Villainous Review

Villainous by Gary Chudleigh and Graeme Kennedy is the story of criminal Victor Arkin. Arkin is locked away in a high security asylum and is highly dangerous. The guards are checking on him when they find something that they would not have expected.

The artwork by Kennedy is stunning. The inking is perfect, complimenting the style in every way. The layout works well. It builds tension and excitement, intriguing the reader. The use of close tight nit panels in the opening pages was a wise decision. It gives the reader a sense of being encaged, enclosed. You feel like how the prisoners must feel. This fits the narrative perfectly. The tension builds perfectly like a good action film till finally the fight begins. Other methods implemented by the creative team to understand the character’s mental state include symmetry to show the similarities between past events and the present. It allows the reader to see what the character is thinking and why he is doing it. This is one of the beautiful things about the comic medium, allowing the reader to see what characters think is a much more interesting way then just using dialogue. They allow the artwork to breath as much as the dialogue: essential in this medium.

It is essential to make an issue one desirable enough for a reader to come back for more. Chudleigh and Kennedy have succeeded here with tremendous plotting. By creating excitement and intrigue I was hooked after page two. Chudleigh and Kennedy finish issue one with an amazing cliffhanger. If you were not already desperate to know what was happens next, this will leave you drooling for more. Chudleigh and Kennedy will become masters of the comic craft: they are well aware that each issue is as important as the last and the next and therefore it is important to make the reader want more. Further the anticipation builds naturally to an intriguing crescendo. Many creators suffer from not being able to achieve this yet Villainous succeeds in every way.

Villainous is a must read. If issue one is anything to go by, it will continue to be so. Pick it up!

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GS Rating: 4 out of 5

GS Reporter: Luke Halsall

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