Alabaster: The Good, the Bad, and the Bird #1 Review (Dark Horse Comics)

STK690739Title: Alabaster: The Good, the Bad, and the Bird #1
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Written by: Caitlin R. Kiernan
Artwork by: Daniel Warren Johnson (Art), Carlos Badilla (Colors)
Rating: 2 out of 5

Darcy Flammarion is trapped in hell, and true to form, her past has come back to haunt her over and over. But what do you do when the same demons that tormented you on earth are tormenting you in the afterlife?

When first issues come out, they want you to understand the backstory while letting you know what’s going on currently. Sometimes, that doesn’t always work. This issue left me confused in reading; there are three different stories happening, and we know they all tie in together, but sometimes the writing and the way they are dispersed aren’t always clear. I do understand that this is part of a series, but this seems like a story where you have to have knowledge of the series to know what’s happening now.

The artwork, however, is excellent: bold, clear colors transitioning to Black and White, with crisp lines and great details. I think the art is one of the reasons I kept reading. I’m quite sure that to a fan or someone who has read the previous stores, this all makes sense, but to someone coming in, it almost leaves one confused and scratching their heads. Maybe I have to read the previous stories in order to understand… or maybe the next issue will straighten everything out.

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