Aghori Shavite has a great concept here called the Aghoriverse. This unique universe features some twisted souls and this issue is an alternative representation of the Aghoriverse presented to you by Kelly Bender. This issue introduces one of the craziest villains to reside in this realm. Magic Manx attempts to become the greatest magician to ever exist.
Magic Manx is really twisted, even though he is supposed to be this man on a mission that is aiming to overpower The Aghori through the use of magic. He seems to be just as much of a trickster as the Deity he wishes to conquer. The entire story shows us the character of Magic Manx as he walks around town using his magic to entertain himself at the expense of others. The amount of power the two major characters display in this issue is outstanding. The issue culminates in a battle between two of the universes most powerful entities.
The writing in this issue is great. It is raw and to the point. Kelly does a great job on making the story read as though it were a script for a movie. There are moments that some people will deem to be controversial but it makes for an entertaining read that has no intention of playing it safe or holding back. The script does a great job of presenting the characters and the types of deities that they are. While the reading is easy to follow there is something that definitely holds it back and that has to be the lettering and even the art as a whole.
When it comes to moments that involve sound effects, this comic displays some horrid lettering, going from a hot purple to even warmer shades of red and orange. I understand that it is trying to tie in with the events taking place but the colour choice makes the text look rather amateur. The art is another issue. From the opening colours to the character designs, everything seems to clash. The characters shift in proportion all the time, to the point where Magic Manx looks like he is a vertically challenged individual in some frames. There is not one image that really wows the reader, most will deter the reader and this comes down to the combination of bad colour choices and placing contrasting colours too close to one another. The teaser for the next issue is about as good as the art gets. Aghori is new on the scene but I am sure his art will improve in months to come.
This issue has a great story but is ultimately held back by the art. Had this art been a little better this read could have been a strong self-published title. The shifting of character proportions and the choices of colour really make this issue hard to follow even if the only saving grace this great story happens to be its great writing. But from here the Aghoriverse can only grow and we can look forward to seeing the creativity of Shaivite grow with each title that he releases.