Dark Ivory #1 (of 4)
Reviewed by Dwayne Biddix
Written by Joseph Michael Linsner and Eva Hopkins
Art by Joseph Michael Linsner
Colored by Joseph Michael Linsner and Eva Hopkins
Letters and production by Jeff Eckleberry
Edited by Zeke Feldhaus
Published by Image Comics
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: March 2008
Usually I am not really a fan of vampires. For me, they have strayed way too far away from the true horror character that Bram Stoker originally created. So when I saw this comic on my favorite comic shop's shelf, I hesitated. Did I really want another romantic vampire story? No. But I am a fan of Linsner's art, so I picked it up. Boy, am I glad I did.
While Dark Ivory doesn't break completely new ground in the vampire genre, they do a tremendous job of creating truly likable characters that really feel like they exist in the real world. They story is about a beautiful young Goth girl who is bored with her life. She has a family she is emotionally distant from, a school that bores her, and a lifestyle that Joe Q Public doesn't understand. Thankfully she has a friend named Samson, who is every bit outside the mainstream as she is. After a terrible family Thanksgiving she heads out to a club to dance her problems away. There her world takes a turn toward the darkness.
This is a truly engaging story. Even if you are not a Goth kid, as I am not, this is a deeply emotional story that will connect to you. Linsner's art is truly spectacular. Very few artists are as capable of creating beautiful female leads as Linsner, or being able to create incredibly expressive faces. The whole art team on this book just works. The colors by Hopkins are as expressive as Linsner's art. The lettering by Feldhaus is unique and wonderful to read. This is a top line independent book. The characters and art will leave you instantly hooked. This is a series that I have every intention of collecting. Linsner is truly a creator's creator.
This is a fun read. If you are looking for a great series, something you can really enjoy artistically, or just want a story to connect to on an emotional level, because I bet you can't read this and not fall in love with Ivory, this is a series I highly recommend.
Rating the Issue
Story: Overall 9
Storytelling - 10 out of 10
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Name: Dwayne Biddix
Been reading comics: Dwayne has been reading comics for about 20 years
Review Bio: Dwayne and Chris Carpenter are the founders of Hard Way Studios. The two have a passion for comics and the art of story telling as a whole. They love to discuss comics and related fields and share what we think of them with everyone.
Favorites: Walking Dead, Drafted, Scalped, X-Men
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