Welcome to another comicbook review and we will dive on two Balsamus books from Brazilain artist and writer Karolyne Rocha and Brainy Pixel. Both books are short having 12 and 16 pages respectively, that’s why we will review them in one post.
Cover Art: The two heroes (?) of Balsamus graces both issues, one having a bust portrait and the second issue the full body. Although it doesn’t give away the story or adventure they’re in but by just looking at it the drawing, it’s definitely manga. It’s not manga inspired, it 100% manga. Once you go to each issues, you’ll admire Rocha’s story. The black and white interiors, the vibe and Rocha’s treatment of the characters are legit manga. Line this comic with what Viz Media or Tokyopop are dishing out, you’ll never notice the difference. Plus the aesthetic of having dents on the cover making the comic look like old adds the awesomeness.
Summary: Tenet comes face to face with a demon plaguing a farming family. How can he defeat the monster and give hope to this family that is beyond what he can do? Brace yourself as Brannon Hollingsworth and the rest of the Tenet’s Tales creative team opens the spiritual realm with this Hellboy meets X-Files inspired Christian comic.
Cover Art: The cover is dope! The artwork, logos, layout and letterings are stunning. The issue title and the logos are place in a vertical gray bar kinda reminds me of what you see on vintage horror comics covers. As for the comicbook title, it’s refreshing to see that it’s not on the usual place . Its at the left corner of the book which allows you to appreciate the cover art. It’s similar to the current trends of comicbook covers we see on mainstream and popular indie comic company. The actual cover art striking as if the charaters is inviting you to come to their world, if you dare! Now imagine having a physical copy of this book and staring at the cover for a few moment. I enjoyed savoring the cover.
Summary: The book is about how God used Moses to deliver His chosen nation, Israel from Egypt’s bondage by showing how powerful He is by sending plagues. Plague after plague, God blast the gods of Egypt. It covers also the birth, the rise to power, flight out of Eygpt and calling of Moses to lead his people out of oppression.