The GeeksverseShinku #1 – Advanced Review

Shinku #1 – Advanced Review
Published on Monday, May 30, 2011 by

Written by: Ron Marz
Art by: Lee Moder
Digital Inks by: Matthew Waite
Colored by: Michael Atiyeh
Lettered by: Troy Peteri
Cover Art: Lee Moder w/ Matthew Waite & Michael Atiyeh

Created by Ron Marz and Lee Moder, Shinku tells the story of the last member of an ancient samurai clan that has been at war with a clan of vampires for centuries. The point of view character is an american named Davis Quin who is in Japan. We don’t know if it’s for business or pleasure but he’s a relatively shy guy.

Shinku saves him from a vampire and somehow he’s going to help her finally defeat the vampire clan.

As a first issue this works excellant. We get the conflict. We learn about the characters. We get some action. All the elements that make a good first issue are on display. Marz story is quick paced. There’s no captions, just the spoken text. This limits us from seeing the minds of the characters, but keeps the story moving. Because we can’t see inside their heads, we have to go off their reactions and movements, their expressions and exclamations.

The story seems pretty interesting. There’s a lot of backstory. It makes it a heavy issue but the script keeps it moving and doesn’t let it bog down. Shinku is a no nonsense character so it’s up to Davis to be our entry into her world. The problem is that Davis is a bit of a whiner. Part of it is understandable given the situation and his introduction to Shinku, but too much of it will be annoying.

Alot of the story relies on Moder’s art and he delivers. It’s up to him to show the expressions and emotions of the characters and he does an excellant job. His style is a bit harsher then previous work of his and it fits the tone of the story. This is a harsh story, not meant for kids. His vampires are the way they should be, able to pass for human, but with enough differences that they stand out from the background.

He doesn’t skip on the blood or gore, but he doesn’t go overboard, which is the way to go.

Shinku #1 receives
4 out of 5

An excellant debut to a new story by Marz and Moder.

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