The sun turned black one day. Just for a day though. And then, four years later, it happened again, but only for a day. And on those two days, many children were conceived, while millions of people committed suicide. In the little town of Brightvale US, these Children Of The Black Sun are outcasts, despised by the God-fearing-others in the community. And the town has never been the same.

From Ablaze, Children Of The Black Sun #1 arrives with a selection of awesome variant covers, including those by Richard Pace (shown), Letizia Cadonici, Jon C Pearson, and Aaron Campbell.

Writer Dario Sicchio burns brightly on this horror/sci-fi drama, carefully embedding story elements right from the very first panel. The townspeople dropping plot clues while spouting off, stumbling around cluelessly. The intelligent Children taking refuge, soberly and eloquently explaining science to their classmates, doing their best to socialize despite the religious fervour and paranoia all around them. The dialogue rings true, the twists and turns of the plot and circumstances, the oppressive feeling that something worse is happening just around the corner, it’s frighteningly brilliant.

Artist Letizia Cadonici (The House of Slaughter) is my newest fave artist, easily switching up rendering styles like a comic chameleon. Hand-drawn school art, creepy crazed citizens, ambiguously drawn expressions, it’s all clear as a bell and as eccentric as hell. The colouring by Francesco Segala is sparse, spacious, and tastefully applied. You have to love the flow of the images, intertwined with the Wickedly Sinful script, the omnipresent dread of the past, present, and future.

In the first issue, there is also a preview of an upcoming title from Ablaze: Boogyman #1, written by Mathieu Salvia, with art by DJET. This too looks very impressive.

Ablaze, Children Of The Black Sun #1, $3.99 for 23 pages main story content plus 7-page preview. Mature.

By 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!!