Untitled History of the Human Condition #1 Review
Writer – Michael Gatti
Artist – Tyler Carpenter
Michael and Tyler give the comic book format a makeover that doesn’t fully work.
Adalwolf is a werewolf who thought laying low as a wolf with a owner would be his safest option. However,when his owner, Dragos, figures out he is a werewolf, it spells danger. Especially when Dragos is a Vampire, enemies of the werewolves. Will he live to see the rest of history?
This story is told from a third person perspective however it is not explained who is telling this story. It is clear this is a narration which is a clever if not cliched idea. The narration tells a majority of the story, however there is a lack of emotion and depth to the text. The monotone narration then spills over onto the characters, as even though they have some forms of depth, it is not enough to connect with.
The narrative is also told in two ways the first with the narration and the second with speech balloons in the images. This is a fantastic idea if it had consistently as with some speech in the images and some in the narration it felt disjointed.
There are parts of the book where the narrator will break character and compare an event to another product out there, like Disney or Vampire diaries. This just feels irrelevant and out of character. These narration breaks also point out plot holes and where the story foreshadows. This seems like a really bad humor ploy that really misses it’s mark. A comic shouldn’t have plot holes and if it does, it shouldn’t point them out to the reader.
|Front cover of this issue|
The art here suits the theme of this story perfectly. The monotone art keeps the tone dark and gives the writing atmosphere. I would have liked more art work in this comic, as even though there’s a drawing per page, they don’t tell a lot of narrative. They just illustrate what we had just read.
The artwork is also character driven which is good but I would have preferred to see more of the surrounding area and different locations that were in this comic.
Overall this is a really good idea and story that just fails in it’s execution. While reading this, I thought it was more of a synopsis of a story rather than a finished story. With a second issue in the works, maybe that issue has character differentiation and tone. I also feel there isn’t a clear target audience as the way it is written suggests a young audience but the graphic nature of the story suggests otherwise.
Art – 3.5/5