Graphic Novel Review 190/365: The Disciples

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Hey, all!  No special theme this week, just some cool books that I’ve been waiting to tell you about!

Title: The Disciples 

Author(s): Steve Niles, Christopher Mitten, and Jay Fotos

Publisher: Black Mask (2016)

Age Rating: 17+

I believe that this is the first Black Mask title that I’ve reviewed, but it certainly will not be the last.

The Disciples is a four-issue story that ran in 2016.  The book, written by Steve Niles and drawn by Christopher Mitten, is a sci-fi horror story that takes place in the far future and follows a group of three bounty-hunters traveling to the moon of Ganymede to rescue a girl that has been kidnapped.

When they get there, they find an abandoned church/station/city that has many horrific secrets awaiting our three explorers.

The story is crisp and to the point.  With only four issues to the entire book, there should be no surprise that readers are left wondering some things, and some lose ends are not tied up.  But that’s not why you read this book.  You will read this book because it is a nice little bit of horror.  Christopher Mittens’ art and Jay Fotos’ colors deliver a small chunk of blood and guts that any horror fan should enjoy.  Nudity would keep me from leaving this book on my classroom shelf, but I’d for sure lend it to or recommend it to a few friends that love the genre.

And the short arc means that there is not a big commitment here.  You get some cool sci-fi art that sort of looks like Saga and East of West had a baby (if you don’t know those…it’s a big compliment), and you get to explore blood splatter in space.  It’s Alien meets, well, Prometheus.

Happy reading!

Eric

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