Revelations #1 of 6
Writer: Paul Jenkins
Artist: Humberto Ramos
Publisher: BOOM! Studios
On Sale: January 1st, 2013
When it comes to reviewing comic books time is no obstacle. I don’t care if the book came out last week or last year, if it deserves some attention for being exceptionally good, bad or in-between, it should get that attention. With all the books that hit comic shop shelves each and every week, coupled with my limited and temperamental budget, there are sure to be gems that fall between the proverbial cracks and spend a few extra weeks hanging out in my hold box along with Skullkickers and Morning Glories. Those are great books, but they sit in hold box oblivion until a light week. Thank goodness a light week came sooner rather than later and thank goodness I grabbed Revelations. It was a treat!
While I primary picked up this book because of my adoration for the artistic proficiency and style of Humberto Ramos, and I’ll get to that, comic veteran Paul Jenkins delivers a story that is one part Da Vinci Code one part British Columbo (look him up) that builds intrigue under an amazingly portrayed backdrop. While all of the characters are wonderfully depicted, the lead is immediately endearing and has a weird Constantine/Sherlock Holmes vibe. Although the story is fantastic and does a great job of selling the title as a whole, the art is the shining jewel of this crown of a comic book. Ramos’ pencils are so detailed you wonder how he fit everything into the panels, and so full of emotion that you cannot help but marvel at his craftsmanship, and every stroke brilliantly complements Jenkins very well-told and interesting story.
If I had to choose one problem with Revelations it would be the derivative nature of many of the supporting elements. If I had to choose two problems I don’t think I could do it. It was an amazing example of an exemplary modern crime thriller with sprinkling of retro noir.
This book may be a month old but I bet you can find it on store shelves RIGHT NOW! And you should go buy it RIGHT NOW! Even if you can’t find it in store BOOM! Studios does a great job on the digital end of things. Even better, issue #2 drops this Wednesday, February 5th, making this very moment a great time to read this comic book. It’s wonderfully written, wonderfully drawn and painted, and is a surefire good time for anyone, longtime comic readers, new comic readers, and even someone who has never picked up a comic in their life.