Review – Starkweather: Immortal

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Starkweather Immortal HC CoverWhat would Harry Potter for adults be like?  It might look a bit like Starkweather: Immortal.  Produced by Archaia, written by David A. Rodriguez with art by Patrick McEvoy, this comic book series mixes magic and religion in a very cool package.

Today they are called witches, and they are hunted at every turn. The Twelve Great Houses have collapsed under betrayal and infighting. They have abandoned their charges, forsaking the very source of their gifts. They teeter on the brink of extinction and their best chance at survival—a five-year-old boy with enough power to topple mountains—disappeared 15 years ago. The boy has become a man who doesn’t remember what he was. The very spell that was woven to hide him from the world also has hidden his true self, leaving him a professional slacker—a directionless disappointment who wants nothing to spend his life in wonderful obscurity. It is Alexander Starkweather’s destiny to restore the Divine Blood to power and lead them into a new age. But before he can become a witch, he must learn what it means to be a man.  Completes and collects the STARKWEATHER: IMMORTAL comic book series.

The story is pretty interesting with a lot of twists and turns I didn’t see coming.  It’s all familiar, but there’s definitely some items that come out of left field and caught me off guard.

I don’t want to give away too much, but there’s a lot going on, all of it entertaining.  The art is top notch, as I’d expect from an Archaia series.  If you enjoy a modern tale of magic, I’d definitely check this one out.

Plot: Rodriguez takes a lot of familiar items, but throws a modern spin on it all.  The story is interesting taking elements from Harry Potter, the Bible and vampire-ish novels and throwing them all together.  I liked the main character and the power plays between characters was interesting.  The ending was predictable but still good.  Overall, it’s a good read as it fulfills the most important element, it’s entertaining.  Rating: 8

Art: The art by McEvoy is top notch and holds up well with the story.  There’s all kinds of elements and the “magic” elements were particular cool.  Overall everything was really good and there were definite scenes where I paused to check out every little thing that was going on.  Rating: 8

Overall: Overall, Starkweather: Immortal is a nice modern tale of magic.  It’s a great read that takes children’s fantasy elements and ups it a bit for adults.  I’m hoping we can see some more future volumes as I’d like to see where everything goes from here.  Overall rating: 8

Recommendation: Buy

Page count: 160 pages    Price: $24.95     Release: Wednesday 9/1/2010

Archaia provided Graphic Policy with an advance copy of this issue for FREE for review.