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COMIC REVIEW: FTN reviews Black Beetle #1

February 8th, 2013 by Shane Michael Comments

Written and drawn by Francesco Francavilla

Issue 1 of Francesco Francavilla’s Black Beetle carries on from the zero issue released last month and offers up another slice of quality comics for readers. While this issue doesn’t exactly pick up where zero left off it definitely intrigues with new mysteries and plot threads.

The issue deals with our protagonist, the Black Beetle staking out a meeting between two of his city’s biggest criminal kingpins where it all goes horribly wrong. As I mentioned before, the zero issue’s plot of fighting a group of Nazis to retrieve an ancient mystical artifact had no relation to the story here which was jarring as I was expecting it to pick up where we had left off. However, I’m feeling like Francavilla could be fooling us here, presenting a different story and later have the zero issue’s story threads interject dramatically. I can’t wait to see.

Again, Francavilla’s art is just gorgeous here. Each page is a feast for the eyes, each panel designed and drawn to storytelling precision. To me, he can do no wrong. I’ve read the issue three times now and every time I noticed something different or appreciated his technique even more. He’s able to tell a story not just through words and dialogue but through his art as well, which makes it flow so consistent.

Black beetle is equal parts Batman, Indiana Jones and the Shadow with Francavilla’s own fresh take on it and it is a joy to behold.  It’s evident that this is a dream project for the creator and that type of love and care going into each issue has me very excited. It has rocketed to the top of my most anticipated each month and I can’t wait for the characters and story to be fleshed out more.

5 out of 5 nerds

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When not writing for FTN or revelling in his passions of comic books, gaming, music, TV or film, Shane can be found living out his days on a mysterious Island just like the one in his beloved TV show, LOST (in reality, the north of Ireland!). Always eager to meet new people and talk about anything nerd he can be found on twitter (@pranksterk) or on facebook! Just don't tell him what he can't do.. it's his destiny ;)