So I could be reviewing Spider-Man 799 right now! I could be going on and on about how awesome Osborn as the Red Goblin is...I could be reviewing Action Comics 1000. Talking about how monumental an issue it is for the series. However, here I am talking about The Ballad of Sang. I've been heavy on the indie run lately. Doge City, Spider King, Paradiso, etc. Now I've added a new book to my pull list and it's pretty fun.
A MUTE THAT MAKES A LOT OF NOISE.
So here's the story. Our protagonist Sang did a job for a mobster. Job went sideways. Mobster killed Sang's master. Mobster gets arm cut off by Sang. Mobster puts bounty on Sangs head...aaaaaand. Here. We. Go! The thing about this book that caught my eye was the art. I walked into my comic book shop and saw issue two and had the search hell and highwater for issue 1 and here we are.
Issue 2 picks up where 1 left of. Sang barely got away from the people who killed his master with his life. He was found in an ally by a lady who has nurtured him back to health. Something about the art just really sparks excitement in me. Alessandro Micelli and Shari Chankhamma are going all out on this book and it could not be more appreciated. Everything about it is dirty and rough and helps speak to the the grime and ruggedness of the characters and the world they live in.
Another thing done really well here which I rarely see done well in indie comics is the use of blacks and negative space. Makes the peeping pathetic perv more pathetic and and loser like. And though some of the art looks a bit rushed or amature. Mecelli makes fight scenes and drawing within the confines of small panels look effortless and beautiful.
WHO THINKS OF THIS SHIT!?
The thing that immediately pops out to me is Sang. He's a mute that communicates through notes and sign. Ed Brisson tells a good story. Mobster kills Master. Mobster loses arm. Mobster wants arm back. The story is simple yet enough to keep you interested. It's also a great homage to old timey Kung-Fu movies. Brisson isn't trying to be over the top with his story. Yet it makes you wish he was. Like what's the deal with those rock guys? Is party of being in the gang the hair? And who is this lady helping Sang? Breaking arms and driving food trucks! I don't trust her.
Point is: This was a spectacular find. Even better than Dodge City. And I can't wait to see what Brisson has in store for us next. He's brings gangs the likes of which has never been seen. The whole thing is very Scott Pilgrim vs.. And Brisson with Micelli and Chankhamma on his side has a book full of potential and awesome. OH! And can I talk about these covers for a second? The thing that caught my eye in the first place. I've not seen such intricate covers that was not from Image, Marvel, or DC. This team really cares about this book and they have the skills to back it up.
Have you read The Ballad of Sang? Do you plan to? Let us know in the comments below!