According to our main character, nothing could be more sweet than vengeance against the ones responsible for her family's’ deaths. When she was just a girl, she witnessed men kill both her mother and father in front of her, a grisly sight she will never forget. As she matures she takes to the rooftops as an assassin of the night, seeking retribution for the crimes committed against her family.
Venezia is an independent comic written by Wolf Beaumont, illustrated by Brian McCranie and colored by Omi Remalante Jr. Although the first two issues were supported with Kickstarter campaigns, after reading the series opener it’s become evident that, with a bit more support, Venezia could stand on its own two legs with a small time publisher.
The initial issue of this series is short, about only twelve pages. This, however, isn’t a bad thing at all. Even though it’s a short issue, it succeeds in doing an intro quick and potentially moving onto the main storyline in issue two. The story goes that our lady assassin's parents were killed one stormy night by a possible clan called The Doge. A few men burst into the house, slaughter her parents and she is left as an orphan, sitting on the front steps of their home, alone. From there she grows up and takes up the guise of assassin of the night and begins stalking those who wronged her family.
Even though the first issue of Venezia was short, it’s already preparing to be a fun ride. Historical fiction comics don’t pop up that often, and this one seems to be one plotted out for many to enjoy. From first impressions, it seems that it could be akin to something like Assassin's Creed, which should get plenty of potential readers. The art itself is beautiful. McCranie draws the fight scenes with wonderful transitions and also does a fantastic job with costume design. One of the highlights of the art is the Lady Dellamora’s uniform. Wearing some armor, she dons a long red cape, black mask and black metal gloves, all reminiscent of 1500’s Italy. Let’s not forget Remalante Jr. on colors though. He does a smash up job with coloring the scenes to make them really pop out on the page. The blood comes off as bright red, the cobblestones of the street shine with the light of the fire and the assassin's cape is a crimson red, much like the color of the blood she’s spilling.
The first issue of Venezia, although short, is a labor of love. The story is intriguing, progressive and something that isn’t written about in comics everyday. Fans of Assassin's Creed and any sort of revenge story should check this out. If not you might get a visit from Lady Dellamora.
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