NAMELESS #1 Review


Who or what is Nameless? Read on to find out.

The official description from Image:

An astronomer kills his family, then himself, leaving a cryptic warning. A Veiled Lady hunts her victims through human nightmares. An occult hustler known only as ‘Nameless’ is recruited by a consortium of billionaire futurists for a desperate mission. And the malevolent asteroid Xibalba spins closer on a collision course with Earth. But nothing is what it seems—a terrifying inhuman experiment is about to begin. Abandon all hope and experience ultimate horror in NAMELESS.

Nameless #1 previewFrom the creative team that brought us the second volume of Batman, Incorporated comes Nameless, a story that follows an occult expert known as Nameless, as he’s dragged into a mission to stop the evil asteroid, Xibalba, from colliding into the Earth. Having eagerly anticipated this series for the last few months, I can gladly say that I’m impressed. Yes, it’s a little mind numbing at times, but nevertheless it manages to captivate from start to finish.

“What the hell is going on in Grant Morrison‘s head?” This is the question I so often find myself asking each time the writer releases a new title, with his strange style of storytelling rarely failing to impress. This yet again proves to be the case with Nameless, as though the weird plot, and elaborate narrative may be hard to follow at times (possibly requiring a second read through), it still manages to intrigue. Another thing that astonished me was the mysterious character that is Nameless, with his brash attitude, and unknown past being extremely tantalisingly.

Having enjoyed Chris Burnham‘s work on Batman, Incorporated, I was ecstatic to hear that he’d be teaming up with Grant Morrison for this tale. Giving a gritty look to the strange dream world that Nameless explores, Burnham sets a dramatic tone. He also manages to build suspense in abundance, with his dynamic layouts, and powerful facial expression being exciting as ever. Despite Burnham’s pencils and inks being fascinating, I doubt it’d be quite as mesmerizing if it wasn’t for Nathan Fairbairn’s colours, with his bold palette choice popping of the page.

Nameless is yet another strange entry from writer Grant Morrison, and though it may be hard to follow at times, it’s well worth the effort. Being tantalisingly mysterious, and exciting from start to finish, this is most certainly a must have.

  • + Tantalisingly mysterious.
  • + Dynamic and vibrant art from Chris Burnham and Nathan Fairbairn.
  • + Nameless is a character I want to learn more about.
  • - A little hard to follow at times.

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