Sacred Creatures #1

I just finished this book yesterday, and let me start by saying “Hey boy, howdy!” Sacred Creatures is well drawn, well scripted and big. Published by Image comics, Sacred Creatures is packed full of story and exactly the kind of book that makes Image the independent titan they are. Like the initial wave of titles in ’92 that challenged what you could expect in the production quality of a comic, Sacred Creatures #1 smashes your expectations of a single issue series launch.

Meet the family. All mysterious, seemingly ancient (by our standards anyway), and all very different. No relation different; but they have plans. What are they planning? And what kind of family is this anyway? Shifting to a climax of action in the next scene leaves you with more questions. The hook is set. Over the next fifty some odd pages Pablo Raimondi and Klaus Janson reel you in to the purchase of issue#2.

Josh is a young man with a lot on his plate. Finishing college, father to be, and no job, the stress is keeping him up at nights. He has potential though, his girl Julia seems great and their relationship is on solid footing. An upcoming interview for a good job could be the answer to providing for his new family. Josh is at a crossroads of life, keeping appointments and meeting his obligations in the next week will set him firmly on the path he has been working for. Fate has a different idea for Josh, his contact with mysterious members of the family push his life in a downward spiral that he is helpless to halt.

Throw in a big city detective and an exceptionally athletic priest and you have the character ingredients for a pressure cooked supernatural thriller. Raimondi and Janson deliver a well plotted script that shuffles chronological time to keep you turning pages. Their logical sequence shifts increase the impact of an exciting plot. The dialog in the script is sharp, matching the composed storytelling. Raimondi’s art is clean, detailed, and abundant. There is a lot going on in every page regardless of the frame count. At 12 years old the art of Image captivated me, 25 years later Pablo Raimondi’s illustrations provide that same excitement of quality, without spandex and superbods of course.

I think that both Raimondi and Janson are accomplished artists and writers in the world of comics. Their ability to pool those talents in a collaborative way shows in Sacred Creatures #1. Both Klaus and Pablo talk about the time they took to create their tale and how well they got to know their characters in their final notes. Taking that time is one reason why independent projects can be special, and certainly nothing about their composition feels rushed. Because of its overall quality and length Sacred Creatures #1 redefines what can be done with a first issue, earning it the volcanic rating. At five dollars you could not get a bigger value out of any other book on the shelf this month. It’s possible that you just finished a Dan Brown binge and could not possibly read another story that had even a hint of the supernatural, otherwise give Sacred Creatures a read you will not be disappointed.

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