Indie Smash or Grab Presents Alex Priest #1
Written by: Jenn Arledge
Art By: Scott Malin
Variant Cover by: Stella Violari
In a world where demon hunting and vampires are a real thing, there are a couple people that have turned it into a business. One, training people to be demon slayers. Trained to be able to combat magical enemies these people are members of DEAD LLC (Demon Eradication and Denial). The other, relying on tradition that has passed through time to keep humanity safe from vampires and the like, has formed LC&B (Living Corpses that Bite). One is headed up by Alex, the other by Janelle. Both are about to become partners in the midst of a rising scare. Brought back together after a horrible break-up, Alex and Janelle, once more to team up against dark and supernatural forces. Forces that seem to be developing into never before witnessed evil. As it turns out, Vampires may have developed an ability to use magic. Will Alex and Janelle be able to fetter out whether this rumor is true? Will their past relationship get in the way of their ability to eradicate their evil enemies? The answers lie within the pages of Alex Priest #1.
I have to say when I was contacted by Jenn Arledge through a friend I didn’t know what to expect from this story. In fact, to be totally honest I was completely ignorant of its existence. This can happen in the world of the indie comic creator. I can say, however, that I was pleasantly surprised by what was given to me. Alex Priest #1 is one of the reasons I fight so hard to really support the indie comic scene. It’s creators like Jenn that show that the mainstream comics can’t hold a card (for the most part) to indie creators and their creativity. The writing of the first installment of Alex Priest is engaging and, action-packed- and something people today would enjoy reading in any medium. I mean, face it, with shows like “Supernatural”, the monster hunter genre has really grown to hold its own in the sci-fi arena.
The artwork is slightly less traditional from Scott Mali. With an eastern influence to the artwork, all of the characters we well developed and distinguishable from one another. I was especially pleased with the demon design. Alex Priest had me wishing this was an animated series as I flowed from one panel to the next in a well-constructed layout. The mood was depicted well, as was action, and subtle details that really set off each page. My only drawback is that I wish it were in color. I know. I know. I shouldn’t be so picky should I. Well, I’m not sorry to say that I think this book deserves to have a color injection. A move that I hope the creative team mores towards in the future as I think it would really “set off” the comic and give it that boost for even more audience appeal.
All that being said, if you like action/horror comics, and aren’t dissuaded by an animated feel in your material, then Alex Priest is perfect for you. In fact, at the end of October 2017, issue #2 will begin its Kickstarter campaign (Link for upcoming Kickstarter HERE). If you are interested in picking up the debut issue of Alex Priest you can do so HERE. I can’t wait to see where the story for the Alex Priest the genderqueer vampire hunter.