215 Ink 2018
On Sale 08/29/18
by Darryl Knickrehm
The Immortal follows a human bounty hunter with the ability to be resurrected when killed in the line of duty. The only drawback? Each time he resurrects, another piece of his memory falls away. This monumental, character-driven mystery will centre around Z and his hunt for those responsible for the annihilation of the human race.
Alright so I was extremely impressed with how this book was able to draw me in, keep my attention and cause my mind to work to figure out a few things for myself. Also the characterisation is pretty effin dynamite and we see Z forced to confront the reality of his life which only exacerbates the situation. Overall this was so much more than I could have thought or imagined it to be. Darryl has not only impressed me with this but he’s also made a fan out of me and I will be looking forward to what else he’s got in the works.
The way that this book is structured is fantastic. This is set at an undisclosed time period and all we know is that Z is supposedly the last human alive and while we have no idea how or why that’s something that Z believes. The opening is kind of a key moment as well as the introduction to the series and I found that combination incredibly interesting and risky. I mean right off the bat secrets are revealed and while I found that fascinating I thought wait how many more secrets does he have that will keep us interested as the story progresses? Here’s why I love that, that opening had me immediately curious about what else there was to see, mind my mind think of scenarios right away and left me involved that quickly.
So as we get to know Z, what motivates him and how he is brought back from the dead and the ramifications of such a thing. That his body retains the elements of scarring, his tattoo and the hairstyle is kind of a hmm moment that breaks the rules we thought we knew. Granted I am a little upset we didn’t get to see ALL of him since he was naked for so long or that if he was circumcised if he still is after being reconstructed. I think the fact that the book is oversized works in it’s favour as we do get that chance to really see the effects that being brought back has on him in more detail as the story progresses.
The fact that this is in black and white was another somewhat risky move. This is an unforgiving way of bringing artwork to life as there is absolutely no hiding behind colour to mask mistakes or highlight something that you would like to stand out. The utilisation of the page layouts and how we see the angles and perspective in the panels shows a very good eye for storytelling. I’m pretty damn impressed that Darryl both wrote and illustrates this and the fact that what he wants us to see is exactly what is on the page is priceless. The way that backgrounds are utilised here is also extremely nice to see as they do wonders in expanding the story as well as giving us some extra characterisation. Then there is the creativity and imagination that’s on display here in creating alien races and I am somewhat in awe.
I love the story here there’s a mystery element to it that Z is learning about on the fly, there is his life and livelihood that is on the line as we come to see that perhaps this legitimate job isn’t so much on the up and up as he once thought it was. Thoroughly enjoyable, innovative and full of fascination and wonder this will be something you should talk to your shoppe about getting in and making sure you have one reserved for yourself.