When I saw that my Facebook friend Dani Smith of Quick Draw Studios was looking for people to review her new comic book, I jumped on the opportunity to do so.
I’ve read a few #0 issues before and have noticed that they focus on the origin of the character in the title. This one follows accordingly and gives the reader a proper introduction to her resident anti-hero Skriker, the progeny of a demon father and human stripper mother who’s a cage fighter by day and creature hunter by night.
Through much of his internal monologue and dialogue, he conveys a smug attitude as he enjoys the thrill of the hunt and the fights themselves. As he fights various paranormal creatures including demons and the like, he sports his demon form which includes a double-spaded green tail, downward curving horns and outward curving ears. I imagine there’s more to his demon lineage, but this is a very enjoyable introduction.
Also, though not alluded to as much, he shows his softer side and even tells the reader not to tell anyone since he’s got a bad boy reputation to protect. I liked how an element of humor was sprinkled in with the intense action. That being said, the action is top notch. The transitions are seamless and the expressions on the characters make you feel like you’re part of the fight yourself. The other allusion that can be seen is to the other of her heroes–Rose–which has a story all her own.
And now, the most important part of the comic book itself: the art. Everything is so beautifully detailed that you have to see it to believe it. I can tell that Dani’s going to have a great career ahead of her that will last a very long time. If I had to give a rating, I’d say a 6/5. It’s an absolute must read for any comic book or manga fan.
Both digital and physical copies of Skriker #0 can be found at IndyPlanet. Dani can be found on Facebook and Twitter for those who want to follow her work. If any other artists would like their works reviewed, I’m happy to do so.