Review – Schismatic #1

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Publisher: Self-Published
Writer: Andrew Adams
Artist: Rachael Briner
Release Date: August 25th 2015

Schismatic is a comic I’ve been championing for weeks now. After reading the first issue, I fell in love with it right away. What makes it even more special is that it’s from a pair of newcomers – Andrew Adams and Rachael Briner. It’s a strong enough debut to make me excited enough to follow their careers from here on out, and with this series they appear to be onto something truly original with a huge amount of potential.

Schismatic is a violent revenge thriller set in the fantasy world of Arka Dune – a tropical planet with two moons, ruled by a cruel totalitarian sect known as The Deep Order of Illuminate Souls, who worship the sea deity Argoroth. They aren’t all that different to the extreme believers who inhabit the real world and use religion as an excuse to be cruel – well, apart from being weird half-sea creatures.

The story revolves around Idris and Amalia, a pair of pacifist parents who just want to live trouble free. However, when they are sent to prison after The Deep Order take their children away to be enslaved, they must find a way to escape and save them, even if it means getting their own hands bloody.

Fantasy comics have never really been my thing, but this isn’t like others I’ve read. Imagine a Quentin Tarantino story set in the world of H.P. Lovecraft and you get a brief idea of Schismatic. The first issue is pure intensity, horror and suspense throughout. After establishing some grand scale world building steeped in unique mythology, we’re introduced to strong relatable characters trying to get by in a society they oppose, which leads to a terrifying interrogation by an antagonist so gleefully evil you’ll love to hate him.

Schismatic is a series with a lot of potential. By creating a unique world, establishing strong characters and laying the foundations for a promising adventure, you can’t really ask for more. While it’s still early days, the quality of the first issue is so high that reader’s high expectations for future instalments are inevitable.

“What if Quentin Tarantino wrote fantasy comics?’’ is the tagline. But let’s forget about him and appreciate the sick mind of Andrew Adams and the artistic talents of Rachael Briner. With a debut this good they deserve it.

Rating: 4/5.

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The writer of this piece was: Kieran Fisher
Kieran Tweets from @HairEverywhere_.

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