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"Basilisk #1" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson

Published by BOOM! Studios

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Written by Cullen Bunn
Illustrated by Jonas Scharf
Colored by Alex Guimaraes
Lettered by Ed Dukeshire
2021, 32 Pages, $3.99
Comic released on June 2nd, 2021

Review:

You know the deal with most super heroes, right? Usually they're bombarded with cosmic rays or gamma radiation or maybe they find a mystical artifact and gain special abilities. Well, Basilisk turns that concept on its head, showing how that can go horribly wrong. Five individuals were changed, but they're not leaping over tall buildings in a single bound. They're leaving a trail of bodies behind them. Now, one of them has broken free, but it's only a matter of time before she's found.

Artist Jonas Scarf and colorist Alex Guimaraes use a different style for the first few pages of Basilisk #1. It's more of a water color look, giving it a hazy feeling. This works well with the origin of the five, as they descend upon a small town in confusion and bloodshed. It's a powerful opener.

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The book then takes a jump ahead, with clearer pencils as we focus on one mysterious member of this group. Regan is stoic and quiet. She keeps to herself and she wears a blindfold, adding to her intrigue. Her eye covering is for a reason, which we find out later in the issue in an impressive fashion.

The art team shines when the action heats up. I love the speed lines shown as the bullets start flying. The sound effects take over the room too, creating this cacophonous sound that's impossible to hide from. Guimaraes uses an unnatural blue / white color for Regan's powers as they hit with a flash. It happens so quickly, yet leaves such pain and anguish behind. Seriously, there's so much blood.

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Letterer Ed Dukeshire perfectly captures the feeling of her victims too. They let out a blood curdling scream that's scrawled across the page. This is followed by a weak plea shown in a shaky word balloon. You can tell this guy is on his last legs.

Writer Cullen Bunn is laying the groundwork for Basilisk in this debut issue. There are obviously quite a few open questions, as we're just getting started, however there's more than enough to grab onto and pull you in for more. It's a supernatural take on a super hero mystery story and I'm here for it.

Grades:

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Art: fourandahalfstars
Overall: 4 Star Rating

About The Author
James Ferguson
Lord of the Funny Books
James has a 2nd grade reading level and, as a result, only reads books with pictures. Horror is his 5th favorite genre right after romantic comedy and just before silent films. No one knows why he's here, but he won't leave.
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