Having been recently redeemed in my eyes, I chose to read another comic from Zenescope. I thought Ascension was quite good actually and am ready to see what a non-Shand writer can do. Is it good?
Neverland #1 (Zenescope Entertainment)
A group of special ops soldiers are sent into a New York sewer to investigate a possible disturbance. When they journey down into the bowels of the city they are seemingly enveloped by darkness, each soldier disappearing till only one remains. The one remaining man is Nathan Cross, a man torn between family life and the world he left behind in Neverland. He is part of a group called the “Realm Knights” and it looks like he might just have to go back to Neverland.
Although I only met him just now, Nathan is a likable and convincing main character. His struggles to maintain shalom b’biet (“peace in the household” to you non-Hebrew speakers) are interesting and give him some flaws. His leadership skills make it believable to think how he landed a place as a Realm Knight and a new partner and a call back to Neverland will make for some interesting plot development. I would only say that it is brutally obvious that the new partner is going to be a traitor working from the inside. With the smile she gave on one of the last pages, it’s pretty much already happened.
Again, this Zenescope title is insider enough to make long-time readers feel at home, but also not difficult to understand for newcomers. I found it quite interesting to see a real-world Wendy character even though I haven’t read the original comics about her. I’m not quite sure how this comic will tie-in to the Age of Darkness crossover, but then again, I haven’t been following the entire arc.
My favorite scene of the book, and the moment that really sold me on the series, was when all of the soldiers were getting swallowed up by the creatures surrounding them. It was suspenseful without being scary, intense without being gruesome, and created an atmosphere of perfect tension. This was some awesome storytelling that really made the issue worthwhile.
Is It Good?
I’d say yes. This title surprised me in being quite entertaining and providing a nice jumping on point for a new reader such as myself. I have to say, I am looking forward to seeing the rest of Nathan’s tale as the author has succeeded in capturing my attention.