Evoluzione Publishing 2021
Created by Marcel Dupree
Written & Lettered by Guido Martinez
Illustrated by Gaurav Shrivastava
Coloured by Fahriza Kamaputra
Warbound, an immortal anti-hero on a quest for revenge. Or a delusional violent super vigilante? Villains fear him. Heroes don't trust him. Now, locked in a mental asylum for superpowers people, his only chance at freedom is a session with Dr. Kendra Jones. What truths will be revealed?
I really enjoy Evoluzione’s books I think they are smartly written with an intelligence and thoughtfulness that really makes a difference in how we see them. Plus while the characters are predominantly of colour it isn’t the whole look at me deal, it just is and that quite frankly is how it should be. For me this is a damn good book about a man on a personal quest to avenge his people and finally be free and I want to see him finally face down the Sorcerer and realise perhaps that Dr. Jones isn’t who she claims to be. She makes my spidey sense tingle throughout the whole book which of course is the stellar characterisation that I’ll get to in a little bit. I think this is a very unique concept and it’s got this whole bonus originality to what it is that makes me even more excited to be reading it.
I love the way that this is being told. This kind of sit down evaluation interview is not something I have seen done before, and if you’ve ever seen a shrink you’ll notice that this is awfully authentic. The story & plot development that we see through how the sequence of events unfold as well as how the reader learns information is presented beautifully as it works to move everything ever forward. The character development is off the charts! How we see the dialogue between Warbound and Dr. Jones is both antagonistic and provoking so that she thinks he’ll speak more freely if he’s angry or agitated. It is a tactic that shouldn’t be used but we’re talking about a locked up immortal vigilante who has a penchant for killing. Wait that’s really more of the reason why. The pacing is superb and as it takes us through the pages revealing his life story you begin to feel for him and understand why he does what he does and even empathise to a degree. We become engaged and invested in the story.
The interiors here are absolutely magnificent! The linework is phenomenal and how the varying weights and techniques are being utilised to show this level of quality in the detail work we see is stupendous. One look at that alligator and you understand everything I mean. Folks should take not because this is taking place in a room, or cell if you prefer, and yet backgrounds are utilised to showcase the cramped quarters and bring us this depth perception, sense of scale and the overall sense of size and scope to the story. The utilisation of the page layouts and how we see the angles and perspective in the panels show a remarkably talented eye for storytelling. The colour work is sensational! How we see the various hues and tones within the colours being utilised to create the shading, highlights and shadow work is incredibly well rendered. Just the fact that we see colour utilised in ways to help bring power to bodies and musculature regardless if it’s man or beast and how the water pops with various shades of blue, aqua and white really showcase someone whose understanding of how colour can and should work is top notch.
First issue and the origin unfolds as does the reason for his existence and when this all began, okay roughly because time losing meaning after a few hundred years. The way this is being told is brilliantly handled and every single thing we see has purpose and meaning and foreshadows what is to come. This is just damn fine storytelling from top to bottom including the lettering which in and of itself has a few different styles throughout. If you want something that feels familiar and yet isn’t your run of the mill anti-hero book than look no further this is everything you never knew you needed until now.
Available at EvoluzionePub.com