BLACK'S MYTH, BLACKSMYTH

Black’s Myth #1 (Ahoy Comics) introduces readers to an engaging private eye in a thrilling supernatural investigation. Writer Eric Palicki and artist Wendell Cavalcanti mash together interesting ingredients from various genres into an exciting first installment. 

PLOT: “Meet Janie Jones “Strummer” Jones—just an ordinary werewolf PI, trying to make it on the mean streets of LA. When the case of a lifetime falls into her lap, it’s up to her and her charming djinn assistant Ben Si’lat to figure out just how many silver bullets have been used, and just where do silver bullets come from anyway?”

5) The Clash!

The Clash were key players when it came down to British punk rock. You may remember the “Janie Jones” songs during a hallucinatory scene in Martin Scorsese’s Bringing Out The Dead. Janie in this horror comic has to be a memorable anti-hero like frontman Joe Strummer who criticized capitalism and advocated for racial justice.

4) The Writing!

Writer Eric Palick does a great job getting readers inside Janie’s mind. The private eye is an introvert and says a lot more when she’s rambling around in her head. Janie’s narration is bleak, cynical towards herself, and active in the investigation. 

3) The Art!

The black and white world of the supernatural and film noir manage to blend together nicely thanks to Wendell Cavalcanti’s illustrations. The black inks do a great emphasizing the dramatic moments of the opening pages. Readers will get a vibe of tension as Jane’s relationship takes a downward spin. 

2) Werewolves!

I am a huge fan of werewolf movies, like Howl and An American Werewolf in London. I don’t want to say too much because the third act really takes the narrative up a notch. I really do think the creative team has something new and creative for the Lycan mythology. 

1) Howling At The Moon!

Black’s Myth #1 does a fantastic job establishing its characters and the private eye mystery. I’m already hooked for the next issue. You had me at werewolves!

Black’s Myth #1 arrives in stores on July 7th, 2021.

By Jorge Solis

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