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Review: Zachariah Thorn #2

Zachariah Thorn #2

It’s been 10 years since Zachariah Thorn inadvertently tore the veil between our world and the darkness beyond. Now his dark gift is his only weapon in his quest to banish the evil he has wrought.

Eli Merric has pulled Zach from his self imposed exile. The two returned home to aid in the banishment of a trio of Howlers who had taken root in the psyche of Cynthia, the young niece of their long time friend AJ Jordan.

With Cynthia now free of the Howlers’ thrall, Zach and his friends begin to shake loose the rust of their relationships…

…but old wounds have a habit of reopening.

It hasn’t quite been ten years since I read Indigo Comics Zachariah Thorn #1 (reviewed here), not even close if I’m being honest, but it has been some time (about three years if we look at the publication date of the first review). I am happy to say that even after all that time I was still able to pick up this long awaited second issue without the need to reread the first.

I was immediately drawn back into Scott Reichert‘s story as if I’d never left – but if this the first you’ve heard of Zachariah Thorn then fear not! You can get the entire first issue for free if you check out the link below, and the sequel is available for a steal of a deal right now (there’s another link below) on comiXology. And honestly, for 99cents, this is a fantastic deal for the two issues of Zachariah Thorn.

A comic that has echoes of Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files books in the setting (in that it’s a modern day magic based story with a well loved yet slight rogue star)Zachariah Thorn is thoroughly enjoyable from start to finish, with the world having a fully realized feel – even if the reader may not be totally aware of the history, it’s evident that Reichert has the details written down somewhere. We’re given exactly what we need to follow the story within the comic, and just enough to drive our interest further into the series with the subsequent issues.

Zachariah Thorn has a lot  about it that I really enjoyed – and for the price you’ll pay for this book, there’s absolutely no reason not to check out the two comics in the series thus far. 

Story: Scott Michael Reichert Art: Kristian Rossi
Colours Robert John Reichert Letters: Toben Racicot
Story: 8.3 Art: 8.8 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

Zachariah Thorn #2 is available on ComiXology for $0.99 now. You can read the first issue for free here if you need a refresher on the story.

Review: Zachariah Thorn #1

Zachariah Thorn #1 CoverZachariah Thorn is a creator owned, self published digital comic that’s available for free download at Indigo Comics. Billed as a macabre horror/mystery comic that features an occult superhero. Ten years ago Zachariah Thorn inadvertently re‐awoke the forces of darkness in our realm, but he also discovered that he is the descendant of an ancient and powerful dark mystic, and so Zachariah took it upon himself to banish the evil he has summoned to our world. Zachariah Thorn #1 takes place ten years after those events, forgoing the origin story in favour of a more mature, and confident, lead character.

And it’s a technique that works.

The opening scene is told very minimally in an almost dreamlike sequence that does more to bring you into the mind of Zach than an overly explained introduction. Scott Reichert‘s lack of spoon feeding was actually something I really appreciated – the comic doesn’t hand you an outline to the story, it requires you to pay attention to the artwork that’s both strong and yet very soft, thanks to the colouring work of Robert Reichert (in case you’re wondering, no the last name isn’t a coincidence; Scott and Robert are brothers) that flows from the superbly named Bonkz Seriosa. Artistically, this is a very well laid out comic; there is some solid line work here, and some very interesting panel layouts to look forward too as well. Of course, a nice looking comic can fall flat if the story isn’t worth reading, but thankfully Scott Reichert frames a compelling tale here.

Zachariah Thorn #1 is the first issue in what Indigo Comics and creator Scott Reichert hope to be an ongoing series; and honestly, I hope it is. As dark as the subject matter has the potential of being, there are some subtle funny moments here, and the fact that Eli may (or may not) be an intelligent zombie had me enjoying every word that he said. The story itself reminded me of one part of Jim Butcher’s The Dresden Files mixed with a dash of Buffy The Vampire Slayer and one part something else that I won’t say for fear of giving too much away. Suffice to say that this is a very enjoyable comic, and it’s well worth you heading over to Indigo Comics website to download the free pdf.

Indigo Comics, the publishing company was actually started by the Reichert brothers, will be publishing the remainder of the series for free as well. But even if this were a comic you’d have to pay for, it is still one you should read. This is a fun comic that tells us to “expect thrills, scares, and maybe even a few laughs,” and if the first issue is anything to go by, this is a series you should be reading.

Story: Scott Reichert Art: Bonkz Seriosa Colours: Robert Reichert
Story: 8 Art: 8 Overall: 8 Recommendation: Download (it would be a Buy if it wasn’t free)

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