Review: The Shepherd #1

Co-writers/co-creators — Andrea Lorenzo Molinari; Roberto Xavier Molinari
Artist — Ryan Showers, Luca Panciroli
Colorist — Heather Breckel, Pamela Poggiali
Letterer — Jacob Bascle, Joel Rodriguez
Project Manager — Jason Dube

Prof. Lawrence Miller falls into a dark vortex of guilt and anger after enduring the tragic death of his teenage son from a drug overdose. He cannot shake the sense that his son is now a lost soul, wandering between heaven and earth. Grieving and profoundly disturbed, he opts for suicide, pursuing his son into the afterlife. Once on the other side, he encounters his deceased father and is given a mystical pendant of great power. Unfortunately, in Lawrence’s hands it becomes a weapon that allows him to unleash his fury on those who brought the drugs to his son, leaving a trail of insanity and chaos in his wake. His existence becomes a terrifying conflict between his unchecked anger and his knowledge that he might have lost his way.”

An interesting first issue, full of the tragedy and guilt that haunts many after the unexpected loss of a loved one. But add in the supernatural to it, and you’re presented with a different story instead of just coping with loss or plotting revenge. Something that feels slightly more Constantine than that, in many ways.

The art is well done. I love the difference between the art when he is the Shepherd, and when he’s alive and normal. That sort of use for art is always brilliant to me, and gives us a distinct visual difference between things.

I’m definitely interested to see where it’s going! Let me know if you pick up The Shepherd #1!

-Angel

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