CANNIBAL is a Southern tale of tense relationships and flesh-eating strangers. When a small town is rocked by the death of a local boy, folks come together to find the culprit. But they may find more than they bargained for…
- The story is interesting and timely. Many stories about zombies are enjoying wild success right now, and Cannibal has a small-town angle that makes it unique.
- The characters are easily likeable, and most of their relationships are easy to discern. The storytelling makes it obvious who the power players are in this little town.
- This is definitely an adult-oriented book, which helps to set it apart from the mass-oriented comics and stories found in the mainstream.
- As a new comic, some of the characters’ personalities and motives still need some development. At times, it is difficult to know why some characters make the choices that they make.
- The pacing of the story is a bit chaotic, with some scenes that feel like a lot of things are happening at once, and other scenes that seem a little slow.
- Cannibal’s art is well-produced and comfortable. The drawings are detailed and the color gives the book a familiar feel.
- The book tells the story through the art as much as the dialogue. Some panels contain no words at all, yet the story is advanced through the art alone.
- Frequent use of insets and overlays can make the pages feel frantic at times, which adds an emotional element to the reading that many comics overlook.
THE VERDICT: 8.5/10
As a new comic, Cannibal still has some progress to be made with its characters and story. However, the combination of its slow Southern storytelling and sophisticated graphic elements make it a unique and worthy read.