Review: CLOUDIA & REX #1

CLOUDIA & REX #1
Written by Ulises Farinas and Erick Freitas
Art by Daniel Irizarri
Published by Lion Forge Comics
Release Date: July 5, 2017

The Land of the gods is crumbling, and to escape their erasure from existence, they must flee to the mortal realm. But what happens when their fates are in the hands of two young girls? Find out in this exciting first issue of Cloudia & Rex!

Farinas and Freitas did their homework. They definitely put the time and effort to research the variety of gods that they portray in this comic and I appreciate that kind of hard work and dedication. The distinctive personalities of the gods the reader knows so far have been intriguing and I can’t wait for these two to flesh these characters out and see how their time on this mortal coil impacts them.

I also find the family dynamics between the mother, Cloudia, and Rex to be great. While Cloudia is a bit obnoxious, I wouldn’t say she doesn’t have some justification for her attitude with how controlling her mother seems to be. I’m intrigued to see how Cloudia develops as a character and I kind of hope Rex grows from the quirky nice sister to something with a bit more depth, especially with what happens to her.

The art is beautiful. I can see that Irizarri also took the time to research the gods that are shown throughout the comic because each of them feels like their descriptions. When I saw the million eyed, multi-winged behemoths roaming the sky, I knew instantly that they were some kind of angel and I was pleased when I learned they were seraphim. I love that kind of attention to detail.

My favorite design is probably Thanatos, though. His infinite space and multi-limb-like cape, combo of pure light, an astronaut helmet, and Hermes’ winged headband headpiece, and decrepit body create a really cool and unique image.

The coloring work Irizarri does is great as well. I love the warm colors of the sunset in the beginning, the dower wintery colors of night as the family drives to Seattle, and the almost alien cyans filling the halls of Zurvan’s memoriam chamber. I find the ominousness of the purple and pink hued aftermath to bring the mystery and phantasmagoria the end needs. I really just love the coloring in this comic.

Oh, definitely read this comic. Cloudia & Rex starts out fantastically and it’s the kind of series that people should be reading.

The Verdict: 10/10

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