Comic Review: Brik #1
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Brik #1
Written by Adam Glass (@AdamGlass44) and Michael Benson (@MPBenson)
Art by Harwinder Singh
Colors by Gonzalo Duarte
Letters by Melanie Ujimori (@merumorimaru)
Cover by Harwinder Singh
Oni Press
Release Date: July 6, 2016
Cover Price: $1.99

Going into Brik #1, I was just as excited as I usually am. New mini-series from Oni Press? Count me in! But when I got about a third of the way into this first issue, all I felt was disappointment. Not to say the comic is horrible, just not very new or original. Perhaps it is just the timing, but it left me feeling let down.

Curious, oh wondrous reader? Of course you are. Continue on for more information.

It’s a story that predates me, that’s for sure. It’s the story of The Golem. And whether it’s based in the twelfth century or in the twentieth, the tale remains fairly consistent. The Jewish leaders bring to life a clay being of mammoth proportions to defend their village, town, or neighborhood. It is an incarnation of destruction meant to defend and protect their people. Inadvertently, something goes wrong in virtually every version of the story.

This particular comic deals with a young lad named Drew who is experiencing a rough time at the hands of bullies while his family is being threatened by thugs of a more sinister level. The tale of The Golem defending a town being invaded by Nazi soldiers is relayed to him by his grandfather, who claims to have witnessed it firsthand. Few details are given to young drew but a tale so fantastic of course piqued his interest. And when tragedy befalls his family, Drew discovers that some fanciful stories have a nugget of truth.

Having only read the first issue of this six issue series, I don’t have a firm grasp of what this story will entail. However, it seems not dissimilar from a handful of others I have read (many in the past year). Adam Glass and Michael Benson may put a unique spin on it, but so far I haven’t seen anything like that. Also lackluster in nature is Harwinder Singh‘s art. It is reminiscent of old Sunday comics like Prince Valiant, though it relies less on shading and more on imagination to create facial features. The missing details in the sequential art makes it difficult at times to tell one character apart from another. Luckily, Gonzalo Duarte‘s coloring, specifically of the clothing, helps the reader differentiate between them all.

I wasn’t quite unhappy with the comic but it certainly failed to wow me. It was, for lack of a better word, average. Luckily it’s budget priced so if you do decide to take a chance on it, it will only set you back a couple of bucks. If you like the premise then this might be right up your alley. But if you’ve read other stories like A Breath of Bones, this might be a bit of a disappointment for you. Hopefully the next issue packs a bit more of a punch.

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