Written by Rich Douek
Illustrated by Joe Mulvey
Coloured by Chris Sotomayor & Jules Rivera
Lettered by Taylor Esposito
Wailing Blade is high-adrenaline fantasy adventure, in the dark future of mankind. When his father is sentenced to death at the hands of the legendary Headtaker, bandit prince Tychon must find a way to save him, or fall to the Wailing Blade himself.
I haven’t gotten my hands on a physical copy of this yet if it looks as good as this does on the laptop on paper then oh my goddess. Rich brings a very interesting, dynamic and intriguing story to us here. The setting for this is great and that there are still people who remember the before time and that some technology still works I find a unique twist. In some aspects I found myself thinking this would make a great RPG (role playing game) as we have the right mix of villainy and heroes with some great scenarios and a built in map, though that made me wonder because while I am not sure what part of the world we’re seeing is it felt at least Spain was there and if it is a section of Europe then there’s an even wider world out there to explore.
The opening here is sensational! This is one that really made my mind go into overdrive as I was trying to understand how whatever event occurred was able to chance plant and insect life while also allowing folks to remember the before time. All this while we’re looking at our introduction to the Headtaker. I do like this town we see and how the buildings are covered in moss and it feels like everything here is repurposed so that it all kind of work without electricity. It has a very almost Medieval feel to it which I found a little more than fascinating.
I am enjoying the way that this is structured. The overall ebb & flow that we get here is is great and the way that information is given and characters are introduced has this just easy peasy feel to it. Nothing in the story forced or feels out of place in the story which I really appreciate. I like the characterisation here as well as each of the characters is fleshed rather nicely so we get a sense of who they are and what drives them but at the same time there’s still a bit left behind so the mystery of them is still present. Rich is really telling a rich multi-layered story that has a nice complexity to it and yet also has this simplicity at the same time.
Joe does some excellent work on the interiors here as well. The attention to detail that he’s bringing to this is rather stunning. The way he’s able to use the varying weights of the linework to really makes everything shine and really use the entire page and panels to flesh out the story visually so we can get lost in this world. Though I have to wonder why is she blue? That shouldn’t really be possible right as it isn’t that far into the future ah but I digress. The utilisation of the page layouts and how we see the angles and perspective in the panels shows off a stellar eye for storytelling. The way backgrounds are utilised thrills me to no end. The colouring here too is simply divine stuff and add a vibrancy to this world.
This is so much better than I could have hoped for not that I really expected anything less. It has been way too long since ComixTribe been bringing us books. While Sink is amazing I miss Scam and Oxymoron I am so very happy that something else of that high quality standard is available. With some super strong writing and magnificent interiors this is definitely one you have to make sure local comic shoppe orders!