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Review: Bolero #1

Bolero #1

The elevator pitch for Wyatt Kennedy and Luana Vecchio’s Bolero goes something like Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind meets Locke & Key. If that doesn’t sell a comic, what does? But to lay claim to that comparison means setting expectations sky high. Fortunately, the comic more than lives up to the stories it namedrops.

Bolero #1 follows Devyn “Dagger” Dagny, a tattoo artist that gets her heart very, very broken—shattered, even—by Natasha, the person that Devyn will go through a whole multiverse to either get back with or forget.

By multiverses I mean literal multiverses. Devyn is given the opportunity to travel precisely 53 universes using a mother key, given to her by a very curious and cuddly creature, that allows her to move between them. A set of rules comes with the mother key, all which are basically set up to be broken later on. These range from not speaking to the being that offers the key to not traveling beyond the number of universes agreed upon.

Kennedy, who scripts the story, takes most of the first issue to lock the emotional hooks in place for Devyn’ multiversal journey, in which she’ll experience the different possibilities and forms her relationship with Natasha could take. The jumps in time, space, and bodies the comic promises is in short supply in this first entry, but the premise is well put together and shows no signs of letting up on the emotions-shattering rollercoaster ride Kennedy hopes to take us on in future issues.

Bolero #1

Vecchio’s art possesses a dream-like quality to it that lends itself perfectly to the type of universe-hopping experience Bolero is aiming for. Characters move across the comics page with a floaty sense of rhythm that imbues the storytelling with a kind of musicality to it that makes everything come together beautifully. Moments of bliss are magical, whereas moments of pain feel like someone is prodding inside you with a cold and indiscriminate medical apparatus without anesthesia. Vecchio’s work is quite simply a marvel to behold in Bolero.

The art is given an extra bump in the magic department with a similarly dreamy and light approach to the lettering, made possible by Brandon Graham. Dialogues unspool like memories one plays over and over again in their mind after a particularly bad breakup. Graham takes the concept and applies it with a careful use of hazy lines and unstable word balloons that capture the raw emotions that hang over every word. It’s a highlight of the book and it shows deep consideration for the vision of the story.

Bolero #1 is a primer on love, pain, and loss that prepares readers for a deeply intimate and rough story that is sure to connect on many levels. It’s a world of possibilities I can’t wait to dive into, no matter how hard things will most definitely get for Devyn and Natasha as they go through 53 variations of their doomed relationship.

Story: Wyatt Kennedy Art: Luana Vecchio Lettering: Brandon Graham
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy along with a box of Kleenex and a bucket of ice cream.

Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


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Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Bolero #1

Wednesdays (and now Tuesdays) are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in

Each week our contributors choose what they can’t wait to read this week or just sounds interesting. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look at!

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this week.

Almost American #4 (AfterShock) – The true story of defecting Russian agents. It’s been an amazing read to see how dysfunctional the system is.

Animal Castle #2 (Ablaze) – A new take on Animal Farm, the first issue sold out so expect this one to do so as well!

Arrowsmith #1 (Image Comics) – Kurt Busiek returns to Image with a whole bunch of series launching and this is the first. Wizards and Dragons during World War I? Yeah, we’re in for it.

Art of Sushi (NBM) – Learn all about sushi!

Batman: The Knight #1 (DC Comics) – Chip Zdarsky doing Batman, nuff said.

Bolero #1 (Image Comics)Read our early review praising it. Everything is said there as to why it’s on the list.

Cloaked #2 (Dark Horse) – A vigilante hero was here and then gone. This is the story of the detective hired to figure out who he was.

My Date With Monsters #3 (AfterShock) – A pretty interesting series about a world where dreams can come over into the real world and the people tasked with trying to stop it, which means getting someone to fall in love.

Search for Hu #5 (AfterShock) – We really want to find out how this one ends and it the person we think is behind it all really is.

Shadowman #5 (Valiant) – The Deadside War begins here! A solid jumping on point for the series.

X Lives of Wolverine #1 (Marvel) – “Destiny of X” is coming and the next era of the X-Men begins here.

Your Turn to Die: Majority Death Game Vol. 2 (Yen Press) – This Saw-like series has been interesting so far and has us scratching our heads as to who’s behind it all.

