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REVIEW: Borealis #1


REVIEW: Borealis #1

3.71/5.0 Stars
Rating if the Book Were a Movie: R

Creative Team 

Writer: Mark Verheiden & Aaron Douglas
Art: Cliff Richards
Colors: Guy Major
Letters: Jim Cambell
Cover: Cliff Richards
Editor: Chris Warner
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics


Story: 4.2 Stars
Interior Artwork: 4.1 Stars
Cover Artwork: 4.1 Stars
Dialogue: 3.5 Stars
Mechanics: 3.2 Stars
Editing: 3.2 Stars

About the Book:

An Alaska state trooper is sent to a remote town to investigate a series of murders. Only to discover that the murders and her long forgotten past are about to collide in ways that she has yet to even comprehend.

Reviewer’s Notes:

This story starts off with an immediate chase  that leads to the capture of our main character, Silaluk “Sil” Osha. Then time goes backwards 4 weeks and begins with our main character Sil finishing up an undercover assignment. While trying to defend herself she gains this mysterious power that helps her win the fight. Once the assignment is over she is sent to Qinu, Alaska.

Once there she meets her grandmother and begins to put the pieces together about her past and her future in Alaska, as well as her connection to the mysteries that surround the murders.

This story intrigues me, I have some experiences in my life to believe that spirits do exist to a certain degree, but I also think that life outside our very own planet exists as well. I love how the story ties to the Aurora Borealis, those natural northern lights are something I would love to see with my own eyes. It also makes a perfect setting for a story about things that may or may not go bump in the night.

I think this story has amazing potential, if you look at history anytime an indigenous ethnicity is mentioned, there is almost always mention of someone that has a connection to the spirits.  Some are called Shaman, others are called Holy Man.  Whatever the name used for the person with the connection, spirits are almost always involved but rarely ever seen unless told in a dream state.

But that is part of what I find so appealing with this story, the spirits are seen and actually appear to do some things, some are actually pretty bad. Taking this story down an interesting path that I look forward to seeing how it plays out.

The cover itself is very well done and could easily be something I can see being hung on a wall as a poster, the silhouettes are essentially whited out against a dark sky with two luminous foreboding eyes. It instantly grabbed my attention and made me want to look at it.

The interior artwork is also phenomenal. I was a little surprised how fast I read this book while looking at the artwork of the story. The two completely immersed the reader into what was going on and took them on a visual journey that made experiencing the story that much better.

For stories that deal with spirits and the supernatural unknown this story is in my opinion among one of the better ones. Taking the reader on a written and visual journey that makes you look for the next book!

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Growing up in the 80s and 90s I grew up as an eclectic geek, a fact that still holds true today. I grew up watching all the classic cartoons of the 80's and had many an adventures with the toys that went with. Played tabletop RPG's and still enjoy computer gaming as adulting allows. On top of making time to read comics, and spend time with family and friends.

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