MINE TO AVENGE: BOOK OF LAYLA #1 / Writer: Robert Jeffery II / Artist: Matteo Illuminati / Artist: Loris Ravina / Publisher: Evoluzione / Live Now On Kickstarter
If you have not heard yet, let me tell you now, Mine to Avenge: Book of Layla #1 is currently live on Kickstarter and you don’t want to miss out on the opportunity to support and help fund this amazing book! Mine to Avenge #1 is full of action, sci-fi, and horror-esque mystery that is sure to intrigue you on every page turn. If you want quality writing with superb art, featuring badass people of color and deft story progression, then this is definitely for you.
Robert Jeffery has done it again, and I’m glad to take a few minutes to talk about this book. I was intrigued about this title from the day of announcement and, after having seen the first few black and white preview pages and some character concepts, I knew I was all in. There’s something unique and natural about Robert’s writing. There was some serious time put into every character design, and it speaks volumes to he and Matteo Illuminati’s working relationship.
From page one, I got the feel of a horror story. The aspect shots were beautiful, and the suspense was palpable. It’s the kind of thing that struck my curiosity from the jump. Immediately I was intrigued by these LaLaurie’s and I wanted to know more. I didn’t read the synopsis before reading the issue, but I didn’t need to. Robert knew how to portray them using the scene and its supporting characters. The whole opening sequence gave me the sense of an urban legend that spans back so far that no one knows where it stems from, and it raised a lot of good questions that I can’t wait to be answered in future issues.
As far as the characters go, Prya is already a favorite. She’s carefree, fast acting, and skilled. Furthermore, the dynamic between her and Travis was quickly established with some easy to follow dialogue. Travis has style in his own right. I would be remiss to not give props to Illuminati on these character designs. They were distinct and, coupled with Rob’s writing, instantly made the characters come right out of the page. It’s important for new characters, especially in indie comics, to have that effect.
I won’t go into so much detail as to spoil anything, but you’ll quickly see where the science fiction aspects came into play and it’s a nice mix with the established themes. Matteo again did a phenomenal job of meshing the designs with the tone of the book. You will not be disappointed. Then the color work from Loris Ravina just made the art sing. I found the open pages to be the most captivating in this regard, and you’ll see how these shades and tones really played into that horror feel.
You will absolutely love this comic. When it comes to indie or comic work in general, this is a product of the highest quality. You see it in the writing, pages, colors, character design, and themes. You’ll get an experience unlike any other, and you don’t want to miss out on it.
Verdict: 5 out of 5
Remember Mine to Avenge: Book of Layla #1 is currently live on Kickstarter! Go support!
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