Reviewed by David Pinckney
Written by: Brett Uren
Art by: Brett uren
Publisher: 215 Ink
Cover Price: $19.99
If you're looking for a unique comic that is intriguingly creepy, you need to look no further than Kuzimu from 215 Ink.
Written and Drawn by Brett Uren, Kuzimu tells a story filled demons. Not just demons though, it tells a story about exploration and atonement as well. It's weird to think that a comic that is this creepy (and yes, it is creepy) has such a sensitive undertone that runs the course of the comic. In short the comic looks at life after death and explores the belief that spirits can climb back into the world of the living as a snake. The main character explores this afterlife looking for peace.
Without going into too much detail, what needs to be said here is this comic will make you think. A lot is said here in this graphic novel. At times it does feel a bit wordy, but it does help set the overall tone of the story. A tone that is a bit unsettling. You do feel at times that turning the page my uncover something that you may not want to see. Not because it's bad, but because it's just tends to make your skin crawl at times. The story as interesting as it is sometimes feels like it's intrigue is working against it. There are so many things happening that at times you get a little confused or lost. At times a more streamlined train of thought would really benefit. Even so, the pacing of the comic is pretty good. It stays at basically the same pace throughout the comic but that isn't a bad thing. The steady passing works well with the story. Conveying the story's theme and getting it's point to the reader that is accomplished in a unique manner. The writing style and voice of the comic sets it apart from other horror comics.
The art in, Kuzimu is interesting to say the least. To some it may feel a bit off, but when you start reading you'll soon realize that the art here is really a good match. It fits the overall feeling of the story. To that point though, the fitting art is sometimes hindered by some awkward panel layouts. For the most part though, the layouts do carry you from panel to panel easily and helps the flow of the comic.
As said before, this comic will make your skin crawl at times. The character designs in this graphic novel are just simply unsettling. It takes humanoid creatures (for the most part) and gives them just enough fimilarity to them that you can't help but think "what this look like in real life" and I can tell you what it would look like: Terrifying.
If you are a fan of the creepy and the weird you'll find, Kuzimu is going to make a good addition to your collection. You don't just have to be a fan of horror to enjoy this, if you are looking for something that will make you really think and has a bit of an edge to it, this is for you as well. While story of "what happens in the afterlife" is 100% original, the approach and story telling is very original and makes the subject matter feel fresh and new and in the end, that's what really matters.
If you are interested in getting your local comic shop to get you this fun indie comic the Diamond order code is: JUN121309.
Rating: 3.5 out of 5
Name: David Pinckney
Bio: David is a freelance writer who after a few years of just reading comics, decided to start making some. "I write, and write, and write not just because I want the practice, but because it's what I like to do." Learn more about David at his site, sequentialgeek.com.
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