September 23, 2017 • Cee • Comics

Comic Firsts

Comic Firsts, a feature where I talk about the first issues of comics that I’ve bought, received, or borrowed. It’s all about first impressions, what I like or didn’t like about the issue, and whether I would keep reading it beyond the first issue.

Fifteen years ago, our world was overrun by creatures of myth; orcs, dragons, and other nameless horrors threw the entire planet into total chaos. Today, the shattered remnants of civilization must fight just to survive in a deadly new era of violence and mayhem. While a powerful sorcerer marshals his forces, a group of warriors embark on a journey to reclaim our world from the growing darkness.

An all new post-apocalyptic high-fantasy adventure series from co-creators SETH M. PECK (X-Men) and JEREMY HAUN (THE BEAUTY) featuring colors by NICK FILARDI and letters by THOMAS MAUER. Image Comics

If you want a guide to take you through the brutal post-apocalyptic wasteland that had been ravaged by mythical creatures such as orcs, dragons, and so on, Will Nolan is who you want. 

This world is not one you want to be caught alone in. In The Realm #1, danger comes in the form of orcs with battle axes, greedy men who want power and who is willing to do dark magic to get it, and an uncontrollable arm that is more than meets the eyes. This is a world where you need to know how to fend for yourself, or at least have someone who can do that.

This first issue introduces you to the various characters and their story—Will Nolan and his bounty hunting capabilities, a group of scientists—potential clients—who want to be taken West to Kansas City, a sorcerer who looks like a rockstar in black leather pants doing a sacrificial ritual, and a red-headed mohawk man who wears the skull of a horned creature and is exceptionally skilled at killing orcs. The story doesn’t focus on any of the characters too long and not a lot is given about why this world is the way it is; it teases us, but the promise of mythical creatures has me yearning to learn more.

There isn’t a lot of dialogue, but what makes The Realm #1 so riveting is the art and the coloring. The details of every line in the drawings and the coloring perfectly conveys the horror of this post-apocalyptic world. This world is dark and filthy. I’m so impressed by the coloring of the skies and lighting for the different characters we are introduced to. You would not want to be caught in this world, especially if you see the horrors.

The Realm seems like your typical post-apocalyptic comic, but hopefully this comic starts to stand out from the rest. 

Who will enjoy reading The Realm? People who want a comic that is a mix of The Walking Dead, Dungeons and Dragons, and Lord of the Rings. People who like reading post-apocalyptic comics. Fans of The Walking Dead. 

Will I continue reading The Realm? I think I will. I want to see more mythical creatures! (I want dragons!!)

Thank you to Image Comics for sending me this comic for review consideration. This does not affect my opinion of the comic or the content of my review.
Are you convinced? Go buy The Ream #1 from your local comic book store, or these online retailers: Comixology · Midtown Comics · TFAW.
Do you want to read a post-apocalyptic comic that is a cross between The Walking Dead, Dungeons and Dragons, and Lord of the Rings? Will you be reading The Realm #1?

 

One Response to “COMIC FIRSTS • The Realm #1: Humans Only. No Exceptions.”

  1. Martin says:

    Good day Cee. I’m new to your site. Good find. Nice review. I am all in on The Realm. Like you I am intrigued with the world building the 1st issue gave us. I’m also very excited to see where the story takes us readers. The possibilities of cool shit happening in this comic is high. Keep day dreaming! That’s how we manifest our desires. Haha. Cheers!


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