Black Suit of Death Series: Grim story telling at its best
The Black Suit of Death: Ides of March brings us the origins of the Black Suit of Death. A scientist, Dr. Seitsan presents his modest proposal to solve the energy and overpopulation problem of Utopia IX to the planet’s ruling council. Killing the unworthy doesn’t appeal to the sense of values of the council, and the BSD is unleashed.
The science fiction reimagining of the legend of the Grim Reaper is well-conceived. The images by Stefano Cardoselli are strong, and the colors by Craig Gilliland are beautifully muted and luminescent. The Ides of March also features some dark humor. However, the interlude at the end of the story was the most interesting part of the comic aside from the idea itself.
The Black Suit of Death 1 brings the reader to modern day Arizona and introduces the main character of the story line that will continue through more than one comic book. Edd is a college student who deals with depression. His story could be the story of any geek, except the depression is gripping and starkly exposed for what it is. BSD1’s story line is a little more grown up than its predecessor, Ides of March, and that’s a good thing.
The reveal at the end is pretty compelling. Still it is the interlude at the end by Benjamin Kreger and Ed Ellsworth that is the best written part of the book.
Do yourself a favor and let the artists and writers, of the BSD series tell you the story they have to tell. Then you will be able to see that it is a worthy storyline to explore and continue.
Penguinate.com supported the Kickstarter for BSD1. A Kickstarter for BSD2 is scheduled June 6, 2017.
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