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VERY FINE/NEAR MINT
(W) Sebastian Girner
(A/CA) John Bivens
16th century Japan. The fates of warlords ebb and flow like tides of blood, none more than the Aragami Clan who follow their lord clad in the 'Red Devil' mask into every battle. But when Lord Aragami succumbs to illness, his daughter, the fierce Ketsuko, hatches a plot to save her people, no matter the cost… Years later, as Ketsuko wanders the heaving battlefields of her ruined homeland, she discovers a chance to avenge the terrible wrong done to her clan, even if it means stepping back onto a road steeped in slaughter. From writer Sebastin Girner (Shirtless Bear-Fighter!, Scales & Scoundrels) and artist John Bivens (Creature Feature, Spread) comes a blood-drenched love letter to Samurai fiction in a chilling tale of guilt, trauma, and vengeance.
Date Available: 10/07/2020
BONUS REVIEW by Kevin Healy


This is a samurai book. The story (not the script, the story) works well enough, and we have a feel for the intriguing secret of a brother/sister well before the reveal. Its drawn by Dekalb's (formerly) own John Bivens. His work on Dark Engine was well enjoyed visually. His work on The Spread was just excellent, and highly recommended for fans of 'Lone Wolf and Cub' and 'The Thing'. I think we're closer to the former here than the latter. The coloring really messes with the artwork, a trend we're seeing more and more on indy titles. It is too dark. Colorists are mistaking dark for moody, and the two aren't mutually exclusive. Either that, or they're not taking the printing process into account. Maybe its time for some refresher courses on Dr. Martin's Dyes and how they wash out on newsprint and that different colors print differently no different papers and look, a windmill to tilt at! Anyway, we saw this recently with the otherwise excellent first issue of A Man Among Ye, and they changed colorists before issue two came out.

Devil's Red Bride breaks one of the cardinal rules for period pieces-mixing speech patterns. There are characters that are written to be feudally Japanese. There are characters who are written like drunk guys from Kentucky. If the reader can't tell if you're going straight period or all modern, guess what? You haven't finished your final draft. Editors...get on this!



I give it 6 out of 10 Grahams


VERY FINE/NEAR MINT
(W) Sebastian Girner
(A/CA) John Bivens
16th century Japan. The fates of warlords ebb and flow like tides of blood, none more than the Aragami Clan who follow their lord clad in the 'Red Devil' mask into every battle. But when Lord Aragami succumbs to illness, his daughter, the fierce Ketsuko, hatches a plot to save her people, no matter the cost… Years later, as Ketsuko wanders the heaving battlefields of her ruined homeland, she discovers a chance to avenge the terrible wrong done to her clan, even if it means stepping back onto a road steeped in slaughter. From writer Sebastin Girner (Shirtless Bear-Fighter!, Scales & Scoundrels) and artist John Bivens (Creature Feature, Spread) comes a blood-drenched love letter to Samurai fiction in a chilling tale of guilt, trauma, and vengeance.
Date Available: 10/07/2020
BONUS REVIEW by Kevin Healy


This is a samurai book. The story (not the script, the story) works well enough, and we have a feel for the intriguing secret of a brother/sister well before the reveal. Its drawn by Dekalb's (formerly) own John Bivens. His work on Dark Engine was well enjoyed visually. His work on The Spread was just excellent, and highly recommended for fans of 'Lone Wolf and Cub' and 'The Thing'. I think we're closer to the former here than the latter. The coloring really messes with the artwork, a trend we're seeing more and more on indy titles. It is too dark. Colorists are mistaking dark for moody, and the two aren't mutually exclusive. Either that, or they're not taking the printing process into account. Maybe its time for some refresher courses on Dr. Martin's Dyes and how they wash out on newsprint and that different colors print differently no different papers and look, a windmill to tilt at! Anyway, we saw this recently with the otherwise excellent first issue of A Man Among Ye, and they changed colorists before issue two came out.

Devil's Red Bride breaks one of the cardinal rules for period pieces-mixing speech patterns. There are characters that are written to be feudally Japanese. There are characters who are written like drunk guys from Kentucky. If the reader can't tell if you're going straight period or all modern, guess what? You haven't finished your final draft. Editors...get on this!



I give it 6 out of 10 Grahams


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