Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Undertow #2 - Review


The creative team of Luke Donkersloot and Gibson Quarter have put together a captivating independent comic with their newest release of Undertow, the story of a one-armed gunslinger, a sadistic gun-totting monkey, and an organ box with strange supernatural powers. The comic is published and produced by The 7th Wave, and recently did very well at Wizard World New Orleans.

Donkersloot's writing in the title is very reminiscent of the old Vertigo and DC tales of the Sandman and John Constantine. The captions are haunting, captivating, and are very well put together. The dialogue and pacing moves the story along very nicely, and even though I hadn't read the first issue there was no problem jumping right in to this title. By the end of the book I was genuinely excited to read more, but I'll have to wait for the next installment to get my fix of Donkersloot's story.

Quarter's artwork is a very energy-filled black and white affair with lots of detail, movement, and solid cartooning. There was a great gun fighting sequence between the main characters and a band of other gunslingers that was a real treat to see in glorious black and white on the printed page. The characters are all thought out and very expressive. There was no point where I felt like anyone looked the same or was a two-dimensional character. They all came to life and it was a pleasure to read.

Overall this is a great book and I'd highly recommend it to anyone who loves supernatural stories or violent shoot outs. There's also some monster action thrown in there for horror fans, and plenty of gore to go around. This book gets a solid 4.5/5 and I'm excited to see where this title ends up.

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