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Judgement Day: Pinwheel Press's Man Of God Review

Written by J.M. Hunter on Thursday, May 30 2013 and posted in Reviews

Small Press, Big Ideas: Man Of God #1-3

Pinwheel Press' Man Of God is looking to publish through Kickstarter, is it worth your money? Hunter finds out.

Source: MAN OF GOD - Comic Series by Yvel Guichet and Craig Partin

Man Of God: #1-3
By: Pinwheel Press
Creator/Writer: Craig Partin
Pencils: Yvel Guichet
Inks: Stu Berryhill
Letters: Jonathan Swinney
Script: Editor- Anthony Koch

Man Of God from Pinwheel Press is a pull no punches half noir / half urban horror comic. The protagonist is literally not given a face for the first few pages. Glimpses and traces of his past are hinted at in ghostly visions to the reader. Man Of God follows our protagonist, John Morris – a modern day Lazarus - as he tries to figure out who and what he has become since his mysterious resurrection. John navigates the Aurora/Chicago streets running into the hidden evils that lurk within humanity. Seemingly equipped with the power to “exorcise” the evil from the people he comes into contact with, John, unknowingly, eaves a trail of tears in his wake. What does a twisted individual do, when the evil is expunged from their inner being? How do they react with new – clearer – self awareness - and the realization of what they’ve done? Exploring the actions those John has “cureed” is one of the more interesting underlying themes of Man Of God.

All of this is made even more intriguing because of the art from Valiant artist Yvel Guichet backed by inker Stu Berryhill and letterer Jonathan Swinney. These three creators maintain a continuity visuals that explain and clear up the murkiness of John’s (un)life (at least for the readers.) Nothing seems rushed and everything feels as if it’s in the service of creator/writer Craig Partin’s script. Partin is mythos-building here, taking what could’ve been phoned-in aspects of an urban legend and telling the reader his story through his eyes. Whereas Morris is the focus of most of the book, in fact half of the story is told from his perspective, the second primary plot in Man Of God is equally engrossing.

Craig and crew have not only started us on the path of a would be vigilante’s shot at making things right in the streets, but also effectively displaying what’s wrong in a twisting knot of a mystery screaming to unfold in ugly methods. We get to see things from Mobster “Do-it-man! Do it!” Vincent as he begrudgingly handles the dirty deeds of sinister superiors. Vincent is a man that is tough and cold as a box of nails, but anxious to be anywhere but wherever he is. This underworld, this city, and this mire of sick shit he has to constantly sully his hands with has made Vincent a cynical and ruthless person. After three issues, the forces of Vincent’s mob navigation and John Morris’s path of redemption haven’t careened into one another yet, but Craig and his team have already provided the reader with enough clues to know that there is a connection and the inevitable meeting between the two is enough to keep readers interested in more. These tales of two inner cities are related, and to find out how Pinwheel Press’s has started a Kickstarter campaign that’s threatening to kick all kinds of small press comics awesomeness! Peep it here.

Is this it…that’s all we have for you? What else? Well since you asked, no you demanded it didn’t you? I can’t say no to you, so let’s continue shall we?

In Issues two and three of Man Of God, we get a few bonus back up stories by members of the creative time and a few of their friends. Inker Stu Berryhill gets to show off his stuff by mainlining a nice charming twist on the Southern Vampire craze in a story called, “Modern Love: A Tale From the Land of Flies”, backed by his accomplice George E Warner who’s listed as doing the “Hard Stuff”, these two manage to tell a nice fable in the form of vampires and a funny look at the food chain. The art is graceful, the story captivating, and the twists funny enough to feel like you didn’t get ripped off. You’ll leave feeling satiated.

Issue two also starts The Adventures of Bennie and Butch with nice nib style work by artists Bob Hall. What this story is about so far, readers will have to read issue three and onward to find out.

Finally, issue three’s back up story is a trip back to the land of flies with a tale of “Saint Moses The Black”. This ain’t the Moses you’re thinking of. Think Luke Cage mixed with Levar Burton’s Reading friggin’ Rainbow, but back in biblical times. Story by someone christened, “The Idiot,” and joined by artist, and Saint Moses creator, Kurt Belcher. Is Belcher The Idiot? Maybe; I don’t care as long as he keeps drawing!

So with that said, it appears that Pinwheel Press and their series Man Of God is off to a good start and you can help them further by helping them meet their stretch goals at their Kickstarter. Also keep in mind they have a pdf of the first issue available for you to read on said Kickstarter so you can check out what I’m saying for yourself and see that I did not, No I did not in fact lead you a stray friends.

Thanks and remember….support your Indy, local and abroad. Take care.

-J.M. Hunter, The Indy Hunter. 

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