North 40 #1 – Review

Posted on August 11, 2009


Issue: North 40 #1
Aaron Williams
Fiona Staples
Rob Leigh
Assistant Editor: Kristy Quinn
Scott Peterson
Publisher: Wildstorm
Release Date: July 2009
Pages: 22
Price: $2.99

Somewhere in Midwestern America was a place called Conover County. When the old book was opened, and the runes therein used in haste and ignorance, a place of farms, simple folk, and small-town dreams became a den of monsters and nightmare. NORTH 40 is the story of those who survived and came to confront an even greater evil on the horizon – one that wouldn’t just consume their flesh, but their souls as well. Heroes arise with power to bring against the dark: Wyatt, an unwilling protector of his former tormentors; Amanda, an apprentice to forgotten arts; and Sheriff Morgan, whose bonds with Conover County go back farther than even he can remember.

An amazing start to this 6 issue series. I was really looking forward to what Williams was going to do and I was not disappointed once while reading the issue. The story on top of the artwork make this book one solid package that is worth every penny.

Artwork: 4.2 out of 5
The artwork is gorgeous from panel to panel. It flows so well with the story and the “oddities” just shine on each character. The coloring is great o most pages but some of it seems flat and that is my only gripe. All around fantastic looking book, couldn’t have asked for a better artist here.

Story: 4.2 out of 5
The story shines here. It moves quickly building the action as it goes so you just jump right into it. Sure it could have gone a little slower in the beginning, but you know there is a lot to be covered coming up. So why the event happened and what will come of it gets some good build up here. I got a good sense of who’s who and what they are all about, so I would say good character description. Just thinking back makes me excited to read #2.

Dying Breath: 4.2 out of 5
I have been really looking forward to this book since it was solicited. It did not disappoint once, like most Wildstorm titles have recently. I think if you want that new strange monster story this is one worth all 299 pennies. I can’t wait to see what happens and I just hope it don’t fizzle out like some mini’s can.

If you want to check out North 40 #1 go on over to you local comic shop and grab a copy.

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