Tuesday, November 9, 2021

Comics Review: "Nyx #1" is a Dynamite First Issue

NYX #1
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

STORY: Christos Gage
ART: Marc Borstel
COLORS: Jordi Escuin Llorach
LETTERS: Taylor Esposito
EDITOR: Matt Idelson
COVER: Lucio Parrillo
VARIANT COVER ARTISTS: Rose Besch; Fernando Dagnino; Greebo Vigonte; Ken Haeser; Lucio Parrillo
32pp, Color, $3.99 U.S. (November 2021)

Rated T+

Nyx created by Tom Sniegoski and Ed McGuinness

“Woman on Fire”


Nyx is a Vampirella comic book character.  She is the daughter of Chaos the Mad God and a human woman, making Nyx half-demon and half-human, but she needs to feed on human life force in order to live.  Nyx was created by writer Tom Sniegoski and artist Ed McGuinness and first appeared in Harris Comics' Vengeance of Vampirella #23 (cover dated: February 1996).  She is a longtime enemy and sometimes friend of Vampirella.

The character now has her own solo comic book series, entitled Nyx.  It is written by Christos Gage; drawn by Marc Borstel; colored by Jordi Escuin Llorach; and lettered by Taylor Esposito.  The series finds Nyx dealing with her emerging human side, although her demon side is still powerful and hungry for human life force.

Nyx #1 (“Woman on Fire”) opens in Gainesville, Georgia, where members of the Gulf Cartel are completing a drug deal.  Enter Nyx, weak and famished.  The gangsters think she is vulnerable, but they are about to discover that there is more to this woman than meets the yes … and she's hungry.

Later, Nyx relishes in the things she likes about the human world, vices and pleasures of the flesh.  But a chance meeting at a club offers Nyx an opportunity at a place in the world … and maybe love.  Everything can turn out right, if dear old Dad's world doesn't intrude...

THE LOWDOWN:  Dynamite Entertainment's marketing department recently began providing me with PDF review copies of some of their titles.  One of them is Nyx #1.

Nyx #1 is a powerful first issue.  Writer Christos Gage uses the action to inform new readers about Nyx – her powers and her hungers, as well as to recap her origin.  There are a lot of good set pieces here, and they help to establish the series' themes going forward, and the story has a captivating quality that works on me.

Marc Borstel's art is also quite good, with an emphasis on tight figure drawing – both human and demon.  Borstel's storytelling is clear, and under Jordi Escuin Llorach's colors, it is also pleasing to the eye, especially Nyx's figure.  Taylor Esposito's efficient lettering moves the story easily through its wild shifts in tone – from violence to lust, human and demon style.

I highly recommend this first issue, dear readers, simply because it is so good.  It might also make you horny for more Nyx.

I READS YOU RECOMMENDS:  Fans of Vampirella comic books will want to try Nyx.

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


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