Filed under: Comic Reviews, Indie Comics | Tags: Abandoned Comics, Anthony O'Neill, Lusk, Martin Greene, Mike Lynch, Nestor, Paul McCallan
One of the most fun things about this blog and getting to the Cons or contacts we make through Facebook is we get the chance to catch the indie titles that we’d otherwise miss…….and Nestor is one of them.
From a story by Martin Greene we see Mike Lynch on writing duties as we have a horror story with a difference. Issue #1 eases us in with a pretty mundane opening as our main character Nestor finishes another shift of shelf-stacking in the local store. Nipping in for a DVD on the way home he ends up in the pub…although not before and awkward touch of hands with the girl behind the counter at the DVD rental place. Cue the switch from the mundane as he arrives home to find his grandmother and the intruders still there and aiming to take out Nestor too.
Waking up in the nearby hospital with a broken arm and the devastating news of his grandmother’s death – he gets up, cracks his arm back into place and heads out for his revenge all to the surprise of his doctor. Even more to her surprise after he has seen the body of his grandmother and sets about biting the Doctor’s neck. Recharged from his recent neck-bite he picks up some help from the barman from earlier, Lusk and their relationship because all the more bizarre and intertwined as the first issue sees even more trouble brewing for them all. Nestor, Lusk and the Doctor all face some bigger problems as it looks like Nestor and the Doctor now share an infection and it’s a race against the clock to stop it killing them off.
Issue #2 picks up from this point and with some help from Lusk the Doctor gets her antidote but just before Nestor can be saved the gang is back for some revenge. A turf war between vampires and thugs was only ever going to have one outcome as Nestor pretty brutally works his way through the gang….killing and maiming as he goes. Not quite lucky enough to kill them all off a stake to the heart slows Nestor down (as you’d expect) and the gang member escapes to the local hospital. Only to turn into a rival vampire that goes head to head with Nestor and with a brutal, violent end we see Nestor save the day, drag the remains of the gangland vampire to the local incinerator and then with the infection now fully taking he hold…..he sacrifices himself to limit the threat he poses.
The two issues seem to fly-by and that’s mainly down to how well it’s written – paced just right and with a cliff hanger moment between that first and second issue with the infection being discovered. There’s just enough explanation of the whole vampire back-story as things progress and save bogging us down with any unneeded detail….keeping that story momentum constant. One thing that was noticeable between the two was the change in the art style – where issue #1 had the clean and definite lines with an air of light from Paul McCallan, the second issue had a much darker and rougher feel to it from Anthony O’Neill.
Given it was a two-issue tale I couldn’t see why this was happening and just like with an art change on any title I read there was always a concern that this would detract from my interest in the story itself. Instead, it gave the story much more depth and direction – with a clean almost real world feel to that opener that gets drawn into the violent and visceral attacks portrayed in that second issue. For that key switch the swap of art made the bloody, frenzied fight scenes a lot more tangible – the darkness of the blood seemed to seep into those pages. A nifty change as it turned out given that it’s black & white art throughout.
Nestor is well worth a read and the creative team involved have managed to give this Abandoned Comics release real menace and make it a horror tale worth bragging about. With the mundane opening and sacrifice for the greater good near the end giving this much more heart than a mindless vampire tale could have been.
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