Filed under: Comic Reviews, Image Comics | Tags: GarrieGastonomy, SamSarkar, TheVault
Taking a chance on a comic based on the cover alone can sometimes be a risky approach but when I saw this on the New Releases shelf of my local comic shop (Red Hot Comics) I couldn’t help but be intrigued by it. Just take a look and surely there will be some folks out there who’d think “Why not?”
WARNING: some spoilers.
When was the last time you read a good, old-fashioned treasure hunt in a comic? Probably longer than you care to remember (if ever) but it’s a welcome escape from the spandex and super-powers strewn across the comic book world. Like many of the left-field releases we see in comics these days, this one has been sourced for a movie. The difference here is that it’s attached to a production company owned by Johnny Depp. Now, that may be just name-dropping as part of a marketing ploy but given that I didn’t know much other than what the cover was… I was drawn in by the book alone.
With a script by Sam Sarker and some strong, atmospheric art from Garrie Gastonny we’re drawn into a high-tech, high price tag, hunt for some serious treasure. The usual mix of science brainiacs, investors and explorers come together to form the team and, although you may have seen a similar group take on a similar approach to hunting down a long-lost treasure, the main draw for me here is the intrigue brought on by the opening few pages. We see a holy war with humans caught in the middle, as demons take on angels and dragons take on gods… It then jumps headlong into the underwater hunt and we’re left wondering what the hell that had to do with the story.
The rest of the book covers the hunt, the tech issues and the minor discovery of a stash of treasure worth 11 million, which ain’t enough to break even with the investment in this project. Needless to say the hunt continues and the discovery of a hidden chamber containing a coffin brings the whole book together. The last scene sees a scan of the coffin and the contents it contains and leaves you with a realization of what the first few pages meant and how it links the book together.
One issue in and I’m hooked and to be honest, if they had a gap on the team I’d step up, quit my job and join them in trying to figure out this mystery. Worth a look ahead of any movie they could possible adapt from this – inevitably we may lose something in the transformation to celluloid….so catch this while it’s ocean-fresh and on your comic shop shelves.
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