COMIC TITLE: Shanghai Red #1 (2018)
Joshua Hixson, Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou– Artist
June 20, 2018
It is officially a Tuesday which means a couple of things for me and this challenge with the first being that it’s the day before New Comic Book Day (NCBD) and the second thing is that I have a lot of catching up to do with all the new stuff that has come out. One of my favorite comic book companies out there right now is Image Comics who has never disappointed me so far with titles like Death Of Love, Saga, I Hate Fairyland, and so many more titles. This past week, a interesting title in my opinion hit the shelves and I wanted to check it out and review it for you guys. The title I am referring to is called Shanghai Red #1 and it was written by Christopher Sebela (Alien Vs Predator: Fire And Stone) and it was illustrated by Joshua Hixson (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Universe) and Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou (Halloween Girl). The comic follows the tale of a girl that everyone thought was a slave worker on a ship named Jack. When it came time to deciding their future, Jack came up and killed the first mate and the captain and any of his crew members. All she left was the rest of the slaves and now she has to convince them to get her home for some much needed revenge.
At first I was kind of wondering where in the hell were they going with the story because I thought it was going to be a story of survival on the ship with a murderer, but then it turned into something else. I have to be honest in saying that I am kind of happy that it took the turn that it did because now I’m more invested in the outcome of the story. It’s an interesting tale that kind of reminds me of the Tom Hardy TV series Taboo about this cursed individual making it back for some revenge and I dig it. Now, if we are talking about the artwork of the comic, then it leaves much to be desired for me. I am not a super huge fan of the artwork, but I do however think it works for the comic (it has a horror look to it at times). There is just too many instances where I think it’s just lazy drawing on their part while other panels look and feel the overall vibe of the comic. You can see what I am talking about to the left of the paragraph. For the reasons that I enjoyed the writing, I am willing to give this comic another shot moving forward so I will be checking it out for sure. Check out my grades below:
Character Representation: A
Entertainment Value: A