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Advance Review – RV9 #1 (Mad Cave Studios)

Writer: Ben Goldsmith
Artist: Travis Mercer
Inker: Miguel Zapata
Colorist: Maria Santaolalla
Letterer: Justin Birch
Release Date: 13th November 2019


Velveteen is an assassin, one of the very best. Formerly a member of a secret group known as “The Order of the Nine”, she now finds herself on the run and looking for revenge for the life and family that were taken from her as a child.

The nearest I can explain this series is that it’s a bit like a cross between Assassins Creed and Kill Bill. Velveteen could easily be modelled on Beatrice Kiddo, Volta could likewise be Bill and the way the Order of the Nine and their REVOLUTION is presented is very much like the Templars of Assassins Creed.

That said, the story has a lot of potential, and this first issue has some good character and plot development. It’s actually a really fun read, but if I’m honest, it’s a bit derivative. I feel like I’ve read this story a hundred times before, and while I can’t really fault the content, series writer Ben Goldsmith is really going to have to pull something special out of the bag in order for this one to stand out.

The artwork in this issue is actually pretty good too.  There are some great character designs, the action, the architecture, the scenery, the panel and page design are all really good. Mercer, Zapata and Santaolalla have put a lot of detail into these pages, and everything has a very polished and accomplished feel to it

If you’ve seen any of Mercer’s standalone drawings you’ll recognise the influences behind the character designs in this book, and again, that’s my problem. There is definitely skill in the artwork but I feel like it’s wasted on characters we’ve seen many times before. Mercer is a fantastic artist but the characters are very much from the Greg Capullo school of D.C. character studies. I want to see him put own unique stamp on the artwork, not parrot someone else’s design as a short cut.

With all that said, I should stress that this is not a bad comic, so please don’t assume that from my comments. It’s just that it’s a comic I’ve read a dozen times before, and I’d really hoped for something a little more original from both the narrative and the artwork here.

Rating: 2.5/5


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The writer of this piece was: Mark Scott
Mark Tweets from @macoy_comicgeek ‏


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