13 Coins #1

by Sean Tonelli on October 24, 2014

13 Coins #1
The struggle between good and evil has raged on for eternity. Whether the conflict is internal-- between our hearts and our conscience, or external-- between the rebels and the alliance, this never ending battle defines our existence. A lot of this eternal struggle can be traced back to where it all began, with creation (if you’re into that sort of thing) and the day Lucifer himself was cast out of heaven. The war between heaven and hell has raged behind the veil of reality. This war has also been mined for literary purposes and will do so long after we have left this earth.
13 Coins #1, a new mini-series from Titan Comics, is another in a long line of literary depictions of the war between heaven and hell. Written by Martin Brennan and Michael B. Jackson, the story tells the tale of John Pozner, a former athlete with uncanny abilities whose life is thrown off track by years of drug abuse and crime. Soon he is woken to his true angelic nature and finds himself thrown into a war that’s lasted an eternity. What follows is an over-the-top throw back sporting gorgeous arc and a very convoluted plot.
The story works through the necessary exposition, but it’s never clear what exactly is happening. We understand the sense of urgency, but name drop after name drop wears the reader down. It’s a shame really because the premise is a good one. Hopefully the second issue will manage to break free and allow the reader to have a bit more fun.
If the story leaves you a bit flat, then the art is certainly going to wow you. Simon Bisley is a unique talent and he is certainly not wasted. His art is so balls-out that each panel looks like it should be hung in college dorms across the Americas. Brown’s colours compliment Bisley perfectly, especially the little touches he puts on the fire and brimstone.
13 Coins #1 isn’t going to break the mold, but it is a fun read. The art is definitely the selling point of the book and gives the book its worth.
13 Coins #1
Writer(s): Martin Brennan, Michael B. Jackson
Artist: Simon Bisley
Colours: Ryan Brown
Letters: David Withers
Publisher: Titan Comics
Purchase: http://titan-comics.com/c/152-13-coins/

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