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Review: 13 Coins Collection

13 Coins Collection CoverJohn Pozner was just your typical ex-convict trying to make a living. After overcoming drug addiction that cost him his chance at a career in professional basket ball, a stint in jail, John’s already over come his share of demons. The last thing he ever wanted was to be thrust into the center of an apocalyptic war that’s been raging secretly for millennia.

Sometimes we don’t always get what we want.

Released this week the 13 Coins Collection, which collects 13 Coins issues #1 through #6 from Titan Comics, the collection is illustrated by the excellent Simon Bisley (2000AD, Batman/Judge Dredd) and written by Martin Brennan and Michael B Jackson (the screenwriters of Hitman Absolution). Although an original comic series, 13 Coins treads familiar water in the setting up of the story; man wakes up one day from his regular life, discovers he is meant for Something More,  and… well I’ll let you read the rest. 

13 Coins may not have the most original premise, but that doesn’t make it a bad story. Simon Bisley may not be a household name in North America, and while this collection is unlikely to change that, his artwork is as good as I hoped he would be, and it really suits the style of story that’s told by Martin Brennan and Michael B Jackson. Although not the most original of stories, the lack of an original premise doesn’t detract from the quality of 13 Coins, and the writers do an excellent job of creating a well executed, solidly paced the story that really makes it shine despite the somewhat formulaic plot idea.

If it sounds like this is a bad or an average trade paperback, well, it really isn’t. While the premise of an everyman becoming something special isn’t all that unique, the story and dialogue are still very good. Think of it like a sprinkle doughnut; you know what you’re going to get when you buy it, but that doesn’t mean that the doughnut doesn’t taste very good. And when the doughnut looks as good as this, thanks to the artwork of Simon Bisley?

Well it’d be rude not to indulge.

Story: Martin Brennan and Michael B Jackson Art: Simon Bisley
Story: 7.5 Art: 9.0 Overall: 8.75 Recommendation: Buy

The Delcourt Group provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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