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"Zachariah Thorn #2" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson

Published by Indigo Comics

Zachariah Thorn 2 Large

Written by Scott Reichert
Illustrated by Kristian Rossi
Colored by Robert Reichert
Lettered by Toben Racicot
2018, 27 Pages

Review:

We all have regrets in life. Maybe you have a lost love or you said something you wished you didn't. In the case of Zachariah Thorn, he tore a hole in the veil between our world and the next, unleashing all sorts of evil entities to terrorize mankind. It's been ten years since that happened and he's still trying to make amends for it, not only in a general sense, but to those closest to him.

Zach's actions haven't resulted in only negative consequences. It's brought two of his closest friends back to life...sort of. This presents an interesting dilemma. If he fixes everything, will he lose them again? This also paints a target on their backs, so their afterlives are a lot more complicated now.

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This issue has a few Howlers hunting Zach's undead friends. They appear as three menacing dogs. That doesn't sound all that scary at first, but artist Kristian Rossi gives them a mean look, like they're permanently scowling. Colorist Robert Reichert ups the ante with some red eyes that removes any doubt that these dogs are up to no good.

The personal drama of Zach's life adds some interesting dynamics to the story, but they can get a little convoluted at times. We spend more time with these supporting characters than we do with Zach, and he's the one that is waging a one-man-war against the forces of evil. It's important to flesh out the other members of the cast, but not if it becomes a detriment to the overall narrative.

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There are some cool elements at work in Zachariah Thorn, however they don't quite come together just yet. Writer Scott Reichert has outlined an intriguing world full of possibility, but it's full of extra drama and tangents that don't line up with the story just yet. This might all come together in time, so I'm not throwing in the towel any time soon.

Digital copies of Zachariah Thorn #2 can be purchased on ComiXology.

Grades:

Story: Twoandahalfstars Zachariah Thorn 2 Small
Art: Fourstars
Overall: Threestars

About The Author
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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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