was a breeze to read. At the time a lot of that was attributed to
the small size of the issue and it was expected that a longer issue
1 would slow the pace down. After reading through issue 1 that is
not the case as itís an equally quick read and sadly, equally as
Issue 1 follows the Vegas magician Hank. He has
probably the hottest act in town thanks to his mentor Hector. After
seeing Hector at his latest show Hank visits him and is told a
seemingly ridiculous tale about a real magical being called Samsun
who has been imprisoned for ages and now heís coming back. The issue
ends with a few chilling pages and a talking cat!
After reading issue 0 I was hoping that the story
would focus on Hank as that could prove different and interesting
from the typical fantasy story. Issue 1 certainly delivers and Hank
is a charming, witty and energetic lead character. His dialogue is
well written, particularly the exchange between Hector and him as it
seemed like a relationship with a lot of history and a lot of
baggage. We do see a little bit of the Druid from issue 0, but the
focus here is really Hank.
The little thoughts in the dialogue were also a
nice touch once youíve completed the issue. When you look back on
them they are like the things you wished you said to someone but now
donít have the opportunity to, the little regrets in life. I did get
a little lost in Hectorís explanation of Samsun and the apple, but I
got the general idea by the end of it.
What was really impressive in Charismagic
#1 was the art. In particular the final few pages are quite stunning
with the sense of isolation really taking hold of you as Hank walks
through Vegas. I really dig art that tries to portray realistic
light and shadow and Charismagic #1 does it really well.
Randolph and Lopezís combined art also captures the feel of Vegas
with the bright lights and iconic skyline while populating it with
sexy showgirls and characters with believable facial expressions. As
stated in my review of issue 0 itís a very clean and clear style
thatís just different enough from the norm of Marvel and DC to keep
your eyes glued to the page.
probably could have been a few pages longer as it felt like we were
really starting to get somewhere interesting and things ended but
the set-up is good, the main character likable and the artwork
topnotch. Iím not sure where the story is going to go from here, but
it looks like itís going to be a good one and hey, at least thereís
a talking cat along for the ride.