COMIC REVIEW: Sioux Warrior

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I went mad, I went crazy, I went gaga, when I met the guys at Cape Fear comics. Why? Because I love innovation and difference and I got it in spades with Sioux Warrior.

Sioux Warrior follows a Native American themed superhero, omits own this isn’t enough of a trap for me. Lets add in something a bit different. The 1st issue is in 3 acts. In the first act he dies – interest piqued. In the 2nd act he meets Charon the Ferryman that ferries souls across the river Styx. In the 3rd Act he begins to tell Charon a story, one of his adventures, as payment for transport and we begin to see the conceit of this ongoing series.

So far, so good. Good enough to trap me for a read. And as a story I liked it. Writer Sam Gardner Jr has done a decent job and Jake Rowlinsons pencilled art is suitably moody; but here’s how Cape Fear managed to hook me and make me fairly evangelical about them. This comic is a musical. Yes, a musical. How do they do that you ask? Using the same technology that you find on a musical greeting card and a battery (yes each comic has a battery, it’s a heavy comic) the music starts when you open the comic. Hence you will find an unusual set of credits on this comic review. The music is composed by writer Sam and Adam King. Tim Buchannon sings the part of the Sioux Warrior and Leah Sears sings the narration. The composition is fantastic, reflecting the doleful circumstances of the comic, and the singing is of a very good standard.  The whole experience is quite simply wonderful. Act 2 is the only non musical part of the comic and Act 3 requires you to put a CD on. Yes that’s right, the comic also comes with a CD.  The music takes on a vaguely western/folky feel to it and the creativity takes another jump.  Each page from here on in has the art in a CD sized circle.  You are required to turn the comic as the art changes to tell the story from each angle that tcover2cnhe circle is viewed from.  The words face different directions on the page, outside the circle, so that they can be read from the corresponding viewpoint.  This is the only part of the comic that is slightly annoying as it becomes quite fidgety to be constantly turning the comic.  However this is balanced by the fact that you don’t have to read the words just listen to the soundtrack as you turn.  It makes for an unparalleled comic production and the comic as a whole is an incredible multifaceted experience.

The 2nd issue comes in the form of a belt buckle, the inside cover is basically a cut out mask, one of the belt buckle pouches contains that which will pass as a cape and another ouch holds the actual comic. It’s genius. The third issue I’m told deals with parallel dimensions and in fact intrudes on the real world as those attending a certain panel at a certain comic convention last year will know. I am on tenterhooks waiting to see exactly how this is realised.

I am stunned by the amount of work that goes into each issue.  Cape Fear comics aim to push the boundaries of this wonderful medium and they are doing just that. It’s been a while since I’ve been this excited by such creativity and I’m eager to see what these guys will do next.

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GS Reporter: Monts

 

 

 

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