Fat Adam says “Man who does not read comic reviews, is not really man” or a woman, or whoever is reading these with me. Welcome back to another review with me, your pocket nerd. This week, I wanted to try out Snow Blind mainly because on the cover Warren Ellis told fans that it was “an elevated crime story that feels like it should be the best indie movie of the year” which is fun for me, as I tend to love crime drama stories. Also I tend to have a lot of faith in anything Warren Ellis is willing to throw his name behind.
Written by the awesome Ollie Masters, with artwork by none other than Tyler Jenkins, I was enticed from the cover image alone to pick this one up. I had not really heard a lot about these two creators, but when your opening image can captivate me this much, I know it is worth more than just a look.
Our story follows the teenager Teddy, and his family, as they try to enjoy life living in the Alaskan Tundra. Teddy is the usual kid, who is not enjoying his boring life, as he just wants to read, learn, and keep to himself, but he keeps getting into small amounts of trouble for doing such basic things, like breaking into a library to do nothing but read. He means well, but he is just bored with his life, and knows that things can be so much different if he just runs. This is what he plans to do, he just needs the right moment.
That is until all hell breaks lose, and he learns a lot about his families past. Things they have hidden from him his whole life. Things that most families do not have crawling around in their past. Things that may actually get their family killed. It is then that Teddy begins to understand a bit better why his father is as strict as he really is, and possibly why he has such a bad drinking problem.
The writing in this story was easy to follow, and very informative without reaching that borderline boring level. There is a lot to take in, but it never feels like it is too much to handle, and always comes across as important to the overall story and plot. The writing is clean, crisp, and to the point.
The artwork took me a bit to get used to, but once I did, I liked it for its artistic style. It is an original style of art that I have never seen before. I like that, and like that it worked. It was very dirty, fairly inconsistent, but I didn’t find that took away from the story.
All in all, yes this comic is worth reading, and I will continue to follow it for a little longer. This is one of those that can get stale quick, or be a blockbuster. We shall find out soon enough.