Debuts, Returns, Sushi, and more are this Week’s Comic Highlights

There’s a lot of comics that come out every week and we’re kicking off a new regular feature where we highlight some of the interesting comics and debuts coming each week!

We want to hear what you want with this so let us know your thoughts in the comments.

This week’s highlights:

  • Animal Castle #2 (Ablaze)
  • Arrowsmith #1 (Image Comics)
  • Art of Sushi (NBM)
  • Batman: The Knight #1 (DC Comics)
  • Ben Reilly: Spider-Man #1 (Marvel)
  • Bolero #1 (Image Comics)
  • Devil’s Reign: Villains for Hire #1 (Marvel)
  • Devil’s Reign: X-Men #1 (Marvel)
  • Shadowman #5 (Valiant)
  • She-Hulk #1 (Marvel)
  • Silk #1 (Marvel)
  • Silver Surfer: Rebirth #1 (Marvel)

Early Review: Bolero #1

Bolero #1

The elevator pitch for Wyatt Kennedy and Luana Vecchio’s Bolero goes something like Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind meets Locke & Key. If that doesn’t sell a comic, what does? But to lay claim to that comparison means setting expectations sky high. Fortunately, the comic more than lives up to the stories it namedrops.

Bolero #1 follows Devyn “Dagger” Dagny, a tattoo artist that gets her heart very, very broken—shattered, even—by Natasha, the person that Devyn will go through a whole multiverse to either get back with or forget.

By multiverses I mean literal multiverses. Devyn is given the opportunity to travel precisely 53 universes using a mother key, given to her by a very curious and cuddly creature, that allows her to move between them. A set of rules comes with the mother key, all which are basically set up to be broken later on. These range from not speaking to the being that offers the key to not traveling beyond the number of universes agreed upon.

Kennedy, who scripts the story, takes most of the first issue to lock the emotional hooks in place for Devyn’ multiversal journey, in which she’ll experience the different possibilities and forms her relationship with Natasha could take. The jumps in time, space, and bodies the comic promises is in short supply in this first entry, but the premise is well put together and shows no signs of letting up on the emotions-shattering rollercoaster ride Kennedy hopes to take us on in future issues.

Bolero #1

Vecchio’s art possesses a dream-like quality to it that lends itself perfectly to the type of universe-hopping experience Bolero is aiming for. Characters move across the comics page with a floaty sense of rhythm that imbues the storytelling with a kind of musicality to it that makes everything come together beautifully. Moments of bliss are magical, whereas moments of pain feel like someone is prodding inside you with a cold and indiscriminate medical apparatus without anesthesia. Vecchio’s work is quite simply a marvel to behold in Bolero.

The art is given an extra bump in the magic department with a similarly dreamy and light approach to the lettering, made possible by Brandon Graham. Dialogues unspool like memories one plays over and over again in their mind after a particularly bad breakup. Graham takes the concept and applies it with a careful use of hazy lines and unstable word balloons that capture the raw emotions that hang over every word. It’s a highlight of the book and it shows deep consideration for the vision of the story.

Bolero #1 is a primer on love, pain, and loss that prepares readers for a deeply intimate and rough story that is sure to connect on many levels. It’s a world of possibilities I can’t wait to dive into, no matter how hard things will most definitely get for Devyn and Natasha as they go through 53 variations of their doomed relationship.

Story: Wyatt Kennedy Art: Luana Vecchio Lettering: Brandon Graham
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy along with a box of Kleenex and a bucket of ice cream.

Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


Pre-order: comiXologyTFAW

Bolero is Sci-fi Romance Coming in January 2022

An all-new sci-fi/romance begins in the upcoming Bolero by rising stars Wyatt Kennedy and Luana Vecchio. This visually-stunning five issue miniseries will launch from Image Comics in January 2022.

A woman running away from a broken heart discovers a mother-key into parallel universes. The rules are: The key can work on any door. The mother will only let you visit 53 universes. Do not ask to speak to the mother. Never hop more than 53 times. 

A fantastical, emotional journey featuring a beautifully diverse cast of characters.

Bolero #1 will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, January 12:

  • Cover A by Vecchio – Diamond Code NOV210047
  • Cover B by Jim Mahfood – Diamond Code NOV210048
  • Cover C by Maria Llovet – Diamond Code NOV210049
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