Two Graves #1: ADVANCE REVIEW: A fantasy road trip with “Death”


Written by: Genevieve Valentine, Art by: Ming Doyle and Annie Wu, Colours by: Lee Loughridge, Letters by: Aditya Bidikar.

 

Emilia, a young lady finds her way into a diner. There she meets a man and they go on a road trip together. Emilia confronts him about the woman he killed 3 years ago. She’s not bothered why he did it though. She slams his head against the window and her mysterious friend helps her get rid of the body. It seems like she’s on a mission but this mysterious smoke covered figure is adamant that she won’t be around too long.



Honestly, this was a rather confusing book as I felt like I missed out on so much detail before the study started. It balances out towards the end but I still have lots of questions. As I have said in the past, I won’t be too critical of an issue 1 as it’s setting the tone and the stage for the series. Genevieve Valentine is not a writer that I’m familiar with, however her script here was very intriguing. The supernatural character (the man surrounded by smoke) was very interesting. The way he talks, and acts, it’s almost like he’s Death (the grim reaper). Which makes the two such polar opposites. It also gives us one of the most emotional moments in the book, where he goes to visit an old lady. He walks into the house as no door is locked to him. Then when he sees her, she talks to him like they know each other. That’s when she passes away. He explains to Emilia that he never knows what they say. All this evidence makes me believe that he is Death. Which makes his relationship with Emilia all the more complicated when she says “Everything dies, everything but me”. So we have a character who can’t die, one who takes lives and says she won’t be around long. As I said, it’s a very complicated book, yet also intriguing.

 

Something that I found interesting from a moral perspective was their dealing with the guy at the beginning. Emilia accused him of killing a lady. If that was true which as I have said before I’m not taking for granted as we could have an unreliable narrator. If it was, why is it up to Emilia and her friend to deal with the judgment of the guy? Is it not the justice system who should judge him, and if he’s guilty then he should be punished, not killed in retribution. I just have a problem with people deeming themselves to be worthy enough to pass a fair judgment on someone.

 


The art by Ming Doyle and Annie Wu is good overall. The panels look good, but it’s the special full pages that took my breath away. The example above especially. It looks like a classic 16th century art style and I loved it. We have a few moments like that in the book but this one was astonishing. It’s just so regal and I love how the letters by Aditya Bidikar and their positioning doesn’t take away the gravitas from it.

 

Overall, an interesting first issue to a series that I’m more intrigued by than hooked into. Although I’m very close to being hooked with such bizarre characters and artwork that looks like it belongs in the Sistine Chapel.

A solid 3 POPs out of 5, I’m hoping it will develop the characters more and answer some of the questions I have.



Two Graves issue one will be released on 9th November by Image Comics from your Local Comic Shop as well as comixology


 

Andrew Carr was blessed to grow up watching the animated series of Batman, X-Men, and his favorite, Spider-Man.This started his dive into the comics world, which resulted in meeting his amazing cosplaying wife Imogen. They live in England with their Sinister Six dogs.

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