SACRED SIX #1 Review
SACRED SIX #1
Written by Christopher Priest
Art by Jae Lee and Gabriel Ibarra
Published by Dynamite Entertainment
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At its best, Sacred Six #1 is a comic packed with great art by Jae Lee and Gabriel Ibarra. Panels range from unconventional jagged, fragmented storyboard images in the beginning to standard rectangular frames as the story progresses. The beginning pages show the present time as two teens try to make their way back home after attending a game in Atlanta, Georgia. The landscape is seemingly dystopian as the two characters hurriedly rush along while one of them tells the story of a young pharaoh in ancient Egypt to the other. It is here when the coloring is best, full of vibrant yellows and tans showing both war and dynasty in the ancient realm.
Abruptly changing story lines, we move to the City of Sacred, Victor County, Georgia. Here the artwork takes on a grimmer, pencil-shadowed effect for two pages, showing a man in denim overalls looking over a crumbled backdrop of a city. Another abrupt cut moves us to the town of Ashthorne, Victor County, Georgia. Here we are introduced to a panther, her friend with a pitchfork, and a zombie hanging from a tree.
Yet another cut moves us to Toronto, Ontario, Canada where a fiery red-head is shown acting in a zombie apocalypse movie. Because of her nature, she breaks the nose of a fellow actor who flubs a scene. About to be fired from the set, she quits and heads to Georgia. Another cut moves us to Sacred, Georgia where we are introduced to a few more characters, including the aforementioned zombie and a group of vampires. It is this part where we see that a faction of zombies and humans wants peace to remain while a group of vampires wants a war to show everyone they are the rulers.
As you can see, there is a lot going in with constant movement between places. Because of the limited time spent with any of the characters, it’s hard to call a favorite. Presumably, as the story progresses, these small story-shards will coalesce into a larger epic story. All points seem to be leading to Victor County. Whether a mini-series or meant to be longer series, much needs to be resolved. Carrying a teen+ comic rating for mature themes of violence, further issues will delineate exactly who the Sacred Six are and what their role is in keeping Victor County peaceful or tearing alliances between cities and factions apart.