Review – The Black Dragon HC (Titan Comics)
Publisher: Titan Comics
Writer: Chris Claremont
Art: John Bolton
Release Date: 15th October 2014
First of all, let me say, don’t be distracted by the blurb: it cites Game of Thrones in act of shameless, rubbish marketing.
James Danreith , the exiled knight of the title, is rendered in strong pencils that grab your eye from the outset. He may or may not be a sorcerer, a necromancer, during the preamble to the War of the Roses. The dialogue occasionally slips; it is at times of the period, and at times a little too modern. Some minor historical inaccuracies aside, however, it certainly attempts to create a convincing portrayal of this tempestuous time.
When fantasy elements start to creep in, about a quarter of the way through, they seem to jar. It’s far more compelling when you are left as unsure as the characters as to the existence of the magical. From that point, it starts to drift down – Robin Hood, ghouls, goblins – interestingly, the art ceases to be as focused also, as if it’s somewhat lost its way
And that’s the nub of it – it is really not sure what it wants to be, and by halfway, I was just bored. Sorry folks, but give this one a miss; it’s not bad, but it’s no great shakes, either.
The Writer of this piece was: Sam De Smith
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