Book Title: The Cutting Edge: The Devil’s Mirror #1
Book Description: The Cutting Edge: The Devil’s Mirror #1 is the second installment in Titan Comic’s The Cutting Edge series. I didn’t realize that when I originally acquired this book. As a result I spent part of the book putting together the puzzle of how we got to this point. From everything I have ascertained there are a group of individuals that are involved in a dodecathlon. Don’t feel bad if you don’t know what that is, I had to look it up. Dodecathlon comes from ancient Greek. It’s roots mean “twelve labors” in reference to the twelve labors of Hercules. It is also a term for a gymnastics competition that is comprised of twelve events. Both are wonderful terms for describing the hell the competitors are in for in this story that is a cross between The Hunger Games, Tomb Raider, Survivor, and Amazing Race. From what I can tell the rules are simple: - Accomplish the given objectives at any cost necessary. - Alliances may be formed to help accomplish objectives. - The definition of alliances is fluid throughout the competition. - Don’t get captured. - Be prepared to be pushed to the brink mentally and physically.
Book Author: Francesco Dimitri
Book Format: Paperback
Publisher - Orgnization: Titan Comics
Illustrator: Mario Albertini
Everything about this book blew me away. It wasn’t on my pull list when I saw it at my local comic book store. The cover art beckoned at me like a siren’s call. The artwork is provoking and powerful. It makes passersby stop and stare. Once they do that this book is going home with them.
With this book you are getting 56 pages of geeky goodness. There are four pages of advertisements at the end. Aside from that, this entire book is nothing but a great story and terrific artwork. The artwork is the first thing I noticed. Two pages in I was thinking how they didn’t hesitate to pull out all the stops. The attention to detail on the little things was huge. I found that to be very impressive.
The story is going to take you on one hell of a ride. The reader finds themselves all over the world in the race to be the first to obtain the “devil’s mirror”. During this journey you have ample opportunity to get well acquainted with our competitors.
My personal favorite is Stella. Picture Paris Hilton, complete with the intimate video that somehow got into the hands of the public. Make her much more intelligent and personable and you have Stella. This character is highly intelligent, quick witted, and fearless. Through all of this she seems able to exude this charm that says she could kick a fella in the balls and he’d beg for it to happen again.
The mechanics of the story are terrific. I find myself entertained with a lot of the stories I come across. It’s not often that I feel a sense of urgency over what is transpiring in the pages, let alone feel like I have a horse in the race. I’m vested to the point that I have already hunted down other issues in the line to get a broader picture of the story. Well done!
I still can’t get over how the creative team was able to keep up the incredible work for 56 pages. As a geek on a budget picking this one up for its $5.99 cover price was highway robbery. A double sized issue of this quality for slightly more than a standard sized issue? Yes, please. There aren’t a ton of copies of The Cutting Edge: The Devil’s Mirror #1 floating around so finding a copy may be a skosh of a challenge. The upside is this is one of the best stories that nobody seems to be talking about, so the competition for this one in the wild will be thin! Good luck and enjoy!
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