Jack #1 – Review

Posted on August 15, 2009


Issue: Jack #1
Elena Carrillo
Jaime Carrillo
Publisher: Here There Be Monsters Press
Release Date: 2007
Pages: 24
Price: $2.95

Dr. Marianne Gordon, a psychotherapist working in the criminal investigation department of the metropolitan police has a case file dropped onto her desk that she doesn’t know what to make of: a twenty-something British amnesia victim who seems to be convinced that he is Jack the Ripper. Picked up on suspicion in a string of violent serial murders, “Jack” is both amiable and outright stupid ~ seemingly too stupid to have even committed the crimes he’s accused of. Who is this tea-drinking, chain-smoking, affable anarchronism who talks to an “imaginary” incarnation of the notorious Springheeled Jack?

What a fresh and thrilling read this was. This is a book that just sums up what I want to spend my money on at the comic shop. A very clever and puzzling story highlighted by fantastic artwork. This one is worth taking a look at.

Artwork: 4.3 out of 5
The artwork in this book is top notch. A very realistic style that stays solid page after page. I would have to be compare it to Alex Ross’ work. The shading just amplifies how nice it all is and it’s only black and white. On page 18 there is a killer looking skull too, and that had me sold.

Story: 4.0 out of 5
It took a few pages in for me to get a good understanding of what was going on here. The story idea and the dialogue are both very well done. I like the way that the book went to, not making it just about the killings but more about what is wrong with Jack. The idea of how he sees people is really cool.

Dying Breath: 4.1 out of 5
This book delivers you a great story and amazing artwork all for the low price of $2.95. I just wish I had known about it sooner to talk it up and get you all to check it out!  A very nice first issue that is full of thrills and wonder. Who really did? Who is Jack really? I guess I will have to get issue #2 to find out. A+ work here.

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