Title: Antar: The Black Knight #1
Publisher: IDW Publishing
Writer: Nnedi Okorafor
Artist: Eric Battle
Colorist: Jason Scott Jones
Letterer: Thomas Mauer
Cover Artist: Eric Battle; Jason Scott Jones
At first glance Antar is an absolutely beautiful work of art. Eric Battle’s illustrations are near perfect. The figure drawings have excellent proportions and fit really well into their surroundings. The coloring also supports this with excellent lighting and creates a great deal of atmosphere for Arabic characters. The story is about a slaver boy and his “runner” mother. The initial opening of the story has a young Antar defending himself in a street fight. At this point in the story goes into flashback mode. It gives us the core to who the character can possibly become. It’s something I appreciate about this story is we don’t have to wait for the next issue for the back up. It gives us enough to empathize with the potential of the character. His rather vicious actions give us enough to care about what happens. After a couple reads of this first issue I can’t wait for the second trip into the Middle East.