Review: Penny Dreadful: The Awakening #1

Penny DreadfulThe Awakening” picks up where the television series left off. We follow both Ethan and Mr. Lyle in a world without their beloved Vanessa. An ancient Egyptian legend dooming all of mankind arrives in London, that poor old Lyle has attempted to prevent numerous times, but nevertheless, the curse is unveiled.

Writer Chris King borrows details from the existing storyline from the show, as well as creates his own, developing a fascinating new plot line that puts all of our favorite characters lives at risk. We meet again, familiar faces such as Dr. Seward. Through King, Seward’s subtle and dry humor is brought to light, leaving the scenes a moment to take a breath from the drama. I personally wouldn’t mind a touch more of this, but overall I didn’t feel as though there was anything else to pick at in terms of storytelling.

Artist Jesús Hervás brings to Penny Dreadful everything I would hope for from a horror-based comic. It’s dark, menacing, delightfully detailed and unique. I don’t often feel the need to shout out the colorist, but even Jason Wordie seemed to create an entirely new palette with the color alone, and I imagine that’s not easy to do. The scenes in Egypt felt antiquated, like Wordie found the perfect shade of a million-year-old parchment, and saved it just for this. There are frames where it seems as though he has played with water colors, others where he has made use of markers, which is something I personally haven’t seen before―and it worked. It’s difficult to say who of the two gets credit for what, but at the end of the day, they seem to make a fine pair.

Fans will be grateful to live in this well-crafted world again thanks to these three artists and their unique hand in this piece. It’s set to be a four-part miniseries but I’m hoping that this won’t be the end of this trio.

Story: Chris King Art: Jesús Hervás Color: Jason Wordie
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

Titan Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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