Incarnate Series (#1-3) – Review

Posted on December 16, 2009


Issues: Incarnate #1,2 and 3
Creator and Writer:
Nick Simmons
Pencils: Nick Simmons
Matt Dalton
Brian Buccellato, Dami Digital
Assistant Artists:
Nam Kim, Shi Hua Wong & Ben Harvey of Studio IL
Rob Steen
Editor: Tim Beedle
Covers: Jo Chen
Publisher: Radical Publishing
Release Date:
August – December 2009
160 (combined)
$4.99 (each)

“They cannot die. They feel no pain. They hunger for human flesh. They are Revenants. Centuries ago, the Revenant known as Mot was worshipped as a God. Now, he walks the Earth in search of a purpose to his immortality – but when a secret society discovers a way to kill Revenants, Mot and his fellow immortals must make a choice: Hunt or be hunted. Nick Simmons’ breakout American Manga title reveals a world that challenges even the imagination, planting its tongue firmly in cheek, then biting it off…And swallowing it.

Artwork: 3.5 out of 5
To me this series was either really on at point or it was off. I was actually surprised to see this manga style used in a Radical book, as it is that much different from all of the other books so far. So what worked is that fact  that when I was done reading them all I honestly thought I had just sat down and watched a movie. It all flowed so well that I was honestly amazed. Even while reading it just had that kind of effect on me. What threw me off though was the character designs. I got that they fit within the style, but they weren’t always consistent from panel to panel. However that is just a minor aspect of the whole. The colors pop off of every page and there are some really cool looking death scenes.

Story: 4.0 out of 5
The storyline here shocked me. I will admit that I was on the fence with this title, but after reading the first issue I was sold on the fact that I would get something great to read. Like I mentioned with the artwork, this whole thing just felt like a movie. Great dialogue and a killer storyline. I really liked where Nick took the idea of vampires too. He went away from the norm and gave this universe’s characters their own origin. I do want to point out that after reading the first issue I kinda got the feeling that #2 and 3 didn’t really seem to go along the same action lines. It was like the story shifted completely to another setting. While it works in the long run I was kinda scratching my head after #1. Overall though I was more than happy when I was done and can not to see where this cast can go in the future.

Dying Breath: 4.0 out of 5
Alright I was holding off on saying this until the end but here goes. I was on the fence with this title originally because of the fact the Nick Simmons has a famous dad. This is only the second Radical title I have passed on when it came out, and I regret it. What I got here was a story that was original, fresh and needed. I think with the way society is trying to soften vampires, we need books like this. The horror fans need to be reminded that these are dark creatures. I say Bravo to Nick and the whole cast on this one because I enjoyed every second of it. Read this series and then go read every series Radical is putting out. There is a reason why they choose the stories they do and this is yet another example of what you should be reading.

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