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Writer: Mark Waid
Artist: Peter Krause
Let me just start off by saying no matter what is said about the battle between digital comics vs print comics, the final proof should be simple….how good is the story?I want to address before I go into this review. Sure, it’s fun wondering how we as readers will ingest these stories, but if the story isn’t worth reading, then who cars HOW it’s read.
So this review will be mostly about the story with in…and folks, it’s pretty good.
Insufferable #1 sets up the relationship between the dark avenger of the night, Nocturnus, and Galahad. Galahad was Nocturnus’s former sidekick but has since grown up and become his own man. But unlike Nightwing, the twist here is that Galahad is an arrogant jerk, and Nocturnus can barley stand him.
This was an insanely fun (and fast!) read. If there was any real complaints right off the bat is that I wanted more to read, but it was finished as soon as I felt things were ramping up.
Waids dialogue and strong character work lets us know enough about Galahad and Nocturnus relationship without hammering it in our heads. While all this character work is being done, Waid still finds time to mix it in with fun super heroic action, making it a enjoyable blend.
Krause’s art shines here, adjusting to the digital comics format with ease. His style also really nicely mixes the dramatic and comedic tone that this series is aiming for.
Now, how does it work as a digital comic? Unlike most webcomics where you’re scrolling up and down to read the whole page, the format that Waid and his team developed is truly unique. It does feel like a great middle ground of what how I genuinely like to read a comic with a new way to reading comics. But, like I said before, if the comic wasn’t worth reading, then this new cool way of reading comics wouldn’t be worth your time. Thankfully, it is.
Of course, (to steal from Reading Rainbow) you don’t have to take my word for it. YOU can read this comic right now. For free.
Check out Thrillbent.com and see for yourself. As for me, I’m definitely looking forward to the next issue.
Insufferable #1 is now available to read for free at THRILLBENT.COM