Writer/Creator: Vince Hernandez | Illustrator/Character Designs: Khary Randolph | Colorist: Emilio Lopez | Letterer: Josh Reed | Cover Artists: Khary Randolph & Emilio Lopez (Cover A), Siya Oum (Cover B), Sana Takeda (Cover C) | Editor: Frank Mastromauro | Publisher: Aspen MLT
What’s It About?
This issue prepares readers for the new series, and introduces a new world of magic in modern day Las Vegas.
There is nothing more in comics that I enjoy than sitting down and reading the first issue of a new series. I don’t know if it’s the idea of a new story, new characters, the creative team, or that new comic book smell (much like the new car smell without the loan), but whatever it is – a first issue is my favorite comic to read. Not all first issues are ones that grab you and put you in a choke hold and make you stick around for the next issue. Some first issues are a little lack luster and don’t give a reader much to hold on to or that hook that readers look for to get them back for the next issue.
I think this first issue of Charismagic meets readers somewhere in the middle of all of that. I got all of that “new” that I love so much with solid writing from Vince Hernandez and amazing artwork by Khary Randolph and Emilio Lopez. I think the introduction to this world is good to see in a first issue, but I’m the kind of reader that doesn’t want it all spelled out for me so early on, and that’s a personal thing with me, so don’t view that as a negative on this issue. I think how Hernandez handles this issue is really good and pushes readers head first into this world. I think readers who are looking for something new and fresh are going to enjoy this because you’re able to come in at the ground floor and see things from the beginning. I know there are a lot of readers who are looking for something new and entertaining and I think they’ll find it here with Charismagic.
The art in this issue is breath taking to say the least! Khary Randolph and Emilio Lopez lay it all out for readers to see in these pages. I really like how the pages are laid out with the left page being a full page image and then that image bleeding over in to the background of the panels on the right page. This technique isn’t used on every page, but when it is it looks great.
Randolph’s style is very expressive with a obvious American-manga style that I love so much. If there’s a comparison for Randolph’s style I would say a mix between Jeff Matsuda and Randy Green, and I’m big fans of both of those artists. I’m not sure what else Randolph has done in the past, but I’m definitely going to be looking for more and looking forward to seeing how it grows over this series.
As I said before, I love first issues, and this issue is definitely one I really enjoyed. I think there’s a lot of potential with this series and Hernandez, Randolph, and Lopez have something special on their hands with Charismagic. If you’re looking for something new to jump in on at the ground floor, be sure to pick up this new series from Aspen.