The GeeksverseExtinct #1

Extinct #1
Published on Sunday, March 6, 2011 by


Published by: 215 Ink
Written by: Fabian Rangel Jr.
Art by: Jethro Morales
Colored by: Juanmar Studios
Lettered by: Ed Brisson
Cover Art: Jethro Morales

The town of Spring Valley, Texas is infested with Werewolves. And it seems like the teachers are behind it all.

The story takes place in 1985, with the outsider of the school being the main focus. Jimmy Reynolds has just turned sixteen and he’s not enjoying it. He lives with his grandmother, after his mother passed away, and he’s the one kid in school that everyone picks on and makes fun of, even the nerds. He’s got one friend and he’s got a crush. Classic story. The loser, who used to be friends with the hottie when they were in middle school, now has to watch the hottie date the jerk of a star athelete in high school.

Rangel jr. doesn’t do much to change that classic story. Which works, as it allows us to easily identify with Jimmy. We know who he is, what he is, because we’ve seen it before. This allows Rangel jr. to spend more time on developing the town and the people around Jimmy.

The issue opens with a sheriff trying to kill a werewolf in 1885, then we cut to Jimmy’s life. We see that the principal isn’t what we thought he was. Which then leads us to have to question what the principals son is, is he just the star athlete or is there more to him as well? The revelation of the other teacher being a werewolf makes us wonder just how far into the school system this goes. How far into the town does it go if the principal can just dispose of a body, it makes the news, but there’s no investigation?

That’s a good hook to make a reader want to continue reading.

Rangel does a decent job with the dialogue. There were a couple of parts that sounded more modern then from the ’80s. But you have to love when the principal looks at the kid with the mohawk and tells him “how many times have I told you to cut that hair?”. I shouldn’t be the only one that recognizes that line.

Morales art is excellant. His werewolves are large and menacing, but not out of proportion. The transformation is handled nicely. He does a good job with the 80s fashion and hairstyles. Have to love the mullet on the star athlete.

He’s got a good grasp of storytelling. The pages are well laid out with no jumps in the flow. His characters are well rendered and correctly proportioned. They move well with no awkwardness. He does a great job with the cafeteria scene, drawing alot of kids and making them all seem unique and different, but fitting into the cliques as Jimmy describes them.

Extinct #1 receives
4 out of 5

A good start to the story and I’m interested in reading more.

To learn more about 215 Ink, please visit their website.
Learn more about Extinct the comic at Extinctcomic.com

Extinct can be purchased from Drive Thru Comics

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