Sacred Creatures #1
Publisher: Image Comics
Writer: Pablo Raimondi & Klaus Janson
Artist: Pablo Raimondi
Colors: Chris Chuckry
Letters: Tom Orzechowski
Review by PeteR
The very first thing that stands out about Sacred Creatures #1 is the name Klaus Janson in the credits. Janson was the inker for Batman-The Dark Knight Returns and about a thousand other books. He also inked Frank Miller’s revolutionary Daredevil series before taking over the art chores for the title. Janson has been in the industry since 1973 and has generated a massive amount of quality comic books over the last four decades. He has done everything from the Avengers to Superman to the Punisher. Klaus Janson is one of the modern masters, so to see his name on an Image book is intriguing. Finding out that he is one of the co-authors, rather than the inker, makes Sacred Creatures #1 a must read.
Sacred Creatures #1 is co-written and drawn by Pablo Raimondi who has previously done artwork for Peter David’s X-Factor and Books of Doom by Ed Brubaker. Although not as well-known as Klaus Janson, Raimondi is a proficient talent himself and his name in the credits merits investigating the new, creator owned series.
The first issue of Sacred Creatures is 66 pages long and not a single panel is wasted. Josh Miller is the prototype millennial lost soul. He’s unemployed, still in college and his girlfriend is pregnant. For reasons we don’t know yet, he is singled out by seven siblings who have been alive hundreds of years. Each of them has an ability to alter or control a person’s will. The seven have a task for Josh and by forcing him to make a series of bad choices, ensnare him in their conspiracy.
Raimondi’s artwork is distinctive and direct. Every so often, something in a comic makes the reader pause and contemplate how much effort and coordination it must take to create great comics. Page 65 of Sacred Creatures #1 is particularly noteworthy. Not to give too much away, but the combination of the artwork, Chris Chuckry’s coloring (and the smoke effect) as well as Tom Orzechowski’s lettering of the dialogue to dramatize the events, makes for one of those rare, perfect pages.
Why you should buy this book? The first season of the television show Lost enthralled viewers due to the strong characters even though no one could figure out what was going on. After reading Sacred Creatures #1, there are more questions about what has transpired than there are answers. The mystery and the attempts to try to make sense of events is a large part of the enjoyment of the story. Who (or what) are the siblings? What is their agenda? Why did they pick Josh Miller? Just when you think might have a handle on the situation, with the final page of the book, Raimondi and Janson make your jaw hit the floor and guarantee the purchase of Sacred Creatures #2
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