The GeeksverseXombi #1

Xombi #1
Published on Wednesday, March 16, 2011 by

Written by: John Rozum
Art by: Frazier Irving
Letters by: Dave Sharpe
Cover Art: A- Frazier Irving; B- Brendan McCarthy
Assistant Editor: Rickey Purdin
Associate Editor: Harvey Richards
Editor: Rachel Gluckstern

Xombi is one of the Milestone characters that was integrated into the DCU proper. I’m hoping that he doesn’t get to involved because he’s got his own interesting world. It’s a mix of technology, magic and religion. I’d never read the original Xombi so I’m not sure how much of this is the same.

The story makes it seem like Xombi has had adventures with these other characters before, which does leave a new reader out of the loop, but Rozum does a good job of keeping the story accessible. We don’t learn what these prior meetings were, but we really don’t need to.

There is a lot of wierdness in this story. But it’s the cool kind of wierd. Talking coins. A shrinking nun called Nun The Less. A girl who’s powers derive from religion. And then there’s Nun Of The Above. With Xombi, they are sent to investigate the Prison of Industry and make sure that a special prisoner didn’t escape. The prisoner, James Church, developed a Jeckyll and Hyde problem after reading a copy of the book with semicolon cancer.

There is definately alot to like about this story. The pace is fairly rapid, but the reader isn’t left behind. The characters aren’t given much time to shine, but the story is different enough that it holds your interest and enough of the characters shine through so they aren’t two dimensional.

The opening was very narrative heavy and I was afraid the whole book was going to be like that. But luckily Rozum used it to good effect, just in the opening and serving as an introduction. After the first couple pages, we didn’t “see” inside Xombi’s head again.

I wasn’t a big Irving fan prior to this, still might not be, but I really enjoyed his work in this book. His layouts were different, fitting the story and the mood. His colors helped accentuate the art, giving it a different feel from anything else out there. The pages were well detailed. The only thing I didn’t like was how he draws Xombi’s hair.

Xombi #1 receives
4.5 out of 5

The world of Xombi promises to be very interesting. I can’t wait for more.

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