Curse of the Vessel #1
Written by Michael Leal
Illustrated by Mike Wilson
Colored by Michael McElveen
Cover by Joelle Jones
Cover Price: $3.99
It’s a wonderful thing when a Kickstarter can get the financial backing it’s looking to create its project. It’s equally as fantastic when the said Kickstarter is creative, original, and engrossing. Curse of the Vessel #1, a comic by Michael Leal with illustrations from Mike Wilson and colors from Michael McElveen is one such endeavor.
Vincent, a hired thug for the mob boss, Eddie Roman, is sent to make the local magic shop owner, Mr. Zicari, reconsider an offer he had recently refused. When things go awry, Vincent ends up in a motel with a strange symbol branded into his chest, forcing him to recall the events that led him to his current surroundings. Vincent quickly discovers that he has become the vessel for lost souls seeking another chance at life. With this newfound curse, Vincent’s body is unwillingly forced into dangerous situations with the wrong sorts of people.
Aside from a few grammatical mistakes, the comic is an intriguing and enjoyable read. Within only one issue, Leal takes an unlikeable character and makes him sympathetic. There is quite a bit of potential for this story as not only are we beginning to root for Vincent, but also we are introduced to various ghosts that will ultimately inhabit Vincent’s body — allowing for something new with every issue.
Wilson and McElveen make a great illustrative team for Curse of the Vessel. There is a good sense of perspective in the drawings including some excellent views from above. I was impressed with the subtlety in the color complexions of each character, which grant individuality to every drawing. The unique panel placements make this comic stylistically engaging and gratifying.
Curse of the Vessel #1 is a solid start to a fresh series. This is one Kickstarter that I am happy met its goal. The curse is set, the vessel is chosen, and I’ll be along for the mayhem that is sure to ensue.