she is.
It’s not just the mystery surrounding Nicole that drives the story. It’s also the way Faerber alternates among the three main storylines, all of which converge on Nicole. Mitchell is married to her and knows her in the present, Boone is engaged in a tryst with her and knows her future and Detective Abby Warren knows her from the past. The three different takes on her will all likely be reconciled, but in the first issue they’re great for setting the tone of what’s the come.
Kuranel’s art is dark and gritty. It’s all black and white and is you could say it’s harshly presented. It adds an element of seediness to the story, suggesting to the reader that Nicole was involved in some very dangerous stuff.
Point of Impact #1 will be an intriguing series to follow and enjoy. Who Nicole is at this point is an enigma and the best thing is that the reader will likely find out alongside the characters in the series. If the first issue is any indication, learning the circumstances behind the life and death of Nicole Rafferty will be something of a thrill.
Point of Impact #1 is in stores now.