| Written By: Greg
|Illustrations: Yoshitaka Amano
The Redeemer is a great change of pace for your average
comic book reader. Instead of being laid out in illustrated
panels littered with dialog bubbles and boxes, it is given
to the reader like an illustrated novel. People familiar with
the Gaiman/Amano project The Sandman: The Dream Hunters
should instantly be familiar with the format. I mention the
Gaiman/Amano story for more than one reason: Yoshitaka Amano,
famed Final Fantasy and Vampire Hunter D artist,
has lent his artistic talents to this tale.
The story begins as Elektra is sent on a job to assasinate
a man, only to have the daughter of her target witness the
killing. The story then turns to Wolverine, whose silent wooden
abode is interrupted when a certain official visit brings
him a job to protect the daughter. Along with the job is a
promise to divulge information which Wolverine so wishes to
have. The story on it's own is well written and is just deep
enough to be enticing without being overly wordy. There is
an excellent pace for the combination of stealth and action
that is required from these two characters.
Artistically, Amano's works are well done. Fans of American
comics (mainstream) may take a step back to the less traditional
designs of the characters. Both Wolverine and Elektra are
illustrated in a less superhero fashion and more in a dark
fantasical style. Their representations are more believeable,
especially in light of the simplified tone of the story. This
is not a world littered with glorified superheroes. The people
are dark and gritty, and all too real in their depiction.
Amano's illustrations do manage to keep a looseness that keeps
the tale from turning too dark and gritty, though.
Graphic tales like The Redeemer come along very rarely,
lending quality and diversity to a genre that steadily is
working its way towards mediocrity and complacency. The format,
illustrative works and story are a wonderful change of pace
that adds fresh blood to the market. Fans of Amano owe it
to themselves to own this.