Monday, April 16, 2018

Comic Book Review: The Curse of Brimstone #1

DC Comics is kicking off a new age of heroes and The Curse of Brimstone #1 is part of that initiative. The debut issue of this series takes the old "deal-with-the-Devil" legend and introduces it into official DC canon. It's an ages-old setup used in everything from telling tales in the mediums of TV, movies, literature, and even song. We're not really getting anything new here, but writer Justin Jordan execute a well-written story that makes it his own.

Joe Chamberlain would do anything to save his small, forgotten town—even make a deal with the devil in The Curse of Brimstone #1. But things get worse, and Joe finds himself cursed with the power of Brimstone. With the power of fire and destruction coursing through his hands, Joe must now track down and destroy the demon he made his deal with before the power he now wields destroys the town he was trying to save. But as the fiery pain inside him grows, can this young man overcome his own demons before his power rips him apart from the inside out?

The Curse of Brimstone #1 gives us a sympathetic character we can identify with. The way this is achieved is through writer Justin Jordan taking the time to introduce us to each person and giving us a reason to care about them. The cast is made up of folks we all know in real life thrown into extraordinary situations.

Philip Tan's artwork for The Curse of Brimstone #1 perfectly captures the grim and hellish atmosphere of the book with flashes of red and orange and melancholy shades of blue and black. The images of Joe Chamberlain transforming into his alter ego are striking and frighteningly lovely in a horrific sense. It definitely captures the essence of the tale being told.

The debut issue of The Curse of Brimstone #1 comes with a sneak preview of seven pages of the upcoming New Challengers of the Unknown reboot, entitled New Challengers. As a fan of the original team, I look forward to new modern tales of the first Fantastic Four. As evidenced here, it's off to a great start under the watchful eyes of Andy Kubert, Scott Snyder, and Aaron Gillespie.

The Curse of Brimstone #1 is rated T for Teen. It contains violence, language, and some frightening and intense scenes. Joe Chamberlain's transformation into Brimstone and another character's icy demise will surely scare younger readers.

Justin Jordan wrote The Curse of Brimstone #1. Philip Tan provided the artwork. The book is 32 pages long. It was released on April 4, 2018.

The Curse of Brimstone #1 is available in print and digital editions.