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Aleister Arcane #1

Posted: Tuesday, May 4, 2004
By: James Redington

Writer: Steve Niles
Artist: Breehn Burns

Publisher: IDW Publishing

How IDW Describe The Issue:
Aleister Green loves playing late night TV horror host Aleister Arcane in his hometown of Jackson, OK. But Jacksonís establishment forces him off the air and into unhappy retirement. Now Aleister has a new fan - will Jackson ever be the same?

How I Found The Issue:

Once again Steve Niles impresses with his story telling, and the artwork (like most of the artists he teams with) is superb. Aleister Green is a victim I felt we could easily relate to, in a world where we blame everything on someone else itís very easy to believe and see this story really happening.

Niles tells the story from a sympathetic point of view and that works, but also all the way through you are kept on edge - not quite knowing what will happen next. By the end of the issue nothing really has apart from a interesting set up which has left me wanting the next issue asap!

Artist Breehn Burns (not a name I am familiar with) does a lovely job of showing Aleister Greenís torment, the faces of the characters are well drawn and show well considering the shadows and darkness of the paints. The layouts are beautiful and they really kept with the style of the story telling. The cover is good too, kinda kooky (like Aleister Arcaneís show).

In The End:
I donít want to give too much away (hence the short review), but pick up this book. I think the next issue is going to propel this series like 30 Days of Night. Itís a good set up, and the rest of the story looks very promising.

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