Review: A Taste For Killing #3

atok 003Creator driven comics by those trying to break into the industry are not exactly remiss by those that enjoy the medium, but neither do they necessarily always get the exposure which they sometimes deserve.  After all most creators had to start somewhere, and usually that place is not as prestigious as may seem.  To be fair though a lot of the material from these newcomers is full of the many traps of most early entrants into their fields, and while some of it is good, a lot of it is not very readable.  It is therefore a nice surprise to discover a comic such as A Taste For Killing, a title ostensibly geared towards horror, but which tends to be something a little bit more.

The story here follows that of a mermaid, or it might be a demon, though by the end the difference is not so pronounced.  It is written by Nikkol Jelenic, who also doubles as one of the artists.  The writing is lyrical at times, almost sounding more like a poetic fairy tale as opposed to the usual content that one expects from horror.  As the story progresses, there is a notable atmosphere built up around the role of man and the sea, and while it doesn’t reference any specific work from literature, it maintains this same theme, going more for a spooky appreciation of the abyss as opposed to having monsters jump out at the reader at all times.

The end result is still not quite as refined as what most readers will expect from the majority of their titles, but there is also a little bit more here in terms of both intermittent quality and overall potential.  There are some things which evidently don’t fit in here thematically and contextually, but there is also a lot that does work.  None of the creators here are household names for comic fans, but it seems that if they keep at it that at least a few of them will be.

Story: Nikkol Jelenic Art: Nikkol Jelenic. Leo Cherry, Jeff Bonesteel, Josh Shockley, James Duffendach, Mark McKenna, and Brian Spicer
Story: 7.6 Art: 7.6  Overall: 7.6 Recommendation: Read

Acid I Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review.