Jook Joint #1:Capsule Review



Title: Jook Joint #1

Publisher: Image Comics

Writer: Tee Franklin

Artist: Alitha E. Martinez 

Colorist: Shari Chankhamma

Letterer: Taylor Esposito

Cover: Alitha Franklin & Shari Chankhamma; Mike Hawthorne & Jordie Bellaire

Review: ★★★★☆

This new title from Image Comics immediately comes with a “Trigger Warning”. Tee Franklin, who was a victim of spousal abuse, uses this title to express and deal with her anger. The book has also been described as a horror title as well. After reading the book a couple of times I would agree to both accounts. A “jook joint” is usually referred to a bar where you can go and relax. This particular joint does just that, but you have to follow the rules. Franklin shows us what happens when you don’t. Mahalia is the primary character that is a voodoo priestess to boot. She is black goddess that takes her religion seriously. The book has moments of high shock value and not truly a story for those that are weak of heart. It’s gory at times but attempts to justify it’s actions as an overall attempt to cure the rude and dark hearted. Martinez’s art is solid and fits the time period that the story is existing. She not a afraid to illustrate people the way they happen to be. Outsides and insides for that matter. Chankhamma does a nice job coloring the story and adding the splashes of red to push certain moments.  I’m curious to see where this title will go and I’m hooked to the story. This is a mature comic that isn’t the average super hero fair, so be warned.

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