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THE OCCULTIST #1 by Linsay @softlyspokenlas

Being a bit of a sucker for story lines involving a culture clash, especially when one of those cultures involves the supernatural, demons and all manner of things that go ‘bump’ in the night, I pre-ordered The Occultist on solicits alone, never knowingly having come across its creators or its preceding one shot. Young male student with girl trouble, suddenly becomes a force to be reckoned with in the ‘dark arts’. The premise of an older Harry Potter doesn’t immediately grab me and neither does issue 1 of this 3 part series, although I do have a hopeful suspicion that by the end I may be singing a different tune.

The wrap around cover isn’t immediately eye catching. The colours are somewhat indistinct although perhaps reasonably murky to reflect the plot, which is equally difficult to make out. Looking closely there are a couple of interesting creeps amongst the more cliched monsters. Sadly they do not feature in this comic book.

Somehow ‘The Occultist manages to refrain from turning into a Harry Potter/ Twilight piece of nonsense, despite focussing heavily on the main character, Rob Bailey, and the powers he is beginning to understand. ‘The Occultist’ also tries to give us some big action shots, however instead of pulling of ‘exciting and dramatic’, the composition of humans, demons and creatures looks forced and fails to provide any real sense of whats going on.

Both timeline and plot of the book are equally confused, with 3 separate events, all apparently involving ‘The Occultist’, being introduced within 6 pages. Once this initial flotsam is out of the way and we join Rob as he talks with his now deceased boss, we get a sense of where I think this book has potential to shine. The light and shadow on Rob’s face, here and later as he talks with his friend and the police detective, illustrate better than any synopsis, the pain and turmoil he is going through.

This marks the turning point in the book for me as I now actually start to care about the Rob and crucially, care enough that I am prepared to don my wellingtons and wade into this needlessly complicated book and its subsequent 2 issues.


Linsay @softlylspokenlas

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