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Thursday, March 02, 2006

Review #2: Edge the Devilhunter

Title: Edge the Devilhunter
Artist: Sam Romero
Collective: WebcomicsNation/Comic Genesis
Genre: Action/Supernatural/Cyberpunk
Format: Ongoing serial
Updates: Weekly…I think.
Link: http://edgeknight.comicgen.com (Romero warns the site may be moving soon)

Edge the Devilhunter is a very unique webcomic…so unique that it may be hard to pin down the exact motif of the story. We have Jack, a pissed off young “Nexthuman” who wakes up one day to find he has been involuntarily drafted to fight a battle for Lost Heaven as the “Edgeknight” to stop Hell from unleashing the Apocalypse upon Earth. He’s given almost god-like powers, including the ability to snatch bullets out of the air and flick them back at their shooter. His only restriction is that he can’t kill any humans.

However, Jack constantly does things his own way, eventually pissing off people on all sides of the ethereal coin. Jack is constantly warned that if he doesn’t listen to the orders of Heaven, then God will have no choice but to start Earth over, a la Noah’s Ark. Even so, the people of Heaven consider him an outcast, and the denizens of Hell are trying to take his head.

Romero pulls no punches in his strips, and apparently expects none to be held back. EtD gives voice to some of his politics, envisioning a futuristic America where the government is controlled by faceless corporations, American highschoolers are drafted to fight the never-ending War on Terror, and “NYPD Inc.” has a way of tracking down those who dare dissent from America’s government. Part of Jack’s own battles are with the government itself, but Jack himself does not exactly strike me as revolutionary. He’s certainly capable of kicking ass, but doesn’t seem to have many long-term goals in mind other than staying alive.

Because the politics of this strip are quite visible, it may turn off some of the more…conservative readers of webcomics, but that hasn’t stopped Romero from going strong with this comic. The action is quite amazing, but so many characters and plot twists have been tossed in that it’s a little hard to jump in without some context.

Art: 5/5 (Very well-done, massively detailed. The reader won’t miss a thing)
Story: 3/5 (I can sympathize with some of the politics, but the main plot is a little hard to follow. It seems like Jack makes fewer enemies with Hell than he does with the NYPD.)
Humor: 2/5 (Man, Ronald Reagan Donald Deegan is a giant dick…literally. However, Jack needs some better one-liners. Of course, you probably ain’t reading this comic for the humor.)
Action: 5/5 (When Jack is dodging bullets or slicing someone with his sword, it just looks so awesome you might cry)
Characters: 3/5 (Jack, Elvy and Aryel have some depth, but a lot of the other characters are coming off as two-dimensional.)
Overall (not an average): 7.5/10
Evil stuff: Lots o’ blood and gore, uncensored swearing, non-sexual and sexual nudity, sexual innuendo, small bit of racism (but only from the characters).
Recommendation: I like this comic, but whether or not you will depends on how much mature subject matter you can stomach. If you can get past that hurdle, welcome aboard.

1 Comments:

  • DUDE!!! Ya shoulda told me my webcomic was gettin reviewed. Just found this sucker online. Damn, this was written like, months ago. T'was funny as hell to read. I'm definitely linking this. This place doesn't get much traffic, no? Lemme send some folks your way. :)

    By Anonymous Sam Romero, at 2:06 PM  

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