Sunday, October 29, 2023

Comics Review: EDENWOOD #1 is a Hellraising Good Read


STORY: Tony S. Daniel
ART: Tony S. Daniel
COLORS: Jay David Ramos
LETTERS: Nathan Kempf
EDITOR: Kel Symons
COVER: Tony S. Daniel
VARIANT COVER ARTISTS: Mahmud Asrar with Matt Wilson; Jorge Molina; Ryan Stegman with Leonardo Paciarotti; Tony S. Daniel
28pp, Colors, 3.99 U.S. (September 2023)

Rated “M/ Mature”

Chapter One: “The Fallen”

Edenwood is a new fantasy comic book series from writer-artist Tony S. Daniel.  Published by Image Comics, the series focuses on a young demon hunter caught in an eons-long war between demons and witches that has found Earth as its latest and final battleground.  Colorist Jay David Ramos and letterer Nathan Kempf complete the series' creative team.

Edenwood #1 (“The Fallen”) opens in William's Bay, Wisconsin, which is one mile from the “Edenwood” barrier.  An eons-long series of multiverse wars between demons and witches has come to Earth, the conflict's latest and final battleground.  The battle pits “Necronema,” the ever-expanding demonic land that supplanted the Midwest twenty years ago, against Edenwood, the witchcraft-controlled land that acts as a barrier against the war zone and the rest of the United States.

Siblings Adelai and Elias and their friends have come to the barrier so that Adelai can meet up with, Rion, the boy upon whom she has a crush.  Tragedy strikes, and Rion finds himself in the company of the demon hunter, Bastille.  Now, neither Rion nor his world will ever be the same.

THE LOWDOWN:  As I have written in my earlier reviews of Tony Daniel's comic books, I was a huge fan of his 1990s creator-owned series, The Tenth.  I am also a big fan of his run on “The New 52” Detective Comics for DC Comics.

I love Daniel's detailed pencil art and his intricate, bejeweled inking.  His graphical storytelling always manages to also be comic art eye candy.  Daniel is also an imaginative writer and storyteller, and over a three decade period in comic books, he has become a maestro.  This is not just hot air and flattery.  The storytelling in Edenwood is powerful and relentless, and I could certainly felt a sense of fear in myself as I read.  Practically every page is a slap in the face or blow to the head simply because Daniel gets right into the story.  This first issue isn't story padding trying to pass as an introduction.  Edenwood #1 does not allow for any snooze reading or the wandering off of the old attention span.

I often see comments about “Remember when comics were fun?” Image, IDW, Dark Horse, Dynamite, AWA Studios, and Titan Comics are all offering outstanding genre entertainment – like Edenwood.  So if you are going to ignore Edenwood #1, please, stop yearning for ye ole days of fun comics.  The good old days are now.

I READS YOU RECOMMENDS:  Fans of Tony S. Daniel will want to sample Edenwood.


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

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