BEATZ #1 – Everything Has A Beat
Created by Jide Martin
Writer: Akintoba Kalejaye
Pencils: Adeleye Yussuf
Colors and Letters: Michael Balogun
He’s not a hero. He’s not a savior. He just hates bullies!
Comic Republic is the publisher to look out for. Based in Lekki, Nigeria, Comic Republic is a buzzing hub of cool comics and Beatz is no different. Blessed, or cursed, with synesthesia, Beatz takes to the streets harnessing the powers of vibrations to put down the bad guys.
Akintoba Kalejaye has written an exciting first issue. Beatz is one exciting character! Able to control decibels and move at mach speeds can make him a powerful good guy or a terrible bad guy. Also, I’m sure that’s not all he can do. The citizens of Lagos, Nigeria should count themselves lucky to have him on the side of good. Reading his inner monologue was a bit exciting. If you read my Sheena review, you know how much the monologues and one sided conversations annoy me. Here, it isn’t forced or overwhelming. Kalejaye has the reader inside Beatz’s head to get a sense of his personality. Beatz is an electrifying and interesting character.
I give Kalejaye props for giving the audience a taste of this character. However, there is one small drawback to me. At the ending, we are shown a small glimpse from Beatz’s past. Personally it felt out of place. I believe Kalejaye should have put it somewhere closer to the middle of the book or saved it for another issue. Have no fear, these pages didn’t throw off the main story.
Adeleye Yussuf’s pencils and Michael Balogun’s colors were a good fit for this character and his series. I like the way Yussuf and Balogun portrayed Beatz’s synesthesia. I personally, don’t know what it’s like. Perhaps one of the two has the same condition. Maybe they did their research. Either way, I know BEATZ will be filled with great colors and a different perspective.
There were some parts of the art where the anatomy looked weird depending on the character or position they were in. It’s noticeable, but its not eye-poppingly disturbing.
Lastly, I strongly believe this series has promise. I like what I read. I liked what I saw. I’m certainly going to be sticking around for #2 coming soon. If you’re interested, you can read BEATZ for free on the Comic Republic website.