An Atomic Moo Comic Book Review!
A long while back, we were at a comic con (…not sure which one) and some very nice creators gave us a copy of their comic to review. I then took that comic home and put it in “the Pile” with every intention of reviewing it. However; like most things that go into my con-review pile, this comic was quickly swallowed and became a part of the ever growing mountain of comics, promo cards, and posters, that sits next to my computer. d’oh. Then, we attended C4 in Ventura, where we again met these really nice comic creators who, once again, gave me a copy of their comic to read and review — and that comic went into the pile. D’oh! And it probably would have stayed there to for all eternity too, but (to my credit) I’ve been chipping away at this (actually large) geeky stalagmite, and I came across both issues! Ha! So here we go folks! Let’s take a look at The Untamed!
Written by Sebastian A. Jones and illustrated by Peter Bergting; The Untamed is part of Stranger Comics’s world of Asunda. It’s supernatural fantasy about a man who’s returned to the town of Oasis to seek revenge on the people who murdered his wife and daughter. He has seven days to kill seven people responsible for his down fall and a chance to earn his freedom from… something! I bet it’s the devil. Not trying to spoil things (and I really don’t know), but this totally sounds like a devil sort of thing. Anyways…
The comic features incredibly cool art work (inside art by Bergting, with cover art by Hyoung Taek Nam) paired with a story that does of good job of successfully marrying Clint Eastwood’s High Plains Drifter with Conan (Barbarian, not talk show host). A sword swinging stranger wanders into a town of baddies hell bent on revenge is always a great story (well, we’ll exclude any of the Crow sequels from that statement…). Mix in some magic, elves, and what I think was Charon at the beginning: good stuff! As far as any criticism or feed back goes; I think the comic could have used a little bit more exposition in it’s narrative, but then again maybe that would have given too much away. I was only able to read the first issue of seven, all of which can be found in a graphic novel now. Overall though, a very enjoyable comic and worth a reading to the indie comic lovers out there!
I’ve posted a couple of sample pages below, along with the comics proper synopsis. For more information about the Untamed please visit the Stranger comics website, where you can also purchase all seven issues or the graphic novel! Go get it!
A cloaked Stranger slips into the rustic Town of Oasis, changing things forever. Ten years it has been since he ran this town with malice and harshness. Even then, there was hope for his soul. His wife and daughter were on the verge of turning him from wickedness. But they were murdered, and so was he. Now he has returned, hell-bent on killing.