Tuesday, July 2, 2013

1st Impressions: Charismagic # 3 Review

Written by Vince Hernandez
Art by Vincenzo Cucca, Mark Roslan, Emilo Lopez & Wes Hartman
Aspen Comics


                We open this issue with Hank and Kenny in the van, getting through off the bridge into the freeway thanks to the fiery lion known as Torgon. Before the van hits the LA freeway hard, Hank is able to teleport himself and Kenny off the Van and away from Torgon.

                Kon, meanwhile, is in Louisiana trying to get a truce with the not so friendly Dura, who agrees to help but at a price.

                Sudana and Haven take care of their bug infestation in time for Hank and Kenny to teleport in as we learn the importance of what is inside of the box. As Sparkles, Hank, Sudana & Haven deal with the importance of what’s in the box, Kenny decides to stay behind … which he may end up regretting.


                Cucca once again does a fantastic job this issue on art. The strong pencils give good action, strong backgrounds and great use of promotion. Cucca’s style blends anime/manga influences with touch of fantasy art and super hero comic book sensibilities that really work for the book. Lopez & Hartman give a strong showing of colors and shading that help Cucca’s panels. The colors and shading really help set the atmosphere and mood.

                The one thing that was different that both worked in some cases and did not work in others was Roslan’s inks with Cucca’s pencils. Roslan’s inks this issue are rougher around Cucca’s pencils. At some panels, Roslan’s rougher inks were really good on Cucca’s pencils. In other cases, the inks look a bit blochy in certain pics. For those panels, it seemed to take away a little. But as said, with some of the other panels, particularly the last few pages with Kenny … Roslan’s rougher inks really made you feel the tension.  Besides that real hit or miss, this was a solid issue artistically.


                Hernandez constructs a very good issue. Things move fast this issue without going too fast. We catch up to Sudana, Sparkles and Haven quickly after that excellent cliffhanger at the end of last issue. We get to see a lot more of Hank this issue as we see him adjusting to his powers and his responsibilities since joining up with Sudana.  Hank is really getting starting to fit into his role as a hero more and more and the evolution feels very authentic.

                With that said, I enjoyed the pacing of this issue. We got a very powerful, gripping opening with the van falling to the ending which left more tension. And the book just continued to flow very well. The dialogue was very excellent as I am coming to really enjoy Hank, Haven & Kenny more and more.  A well, written joy ride from start to finish this issue.


                Another solid issue of Charismagic  only makes me want more on all angles of the book: art & story.


                I give Charismagic # 3 an 8.5 …. Out of 10.

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