Salem’s Daughter #1

Salem's Daughter #1 Cover

Jun 2009 | Zenescope

Creation: Joe Brusha | Ralph Tedesco
Writing: Ralph Tedesco
Art: Caio Reis
Letters: Bernie Lee
Colour: James Brown

This book seems to deal with Anna’s origins. She seems like an ordinary girl living an ordinary life, until a man she only saw in her dreams drops by. His sneaky manipulations, through obvious supernatural means, causes Anna to unleash her own power upon a friend.

I enjoyed the previous issue more than this, though it seems to be further setting up events which happened in the previous issue, as it seems pretty clear that this is what drove Anna from her hometown. While, I am looking forward to seeing how things further pan out, this bit just didn’t have the ‘oomph’ I was hoping for. I love Zenescope for their horror, regardless, and I’m fairly confident this’ll be worth getting into. I find myself more open to western horror these days.

The artwork’s okay. Better than what I’d label mediocre. I always like my horror to have a certain dark style about it, like some unspoken expectation that’s rarely ever filled and I know I can be unfair when it doesn’t match whatever it is I internally visualize, but this style does suit the book. It makes me think of old horror playbills, or something similar. There’s some sort of nostalgia tribute I see in it in certain frames that makes me warm up to it more than the last issue.

Another point I like about this book, is how the characters talk. You get it a lot in good western media. There’s something about the accent and the way they talk I just find compelling.

… You see we don’t take kindly to vigilantes here. This is a lawful town.

Oh, and that action in the beginning was nice. Nothing like a town getting decimated by a single gunman.

I really hope the next issue will seal-the-deal and fully hook me. I like the concept, where it’s going. I’m ‘oan cross my fingers and await the next issue.

Salem’s Daughter #0

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Apr 2009 | Zenescope

Created By: Joe Brusha | Ralph Tedesco
Writing: Ralph Tedesco
Art: Caio Menescal
Colour: James Brown
Letters: Zach Matheny

It’s the time of the wild west, gunslingers, Indian tribes, and supernatural creatures up to no good. Anna is a woman with extraordinary powers. Braden is the poor bloke helping her. Together, they hunt the supernatural.

This story introduces us to Braden and how he managed to get into the dire circumstance he’s currently in. It involves the husband’s murdering of his wife under the bewitchment of a demon seeking to bear a child. Anna knows so much about demons, but doesn’t seem to know where it comes from.

They find the demon right after the birth of her child and the fighting begins, Braden using his two guns to shoot the turned companions until Anna is able to banish the demon back to hell. During the battle, Braden was stabbed in the gut with a knife.

After which, Anna notices the knife protruding from Braden’s gut, and also part ways with the demon baby and it’s father to seek aid from the healer of a nearby Indian tribe. Thus, bringing us to the beginning of the story.

This wasn’t a bad preview. It had lots of action and Anna is a pretty interesting character. I’d like to know more about her, where her powers and knowledge come from. And while Braden told us he had to get her out of her home town, we don’t why or how that came to pass. Hopefully all my curiosities will be satisfied with future issues. I do know that the ad in the back eludes to some answers.

Witness the beginning

The art is definitely not a strong point, but it isn’t too bad. After dealing with 1001 Arabian Nights, I think I should be able to deal with this. It’s still pleasing enough, but part of me wants more from it. It’ just seem thick and chunky.

I’m going to take my chances with this and see how it goes.

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