Comic Review: He Who Fights With Monsters #1 (Ablaze Publishing)

A new title, He Who Fights With Monsters, debuts from Ablaze on Sept 7th: It’s a look back at World War II, in Europe. The German Nazis are dominating Prague […]

A new title, He Who Fights With Monsters, debuts from Ablaze on Sept 7th:

It’s a look back at World War II, in Europe. The German Nazis are dominating Prague Czechoslovakia. So it’s soliders, starvation, curfews, killings. It’s a mighty struggle for the resistance. But there is hope. One man is trying to make a difference amid the terror, risking sure death and surviving the night patrols by his wits alone. And when he learns of an ancient legend that could help the Jews survive, a little flame starts to burn…

Writer Francesco Artibani keeps us on a tight leash with this gripping tale. It’s dark, full of twists and masterful use of drama. The scenes resonate even now, almost 80 years later, because the characters are portrayed in a believable, vulnerable way.

The art and colouring (and lettering?) by Werther Dell’Edera (Something Is Killing The Children, etc) is equally superb. The flow of the panels, the almost intuitive logic of what to ‘show’ next. The lighting in the scenes, the body language, Dell’Edera’s choice of vantage point for the well proportioned figures; the attention to detail in surfaces, textures and setting. So good.

It’s human drama at its best. I highly recommend He Who Fights With Monsters. Catch this ‘monster release’ right away, don’t let it escape your pull list!

Ablaze, He Who Fights With Monsters #1, $3.99 for 23 pages of content. Mature readers

Alan Spinney

About Alan Spinney

After a career of graphic design, art direction and copywriting, I still have a passion for words and pictures. I love it when a comic book comes together; the story is tight, and the drawings lead me forward. Art with words... the toughest storytelling technique to get right. Was this comic book worth your money? Let's see!!