the new comic from Image Comics, certainly shows promise. I may not
be as enamored with it as the 20 plus million Chinese fans that have
followed the original novel, but the first issue showed it has
The story is a high-concept one essentially trying to
make grave robbing cooler and more mystical than simply being grave
robbing. I have a feeling that to certain cultures, where death is
treated in a different way, the story may have a deeper meaning. At
the moment itís just a curious observation into a generally frowned
upon activity and the first issue only hints at what's to come.
That's probably the main complaint with the book, it has a unique
idea but itís almost too afraid to say it in the first issue
continually being on the verge of announcing something big before
cutting away and moving on in a different direction.
The only reason it has potential is the one page plot
outline at the beginning of the issue. It outlines the world that
Daomu operates in and gives you some pretty important
information that was lacking from the first issue. The issue is also
hampered, in some regard, by being a novel adaptation. It tries to
capture some of the narrative perspective from the book, resulting
in a lot of text on the page that distracts you from the art. There
are also a lot of shifts in tense, past to present, that can be
disorienting especially when they happen in the same panel.
The art flirts between being awe inspiring and
refreshing, like the shoot out, to the boring and bland. Certain
character drawings, in particular looked, very bland like Sean whose
facial expression seemed permanently stuck in serious face mode. In
a few scenes the characters also seemed to stand out from the
background a little too much, with stronger line work. It was a
shame because the use of perspective in the shoot out was very cool
and the way the rain was drawn it felt very real and thereís a great
sense of atmosphere in the pages that helped draw you into the
action. The use of color was also very good; there was an almost
painted, water color feel to the art that suited the issue very
nicely and the cover is very eye-catching. Iíd buy this book based
on that alone.
looks like a series that, for new readers, will be better picked up
in a collected trade. Itís all very vague and contains a lot of
dialogue that doesnít really tell you anything about whatís going
on. The art is impressive at times and the action was well done, but
it canít help the sense of feeling lost amongst all the text that
tells you nothing.