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About Blake Undying #1
Blake Undying issue 1 is written and created by Jason Cook. The artwork is done by Ezequiel Rubio with additional coloring by Jovanna Plata. The lettering is done by Nikki Sharman. The series published through Digital Fiasco.
Blake Carson is fed up with his life and the world around him. After many attempts to end his life, Blake soon realizes that he cannot die from traditional means. This is the push Blake needs to overcome the mediocrity in his life and become a superhero.
Black Undying Issue 1 Review
This is a spoiler-free review of Blake Undying issue 1.
As a fan of dark-drama and anti-hero stories, I was immediately drawn to Blake Undying. While most heroes are born out of tragedy, Blake Carson is kind of the opposite. The tragic event is his depressed and mundane life. By not being able to kill himself, Blake has found a way to drive positive outcomes into his life.
One thing I love about Blake Undying its insight into those suffering from depression. As someone with chronic depression, I could easily relate to Blake Carson. The author lets you know that Blake is a smart and capable person. However, his severe depression keeps him from moving forward with his life. A lot of us can relate to that.
The artwork in Blake Undying is fantastic. It is very detailed and has excellent facial expressions and character posing. It is easy to get lost in the dark universe of Blake Undying.
My favorite panel comes in at the bottom of page 17. Blake gets shot in the face during an altercation. Before it heals itself, there is a single shot of Blake’s torn apart face. This panel is absolutely brutal in the best way possible. Blake Undying does not shy away from the effects of the dark world it has built.
What really sticks out to me in the artwork for Blake Undying is the attention to detail in the backgrounds. Many of the settings for the story have intricate backgrounds. This includes posters, whiteboards, and signs. While many comic creators made the backgrounds simple, Rubio creates an immersive landscape.
I really enjoyed issue one of Blake Undying. It his all the right notes of a good first issue. The plot is set up and ready to go. The artwork is great, and the universe as a whole is immersive. I can’t wait to see what happens to Blake Carson next!