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"The Eighth Immortal #1" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson

Published by Source Point Press

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Written by Jacob Murray
Illustrated by Alice Li Barnes
Lettered by LetterSquids
2021, 26 Pages, $3.99
Comic released on January 27th, 2021

Review:

Curipan lives a tortured life. Sure, she's immortal, along with six others in the world, but she doesn't get to have the same kind of love and happiness the rest of humanity enjoys without thinking twice about it. Her job is to ensure that there are only ever seven immortals and never one more. She does this by snuffing out that blood in the Pillan, descendants of these beings. She doesn't kill them. She just takes away the ability to live forever. This changes when she finds her son...

It's not super clear as to where these immortals came from or what their purpose is just yet, however writer Jacob Murray establishes the basic premise in this debut issue. Curipan is central to this, existing as the kind of enforcer for this group, seemingly thrown together by fate and their long lives. Since she lost her son years ago, she yearns for something more. You can imagine the shock and desperation that goes through her mind when she sees this young boy that's a spitting image of her child.

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This encounter serves as a catalyst for change in Curipan's life. How can she take something away from this young boy, especially if he's her own flesh and blood? There's no proof of this relation outside of her gut instinct so this feels like a bit of a stretch.

The Pillan exhibit their immortal powers during adolescence, kind of like how mutants first tap into their powers in the Marvel Universe. Artist Alice Li Barnes shows this by a change in eye color. They become a glowing green. This makes it easy to identify anyone with immortal blood, while also giving them an eerie look. I do have to wonder if everyone with green eyes is immortal.

Barnes's style is fitting for this gothic fantasy tale. I love how Curipan's cloak billows out behind her like a demonic shadow chasing her across the pages. At times she looks like the grim reaper and in a way she is, as she kills a part of the Pillan, limiting the time on this planet for these people.

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There's a ritual of sorts with this process with Curipan reciting a vow. This is shown in black boxes with a lilting white font by letterer LetterSquids that fits very well with the tone of the book. The Eighth Immortal is shown in mostly black and white, with hints of color here and there. The caption boxes are framed in a green glow. When the color is used, it pops a bit more, such as the aforementioned green eyes or with a red fire of passion.

The Eighth Immortal presents an intriguing idea about a select group of beings. We're still learning the whys and hows of this, however Curipan's story is enough to get you to stick around. It will be interesting to see what kind of consequences come about as a result of her actions in this issue. This is a dysfunctional family like no other.

Grades:

Story: threeandahalfstars Cover

Art: fourstars
Overall: 3.5 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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