Vengeance, Nevada #1
Written by B.J. Mendelson
Art and Letters by Piotr Czaplarski
Cover Art: Isidore Koliavras
Publisher: Earths Temporary Solution
There was a lot to take in from the initial offering of Vengeance, Nevada #1 from writer B.J Mendelson and artist Piotr Czaplarski as they provided us with not only an intriguing story but one that left me asking plenty of questions. There were a host of characters that included superheroes, aliens and even Death.
The story being told was one that was not only unique but interesting as well. Although the story was interesting and held my attention from beginning to end it was not without a few minor flaws. Not necessarily in the plot itself but from a delivery standpoint. With comics being a visual medium, and stories being told with both dialogue and art its important to ensure the story being told is clear, with as little confusion as possible. There were a few transitions in the telling of this story that was not as defined as they could have been, causing some minor confusion as to what was going on. Specifically, there is a page in which the main character is having a discussion with another character over the radio, but midway through this conversation there are panels and pages depicting several action scenes that had a host of new characters with no explanation of who they were. Eventually I was able to figure out what was going on but it was a bit confusing.
The other piece I wanted to touch on was the fact that there was plenty of story being told here but not a lot of answers provided as to what was actually going on in this world. Although we got to learn quite a bit about the main character, specifically from flashbacks, we really didn’t get an explanation as to who anyone else was and what their purpose was.
Does that make Vengeance, Nevada #1 a bad comic book?
No, not at all. As a matter of fact, despite the issues with the cohesiveness of some of the panels and pages and the lack of explanations as to the purpose of some of these characters Vengeance, Nevada #1 still provided an interesting read. The dialogue was a strong point of this story and did a great job of moving the story forward.
As far as the art work goes, with this being a black and white comic book, I thought the art was nice, clean and easy on the eyes. I was never really a fan of black and white comics but it worked very well here and I found myself really enjoying the art.There were several pages which had a few panels that were done in black and white but also included some color, I thought that worked very well together. Overall, I felt the art matched up well with the type of story being told here.
In the end, Vengeance, Nevada #1 has a very intriguing story with plenty of potential Mendelson and Czaplarski take full advantage of getting as much story in as possible. Even though there were some issues with the story/visual aspect on a few pages and panels I still feel this is a comic book that is worth a read.
I look forward to seeing where this story goes as there is still plenty to learn about the world that Mendelson is creating.
You can find the first issue of Vengeance, Nevada at Comixology.