This week brings the premiere of Weavers, a six-issue miniseries from BOOM! Studios that melds organized crime with dark urban fantasy. Considering how much I love Chuck Wendig’s Blue Blazes, this one sounds right up my alley…and maybe yours.
Okay, that sounded kind of weird, but you get what I mean. So now that I’ve made things sufficiently awkward, it’s time to answer AiPT’s oft-asked question:
Is it good?
Weavers #1 (BOOM! Studios)
- Never trust a woman who calls you ‘Newboy’—or whose eyes glow red.
- Whatever this supernatural power is, Newboy/Sid ain’t very good at it.
- His boss sure is, though.
- Not sure what’s more offsetting about the mafia boss character: His nakedness, the fact that multiple parts of his body glow red, or what he just did to Sid.
- Poor kid. New jobs are always tough, but nothing seems to be going right for him.
- Finally. A fellow outcast he can be friends with.
- ATTABOY, SID!
- Wow. Taking down undercover feds is a big jump from blowing up random targets. Maybe they should let him get used to—
Is It Good?
It definitely has potential.
Normally when the first issue of a series gets a low or mid-level grade, it’s a bad sign. In this case, however, I truly believe that Weavers has the potential to be something special. The art is great and the dialogue is generally very good. The only technical aspect of the book that bothered me was the constant shift in lettering. I get that Jim Campbell was trying to portray conversational shifts from speaking to whispering, but it ends up being more distracting than effective.
Aside from that, Weavers looks like it could be a cool story. Unfortunately, the first issue doesn’t give us much in the way of actual storytelling. There’s a whole bunch of setup, but not much more is covered than what we saw in the book’s prelease solicitation. And maybe it’s because I’ve read a lot of urban fantasy/organized crime mashups, but the premise and characters feel a little generic. It’s well constructed (and beautiful to look at), but still not enough for the narrative to really hook me in.
That being said, this creative is definitely worth giving at least another issue. Supernatural Organized Crime lit has plenty of crappy entries, but Weavers is at worst average—and with the potential to be fantastic.