Buckle up folks, Aftershock Comics is at it again with a stunning new installment, Black Eyed Kids. This first issue is written by Joe Pruett, lined by Szymon Kudranski, and colored by Guy Major, and it couldn’t have been better! I have so many good things to say about this book, but I am going to try to keep this review concise.
First of all, Szymon killed it on the linework. His style for this issue is a weird mix of Klaus Janson and Jacen Burrows, so needless to say, it was amazing. Not only did he do a great job of matching the mystery from the scripts, but he also added some flare of excitement during the brutal action sequences. And his smooth transitional scenes make this issue incredibly easy on the eyes. This of course is also due, in no small part to the colorist, Guy Major. His use of dark cyan’s during the plot build, and yellows/reds/oranges during the beats was genius. He told a huge part of the story, even if it was incredibly subtle.
Secondly, accompanying all of this talent was an organized script. For this book, Joe did not pull any of his punches. Every speech bubble, panel, and scene was brutally true to it’s tone, showing that Joe obviously has this whole story planned out. This leaves us, the reader, with a sense of trust that we are being guided with a purpose and destination. Which is oddly comforting, especially when watching children perform unspeakable acts of horror.
By the end of reading this issue, all I wanted was more. More answers, more story, and more art. Seriously, this book had everything: a well thought out plot, a consistent pace, clear yet mysterious art, and tone setting color. Black Eyed Kids #1 easily earns 5 out of 5 stars. PICK THIS UP!