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For my first review on this website, I have the honor of reviewing a comic that was sent to us by an independent publisher. This isn’t Marvel, DC, Image, or any other name that I knew before getting the assignment.
It’s Dim Throat Comics. Have you heard of it? Probably not, but if you have you can increase your hipster street cred, so pay attention.
The comic is called The Holy Awesome. I was fortunate enough to read part 1 of this 3 part mini-series. I hope to read the rest. It’s created by Justin INVI Vilonna and is available for just $4 right now. None of that $3.99 stuff over here. They ask you for that extra penny and aren’t ashamed to do it.
It is an interesting concept. The main character, Natalie is just a typical mid-twenties girl, who enjoys pizza, drinking, and her girlfriend. But one day the Light of God visits them to announce that Natalie is the Holy Awesome. God has sent his light out to activate her to help him fight against forces of darkness.. Although the story doesn’t progress too far in the first issue, it still has enough to captivate and draw the reader into the world. I mean, who doesn’t want to see the Light of God in the form of a slice of pizza?
The art is unique, and reminds me quite a bit of a series I am only vaguely familiar with, Lenore by Roman Dirge. However, this series uses color and the effects are rather psychedelic. I really enjoy the variant cover, (only available online, check it out here). Please be warned though, the art will not be to everyone’s taste. Parts do look amateur, and it seems like more work went into the concept of the story than the execution of the artwork.
The only thing that didn’t impress me as much with this comic was that at times, the writing seemed a bit forced, or even false. A couple phrases just didn’t seem natural, but then again, it might just be part of the characters.
It’s an intriguing start to a story that seems like it will be exciting. I do wish that the issue had been longer, as it seemed like it was over before I knew it. There wasn’t much going on, and I feel like Vilonna could have fit more in. I look forward to seeing how Natalie becomes the Holy Awesome, and what kind of powers that means she has. It’s a class good vs. evil set-up, but has it’s own unique twists. Check it out if you’re into that sort of story. It’s definitely a one-of-a-kind comic.
For another take on it, check out the review done by Outright Geeky, another great site.