13 COINS #1 Review

Will 13 Coins be worth the money? Or will it be worth only 13 coins? Read on to find out.

The official description from Titan:

John Pozner always knew he was special; that his athletic abilities and fighting skills were far from human. But with a broken childhood, drug addictions, and a criminal record on his plate, he’s already fought more than his share of battles for one lifetime.

Or so he hoped…

Woken to his true angelic nature, John quickly finds himself at the centre of an apocalyptic war – one that could spell the end of existence as we know it – with no choice but to train in order to confront the holy destiny he never asked for.

But with scheming politicians, demonic factions and forces older than time itself vying against him, it looks like this ‘true-blooded’ bruiser has his work cut out for him!

13 Coins #1 cover INCThe battle between good and evil has been a theme that has been around as long as literature itself, finding it’s way into many comic book series’. 13 Coins however uses this concept in a rather unique way, as though the initial premise of Angels rebelling against God isn’t new, the idea to place them inside a chain, and smelt that chain into 13 coins certainly seems interesting.

Martin Brennan and Michael B. Jackson‘s handle the script for this series, setting a rather intriguing premise. They do however struggle slightly in transitioning the opening backstory into the real world, as though they initially handle this in a positive way, it soon starts to feel a little disjointed. They do however rectify things slightly near the end, with the action lifting the tempo. But even that felt a little over the place.

The artwork on this issue was outstanding, with Simon Bisley producing some of his best work. It is however the opening sequence that once again steals the show, with the vast scenery, and wonderful demon designs leaving me enthralled. Despite this there were some awkward moments in the main section of the story, as though for the better part everything looked fabulous, there was the odd facial expression that looked weird. The colours of Ryan Brown also helped give real body to the visuals, complimenting Bisley’s art perfectly.

13 Coins gets off to a promising start, as though it felt pretty average on the whole, the opening sequence left me curious as to where this series will go. It’s for this reason that I recommend this issue, as it’s well worth trying if only for one issue.

  • + Amazing art from Simon Bisley.
  • + Wonderful premise to open the series.
  • - Some disjointed moments in the main sequence.
  • - Not enough depth to the main character.

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