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Kore #1

Posted: Wednesday, April 23, 2003
By: Josh Stone

Writer: Josh Blaylock
Artists: Tim Seeley (p), Cory Hamscher (i)

Publisher: Image

Kore starts off with a group of mysterious people, all dressed in black, breaking into a museum in Syria. Itís made clear that they are there to steal a coffin for their mysterious boss. They soon discover that there was an error in the delivery and the coffin is missing. It then cuts to Chicago where we meet the main character Alex Crane, who just happens to be at work at the local museum. He and his girlfriend, Mandy, get in an argument while he is at work over his gambling problem, and she dumps him. So, like so many men before him, he gets drunk with his buddy in order to forget the pain of rejection. While drowning his sorrows in alcohol, he thinks of a way to get the money he owes in gambling debts; rob the museum. So, Alex staggers to the museum, uses a stolen clearance pass, and tries to make off with a large coffin. However, on his way out the coffin breaks open and some demon creature is released and takes over Alex.

This was quite an interesting book. I was on the Devilís Due website awhile back and I saw an ad for this title, and it intrigued me. It sounded like it would be a funny; yet, adventurous comic, and so far it has been. The comic starts off with a huge battle in a museum, where some very odd people tear through some poor security guards, and it ends with a giant demon burning down a museum in Chicago, and escaping past the local police. What more could you want in a comic? Comedy you say? Well, it had that as well. I think the funniest scene was a bleeding Spawn action figure. When the apocalypse comes, Iíll know ahead of time cause my Spawn toy with bleed from the eyes.

The creative team behind this book is just as amazing. Josh Blaylock is not only a great artist, but a very talented writer. He wrote for a vast array of characters in this single issue. I know that sounds like itís something that every writer should do, but he wrote for a college guy, some ďghetto gangbangersĒ, a stereotypical Latin girl, and an ancient demon. Now, if thatís not talent, than what is? He also wrote in many different languages (you canít tell Iím jealous). Blaylock also did a wonderful job with the demon after he and Alex became one. He gave him the paranoid schizophrenic ďVenomĒ treatment, which is always good. Any story involving a giant creature who talks about himself as ďweĒ, is a sure fire hit in my book. (And yes, I really do have a book, itís called In My Book by Josh Stone. Available at your local bookstore for just $29.99).

The art was perfect for this title. The characters were drawn in the classic super-hero, bigger than life style. Tim Seeley is probably one of my favorite artist out right now, so itís no surprise that I liked the art in this book. There is a two page spread in the middle of the comic that, to me, just proves what a wonderful artist he is. Itís a drawing of the demon and Alex merging, and the pencils, and the inks and the colors, well, theyíre just perfect. There is just so much vividness to the image, I canít get over it. You even see the demons entrails, which is something you donít see enough in mainstream comics; demon entrails. Seeley even drew the bleeding Spawn toy with great detail to the character. Itís as though heís saying, ďThere is nothing I canít draw, entrails, toys, you name it, I draw it.Ē

If this first issue is any indication of what the series will be like, then itís going to quickly become a top seller. It has something for everyone, and then some. They didnít even get to all the characters yet either. At the end of the book there is a superb illustration of what appears to be the full cast, a strange looking bunch to say the least.

Final Word:
There really isnít much more to say about this issue. If you havenít read it yet, then shame on you. If you have read it, then read it again, if not for me, then for the children. Either way, go out, buy both covers, and tell everyone how good it is. In the strange case that you may not like it, tell people about how horrible Game 7 was for the Colorado Avalanche, and shed a little tear.

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