Thursday, September 6, 2012

# Black Mass # comic book review

Comic Book Review : Black Mass #1

"A story told before the Salem Witch Trials that takes you deep into the truth of what really triggered the trials. Magic, Spells, Revenge, Death and Love. Don’t miss this nonstop thriller that keeps you on the edge of your seat... wanting more."

I have to say that I just love when a friend of mine comes to me and says "Hey, we have a new book coming out, would you review it?" It's even better when he says to me that the release date is my birthday. (September 23rd for those unaware.) How can I say no to that? I couldn't and so I bring you...*drum roll*...Black Mass!

The Good: I have to say that I love historical fiction and this storyline, written by David Sandoval and Adriana Mendoza, caught my attention from the first panel and carried it all the way to the end. The pencils in this book (Stefano Cardoselli) captured the story and helped to convey the myriad of emotions that flowed throughout this part of the story.

The Bad: This is another of those books that really would be so much better done in color than black and white. Unfortunately, there are times when the inks on the pages are overwhelming and distract from what's happening on the page. I think this could be alleviated with the addition of some grey scale or the addition of a colorist.

The Summary: Black Mass is a book that I'm going to be adding to my list of books to follow. The story is intriguing and I'm very much looking forward to the next in this series. If you pick up this book, I do warn you that the topic may not be appropriate for children. In fact, I would rate this as a teen, leading into mature title.  I would also warn you that in the copy I received, page 14 is especially not child friendly. It's wonderfully drawn, but not something my boys need to be looking at.

Now, I have some good news for those of you who don't want to wait until September 23rd for the release! This book is actually now available in digital format! It can be purchased at DriveThruComics and Indy Planet. If you so desire, it is also available for pre-order from Comic Flea Market.

If you would like to learn more about Black Mass, check out N.A.S. Studios on Facebook or on their website.


I received a copy of this book for the purpose of this review. All thoughts, comments and drooling are 100% mine and had nothing to do with the fact this book is coming out on my birthday or that the author is pretty cool. 

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