Ceej Says… Bigfoot – Sword of the Earthman #1 – 5 review

Bigfoot-sword-of-earthman-coverPublisher: Brewhouse Comics
Josh S. Henaman
Andy Taylor
Colourist: Thomas Bonvillain

Bigfoot : Sword of the Earthman is a fantastically polished series from Brewhouse Comics which sees the mysterious and world-famous Sasquatch relocated to a dying Mars to help overthrow a tyrannical emperor. An inventive twist on the ‘lone barbarian’ archetype, writer Henaman is clearly having a field day here with some truly epic-scale world building and all manner of dynamic ‘swords and sorcery’ type encounters (satanic cults, cut-throat poachers, etc.)

The story is narrated by Castor, a ‘Bagworm’ (essentially a Scribe whose strengths lie in propaganda and the spreading of gossip) whose path finds itself inexorably linked to that of the ‘Earthman’. His words are filled with humour and intelligence, leaving the primary character – the titular Bigfoot himself – entirely silent, speaking only through his actions and remaining an enigmatic piece of puzzle, his true motivations and thoughts shrouded in mystery.

In a lot of ways, while Bigfoot is billed as the main character, this series can more be viewed Castor’s story, and seeing him manipulate and double-deal his way from one near-death situation to the next, all the while shadowed by the looming presence of his would-be ally – is nothing if not entertaining.

The series has something of a ‘Planet Hulk’ vibe to it, which is definitely no bad thing, with the silent, powerful and intriguing protagonist finding himself swept along with the political and societal machinations of the world he is thrust into, all the while staying one step ahead of the shadowy conspiracy that looks to bring him down.

The artwork of this series is clearly one of its main selling points, and witnessing Andy Taylor’s skill and confidence growing issue by issue is truly a joy to behold. The first couple of episodes suffer from occasional rough moments (albeit ones which are smoothed out beautifully by Bonvillains bold colour work), but as the series continues we see him improving in leaps and bounds, tackling more and more adventurous situations and finally reaching a crescendo with the utterly jaw-dropping final half-dozen pages of issue five.

With the final part of the series still due to be released, and a shocking, powerful and moving conclusion to the fifth chapter, it’s difficult to envisage just how the story is going to wrap itself up in the conclusion, but one thing’s for sure, I’m definitely going to be making a point of finding out.

A beautifully paced story with copious amounts of tremendously detailed world building by Henaman, this is a tale that could easily be drawn out for (at least) another half dozen issues. Personally speaking, I’ve never been a huge fan of the fantasy genre in the past, finding a lot of its offerings to be derivative and lacking in true emotional punch, and while Bigfoot: Sword of the Earthman may have been on the verge of straying into that category, the truly monumental conclusion to the latest issue gives the whole series a new lease of life and – most importantly – provides exactly the level of emotional investment I really look for in comic.

A tremendous offering from a well-oiled creative team, and a title that is definitely worth seeking out, particularly for any sword and sorcery aficionados out there.

You can keep up to date with all the latest news on the series, as well as check out previews and – most importantly – buy the comic itself in both printed and digital format, over at the official Bigfoot – Sword of the Earthman site, as well as on their Facebook page.

The writer of this piece was: 576682_510764502303144_947146289_nCraig Neilson (aka Ceej)
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