Rise Of The Black Flame – Review
Writer: Mike Magnola
Art: Christopher Mitten
Rise of the Blame Flame is a bit fun homage to the old Shock Horror comics.
The Deity representation was both interesting and irritating. The names were correct, but the research done into them was a bit poor. Atargatis and Ereshkigal have nothing to do with each other. Atargatis is a Syrian Goddess where as Ereshkigal is a Mesopotamian Goddess. So, it is impossible for one to be mistaken for the other. Atargatis and Ereshkigal, neither are the Babylonian Goddess of Night. Atargatis is the Great Mother and Fertility Goddess of the Earth and Water, she was also considered to be the first Mermaid, due to the fact her upper body was that of a human and the lower of a fish. Ereshkigal is the Goddess of the Underworld, also known as “Queen of the Great Earth”, and as ‘Lady of the Great Place’. Just as Nergal is not the God of the Black Sun. He is the Mesopotamian God of the Underworld. Sometimes referred to as a Solar Deity but only representative of a certain phase of the sun. Portrayed in hymns and myths as a god of war and pestilence, Nergal seems to represent the sun of noontime and of the summer solstice that brings destruction, high summer being the dead season in the Mesopotamian annual cycle. He has also been called “the king of sunset”. Over time Nergal developed from a war god to a god of the underworld. In the mythology, this occurred when Enlil and Ninlil gave him the underworld. Kali is one of the ten Mahavidyas, a list which combines Sakta and Buddhist goddesses.Her earliest appearance is that of a destroyer principally of evil forces. She is the goddess of one of the four subcategories of the Kulamārga, a category of tantric Saivism. Over time, she has been worshipped by devotional movements and tantric sects variously as the Divine Mother, Mother of the Universe, Adi Shakti, or Adi Parashakti.
It had it’s high’s and low’s, overall it was alright, but with the poorly researched and cobbled together information, it was irritating and became kind of boring.
The made up language they gave the Cult, was annoying and it felt as if the writer did not care or even wished to bother to be accurate.
The writing was alright, some misspellings, but overall it gave it some interest.
The art was gritty, following the old horror comics of the 50’s. Giving it a rough appeal.
The perfect song of the void is only beautiful if you can hear it. Beauty and interest is in the eye of the beholder.