You’re probably thinking, “Necromantic sounds like necromancy, a dark Dungeons and Dragons type of magic,” and you would be right. This is the story about how a secret agent found out about an Afghan warlord’s plan to take over Hell and take as many people down with him using dark and forbidden magic. Jesse Harris and her boyfriend work together to disrupt his plan and maintain the status quo of Hell. And that’s exactly what this is, a love story. Nothing says “love story” like putting down demonic armies of the undead with your beloved. They really put the “romantic” in Necromantic.
Lovern Kindzierski is really good at writing characters. Their responses to traumatic events are so accurate that the reader is able to sympathize. He sets the stage by introducing you to Jesse in the middle of a mission. Luckily, she had a good team with her, because she spent a good portion of it reminiscing about her youth–especially the time when she would play with ghost children and her parents decided to get her “help.” Kindzierski then gets you invested in Jesse and Blake Williams’s relationship. By that point, you’re hooked and you haven’t even found out about the warlord yet. Sadly, besides a brief appearance by Jesse’s mother and her psychiatrist, Jesse is the only woman in the book among a cast of men.
David Ross, Geof Isherwood, and Chris Chuckry do an excellent job on art duties. It’s realistic and grounded, and even the army of the undead soldiers straddle the line between dead and really unhealthy looking, so you can understand why the characters don’t immediately assume they’re zombies. Though, at times, I felt that Jesse’s eye were a little too large. And oddly, even the scenes in Hell appear realistic, if not weird. Soldiers in golden, ancient Roman armor and demons are a little difficult to make look realistic. If someone were just to look at the Hell-based pages, they would have assumed they were pages from a high fantasy Greek epic.
Taylor Esposito does a good job on lettering. Sound effects aren’t distracting and suit their source. I found some of the speech bubbles difficult to read, specifically when the characters were whispering.
Necromantic is a well-written and well-paced story about love, while also being an engaging supernatural action thriller. I highly recommend it to fans of Hellblazer or war movies like Body of Lies.
Believable Love Story8.5/10
- Writer: Lovern Kindzierski
- Artists: David Ross, Geof Isherwood
- Colorists: Chris Chuckry, Lovern Kindzierski
- Letterer: Taylor Esposito
- Cover Artists: David Ross, Chris Chuckry
- Logo Designer: Shaundra Ruff
- Editor: Alexander Finbow
- Publisher: Renegade Arts Entertainment