Black Cloud Vol. 1: No Exit

Black Cloud Vol. 1: No Exit

Publisher: Image Comics
Released: October 11th 2017
Received: Own
Issues: Black Cloud 1-5
Rating: 3.5

 

Black Cloud is the brain child of Jason Latour (Wolverine, Winter Soldier, Southern Bastards, Spider-Gwen), Ivan Brandon (DC’s Final Crisis Aftermath: Escape, Kobra, Marvel’s Secret Invasion, Viking), Greg Hinkle (the Rattler, Airboy), and Matt Wilson (Suburban Glamour, Wonder Woman, Secret Avengers, The Wicked + The Devine); together they’ve created a unique world, or rather, one unique world connected to a mundane world.

Spoiler Warning

In many ways Black Cloud reminded me of a psychedelic blend of Alice in Wonderland and Narnia. Zelda (yes that really is her name) has the ability to pass from our world, to another, more compelling world. How does she do this you ask? Her method varies, but it mostly seems to involve submerging herself in a large (human sized or bigger) body of water. Add in some talking animals, and a war or two, and you can see why it reminded me so much of those novels.

I honestly think my favorite thing about Black Cloud was the artwork. It’s the first thing I saw about it, and it’s what I remember most distinctly. The colors are so vibrant, yet the artwork itself is almost coarse, with jagged edges and a more organic feel to it (some would call it psychedelic, with all the colors being used). I’ve seen Greg Hinkle and Matt Wilson’s previous works, but clearly they work well as a team, because this is just outstanding.

As for the plot itself; it can be confusing at times. While I’m never uncertain about which world Zelda is in (they’re both incredibly distinct), at times I was uncertain about the timeline or other basic points, such as which world Zelda originates from (I think she’s from the other world, but I’m not completely certain of that). If you can overlook these concerns, you’ll find it to be an interesting (and beautiful) read.

I’m sure that the first volume has some of that “new series clumsiness” and that future volumes will be more streamlined. Or at least that’s what I’m hoping for. Black Cloud has so much potential; I’d hate to see that wasted. I’m planning on continuing the series, and am very much looking forward to the release of the next volume.

 

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About Liz (AKA Cat)

I am an avid animal lover, photographer, graphic designer, and much more. I love to create art, and am willing to try any artistic technique at least once. I am particularly fond of artworks involving a lot of emotion and color. The purpose of my blog is for me to be open and honest with myself and the world about my attempts to grow as an artist. My other major passion is reading. My TBR pile is larger than I'll ever be able to read, and yet I can't resist adding to it on a nearly daily basis. I love to read science fiction & fantasy, graphic novels, and pretty much anything I can get my hands on. I have a couple of blogs, as you can see. One is primarily my photography, while the other are my book reviews. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out!
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