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Heresy #1

Posted: Friday, July 18, 2008
By: Karyn Pinter

John Brady, Roger Mincheff
Steve Perkins
Ape Entertainment
In Heresy, a strange double murder takes place. It's linked to a company which seems to have dark secrets, and there are flash backs to 1919 Russia. The story's not making a lot of sense here. I had to read through this one a few times to come to the conclusion that it seems to have something to do with vampires…again.

The writing wasn't catching, there wasn't any hook, and without that you just can't get into the story. It was lackluster, and the jumping from present day to 1919 Russia, which had no lead-in, was off-putting. On one page you're reading about some burned bodies, then, bam, you're in snowy Russia. There was no transition into the flashback. Can't say if there was any humor; attempts seemed to be made, but it came off as, again, lack- luster. The main character was dull, as were the side characters. There was, however, a small narrative in the beginning that was pretty well written, but once that was over, it was over.

The art started out good -- very effective -- but slowly began to disintegrate, and after only a few pages it started to look incredibly photoshopped. It was distracting, like when you see a movie with terrible CGI and it ruins the whole experience. In some parts it was good, in others simply ridiculous. Willing to give Mr. Perkins a second chance, I logged onto his website, and saw that his art can be good. His work for a project called Pacify is fantastic, and everything else not in Heresy is like some kind of beautiful nightmare, in the best way that can be. Which poses the question: what happened between Perkins' other work and Heresy? Perkins must use the same technique, so why does this comic come off looking like a Photoshop 101 project? There was one great panel in Heresy, the best panel in the whole book, which is on page 3. It's an arm rapidly decomposing. That's what the art should be and should have been throughout. That one panel's greatness should have spread out over the book.

This isn't as much of a horror comic as it is a commercial for iPods. I feel bad as I have nothing good to say about this comic, other then the one great panel and a small narrative in the beginning. I usually try to give things the benefit of the doubt, so I'll say maybe it'll all pay off in the remaining issues, but I've seen many mini-series run the same course: Draw out the story until the last issue where everything comes to a close in a rushed 28 pages.



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