Comic Review: Downcast, Vol. 1

Published: 2019
Written by: Clint Stoker
Art by: Ignacio Lazaro, Damian Penalba

Sweet Comics, 56 Pages


I didn’t back this on its first campaign but after hearing others talk about how much they liked it, I backed the campaign for the second volume and bought the perk were I got both books.

So this review is specifically about the first book, which is the first half of a two-part story.

Out of all the Comicsgate related releases that I’ve read and reviewed, this sits towards the top of the heap as one of my favorites.

Initially, I wasn’t sold on the concept but seeing it come together and play out left me really impressed with Clint Stoker’s ability to tell a fun, passionate and energetic story.

Most importantly, in just 56 pages, he made you care about the core characters, their lives and the terrible situation that they find themselves in. I think that a lot of this has to do with how well Stoker wrote their dialogue and created their chemistry, which felt natural and as if it came from a genuine place.

These are things that are lacking in modern comics, as comics today are more focused on their political and social agendas than they are entertaining their readers.

Additionally, this also does a good job of world building and setting up the bigger picture beyond just the simple story that’s at the core of the book. I’m not sure if Stoker has plans for more stories (and I don’t yet know how this one ends) but I’d like to see him explore this world more.

Also, the art is very good and it fit the vibe of the story well.

In the end, I’m glad that I gave this a shot and I’ll probably back Stoker’s other projects in the future. I’ll review the second half of this story arc in the very near future.

Rating: 8/10
Pairs well with: its sequel, as well as other crowdfunded indie comics.

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