Is it possible to go into comic withdrawl? Really, I’m curious. Tuesday, the day after that massive comic shopping expedition, when everything had been read and sorted, I literally did not know what to do with myself. I wasn’t planning on going back until the next day (Wednesday) for the new issues. But I got hit with a massive case of crazy or something. I was talking with SM and literally begging for an excuse to go back to the store. I don’t think I had any sort of plan for what I was looking for. I just wanted to go and wander and find something new. And I did. A couple of things actually. The first one being Scarlet:
I had heard a little bit about Scarlet prior to picking it up, mostly that people were surprised and excited that it was being released again. It had been almost a year since the last one had been released. But outside of that, I really had no idea what I was getting myself into. Usually I don’t like picking up a series right in the middle, but I figured, if it’s been a year since the last one released, maybe this is a good place for new people to start?
So, as I started this book, it became rather obvious that this was not a typical story from the very first black page with a few blurbs of text on them. It was a nice touch…a tiny introduction as well as an explanation for the absence, I guess? Or at least an acknowledgement of the absence. It certainly piqued my interest. And then came the artwork – oh wow. So totally different from anything I’ve seen, and I thought it was beautiful. I don’t really know how to describe it to anyone: Gritty, messy, gorgeous. Those are the only words that come to mind.
For the storyline, I feel like I’m a bit behind the 8-ball. There is talk of police being killed on video and a gathering on Pioneer Square. I’m sure these are all things that happened in the first five issue. Not to mention Detective Guzman – I mean, they gave us a decent primer with the dialog that was going back and forth. In fact, this was very dialog heavy, but for this type of story, I would think that would be the norm. There really isn’t as much action when we’re talking about a revolution…They did do the take-over of the news station. But the biggest stand out moment for me was the little blurb in the middle about Isis’s past. I’m kind of impressed that it could just be stuffed in there, and it worked. It flowed perfectly fine.
Overall, I was really intrigued by this issue, and by the main character. I would definitely pick up the next one, and possibly hunt down some of the older ones as well 🙂