Thursday, January 16, 2014

Versus #1 Review

Written and Created by: Adeniyi Adeniji
Art by: Dayo Animashaun
Cover art: Nsikak “Paps” Ifet
Cover Colors: Harriet Opara

This installment of reviews I took a trip to Africa, well not really but I was fortunate enough to land a copy of Versus, the flagship title from Nigerian publisher Comic Bandit Press. Our story opens up on a distant planet named, New Genesis (not the one you’re thinking). Here a small time thief is being chased by three hooded harbingers of terror, who scare the life out of everyone they encounter.
          Apparently the poor brigand is carrying something the trio wants, something important enough to die for. This precludes a galaxy wide call to arms to face an oncoming and unknown threat.
          I enjoyed this story for what it was, a sci-fantasy romp that had hints of both War Hammer 40k and Shadow Skill at its edges, setting the tone of the worlds. The interactions between the characters of Jabari, and Haruna were entertaining if not a little cliché. I enjoyed the character of Ohin for his cavalier attitude in the face of what was to come and while Mustafa wasn’t particularly deep he did give some greater insight into the characters inner relationships.
          The art was hit or miss with certain characters being wonderfully detailed and others being sloppily done, a trait that carries over to the landscape, buildings and even vehicles.
          The thing I enjoyed the most about the story was the Nigerian cultural nuances conveyed through language and action. Like Anime/Manga this comic introduces readers to certain verbal idiosyncrasies held by the Nigerian people, making the setting very endearing and unique. I give Versus #1 a 3/5


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