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Review – DV8: Gods and Monsters #1

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DV8I’ve seen previews of the comic series in the back of various other comics I’ve read over the past month.  I’m a blank slate when it comes to DV8 and what’s come before.  But checking my mail on Saturday I found a copy provided by Wildstorm.

The newest series by Brian Wood and Rebekah Isaacs is fantastic.  I can’t praise it enough.  The story is told as a flashback in a mystery style, unveiling just a little at a time and from the perspective of the character telling the story.

Beings with super powers are dumped on a primitive planet.  Why?  We don’t know.  Where?  That’s kind of unclear as well.

The story unfolds bit by bit as those mysteries are unveiled.  Obviously something big went down, that’s clear from the first issue.  This is just part one of eight and we’re looking forward to the next seven.

Plot: We’re huge fans of Brian Woods.  Such diverse series as DMZ, Demo, Northlanders and Local are all examples of his masterful ability to tell a story and write characters of varying types.  This series is no different.  The plot is interesting and written in a way we want to learn more.  It’s a action mystery with people that have super powers.  It teases us just enough and gives just enough detail.  Not too much, not too little.  Small details are dropped to explain bits and pieces and all of it is relevant.  While I might not be totally invested in the characters yet, the plot itself has me hooked.  Rating: 9

Art: Rebekah Isaacs provides the visual beauty to Wood’s engaging words.  The art has just enough detail to draw you in and not clutter the page and some great visuals.  The pages are a beauty to look at and I can’t wait to see what this up and coming star has in store for us next.  Rating: 8.5

Overall: Again, I knew nothing about this series and what came before.  To me this is a blank slate.  A super hero mystery that’s slowly unfolding and I really enjoyed it.  If you’re looking for something fresh and new, this is well worth the purchase.  Overall Rating: 8.75

Recommendation: Buy

Page count: 22 pages of story    Price: $2.99     Release: Wednesday 4/21/2010

DC and Wildstorm provided Graphic Policy with an advance copy of this issue for FREE for review.