An intriguing premise hobbled by a lack of exposition or real character introduction. Events happened 10 years ago that changed Zack and made him a super demon hunter…but readers are pulled along with the story, rather than being able to sink in and get lost in the vibe. Thorn #1 reads like a halfway point, rather than a brand new series.
Still, Scott Reichert looks to have stumbled on a cool story; Thorn feels like Constantine and Buffy got together and partied in the local graveyard. Bonkz Seriosa’s artwork is on-point, coupled with Robert Reichert’s vibrant colors. One misstep in the art department: Seriosa’s inclusion of his own name on a prominently placed gravestone during the climax of the issue feels amateurish. It’d have been cute if that stone was far in the back; a nice shout-out for fans to swoon over. But loud and proud thisclose to a main monster? Yanked me right out of an already flighty narrative.
In another issue or two, Thorn could be a series worth watching. I’ll be looking forward to seeing how they flesh out the story, and these characters. But #1 is a halting look at the tale, and those wrapped up in it. Luckily it’s a damn pretty view. Grade: C+
[NOTE: I received a copy of this title thanks to the graciousness of the creators. I received no compensation for my review.]