(Courtesy of Black Mask Studios)
Jam-packed with blood, explosions, and bullets, Beautiful Canvas Volume 1 (Black Mask Studios) delivers a fast-paced crime thriller that will feed action junkies. Collecting its first four issues, writer Ryan Lindsay (Negative Space) and artist Sami Kivela (Chum) deliver a hard-bitten assassin with a deep moral crisis.
As we previously mentioned, Lon Eisley is a hit-woman hired at first to kill a small child. Alex. At the same time, Lon discovers her girlfriend is pregnant. In a bold declaration of uncertainty, she saves the boy and hits the road. Her boss clearly wants the boy dead for a reason and will stop at nothing.
Here are 5 reasons why you should get Beautiful Canvas Vol. 1:
1) The Writing!
In shops tomorrow: BEAUTIFUL CANVAS vol 1 by @ryanklindsay, @sami_kivela, @Treestumped, @ryanwriter. An elegant, gorgeously rendered, insanely twisted story that’s kind of like The Professional if Leon was a queer hitwoman and Matilda was a boy with powers. pic.twitter.com/AEakwL23XU
— Black Mask (@blackmaskstudio) February 27, 2018
Writer Ryan Lindsay imagines his main protagonist wearing a high-powered armored suit. The white amor looks something out of Pacific Rim and Valerian. Wait till you see Lon in action as she aims and fires with precision!
2) The Artwork!
Artist Sami Kivela illustrates the badass character with a fierce and punish design. With her intense facial expressions, Kivela allows readers to see the emotional turmoil lurking inside Lon’s unhinged mind.
3) The Action!
BEAUTIFUL CANVAS is out this week, so I wrote a few words: https://t.co/KYYpdqTHjW
If you pick it up, I hope you dig it.
— Ryan K Lindsay?☕ (@ryanklindsay) February 27, 2018
An interesting splash page set in the first issue, the illustrations capture a major action sequence all in one cinematic take. The panel layouts capture every detail, point at every dead body, and track every single bullet. My personal favorite in the collection, I definitely love these splash pages!
4) The Vivid Colors!
A jaw-dropping use of tones, Colorist Triona Farrell has a vivid palette that blends the surreal with the reality.
5) A Satisfying Conclusion!
Beautiful Canvas TPB is here. And in stores next week! pic.twitter.com/zHXe3x8IH0
— Sami Kivelä (@sami_kivela) February 21, 2018
Not only did they introduce a kickass female anti-hero, writer Ryan Lindsay and artist Sami Kivela delivered a riveting tale. Ever since its first installment, Beautiful Canvas satisfyingly became a terrific blend of drama, action, and dark humor.
Beautiful Canvas Volume 1 arrives in stores February 28th, 2017.
Three out of four emojis
– By Jorge Solis