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27 #1 Review

Written by Christian on Friday, December 17 2010 and posted in Reviews

27 #1 made many comic book speculators a little bit richer over the last week?  But is it worth the money?

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27 #1 (of 4)
Hendrix, Cobain, Joplin, Morrison. All belong to the "27 Club," which admits only the most brilliant musicians and artists...and kills them dead in their 27th year. Will Garland is a famous rock guitarist, secretly unable to play for months due to a neurological disorder afflicting his left hand. He's also 27! With mad scientists, long dead rock legends and cosmic entities in his way, can he make it to 28?

A new series in the popular GOLDEN AGE format!


You might have heard about a little comic called 27 recently. Written by Charles Soule and illustrated by Renzo Podesta, the Image limited series somehow got caught the eye of a lot of comic book speculators. The week it was due to come out, issues began to sell on eBay for upwards of fifty dollars, rivaling Morning Glories as the hottest title of the year. However, lost in the craziness of the mini-speculation boom was whether the book was any good or not. Was a book about a guitarist struggling to survive and written by a relative newcomer to the comic book industry worth the twenty to forty bucks people were shelling out for it? The answer is no. It's worth a lot more.

27#1 is easily the most unique comic of the year. Blending music, science fiction, horror and the human drama together, Charles Soule has put out a comic book that's both distinctive and enjoyable at the same time. Will Garland, the protagonist of the story, is a famous up and coming musician whose career is destroyed by a medical ailment. Desperate for answers and down to his last penny, he turns to a mad scientist with bizarre and horrific results.

Soule expertly keeps the reader guessing as to which way the story is about to turn. One second he jumps into sci-fi, the next second he throws in a dash of fantasy, and then ends it with a hint of horror in the air. Helping the issue is the lack of ads, which keeps the story moving at an even pace without breaking up the action with a silly advertisement.

Podesta's art is like Oeming taken to a new level. With simple cartoonish designs and masterful colors, Podesta captures the mood and bizarreness of the story perfectly. His art is enhanced by the larger Golden Age formatted pages, giving it room to breathe and depict the mood excellently.

Simply put, this is a strong first issue to what I'm sure will be an award-winning mini-series. If 27 #1 gives any indication, both Podesta and Soule have long, prosperous careers in the comic book industry awaiting them.  So, shell out whatever amount of money you have to and get your copy of 27 #1 today!

Review by: BlueStreak

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