ryonslaught's Dominique Laveau: Voodoo Child #1 - Requiem, Chapter One: Deep, Dark, Drown review

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Badly Paced

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The Good

Cover- Both covers covers look good.

Premise- The New Orleans setting may be cliche for a voodoo setting but the history the book is clearly trying to connect with suggests this could make for an interesting read.

Art-Denis Cowan of Milestone fame is back in top form, fans of his style will be pleased.

The Bad

Pacing- It’s off, I’ve read the book three times hoping each time it would flow better but instead I can’t help but wonder why the chase scene was used to open the book when the Loa summoning would have set a better opening tone and started the book off on the note of “the court of the queen is shattered” etc then moved to the woman fleeing. As it is things felt chaotic and disjointed which really didn’t help sell the tale to me.

Lack of emotion- A long time problem Ive had with Cowan’s art is there hollow nature. They look good but the faces lack life and emotion. Some scenes could have sold the tale if drawn by someone else. Sara Pichelli or Adam Kubert spring to mind but the hollow, undead, lifelessness of the characters detracts from this book big time.

The Ugly

Hollow, lifeless tale that doesn’t reveal enough in its first issue to warrant a second issue purchase. Pick it up if you like Cowan’s art but keep your expectations low or wait for the TPB (Trade Paper Back) 2.5/5

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