Writer: Cullen Bunn
Artist: Jonas Scharf
Colors: Alex Guimaraes
A new drug has hit the streets, The Ash. A powerful hallucinogen that lets the user experience their greatest joy and fantasy. This drug is made and controlled by one family, and business is very good. Oh, did I mention the drug is made from the remains of dead people?
Cullen Bunn has done it again. When it comes to stories that have that right mix of horror and mystery, there is no one that can hold a candle to Cullen Bunn, and this book is a prime example. The flow of the story is very methodical and thought out. Not a lot of plot twist and turns in this first issue, but I’m sure that will change. Bunn takes the reader to a place they would never see. A place where shadow and money mix together to create a potent combination with a diverse cast of characters who I’m sure readers will fall in love with. I particularly am interested in the character of Grace aka Mom. On the outside lies a tough as nails persona, but in the inside there is a vulnerable, scared woman who just wants to not be alone. Throw in the fact that the drug she peddles is made from the bones of dead people, and you’ve got one hell of a story.
The art by Jonas Scharf is beautifully done in this book. There is a gritty edge to the look of these characters which makes them fit right into the story. Expressions, body look, all of these people – you would believe that there could be this same type of person in the real world. Alex Guimaraes does a wonderful job of adding the right amount of color to the sketches and not making the characters seem overly bright. These are underworld criminals we are talking about, and these two make them look exactly like that.
The story is to die for (pun intended), and the art will have you staring at it for hours. This is a great start to this journey and I’m anxious to see where this creative team leads us.
9.5 out of 10
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