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Black Forest 2

Posted: Wednesday, October 5, 2005
By: John Hays



Writers: Todd Livingston, Robert Tinnell
Artist: Neil Vokes

Publisher: Image Comics


American pilot Jack Shannon and British mystic Archie Caldwell have just finished having a horrific adventure, facing such famous menaces as vampires, werewolves, and even Frankensteinís monster. Now they must attempt to recover Frankensteinís notes from a mysterious castle while avoiding a mad scientistís gorilla warriors.

This was an interesting and entertaining read, especially for a black and white comic. Livingston and Tinnell do an excellent job of keeping the tension high and action constant, with friends you canít trust and foes you know want to kill youÖor worse. They also keep you on the edge of your seat in terms of the characters, killing off a seemingly lead female character halfway through the tale, making you realize that nobody is safe.

Vokesí art provides just enough realism to maintain a scary atmosphere without being too gory or visibly violent. His cartoon style also goes a long way towards making the reader feel comfortable just when he wants you to, so that youíre that much more shocked when the rug gets pulled out from under you.

The short tale of The Wicked West is just enough to whet the readersí appetites for more from that title, and the explanation of the Wold Newton Universe provides a certain authentication of both stories, making them that much more intense.

Overall, I really enjoyed the story, and would like to go back at some point and pick up the first issue to get a better feel for the characters involved, and I also hope they continue the series because I canít wait to find out what happens to Jack and Archie.



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