Jumping in at issue five and not reading any of the previous Tyrant outings, I’ve not much to go on bar this issue. At first glance it appears to be an anthology title, bringing together short stories and a single chapter of a larger tale.
Written by Chris Ryahn, showcasing an array of story telling styles from a heart warming take on a family torn apart by war (told in a throwaway way) ‘Epitome of a Hero’ to a very anti-guns manifesto set in the Zombie apocalypse (which I’m assuming was meant to be funny but fell very flat) ‘Gunfree’ and ending on a rather odd (and grammatically poor) story set in Salem staring, who I can only guess are stars of other titles in the Tyrant range ‘Tyrants in Salem’
The art for the first and third stories is done by Nestor Tantiado, who does a rather good job with the later story, using an almost funko pop style to make it very cartoony.
However the best drawn is ‘Gunfree’ the Zombie story, done in the Walking Dead style of black and white and lacking shading by Ivan Arnal, its very well done if let down by the story.
If it were to be a serious title, with art like that I would be back for the next part, unfortunately this isn’t a book I will be returning tooit’s meant for a younger reader or one that doesn’t look too deeply into the meaning of every panel.
I’m sure for some it’s a great title and I hope it is, smaller publishers need all the fans they can get and some truly deserve it.
Over the years smaller publishers have given me some of my all time favourite stories and fingers crossed this title serves up something in the future that I love.
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