Solomon Kane 4 (January 2009)

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Allie does an all action issue and it’s easily the best Solomon Kane so far. He actually manages to surprise with the big revelation–the bad guy might be a were-bear devil worshipper, but there are four more demons flying around and, presumably, Kane will fight them.

But Allie also makes everyone but Kane, his sidekick and the baroness completely evil. All the baron’s men? Super evil. I’m not sure if Allie realized it but he’s literally demonizing Germans in this series.

And Kane does realized he’d been fooled here. But the scene’s too short; Allie doesn’t have the framework in place for Kane to be introspective. The scene can’t work in these conditions.

Then there’s Guevara’s contribution. Nothing like a book where the protagonist looks like Boris Karloff with long hair. I can’t believe Dark Horse intentionally went with such an off-putting look for the comic.

It boggles the mind.

CREDITS

Writer, Scott Allie; artist, Mario Guevara; colorist, Dave Stewart; letterer, Richard Starkings; editors, Patrick Thorpe, Randy Stradley and Philip R. Simon; publisher, Dark Horse Comics.

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