Immortal is a new comic from Keenspot Entertainment that takes place in 1997, the year I graduated high school. So it should be right up my alley, right?
I read the first two issues of Immortal, which I ordered mostly because I like the artist, Owen Gieni. It’s written by Rob Potchak, colors are by Studio Makma, letters by Mike Rosenzweig, and editing by Chris Crosby.
There is a race of Immortals, I guess, not unlike Highlander, and they’re fighting a war for…reasons? It’s a bit reminiscent to me of the ’90s Ultraverse comic Mantra, if you remember that one. Except no gender swap (spelled out) here — there is talk of being reborn in bodies, so presumably some gender swaps happen.
Elisa Landis is the redhead with the swords on the cover, and she’s working at a library when a dude named Gil, who keeps hulking out and has a origin not unlike Barry Allen’s, smashes the place up. Elisa’s friend Tagger (the dude on issue 2’s cover) shows up and helps her subdue Gil, and they contact Ardy Vanstarr, an alien looking dude who does detective work by looking stuff up online on pre-Google search engines, for information, which is mildly amusing.
The bad guy is Rashim Lyght (yeah…), and he wants…something.
I’m not really sure, a couple days later, what the point of the story is.
The pop culture references are dropped like turds, especially in the first issue, and some of the transitions are weird — they start out issue two in a car chasing Gil, then they go home, then go back out on a motorcycle to chase him. Huh?
The art is strange, because I thought Gieni was better than this. Maybe he’s trying for a ’90s indie self-published title look to the art, but maybe not. There’s also a slap that Elisa gives Tagger that looks weird because he holds the opposite cheek from what she would have hit.
Immortal is a merely ok comic, and I’ll take a look at another issue or two, but overall, I was disappointed in this, given that I like what I’ve seen of Gieni.
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