Issue: The Life and Times of Julius Destructus GN
Writers: Tim Baron, Ben Avery
Artist: Tim Baron
Release Date: 2011
“6 worlds ago, the portal opened. The Realm of Endless Monsters chose Julius; and 6 worlds burned. Tonight, on the eve of his 7th invasion, his treachery will end. And his new destiny will begin.”
Artwork: 4.5 out of 5
Let me give a quick back story on this book. I was at Summit City Comic Con going around and introducing myself to creators when I came across Tim Baron and this book. It was his banner that got me in but while flipping through the pages looking at the art in this book, I knew I had to have it. So it was the amazing designs that pulled me in on this one. I think the scary thing is that I can’t compare it to anything, this book just has such an awesome unique look to it, that it stands on its own. Just on point black and white work, with fantastic character designs, makes my eyes say yum time and time again.
Story: 4.5 out of 5
So I was sold on the art and looking forward to checking out this story. I honestly didn’t know what to expect. The main storyline (there is a second short story at the end) is written in a very different style. Most of it had the feel of a poem, especially when the Kill Dog was around. It just had a rhythm throughout that would take the beat higher and lower as needed. It also had a kind of Grinch feel too it. The role of a Destructus is not an easy one, and the way it was written you easily felt for Julius as he went through these struggles in his life. Oh and really quick, the backup story was a fantastic lyrical delight.
Dying Breath: 4.5 out of 5
A rarity indeed, especially when you think that I picked it up just based on the artwork, but I knew there was something special about this book. The story had me hooked as soon as I saw the Kill Dog and the way things were going. Okay no wait, I was sold on the opening fart joke. This book is the reason we need to stop and take a look at what people not with a company are doing. I would easily suggest this book to anyone and everyone and that means you the reader of this review as well.
If you would like to buy or know more about The Life and Times of Julius Destructus GN you can find it at http://www.juliuscomic.com/