Writer: Trevor Landolt
Artists: Jeanine Henning (p & colors), Rita Conradie (i)
Publisher: Praxis Comics
Having reviewed an advanced copy of Scarlett's Curse #0, I was "predestined" to review issue #1. In accordance, here I am, once again coming through with my thoughts n’ rants about this installment of Scarlett’s Curse.
If you haven’t read issue #0 and pick up #1 directly, well, you won’t miss much. Sure, we got to see Scarlett, her supporting characters and an introduction of sorts to the main villain, but even without that Pre-issue #1 knowledge, one can easily start with this issue. Speaking of starts, starting this issue by returning home (probably from her Journalism classes), Scarlett ends it by not only taking up her destiny of becoming the Guardian, but also dispenses with a rather ugly and dangerous demon. As for what exactly she has become the Guardian of and where the mysterious old man (who I understood was the previous Guardian) fits in, well, all that and more is sure to be dealt with in the coming issues. There is also the question of the "evil" that Scarlett felt while in possession and wielding the sword of the Guardian, the one tossed to her by the old man.
How exactly did she come across the demons and even more how did the demons get out of their "prison" in the first place? For both of them there is just one guilty party, Scarlett’s friend Johnny. Whether he is just her friend or maybe something more, whatever the deal with Johnny is, it is clear that he could sure use a lesson in patience and even more in etiquettes. Once again, for anyone who missed issue #0, the "fighting for the academy" that Scarlett and Johnny talk about, was dealt with in the previous issue.
Impressing me with the series opener, Jeanine Henning’s artwork does so once again. Sure, there is once again the (mentioned in the previous review) over abundance of dark shades, but while it didn’t quite sit well in the indoors of the academy (where quite a bit of the last issue takes place), it does so in the nighttime outdoors of this one. The same holds true for the shadowed confines of the old man’s shop. That said, I am looking forward to seeing Henning’s "daytime" work.
Conclusion: I can’t help but compare Scarlett to the other "reluctant hero" female protagonist series I read this week, Virgin Comics’ Devi. Apart from their powers and setting, it is interesting to see the way in which both these characters (Scarlett and Tara) feel and deal about their "predestined duty."
You can find more reviews by Bruce Logan at www.xcave.net
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