As a child growing up, I devoured books, I read every piece of fiction I could get my hands on. Just like most boys my age, I became obsessed over certain characters or certain people. Like I had a cousin who loved everything Ghostbusters. He watched all the movies including the newest one, and both cartoons, and had every toy they ever released. My obsession, was Star Wars, as me, my cousins, and my friends all had cases of figures of different characters from the film series.
I had another cousin, who loved Dinosaurs and read everything there was about them. I also obsessed about pirates, after reading Treasure Island, and watching the movie, I read about all the famous ones and not so famous ones, and found out the difference between a pirate and a buccaneer. The Pirates of the Caribbean movies provide comedic fodder for those of us infatuated the genre, but Black Sails, is the probably the one portrayal, that brought them actual legitimacy, and showed the world they were people just like all of us. This brings to one of my favorite characters in the show, as not much of her origin is explored there, which is why I could wait to get in the first issue of Anne Bonnie.
In the opening pages, we meet a young girl, Ariana, who dreams of a life outside the palace walls, she grew up in, a world, that her uncle Kenshin, told her of the sea. Fast forward, a few year later, a key her uncle left for her is used to awaken a ghost ship, something she did not quite expect. It also has awakened the very island she grew up in, as it is not an island, but a being made of stone. By issue’s end, she is on the run from a Naval ship and the ship is more supernatural than she originally thought.
Overall, a great book, that brings the reader to a day and time, when adventure was a way of life. The story by Tim Yates and Lelan Estes is funny, relatable, and exciting. The art by Tim Yates and Tony Vassallo is gorgeous and luminous. Altogether, an excellent first issue, that feels like a page right out of Treasure Island, if it was supernatural.
Story: Tim Yates and Lelan Estes Artist: Tim Yates and Tony Vassallo
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy