Breath of Bones: A Tale of the Golem Issue #1 Review

by Christine Caprilozzi

By Christine Caprilozzi , Sr. Editor

“Breath of Bones: A Tale of the Golem” Issue #1 Review

Writer: Steve Niles
Artist: David Wachter
Publisher: Dark Horse
Release Date: June 12, 2013

Our Thoughts: In the first issue of “Breath of Bones: A Tale of the Golem,” Steve Niles sets the stage for what promises to be a profound horror series. As if the very real and scary backdrop of a Nazi invasion isn’t chilling enough, the reader sees it through the eyes of a young boy, Noah. In many first issues of a comic series, the reader is merely introduced to the characters. This is an area where Niles rises above the rest. The manner in which he develops the character of Noah and Noah’s grandfather is in such a deeply human way, that you immediately care about these people. The anxiety young Noah feels about what’s going on around him jumps off the pages. It is not a secret that when the audience cares about the characters, it makes the any horror that besets them just that much more terrifying.

David Wachter’s artwork is gritty and very detailed. It’s pretty much a perfect companion to Nile’s story in setting the tone.

With Steve Niles and David Wachter together, there are obviously high expectations for this series. “Breath of Bones: A Tale of the Golem” doesn’t feature the blood and gore in issue #1 of many horror comics. It does, however, tell an eerie story hinting at a much greater horror to come. Issue #1 feels like the calm before the storm. All these elements make “Breath of Bones” a series that comic fans should pick up.



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