October 4th, 2015

book collector

Book 107

Pact Arcanum: Volume One (Pact Arcanum Comic Book, #0-2)Pact Arcanum: Volume One by Arshad Ahsanuddin

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I'm going to review this in two pieces, story and art. Storywise, it's interesting though in volume one, it's just getting started and so much remains unexplained. The prologue opens to Antonio and Edgar, two Sentinels, spellcasters, and their warriors being forced into a non-win situation against a vampire citadel. It goes as well as you might expect.

The rest of the story follows a few years later with Antonio on the outs with his former teammate but soon he finds what might be the next team (I'm assuming here) when he's out at night and rescues them from a group of vampires.

As for the team, Ana, Take and Rory (the point of view character from what I can see) of friends (though Rory seems to want to be a little bit more). There is some tensions between them at least from Rory's point of view and then comes the attack which hints that they will be far more important next volume. So the story is just really beginning and I'm curious to see where it will go.

As for the art, the coloration is nice, very striking. And that's about all I can say good. I thought this was some of the worst art I've seen in a while. There isn't a correct human proportion in this whole thing. Limbs are weird lengths. Faces are lumpy and distorted. It gets better in chapter two but if I had bought this in a comic books store vs online (where I couldn't really see the art) I wouldn't have gotten it. I'm very picky about graphic novel art didn't come close for me. I think this is an adaptation of a novel. I'd be more inclined to find the novel since I did like the storyline. I enjoy the irony of a hematologist writing about vampires.

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