BRIMSTONE AND THE BORDERHOUNDS # 1
Written by M.H. Carnevali
Art by Sahad Shah, Alan Chickering & Thiago Castro
Lettering by Thiago Castro
Review by Frankie Rodriguez
What happened: We are introduced to the world of Brimstone and the Borderhounds as souls are treating like a commodity, similar to how corporations deal with stocks and assets. We meet a piece of shit named Jack Dursey. Why do I say piece of shit? He made someone poor for the sheer hell of it, cheats on his wife and his a grade one coward. As he travels to hell after being murdered … Jack wonders why is he there, stating that he’s a good person. As he tries to escape Hell after a trap, he learns first hand what the Borderhounds and Brimstone are like.
Shah, Chickering and Castro give us a solid start to this first issue. There were all kinds of people of different shapes and sizes. We get some decent background work and solid panels from Shah and Chickering. They work well together to build this issue’s new world and its laws. There is a good amount of different territories and odd things to watch to enjoy in this book. We get a good amount of expression form Shah and Chickering’s art while Thiago does a good job with choloring things in with the right amount of shadow and color.
The red hues used in hell really were spectactular to help Shah and Chickering’s art to being out the tone and feeling of Hell. There are plenty of human and otherworldly things to look at which is great. Yet, with the book being order, the art does not necessarily as polished as something from other indie companies or the big two. Yet, it is still an impressive showing, even all these years later.
Carnevali presents us a bold, innovative look at humanity and hell. With hell seemingly acting like a corporation, we get to be introduced to a bold way on how souls are divvied up in hell. Carnevali spends this first issue driving plot and world building, showing us this world of hell while setting up a mystery. The murder that struck down Jack Dursey is still unsolved. We are introduced to Detective Altar, who seems to add how familiar this murder is that to the serial killer, Mr. Hostile. Carnevali is definitely building something here with the murder mystery while displaying how Hell and the Borderhounds work.
Carnevali does well showing characters and emotions well, giving distinct verbage and dilect to his characters. He does a great job being immersely. We don’t meet our main character till the end of the first issue, but Canevali builds the suspense well. And while we got to know Jack’s personality well, we were more told of his crimes then shown. Otherwise, it was a solid first issue.
We open Brimstone and the Borderhounds with a look into their universe and how things operate. We are guided with a man who seemingly deserves to burn in Hell, but get presented with a harsh landscape. The art is pretty good, displaying much that the afterlife has to offer while we get strong dialogue and story with an innovative concept that is pulled off well. I give Brimstone and the Borderhounds # 1 a 4 out of 5.