Writer: Paul Tobin
Artist: Arjuna Susini
Colors: Gonzalo Duarte
Publisher: Oni Press
An ambush set for a police unit takes them all out. The scent of blood fills the air as viscera from fallen friends rains on the last survivor, Jutte Shelly. The people who set up the ambush gather around, they’ve found their target. A bullet to the head, a fatal wound… or it would be if Jutte Shelly wasn’t actually Jutte Frankenstein.
Her friends all dead in a matter of seconds, herself newly back from the dead, Jutte makes a promise to hunt down the people responsible, even if it means going into the family business.
Made Men is one of the most immediately engrossing comics I’ve ever read. From the first panel, I was hooked. Arjuna Susini’s excellent artwork captures the horror and strange abstract beauty of the ambush as Jutte watches her friend’s die in the final moments before her own death. The narration written by Paul Tobin is poetic and lyrical contrasted with harsh dialogue. The colors by Gonzalo Duarte captures the early light of morning and the bright flashes of bullets tearing through bodies perfectly. All of it works together to create an opening scene that grabs you and does not let go.
The concept behind the comic mixes classic gothic horror with a crime thriller, and the mix is something that feels wholly unique and different. A story with stellar artwork and writing populated by intriguing characters.
Every element the creators put into this comic work together to create an aesthetic that is both beautiful and horrific, mixing the modern and the fantastic. The plot itself is fairly simple, but back by a story that promises to expand on these characters, this world, and this strange mixing of genres in a way that I can’t wait to see unfold.
Made Men has the potential to become one of the best series currently being published. That may seem like an overstatement, but this first issue is rife with so much phenomenal story and art, delivering such a unique concept, that I assure you the potential is there.
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.