Review: Nightworld #1

Do you ever just finish a comic and say “what the hell did I just read?”  I’m definitely getting that feeling from Nightworld but that isn’t to say I didn’t like it. I think that there’s just a lot of explaining that needs to happen in the next issues.  However, I love the style of writing Adam McGovern brings to Nightworld, it felt very Poe-esque. It has this haunting dream like feel to it that I haven’t seen in a long time. Nightworld01_CoverFrom the cover I kind of thought that this was going to be another night crawling superhero but it actually follows this sad love-sick demon, Plenilunio who is in need of a soul key to relieve him of his curse.  You can’t help but root from him, his mission is in the name of love! I just love when I see that softer side of demonic beings.  To his dismay, the lord of the underworld is already aware of the race to find a soul key and is just eating up the impending drama.  I really enjoy this character; he has this sly sinister vibe to him. Like if you play your cards right he could be your best friend or your worst nightmare.

I don’t think I’ve read anything like Nightworld before! Everything from the script to the illustrations is creepy and surreal. It really feels like you’re being transported into this hell dimension. Also I love the details of the underworld and that the underboss is getting his toes painted pink. He reminds me of a much more frightening version of HIM from Powerpuff Girls.

Again, I haven’t seen anything like Nightworld out there and it feels like a breath of fresh hell fire. I can’t praise Paolo Leandri and Dominic Regan enough for their artwork; it’s so unique and alluring. Every detail is on point.

Score: 4/5

Writer: Adam McGovern Artist: Paolo Leandri Colorist: Dominic Regan Publisher: Image Comics Price: $3.99 Release Date: 8/6/14 Format: Print/Digital