Black Cloud #1 – Review
Story: Ivan Brandon, Jason Latour
Art / Cover: Greg Hinkle, Matt Wilson
Publisher: Image Comics
Let me start by saying I had not a single clue as to what I was getting myself into when I first volunteered to write up Black Cloud, not one single clue. Title sounded cool, maybe superhero? No, something deeper and so much more interesting.
Black Cloud is co-written by Jason Latour and Ivan Brandon (who also does the script) with art by Greg Hinkle. I’ll start with the art, and say I wasn’t all that impressed with the cover, but that’s because I hadn’t gotten into the book. Looking back, I see the grittiness, the almost stench of the cover. It’s absence of color only adds to the grimy feel to the backdrop. A simple attention to detail, yet not so simple. The graffiti on the wall, the rat hiding in the corner. Someone did their homework, and it paid off! Solid cover 4!
Usually, when a cover strikes my fancy, the interior lets me down. The opposite seemed to happen with this. I had to dive into the story to truly appreciate the whole thing. Interior art is colorful when it needs to, but an artist that can make black and white really contrast, well ya got me there bub! Fantastic! Solid 4.25!
I won’t lie, story had me going back and forth a bit, trying to make heads or tails as to what is going on. It’s the usual, block black on white for the narration, bubbles for actual conversations in the book. Problem is, the narration is choppy, like I missed a page, or maybe the editor missed/took out a page (pg 8-9). The whole story doesn’t suffer from this, and it’s during my second read through that I like what Latour and Brandon are trying to tell me. Our main focus is just trying to hustle so she can eat, I like her, she is honest (can you have an honest hustler?). I really felt the end of the story should have occurred maybe 4 pages prior to what it did, but it stretched on. I guess the good thing in stretching this story on for an additional 4 pages is that we get to see the potential bad guy/villain to our heroin again. This re-introduction brings me back in just enough to care what she’s doing, good save. 3.5.
Maybe a little savage? Eh, maybe. I will say, this book has me wanting more story. It leaves me wanting to know all of the who/what/when/why’s. All in all, this is a solid start to a brand new book, just under a 4.0, and that’s pretty good. Next month, bring it! I want to get lost in this story! Give me a secret or two, plant a few hidden traps. Make me come back to your story.