Saturday, 29 June 2013

Domovoi Graphic Novel Review

Review By Patrick Challis

Written By Peter Bergting
Art and Cover By Peter Bergting

Published By Dark Horse Books

Genre
Supernatural, Fantasy

Synopsis

In the Old Town of Stockholm, where myths are alive and creatures of folklore haunt the night, an extraordinary young woman named Jennie is caught in the scheme of a cadre of villains who control the means to free the Domovoi — the lethally dangerous, poltergeist-like spirit of the entire city!

Acclaimed artist and writer Peter Bergting brings his knowledge of European folklore and deft storytelling to this darkly modern fairy tale!

Review

Steeped in folklore and mythology yet with an amazing eye for the little details that make good  stories in to great ones, Peter Bergting is most definitely an artist and writer at the top of his game.

He uses his deft touch and subtle style of writing here to create a darkly modern fantasy with a fairytale edge yet with all the little details that he slips in here and there, it feels like the most down to Earth story.  Don't let that put you off because I don't mean it in a bad way.  Far from it.  I mean it in a very good way.

Bergting has a knack of making the most fantastical happenings seem like they could happen to anyone in real life and because of that, the characters and the stories really resonate with the readers on many more levels than they would if they were written by someone else.  The characters here are most definitely the strongest part of the story.  You can't help but feel like you are involved in their lives and get caught up in their emotions.

In fact, this is an incredibly emotional graphic novel dealing with many big issues like death, the afterlife, hope and life.  Yet Bergting does it in such a way that you are completely gripped through the entire thing.  This is the sort of story that no matter  how many times you say 'just one more page' to yourself, you find that you are positively gripped to such a degree that you can't put the book down.

Art wise, Bergting's rather unique style feels at home with the story and really brings it to life.  Bergting never seems to go for the most stereotypical or cliched, instead going for what ever would bring the most impact to the proceedings.  I could give some examples but if I list them here it might take some of the surprise and the magic from the art for you.

I honestly can't recommend this release high enough.  It's a beautiful, well paced story and definitely one of Bergting's best and when he has written as many great things as he has, that's a bit recommendation.

Story 4.5/5
Art 5/5
Overall 9.5/10

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