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Black Salt: The Origin #1
by Scotty G. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 09/11/2013 22:00:10

Black Salt Staff: Chad Boudreau, J.C. Grande, and Santosh Kumar Rath Overview: The 80's called, they want their kung fu movie back... in a good way.

Review: So apparently Black Salt is adapted from a screenplay for a movie so that sets some precedence as to why it looks so professionally done. Looks like there is a bit of a budget behind the comic (if not- good job! You fooled me!).

Typesetting and layout wise it looks like something you’d see from one of the big publishers so full points for that. There is some weird pixelation with the PDF version so what would have been a flawless review kind of gets the wind taken out of it but it’s not very distracting.

The title of “black salt” didn’t exactly SCREAM 1980s china shaolin kung fu action movie, but hey- it’s not a bad genre choice. They almost lampshade 80s kung fu action movies. The dialogue is sufficiently campy, the expressions and poses are exaggerated, and some cliche lines actually just add to what is ultimately a homage to this sort of thing. Not sure if this is what they are going for, but that’s how I took it.

When we flash forward to present day I can almost SMELL the 80s & 90s on some of these character designs, though they are a more modern twist. On occasion we get some weird body proportions, but what comic isn’t rife with those right? Seriously, this reads like a more modern episode of like a mash up of GI Joe and Ninja Turtles or whatever cookie action show you watched when you were a kid (if you are in your 20s now...). This is complete with contrived acronyms, cops pulling out ridiculous swords and fighting scuzzy looking villains. And believe it or not, I am not hating on this- it’s actually a lot of fun. I’m totally down with the whole “80s action movie” thing. Hell, I could see a young Steven Seagal in this comic’s movie adaptation because his machismo would be right at home.

Now I can’t say the story leapt off the page and grabbed me. I’m not super enthralled. I’m more excited about the dose of nostalgia I got reading this. I’m sure there is more to this than is just here and it’s kinda cool they are going headlong into some kind of movie, collectible line, and all that. I don’t know if there is a premise here to really warrant all that, but I’d be willing to see what they come out with before passing judgement.

Metrics Art: 7/10 (Professional) Lettering: 8/10 (Professional) Plot: 5/10 (80s/90s Nostalgia classes) Novelty: 3/10 (Nothing new, lot of old) Overall: 5.75/10

[3 of 5 Stars!]
Black Salt: The Origin #1
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Black Salt: The Origin #1
by Matt L. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 10/05/2012 22:12:25

I have to admit that the art of this comic book isn't on the same level as Marvel and DC, but I thoroughly enjoyed the read. This issue sets the stage for the rest of the story. That is it is almost all plot that is staging you for the dynamic character development that you would expect from a comic book. So While I am not happy with the fact that this issue was primarily plot, I see the character development right around the corner.

[5 of 5 Stars!]
Black Salt: The Origin #1
by matt b. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 04/03/2011 07:06:58

Admittedly, the story has a certain panache but I can only see it as a part of another series, like a Batman story, something like that. I actually have no desire to read on. Art is so-so. If this were made into a movie, like ads in the book say, it is straight to the crap bin.

[2 of 5 Stars!]
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