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REVIEW: Inferi #1

Book Title: Inferi #1

Book Description: Inferi #1 tells us the story of Professor Henry Able. He’s an instructor at Quantico. Every term is 20 weeks long. At the beginning of the term Professor Able tells students that if they are able to crack the Kryptos they are excused from the final, which is 98% of the grade for his course.

Liam, Neelam, and Jaxdon are three students that Professor Able believes have the ability to crack the Kryptos, if they are capable of working together and trusting one another. When they solve this enigma we get to go down the rabbit hole.

We learn that the Kryptos is a tool Professor Able uses to gauge the skill level for recruits. Anyone that can crack it and believe what it says becomes a prime candidate to join his team and work for an organization called Skia.

Skia is responsible for solving the unsolvable crimes. They’re the X-Files on an international scale. They take the case Interpol, the FBI, the CIA, and any of the other acronyms can’t produce results on.

We then learn there are things that “go bump in the night”. Call them nightmares, demons, or something else, these things are fear itself. We learn that vampires, werewolves, and other shapeshifters are real. They have been relegated to myths for the sake of preventing mass hysteria.

The only question we need an answer to is whether or not Liam, Neelam, and Jaxson are willing to go further down the rabbit hole. Even if they opt out, can they possibly unsee what they have witnessed?

Book Author: Ruben Romero and Casey Bowker

Book Format: Paperback

Publisher - Orgnization: Second Sight Publishing

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Illustrator: Rodrigo Catraca

  • Story
    (3.4)
  • Interior Art
    (3.25)
  • Cover Art
    (3.5)
  • Dialogue
    (3.25)
  • Mechanics
    (3)
  • Editing
    (3.25)
3.3

Summary

It takes a few pages to get a bearing with regards to where this story is going. Once you have your footing you will be off to the races with Inferi #1. There’s excitement, intrigue, and the promise of adventure. As I read it came across as a well thought out blend of Silence of the Lambs, Sneakers,  and Hellboy. The key difference being,  aside from a pixie named Pix I don’t believe we have any “mythical” creatures or supernatural beings fighting for the good guys.

The artwork on the cover is incredibly detailed. I love how the borders have been made to look like the gates of Hell have been opened and every manner of creature is coming out to play. It is eye-catching and commands attention. Well done.

The artwork on the interior pages is very good. It meshes quite well with the story. I particularly enjoyed the coloring on Pix and how Ran was depicted. I look forward to seeing more of them.

If I’m trying really hard to find a fault in this book, the fault would be character development. We get a small glimpse into the psyche of Professor Able. I don’t feel like I know Neelam, Liam, or Jaxson yet. In fairness this is a problem with the first issue of a lot of titles. Sacrifices must be made when you only have 24 pages to work with.

Some creators feel it’s more important to get the foundation of the story laid out so the reader wants to know what happens next. Other creators go all in on character development. They feel if the reader has a kinship with a character they will follow that character.

There’s no wrong answer to which method is better. I’ve seen both concepts have great success. With Inferi, the plot is a powder keg of potential. If that can get paired up with a vested interest in the characters this series is going to be a hit of Juggernaut proportions.

Unfortunately you’re going to have to wait until 2022 for this one to come out. As a geek on a budget I assure you it will be worth the wait. You can get updates and find out when the Kickstarter campaign for Inferi launches by going to:

http://secondsightpublishing.com

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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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