The GeeksverseDaomu #1

Daomu #1
Published on Friday, February 4, 2011 by

This is an adaption of a popular series of novels in China called “The Daomu Journal”. Daomu translates to “tomb robber”. The basics of the story, given in a one page text piece at the beginning of the issue, is that there is a network of tombs that crisscross the world buried underground. There is a secret society of tomb robbers that have existed for ages to protect the secrets of these tombs. There are three types of tomb robbers.

From the North are those that respect the dead and history. They take, from the tombs, what they need to keep operating and believe in a harmonious existence with the tomb’s inhabitants. From the South are those that plunder and loot. They take what they want and destroy what is left. The third is between the other two. They are protectors and maintain a balance between man and nature. They are called the Daomu.

The story is about Sean Liu, a Chinese national who has been leaving in the US for the last 10 years. His mother left China, and his father, and brought them to the States where they have not been living well. His father comes to Detroit to find him and is killed by some kind of undead creature. Sean is rescued by a couple unknown people.

Sean goes to China to borrow his father and fufill his last wish.

The story, and the premise, is pretty interesting and this is apparently an extremely popular series of novels. The comic adaption reads like a novel. It’s very wordy, but not dense, having a nice flow to the words. The tense jumps, from past to present, sometimes even in the same caption, which can be a little disorienting. It doesn’t necessarily interupt the story’s flow, but it is noticable.

It’s a good read, entertaining and interesting. It’s not hard to follow even though there are some logic gaps that creep out the more you think about it. The story is engaging enough to jump over the gaps and keep it moving.

Chou has an interesting style. You can see the manga influence in his figures and the line work. He doesn’t have the exaggeration, but the influence is there. He doesn’t do traditional layouts, which helps the book. He’s got a very good grasp of storytelling, the panels flowing smoothly with no jumps in the action.

There’s one sequance that is one of the better ones I’ve seen in awhile in terms of story action and pacing, each panel doing just what is needed to bring it all together.

The whole book has a nice look to it, a nice feel.

Daomu #1 receives
4 out of 5

An interesting premise that should make for some good stories.

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