Shanghai Red #1:Capsule Review


Title: Shanghai Red #1

Publisher: Image Comics

Writer: Christopher Sebela

Art & Colors: Joshua Hixson

Letters: Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou

Cover: Joshua Hixson, Tyler Boss

Review: ★★★★☆


Image Comics begins this new series on a old sailing ship that is run by indentured slaves. Their lives are about to take a turn for the best, until one of the members commits a gruesome act. Obviously this happens to be our main character “RED”. Red has a secret I won’t care to spoil here. You’ll find out soon enough. This is Red’s story. It begins in time when America was exploring the frontier. The book gives us some excellent back story about the character and Red’s motivations. The art is dark and sketchy but clear enough to make out what the shadows are trying to tell within the details. The coloring jumps from dark blues to cool reds and becomes bright in all the right images. Unlike many superhero comics, this one is grounded into these specific times. It’s classic story where the main character is a survivor and somebody you can relate. This is decent book at first and even second read. I think it might be something that readers might not pick up until it’s in a collected works. The next issue should be interesting to see where they take Red.

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