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Review: Cognition #3

There is something magical about legends that have their roots in truth and the effect still reverberates until today. Sometimes these legends are called curses because of their supernatural hold on the mortal world. The more famous non-harmful curses that are frequently brought up in popular culture are those revolved around sports. The most famous one is one that more than baseball fans will know, the Curse Of The Bambino.

For those unfamiliar, it was the so-called spell that prevented the Boston Red Sox from winning a World Series, as they had won one since Babe Ruth got traded, but of course, this was wiped when they won a few years ago. The one curse that has weighed on a city even longer, is the Curse Of Bobby Lane, which has held back the Detroit Lions from winning a Super Bowl, since he left and it is uncanny that the current starting quarterback, just so happened to graduate from the same high school as the aforementioned curse holder. No matter what people’s beliefs are in the supernatural, something is to be said of the reverence it holds by those affected by it.  In the third issue of Cognition, B.O.S.S. agents are on the scene investigating rumblings about ancient legend terrorizing locals.

We meet a local bar patron who is looking for a service, one that can only be found in the backrooms of places like the one he enters, but soon finds a terror he has never seen before. While investigating the case, Cal and Sigma, run into a very shadowy character, a character who very much resembles the Evil Stepmother’s form in Snow White, who goes by the name., Gwindonodd. As they spend time with her, their intuition starts to tingle at different times, leading them to believe, something is quite not right, as their new acquaintance spins a tale of a young ruler, whose fatal love costs him everything. By issue’s end, our heroes have been slowly leading into a trap, one which they luckily escape with the help of their companions, Hattie and Shuck.

Overall, an uneasy dive into the wickedest beings on earth, as Cal and Sigma find more than their match, someone who can anticipate their every move. The story by Ken Reynolds is scary, well written and seething under an unnerving atmosphere. The art by Sam Bentley is intense and luminous in black and white. Altogether, a great issue that proves Reynolds and Bentley are masters of storytelling.

Story: Ken Reynolds Art: Sam Bentley
Story: 10 Art: 9.5 Overall: 9.7 Recommendation: Buy

Review: Cognition #2

When it comes to mythical creatures, there is none creepier than those modeled after common animals. I remember the first time I watched Clash Of The Titans, and saw Cerberus at guard, those Ray Harryhausen special effects, still holds up though not believable, makes the viewer believe for a slight second, something magical may actually exist. As this creature prevent Harry Hamlin’s character from entering Hades, the way it looked as regular dog, but with three heads, is seared into my memories from when I was four years old.

Since that time, I noticed fiction’s consistent myth making of these characters, are much in practice and always ahs been. The most prominent after that movie, is Sherlock Holmes: The Hound of the Baskervilles. Then there is the ones that Robert Johnson sang about in his songs, where he describes them as “Hellhounds On My Trail”. In the second issue of Cognition, Cal and Sigma are hot on the trial of one such creature.

Our heroes arrive in Suffolk, England where rumblings of a demonic creature haunt the countryside and where a few fatalities have been at the hands of the apparition. As they arrive, our dynamic starts feeling as if there is something even more insidious concealed, one Cal and Sigma, are itching to find out. They soon get their chance as a battle royale between the duo and Black Shuck, the demon they have been looking for, becomes their most daunting adversary. By Issue’s end, they get another recruit into B.O.S.S. In a bonus story, “Whisper into The Void”, a clairvoyant becomes proficient in her powers through dark magic.

Overall, an action-packed issue starring Cal and Sigma, one that shows our heroes in one of their toughest challenges. The story by Ken Reynolds is fascinating and shows that Reynolds writes dark humor as better than most. The art by Sam Bentley is astonishing and luminous. Altogether, this issue proves that this book can be just as light, though the subject matter may be dark.

Story: Ken Reynolds Art: Sam Bentley
Story: 9.6 Art: 9.5 Overall: 9.7 Recommendation: Buy

Review: Cognition #1

When you read a book, most readers would like to be transported. This is where many first-person narratives often fail the reader as they spend a great deal of time introducing themselves, but not to their world. Same thing goes for most television shows and movies, as the setting is the fist thing you notice before a single line is uttered. The atmosphere that the creator brings their audience to, is what can make or break how well the book is received.

I remember the first time I read Stephen King, his writing transported to a small cold town resembling Maine, where people with bad intentions live. I remember the first time I watched The Birds, the way Hitchcock used silence throughout that movie is an effect that is still used in films today, but it is the atmosphere he set, which made audiences jump out of their seats. This is even more enjoyable to read in comics, as creators like Neil Gaiman and Warren Ellis, can pull you into a story with details that most writers would overlook but make the atmosphere just as uneasy as any horror movie. In the first issue of Cognition, our heroes continue their paranormal investigations, risking life and limb at every turn.

In “Mirror, Mirror,” a grieving widower research black magic to revive his wife but instead becomes maddened by something darker, causes his death and the death of his children as well. As Cal and Sigma, starts to investigate, something seems off about the room, the soon find out that the widower had no control of his actions, as he was possessed by something otherworldly. Sigma, soon finds out that a trickster demon is at play, deceiving the widower for the souls of whole family. By issue’s end, a terrible truth about Cal may have been revealed which leaves Sigma with pause for his partner.

Overall, an excellent first issue which gets us major insight into our dynamic duo. The story by Ken Reynolds is dark, scary, and entertaining. The art by Sam Bentley is gorgeous, chilly, and realistic. Altogether, another outstanding issue in a story that feels like a spooky Sherlock Holmes.

Story: Ken Reynolds Art: Sam Bentley
Story: 9.7 Art: 9.5 Overall: 9.8 Recommendation: Buy

Review: Cognition #0

Who doesn’t love watching odd couples? They make any situation somewhat bearable or even enjoyable. The Guardian of the Galaxy movies thrives on the relationship of Rocket and Groot providing the emotional punch it needed in the first movie. The ones I enjoy are the ones who are constantly at odds with each other, even labeling each other as enemies. The classic one, that comes to mind is, Mad Magazine’s Spy Vs Spy.

One odd couple that comes to mind, but not in the traditional sense, is Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson. The latest series starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock and Martin Freeman as John highlights this indifference, giving levity in certain spots, while dredging in some heavy subject matter. As many incarnations there are of the world-famous duo, rarely, has it ever dipped its toes in the steampunk genre, and when it does, rarely matches its counterparts. In Ken Reynolds and Sam Bentley’s introductory issue of Cognition, we find an intellectually superior duo, just not the pair anyone would expect.

In the first story “They Never See It Coming” we find a tarot card reader, about to tell the fortunes one young couple, until she is exposed as a fraud, by an agent of BOSS (British Occult Secret Service). This is where we meet our supernatural agents, an automation powered by a human spirit named Cal and a demon possessed mouse named Sigma. In the second story, “The Devil’s Fishing Hole,” our heroes investigate the disappearance of local town folks, due to Devil taking extra souls. In the last story, “Frame Breakers,” Abaddon unearths more soldiers to his regime, through a mass sacrifice.

Overall, each story is as creepy with a tinge of X-Files mashed up with Penny Dreadful. The story by Reynolds is eerie, suspense driven, and compelling. The art by Bentley is breathtaking and vibrant. Altogether, a grand series that pulls readers in with every page with its quick wit and well-developed characters.

Story: Ken Reynolds Art: Sam Bentley
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy