IV Wall Comics 2019
Written by John Robinson IV
Illustrated by Cezar Oliveira
Coloured by Viviana Spinelli
Lettered by Letter Squids
Daniel Shim is a 26-year-old Millionaire. He is an innovator and pragmatist. To him, astrology, spirituality, and the supernatural are for children and the weak-minded. But the relic hidden in a dark lockbox says otherwise. What happens when he doesn’t answer his legacy? What happens when that legacy doesn’t take no for an answer.
I was sent this by John to take a look at, a definite perk of what I do here. It is available on Comixology they also have a website where you can order it from, https://ivwall.net/scorpiocomic/. I highly suggest you check them out and see what catches your fancy. I like this and it has a very interesting and intriguing slant to it that we don’t really see quite yet. What this does, and it does it well, is set things up beautifully. We get to see Daniel and his life and his family not to mention his business and we get a good measure of the man, for better or for worse is in the eye of the beholder. However suffice it to say the personalities we see here run the spectrum and I couldn’t be any more thrilled by that.
I do very much like the way that this is being told. The story & plot development that we see through how the sequence of events unfold as well as how the reader learns information is beautifully presented. The character development that we see here is utterly phenomenal. It seems to me that this is heavy on the characterisation and character development which is essential in getting the reader involved and invested in what is going to become of them. There is some brutal honesty that we see at times and some incredibly nice and diverse personalities among the siblings. How we see them act and react to the situations and circumstances they find themselves in really does help to define how we are going to to view them. The pacing here is great and as it takes us through the pages revealing the twists and turns along the way we see how well all of this works together to create the books ebb & flow.
The way that this is structured is really nice to see. There are some interesting layers within the story and as things move forward I, hopefully, can see a myriad of things I want to see explored and hopefully they will.
The interiors here are pretty solid. There is something about Daniel’s face that bothers me but I dunno, at times I think it’s too big or too little for the rest of his body. There’s just something there that doesn’t feel right. Otherwise the linework is really nice to see and how the varying weights are being utilised to bring out the attention to detail is nicely rendered. I would love to see more techniques than straight up linework but hey it works really as is. I wish we’d see more backgrounds being utilised as well, when they are in the panels they really do wonders to enhance the moments, bring us this interesting dynamic to how he lives as well bringing us some nice depth perception, a sense of scale and that overall sense of size and scope to the book. The colour work is phenomenal. I like the way that we see it utilised to add extra detail without seeing any lines. How the various hues and tones within the colours are utilised to create the shading, highlights and shadow work show some beautiful skill.
Indie and/or small press comics are where some absolutely stellar storytelling is taking place. This is worthy of any being at any publishing house and that they’ve been doing this through kickstarters, yes the second was done this way as well, and ya know what they need a larger audience, no they deserve a larger audience so check this and them out and get one for yourself.