WITCHBLADE! HEARTSTONE! BLOODSWORD! Three short stories featuring three artifacts by three Talent Hunt-winning creative teams in this special one-shot!
This is really three reviews in one, as this comic contains three stories by runners up in Image’s 2013 Talent Hunt contest.
The first story, “Rubber Red,” starts off as what appears to be a crime story. It’s violent, and obviously aimed at adults. Both language-wise and storyline-wise, it’s not a story for kids.
The story has a supernatural twist to it before it ends. The end leaves a reader wanting to know what happens next, though. It’s a little bit tropey for me, but overall not a bad read. The art, while maybe not beautiful, is solid. I’d be interested to see the continuation.
The second story, “A Heartfelt Offer,” also has a supernatural element to a story that starts off seeming more mundane. The supernatural element here is heavy-handed, however. Additionally, the art style is sketchy and sloppy. While that’s likely a design choice, I didn’t find it appealing. This story was weaker than the second, with no hint of anything further at the end. I would rate it about a 3 on a scale of 1 to 5.
The final story, “Only Darkness,” like the others, is a supernatural story at heart. I found the writing in this one to be too vague and convoluted to make it a strong story. I was also put off by unnecessary racist language. Nothing about this story was remarkable to me. The art was okay, the story was okay once I figured out what it actually was.
The first story here is by far the most solid. I think it would have a good shot at being continued or seralized. The other two aren’t terrible stories, either, they just aren’t quite as good as the first.
Geek-o-Rama received a copy of this book for the purpose of this review. All thoughts, comments and opinions are those of the individual reviewer.