Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Comics Review: SACRED SIX #11


STORY: Christopher Priest
ART: Stephane Roux and Marcos Ramos
LETTERS: Willie Schubert
EDITOR: Matt Idelson
COVER: Lucio Parrillo
VARIANT COVER ARTISTS: Julius Ohta; Raymund Bermudez; Daniel Maine; Warren Louw; Stephane Roux; Madibek Musabekov; Lucio Parrillo
32pp, Color, $3.99 U.S. (July 2021)

Rated Teen+

Sacred Six is a comic book series from writer Christopher Priest and is also a spin-off from his run on Dynamite Entertainment's Vampirella comic book.  The series focuses on a group of supernaturally powerful women involved in a struggle between two neighboring towns.  Sacred Six is currently written by Priest; drawn by Stephane Roux and Marcos Romas; colored by Mohan; and lettered by Willie Schubert.

Sacred Six is set in Victor County, Georgia and focuses on two towns.  Impoverished Ashthorne is populated by an enclave of peaceful vampires who do not prey on humans.  The City of Sacred is the home of an evil organization known as “The Six,” which manufactured Sacred for the specific purpose of wiping out the vampires of Ashthorne.  Four women:  formerly known as Victory, Draculina; the eternal Pantha; the fire demon, Nyx; and the half-vampire bounty hunter, Chasity are lured to rural Georgia as part of a mysterious scheme to defend Ashthorne.  However, Ashthorne has a deadly secret, and Sacred has a deadly purpose.  Lurking in the shadows is Lilith, the immortal sorceress and mother to Vampirella, who occasionally joins the festivities to form another version of the “Six.”

Sacred Six #11 opens with a flashback to Nyx's past, specifically involving the conflict with her father.  It's the origin of Nyx!  In the present, Draculina, Chasity, Pantha and Lilith are passing through “The Glen,” the woodland DMZ between Ashthorne and Sacred when they have a zombie encounter.  Meanwhile, Nyx finds herself hopelessly outgunned by the forces of Leviticus … even with the help of Vampirella.  Will the others members of the “Six” arrive in time?

THE LOWDOWN:  Dynamite Entertainment's marketing department recently began providing me with PDF review copies of some of their titles.  One of them is Sacred Six #11, which is the first issue of the series that I have read.  I had heard of Sacred Six before now, but I had not paid attention to it.

I needed to do some Internet research in order to understand Sacred Six #11, but I enjoyed it anyway.  I actually wish that I had been reading it from the beginning.  I am a fan of Christopher Priest, who has been a comic book writer for decades.  He has gotten some fan appreciation for his work on his 1998 Black Panther comic book series (which began as a four-issue miniseries under Marvel Comics' “Marvel Knights” imprint), but not enough in my estimation.  However, it is in reading Sacred Six that one can get a sense of his ability to write engaging characters, which I found likable.

The art, drawn by two artists, is stylish, each in its own way, but the storytelling is effective, while the coloring is good.  Willie Schubert's lettering is also quite strong in the way it conveys the story.  Yeah, I would read more of this, even if I have to go back via the trades.

I READS YOU RECOMMENDS:  Fans of Vampirella and of writer Christopher Priest will want to try Sacred Six.

Reviewed by Leroy Douresseaux a.k.a. "I Reads You"


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