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The Eighth Immortal #2

by Steven Leitman 9 months ago in comics

Source Point Press Review

The Eighth Immortal #2

Source Point Press 2021

Written by Jacob Murray

Illustrated by Alice Li Barnes

Cover Art by Tiffany Turrill

Lettered by Lettersquids

Additional Lettering by Aleister Gilgrim

Curipan recalls the origin of her immortality, as she reconsiders the rules and restrictions it has imposed on her existence. Meanwhile, the present day incarnation of a dark spirit begins to unravel immortality itself. Also, the tyranny of skinny jeans.

In baseball they call it the sophomore slump and it’s something every player wants to avoid and the parallel is true in comics. When a first issue is incredibly strong you hope that the second issue is going to be as well received as the first one was. So the fact that this far exceeds my expectations proves that this is a rather extraordinary story. I like how this issue takes us into the past and it shows us how they indeed became immortal beings. We also get to see that just because one is immortal that doesn’t mean they cannot be killed. There is a beautiful dynamic that we continue to see unfold and it captures the imagination of the reader as it engages them.

I am really enjoying the way that this is being told. How we see the story & plot development through how the sequence of events unfold as well as how the reader learns information is really nice to see. There is a progression to what we see and an introduction to a new twist and it all has this really strong pull to it. The character development that we see is pretty interesting to me. We are seeing these character fleshed out more and stronger through the dialogue as well as how they act and react to the situations and circumstances they encounter. The pacing is superb and as it takes us through the pages revealing the twists and turns along the way there are definitely some great wow moments.

With how we see this being structured and how the layers continue to grow as new ones are introduced the story takes on a much more complex turn. Of course there is one character whom I think we know who they are but there’s still a question mark around him, who I thought it was at first has the eye patch on the wrong eye but we’ll see. I am very much enjoying seeing how everything works together to create the story’s ebb & flow.

I’m still very much enjoying the whole western anime version of the interiors. There is something about the bodies that we see that is both beautiful and yet odd at the same time and for some odd reason I really rather like that. I will say that the linework is pretty strong and how we see the varying weights to create some of the most amazing detail work is superb. Whether it’s the creepiness of the hyper masculinity that we see, although I would’ve liked to have seen him full on, the work really brings us just the right mood, tone and feel. The utilisation of the page layouts and how we see the angles and perspective in the panels show a strong eye for storytelling. The pops and splashes of colour that we see throughout is really beautifully rendered.

There is something magical, unique and outside the box thinking that is happening within these pages. It has this affect on the reader so that you remain transfixed on the page and wrapped up in the story wondering whether you added Coffee Liqueur or Amaretto to the hot chocolate you are drinking. Every so often something completely different and original comes along and it comes out left field where so many may miss it, thankfully I am here to tell you that this is one you really shouldn’t be missing.

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