Night Owl Society

Writer: James Venhaus
Art: Pius Bak
Lettering: Marshall Dillon
Publisher: IDW Publishing

David is a loner in his high school, he has kept to himself. When the story opens, David has lost two people that meant a lot to him, his mother and Father Shawn, a priest at his school. He is determined to gather a group together to seek revenge on the person responsible for killing Father Shawn. He has chosen AJ (friendly jock), Sarah (AJ’s girlfriend), Laura (resource), and Darsh (hacker). David and his friends go on missions, disrupting the business of the person he thinks was behind the murder, but the others don’t know this. They know that he is keeping a secret, when they find out it nearly breaks up their group. David knew from the beginning who was behind the priest’s murder and the crime in town. In the final chapter, everything comes to a head and it threatens David’s family and friends.

What I like about this comic is the storyline is originality. James Venhaus has woven a story that is compelling and tragic. He did create in David a kid who has the whole world on his shoulders; he has this terrible secret to keep so he can create trouble to the person who is responsible for the crimes throughout his town and the murder of his friend. Venhaus has created a complete picture for David, but the other characters were lacking in depth a little. We do get a glimpse into each character at the end with the introduction paragraphs created for each main player in the comic, but it does not expand in the pages. Venhaus’ writing is great and there is continuity throughout, but I feel that it could have expanded a little more on character building.

The artwork done by Pius Bak is different from what I have seen in comics. It has a sketchy, loose drawing you would maybe see in fashion design mockups. The colors used in the panels are very dark, almost dull, which goes with the mood of the story. With each panel, depending on the focus, Bak uses very loose drawings with very few details, but when the panel is focusing on one character, he uses more detail to convey a mood. I like his use of the colors, especially during flashback scenes. They are all in sepia tone, which makes it more believable than black and white.

I was hoping that this comic was longer than three in the beginning of a series. I was hoping for more exploration of the characters, but I do have hopes that is does continue and not leave it open. All in all, I give it 3.5 stars overall.

You can find Night Owl Society and other comics at IDW

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.

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