A recap of the first four issues and a preview of issue five.
Written by Claudio Sanchez & Chondra Echert
Cover Artist Jeff Stokely
Illustrated by Daniel Bayliss
Colored by Adam Metcalfe
Lettered by Ed Dukeshire
Published by BOOM! Studios
Release Date: April 2014
This is the comic I can’t put down. This is the comic I set reminders for. This is the comic dreams and nightmares are made of. Claudio Sanchez and Chondra Echert really dissect the core of the super hero/super villain relationship. Raising questions like is the hero always right or is the villain always wrong? Sometimes what may seem so black and white is actually quite gray.
The Navigator and his arch-nemesis The Horse have had a regular battle of good and evil for years, but now The Horse senses The Navigator is losing his sense of moral direction and decides to examine his mysterious counterpart’s past. Searching to find what makes him tick and what’s throwing him off his written course.
Cornelius Kinderland is a young bright boy with a lot on his plate. Abusive father, delusional mother, and his older brother Drake seems to be the only person in his life that he can truly depend on. Drake is the high school football star and is working every day to make a better life for himself and his young brother. When something tragic happens, it changes the Kinderland’s lives forever. Now Cornelius is forced to cope with an overwhelming burden that could affect him for the rest of his life.
My heart was breaking with Sanchez and Echert’s beautiful writing. It spills off the page with lines that made me question my own moral perception of right and wrong. Much like Batman and Joker they make it difficult for one character to thrive without the other. One must be a motive so the other can progress, because in the end it’s your one true enemy who could be your one true friend.
Bayliss’ illustrations and Metcalfe’s use of color let you dive into this electric world with ease, allowing you to realize and feel it with every eye-catching page. The character design sets this apart from anything on the shelves today and tremendously helps mold this title into the brilliant work it deserves to be. Stokley’s attractive neon covers bring this series home with a temptation that both intrigues and draws your attention, until you can’t wait to tear through the pages to see what this amazing story is about.
I found myself feeling for the characters minutes into the first issue. This work has everything you could want in a good vs evil tale and leaves nothing to be desired except a longer run. This six issue series leaves you hanging on for the next issue and keeps you questioning if some evil is necessary to make you realize your true potential.