The Dreadful is a comic from the creative team behind “How I Killed Your Master”(which you didn't read) with the writer who wrote the former webcomic and “8-Bit Theater”(which you probably should read).
Kit is a demon outlaw who’s out to take down her former boss in an old west world populated by lots of mythological creatures. It’s…an interesting mash up to say the least.
The Dreadful features one of those manga inspired art styles that seem to be semi popular currently and it’s decent enough, although it seems a little inconsistent, with some slight style changes that sort of confused me as I tried to read through. It’s not the worst stuff I’ve seen by a long shot but it’s definitely not going to blow anyone away.
The characters for this comic are honestly pretty unmemorable to me, to the point that I really forgot most of their names half the time. I know it’s terrible, but the comic is so jumpy with it’s plot and some of the characters so basic that you never really get a chance to really identify them. They’re certainly not horrible characters, I can’t think of a single one that really annoyed me, but they just don’t have much too them or if they do they haven’t been shown off nearly enough.
I really went into this comic expecting something more creative, the premise lends itself to an interesting tale, but honestly even if the story does turn out to be amazing I probably won’t notice. The plot is just too muddled and jumpy to keep everything strait. It jumps to a scene and sets up an issue only to resolve it in one page and suddenly you’re jumping into a random flashback that has no real set up and lasts for two pages. The dialog is nice and I really do see some great ideas going on here, but the story can’t keep it’s focus long enough to see them through.
I really want to love The Dreadful but I can’t. It’s too muddled and the characters too unmemorable for me to get into. The tone also seems to be inconsistent, with the comic being unable to pick if it wants to make gags all the time or actually look into important dramatic issues. So for recommendations, I’d certainly say fans of the author should at least check it out in the hopes that it’ll get better later and if you think the premise sounds like your sort of thing and you can enjoy a little bit of zany writing then check it out as well. If you’re looking for something dead set on what it's doing and serious avoid this one.