The Untamed| Story by Sebastian Jones | Art by Peter Bergting | Publisher: Stranger Comics, 2015 | 248 pages
A cloaked Stranger slips into the rustic Town of Oasis changing things forever. Ten years it had been since he ran this town with malice and harshness. Even then there was hope for his soul. His wife and daughter were on the verge of turning him from wickedness. But they were murdered, and so was he. He is granted seven days to reap seven souls and gain a chance at revenge. Conflict arises as a young girl (Niobe Ayutami) reminds him of his murdered daughter. She acts as his conscience and become his only hope for salvation.
Why I Picked This Up
I grabbed this at the Black Comix Arts Festival that I went to on MLK Day. The author’s table was set up in the middle of the room and had this half-naked beautiful subject of a man standing there which definitely sparked my interest. Legit half-assedly ran over & was just like “I’m buying whatever it is that you’re selling.”
BUT! The author, Sebastian, was also at the table and he gave such an amazing mini-speech of what the series was about, what the characters meant to him, and just what inspired him to write this graphic novel that I couldn’t help but be swayed into buying it (along with two other volumes which I’ll get around to reviewing at a later date).
★ Writing Style |★ Plot|★ Art |★ Character Development |✮ Uniqueness
(in case you’re wondering: ✮ = 1/2 star)
I do believe this is my first time actually reviewing a graphic novel so my rating system might change at some point in time when I become more comfortable reviewing this form and genre of literature.
The “OMGOODNESS THIS IS AWESOME” Stuff
First off, I absolutely loved Jones’ writing style. I loved how the dialogue between characters felt so incredibly real and I loved how the story unfolded. The plotline was incredibly well done and I enjoyed that each issue had it’s own climactic point and it’s own falling action point. Along with an excellent plotline, the character development within this graphic novel is something also that I found to be incredibly well done. Each issue features a different aspect of the main character’s past life and smoothly introduces new characters and their role in the overall story.
And oh my goodness, the art. The art in this graphic novel is stunning. The colors and details are absolutely amazing and go so insanely perfect with the story. I found myself just fawning over particular images and pages. One of the great things about this hardcover edition is that there’s a section that talks about the process of making the art match the story; which I absolutely loved. There’s also just a huge chunk of pages that feature different character designs and alternative covers. I’m definitely a Peter Bergting fan now.
The “Dangit We Were Sooooooo Close to 5 Stars” Holdback
The only, and I mean only, downside of this story to me is that I couldn’t shake that it felt slightly similar to the Playstation game “God of War”. Along with that, the whole “main character makes a deal with the devil/evil entity” trope is also something that I feel like I’ve encountered numerous times in numerous stories.
However, the way in which this story is told makes it unique enough to earn half-a-star in my book. Also, there’s a theme song in the beginning of this GN that I asked my Dad to play for me (perks of having a music teacher as a parent) and it matched the tone of the story excellently. So there were definitely tibits of uniqueness scattered throughout the book.
Final Thoughts & Recommendations
If you do plan on reading this I would recommend reading it in a well-lit room or area so you can really see the detail in the artwork. I made the mistake of trying to read a chapter with just the light from my Himalayan salt lamp (yes, I felt like it was necessary for me to say that) and it was such a different and difficult reading experience.
I would recommend this book to people who;
- enjoy light fantasy graphic novels
- enjoy reading revenge sagas (I think that’s a thing right?)
- enjoy reading medieval era-themed sword / magic works
Let me know if you plan on giving this a read, and if you’ve already read it, let me know what you thought of it!
Also! I’m trying out a new thing on my channel were I vlog my reading experience and then couple it with my actual book review! So, if you’re interested in hearing my “at that very moment” thoughts and catching a snippet of my Dad playing the Strangers Theme check it out!