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Review – 7 Days From Hell #1

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Pilot Season: 7 Days From Hell #1 COVA_stampedPilot Season is a competition that Top Cow puts out pitting various comic projects against each other.  The winner gets a limited series.  The final entry to the 2010 entries is 7 Days From Hell written by Bryan Edward Hill and Rob Levin with art by Phil Noto.  So what’s the series about and how does it rank up?

Ex-pat turned mercenary John Bishop is mortally wounded, but spared from Hell by a renegade demon seeking redemption. The price of John’s salvation? He’s reborn as the demon’s personal assassin and charged with ridding humanity of our worst criminals, sadists, and murderers…with a seven-day deadline for each kill. Redemption can take a lifetime. John Bishop only has 7 days.

I really liked the comic and concept.  It definitely is up there as far as this batch and is one of the two comics I’m debating voting for.  What’s interesting is the comic book might work better as an ongoing than a limited series.  The series just has so much potential as Bishop must one complete his mission and two plot on how to escape his fate.

While the first issue is pretty straight forward and the mission is rushed due to length, the story is very entertaining.  This is one of the stronger ones of this batch, and Top Cow should really think about giving this a shot as a series instead of a limited series.

Entertaining, lots of potential, and pretty fun.  This comic is a buy and I definitely encourage you to consider it for your vote this Pilot Season.

Plot: We’ve seen the plot before, so I can’t give it tons in the originality department, but the story is still entertaining.  What has lots of potential is who targets are.  In this first issue alone we see an evil act committed to do good.  The comic is about redemption and that’s laid out right away.  Again interesting that this plot would work much better as an ongoing than limited series.  Rating: 8.5

Art: The art by Noto is pretty good.  I wasn’t blown away, but it does what it needs to do and projects it’s story quite well.  There’s some solid visuals and works very well.  Rating: 8.25

Overall: Along with 39 Minutes, 7 Days From Hell is one of the two comics I’d consider voting for this Pilot Season.  The story has a lot of potential and I definitely want to see where it goes.  No matter the result can we see an ongoing Top Cow?

Recommendation: Buy

Page count: 32 pages    Price: $3.99    Release Date: 10/13/2010

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

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