The GeeksverseThe Tattered Man – Advanced Review

The Tattered Man – Advanced Review
Published on Monday, May 23, 2011 by

Written by: Justin Gray & Jimmy Palmiotti
Art by: Norberto Fernandez
Letters: Bill Tortolini
Cover Art: A- Norberto Fernandez; B- Amanda Connor w/ Paul Mounts

Palmiotti and Gray do things a bit differently in their work. It doesn’t come out the same as other creators and The Tattered Man is the same. This is a dark tale. A very dark tale.

There are moments of lightness to the story, but it is a very dark story.

This is a two-part story. The first part is about three druggies who attempt to rob an old man and get more then they bargained for. The second part is about redemption and how what you do in life can affect what you do in death.

The Tattered Man is a spirit of vengeance. All the groundwork for a series is laid in this issue. We get the origin of the Tattered Man. We get a new host. We get a location and the start of a supporting cast.

But there is an ending. This series could easily continue or it could stand on it’s own as a one time thing.

That shows how well crafted a story Palmiotti and Gray have created in this book.

The events feel real. You can feel the desperation of the druggies. The fear of the child. And you can feel the despair at the Tattered Man’s new host.

But at it’s core, this is a story of redemption.

Fernandez art is perfect for this story. Where has this guy been hiding? His colors fit the tone, calling for colors when needed and darker shadows when required. His figures are well rendered. The wide range of emotions are well drawn. The Tattered Man is scary, keeping a human form but appearing like a creature made up of nothing but rags.

The Tattered Man receives
4.5 out of 5

A well crafted horror tale about redemption and vengeance.

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