Cremisi #1 Review; An Excellent Start for a Crowdfunded American Manga
Here comes a crimson tide….
Welcome to the universe of Cremisi (Cree-Me-See). In the very beginning, you are thrown into a situation that feels oddly familiar if you’re an Anime fan. I noticed the opening scene felt reminiscent of Trigun’s. Throughout the rest of the issue, you get a sense of Cowboy Bebop and Firefly as well. These are great titles to be compared to as long as you hit the same tone and pace as them while carving out a new path. Make sure you make a name for yourself so the comparison fades and we can see what you bring to the table. Can the crowdfunded Cremisi stumble into a home of its own? Let’s break it down and see.
Isaac Fox does a wonderful job mirroring Trigun in the beginning. As a massive fan of Vash the Stampede, I was very excited to see a main character along the same lines as him. As the issue went on, the Khaleex, Shay, is much closer to Spike from Cowboy Bebop instead. A very troubled and mysterious past that I wish the first issue made the reader more aware of, puts his drinking problem up at the forefront and we get a very jarring scene at the halfway mark that gives a small hint as to why he drinks. The rest of the cast gets introduced rather quickly and could use a little more weight to their introductions. Alice (an acronym for “A Lovely Intelligent Computerized Entity”) who is Shay’s sidekick that is also the ship’s A.I., is a stark contrast from Shay. She follows a lot of anime tropes which was a nice breath of fresh air. After a few small scenes with her, we get introduced to Maria.. A Frontier Force Marshall who has ties to the current bounty our hero is after. The problem comes from the pacing in the issue. Everything connects and feels natural but some scenes seem a bit rushed. Especially when new characters are introduced. At first, I thought Maria was just a bar maid and she ends up being a Marshall and a main character. This could be because they wanted to quickly push through to the point but sometimes, giving the reader some time to breathe is a good thing. Overall, I enjoyed the writing aside from that small issue.
Personally, I am a huge fan of anime and I have been into art all of my life. This category is something that is very important to me. If something doesn’t have good art, I can’t watch or read it. Cremisi delivers so well. The characters, the style, and the action are all very vivid. Being heavily influenced in Manga helps a lot too. It’s very simple and sleek. Shay stands out as a pretty original looking character that’s not too western and not too modern. It fits the space theme well. All of the other characters fall into place for the start of the story and from the Kickstarter page, we get to see well planned out races for future issues. The only reason I couldn’t give this category a perfect score is due to minor anatomy issues such as the title character having too long of a neck on the title page. Hey…I told you that art is important to me.
Sticking with the Manga or The Walking Dead style, Cremisi stays true to the black, white, and grey. Only showcasing the red when things need to standout. It makes for a very visually appealing read. Things get bloody or certain details pop more and I really enjoy that. Your eyes pull to what is important which can be a good opportunity to push the narrative. There’s not much else to say about it other than the creators accomplished exactly what they set out to do and I commend them for it.
Cremisi #1 was an excellent start for a crowdfunded American manga. With only a few minor pacing and art issues that comes from these type of releases, I honestly think that this could be a solid project if given the time and money to keep it going. I only hope that this crimson world doesn’t lose to the black hole of the internet.