Comic Review: “Golgotha” (215 Ink)

In Providence, Rhode Island, Alesiter is a drug addict who escapes from a rehab facility to hunt for the persons responsible for digging up the grave of H. P. Lovecraft […]

215 Golgotha 1In Providence, Rhode Island, Alesiter is a drug addict who escapes from a rehab facility to hunt for the persons responsible for digging up the grave of H. P. Lovecraft and stealing his skull. His quest leads him through Providence’s a sub-culture of drug addicts, punk rockers, artists, musicians and the mentally challenged. Along the way, he encounters romance, heartbreak, murder and a slew of mutants.

“Golgotha” is an absolutely unusual story.

The ads, which have been out for weeks and weeks, feature amazing artwork. Yet, the “scribbled” image of a skull does little to explain what the story was about nor the tone of it. The characters are fleshed out and established, the narration (via the art) is just as sarcastic as anyone in the story. The story is well paced, funny and twisted.

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However, the story had a few extra characters that could have benefited from being edited out all together.

I would describe Golgotha as Kevin Smith’s “Clerks” meets “Trainspotting” with the art done by the same people who created the Gorillaz.

Is it worth purchasing? In a word, “Yes.”

As was said, this is an unusual tale and it does requires two or three readings to get the gist of everything. Some may find the use of narcotics and drugs as plot devices as problematic, but it s worth the read.

Also, it is worth the time to support an amazing independent company like 215 Ink. In the past 215 Ink has put well crafted stories that other comic book publishers who never dare touch and “Golgotha” continues that tradition of maverick comic book storytelling.

Check out the comic here and enjoy.

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CREDITS:

GOLGOTHA

215 Ink

Andrew Harrison, Writer

Karl Slominski, Artist

128 pages

$14.99

All images courtesy of 215 Ink!

About Don Smith

Before self publishing 'Ghost Investigator' under the Spirited Comics Publication banner, Smith has written comic books for Heske Horror and Bluewater Comics. His bio comics, 'Political Power: Ronald Reagan' and 'Political Power: Rush Limbaugh' garnered national attention on 'The Rush Limbaugh Show' and 'The New York Times.' His upcoming comic 'American Defenders: The Army' gives a history of the United States Army. Smith also garnered acclaim with his latest history book, THE GOFFLE ROAD MURDERS OF PASSAIC COUNTY, that detailed the first murders in Passaic County, New Jersey and their unusual connection the administration of President William McKinely and Vice President Garret Hobart. Visit his site at http://donsmithwrites.wordpress.com.