Mercenary Sea #1 (Image)

MercSea1

Rating: 4.5/5 – The start of an all-new exciting adventure.
by ComicSpectrum reviewer Gilad Levin.

Mercenary sea is a great start for a new series. Writer Kel Symons sets up the characters and gives everyone his/her own unique personality. As a result, the interaction between the cast of characters is entertaining and fun to read.  This issue sets up the story and introduces the reader to the world the story is set in; the very adventurous world of the south pacific of 1938.  I felt invested in the story from the first page, without any use of dialog. In fact, dialog is sparse in the beginning of the story, a fact that actually helps to get the story going. When there is dialog it’s quick and to the point, with the occasional joke.

The art, by Mathew Reynolds, is spectacular. It doesn’t have too many shades to it and keeps everything simple. The balance of blacks and lighter tones was perfectly used to convey a sense of atmosphere in scenes set at night or on the submarine . The art matched the tone set by the story and even though a simplified style, I got a very dramatic feel from it.

The adventures of a mercenary submarine crew that accepts various jobs from various people to make ends meet and keep the ship running is both simple and rife with possibility for story hooks.  I breezed though this issue but was left wanting more in the end, I’ll be back for #2.

Reviewed by: Gilad Levin
(gilad@comicspectrum.com
)
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