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REVIEW: Basilisk #1


REVIEW: Basilisk #1

Book Title: Basilisk #1

Book Description: Five individuals form a hive mind cult called Chimera. These individuals have various powers. They’ve been wandering and laying waste to small towns across the land for a couple of years. Regan, a member of Chimera, sees the group for what it is and leaves. Some bonds are not so easily broken. The rest of Chimera is hunting her. Chimera isn’t Regan’s sole pursuer. Hannah, a survivor of a Chimera attack two years earlier, is also tracking Regan for her own reasons. She actually gets to Regan first. What will happen now that Chimera knows Hannah has her?

Book Author: Cullen Bunn

Book Format: Paperback

Publisher - Orgnization: Boom! Studios

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Illustrator: Jonas Scharf

  • Story
  • Interior Art
  • Cover Art
  • Dialogue
  • Mechanics
  • Editing


I came across this book while going to various comic book stores to interview shop owners for an article I was writing. I had two schools of thought with the purchase:

  1. The owner would be more likely to answer my questions if I was a paying customer.

  2. I’m a big fan of Cullen Bunn’s work. Even if the interview was a bust I have a good story to read.

Luckily I got the best of both worlds. My questions were answered and I got an interesting story.

The artwork on the cover is intriguing. I like how it hints at the powers of the members of Chimera. It doesn’t quite have the in your face style of some of it’s contemporaries. In this case the subtlety is better.

The interior artwork sets the tone for the story. It makes the reader feel something bigger is at play. I’m very fond of the detail, especially when we get to see Regan’s powers for the first time.

The mechanics and dialogue are a bit on the slow side. Mr. Bunn took his time setting everything in place before the fireworks went off. I think I can see where the story is taking. If I’m right this story will be huge!

As a geek on a budget I would have liked a little more bang for my buck. As I said before, the plot takes a while to develop. I would compare it to a five course meal. In the first issue you get a little taste to whet your appetite but it doesn’t satisfy the hunger. The upside is you can smell the aroma coming from the kitchen for the next course. It should be something special.

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I grew up loving all things geek. I started reading and collecting comics when I was 8. My personal collection has roughly 8,000 books in it. When I’m not doing something geek-related I love spending time with my amazing wife and kids, gaming, and working on cross stitch projects.

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