What if psychics and ghosts were such a normal part of life that they were unionized? What if there were things even the union of Psychics can’t see or won’t see? Who’s going to help?
Well, there’s one dashing character that will- and his name is Bob. He’s a Non-Union psychic and I’m already in love with him. it may have something to do with his humble attitude and perfectly coiffed hair.
The creators of this comic gave me a free copy of this issue in exchange for an honest review. So let’s talk about:
Bob Non-Union Psychic
Written by: by Adam Volle, Lance Lucero, Francisco Resendiz
Genre: Horror, Comic, Supernatural, Comedy
Publishing Info: Warehouse 9 Productions
Renegade Psychic. Professional Hairstylist.
This is not your usual paranormal adventure. This is about the rise of a new kind of hero. Or, rather, the reluctant rise of a hero.
Meet Bob Holbreck, a talented guy who has mad hairstyling skills. He owns and operates a nice little shop in the trendy part of town. His clientele is building with loyal customers. Bob truly knows what looks good on a customer before they do.
How does he do it? How does he know what to do with a head of hair? Well, Bob has other talents. There are those who may consider it a gift. Like his great-grandfather, who is at odds about Bob’s future career choice. Bob just wants to be a hairstylist and make people feel good about themselves; Gramps wants him to cash in on his psychic abilities.
That’s right; Bob has mad psychic abilities as well. It’s tough for old Gramps to see his progeny’s talents go to waste. Bob can do it all: he can see the life force, or “aura,” which surrounds every living human being. He can have visions of the past and future upon contact. Bob can see spirits and other forms of energy existing with the world of the living. Not only can he see them, he can interact with them, even dispel them if necessary.
Bob does not consider his psychic powers to be a gift, though. It’s more like an overwhelming nightmare. It pains Gramps to think Bob lacks the motivation, the passion, the verve, the adventurous spirit to deal with the supernatural world. Gramps has high hopes that Bob will become a paranormal superstar. Heck, he even has a shot to get into the prestigious Psychic Union.
Bob has no choice but to follow in Gramps’s footsteps when a powerful ancient creature called the Hux, a beast that has been the scourge of his bloodline for the last millennia, is accidentally unleashed by a fortune-hungry archaeologist. Whether Bob likes it or not, it’s time for him to show his skills. He must fight before the beast kills again.
And keep up with those hair appointments as well…
Let Me Geek Out over the Artwork First
Ahhh!! It’s so freakin’ sexy!
The artwork all on it’s own is beautiful. The characters have so much life and there’s so much being said through the people in the background that I’m sure I’ll have to read this one a few times to fully appreciate. Those astral projections, or ghosts, or whatever they are absolutely intrigue me. I want to know more about who and what the glowing people in this comic are.
Also, I love the muted use of color which gives this comic a very moody feel without losing it’s playfulness.
But the most notable aspect of the artwork in this comic? Layout.
I know, I know, here I go again geeking out about the visual structure of a book, but the layout is so important to the read-ability of a book, especially a comic! The layout was done with digital reading in mind. I actually read it on my phone, since my ipad needed charging, but I felt like I was getting the whole story without constantly needing to zoom in. I’ve started to notice when a comic was designed for print now, because there’s so much you can’t see in a go when it’s designed that way. But the artist, Francisco Resendiz, nailed the flow of the action.
Speaking of which, the story itself has a great flow to it and it doesn’t fall prey to the “first issue syndrome” where you’re left feeling unsatisfied but curious. It’s quite the opposite, in fact. There’s an over arching story introduced in the opening that gets tied up by the end. Along the way to that conclusion we get a very colorful, VERY dramatic dip into a story where Bob uses his psychic powers to help a couple out who’s being plagued by stress and night terrors.
It introduces Bob’d reluctance to use his psychic powers, as well as the playful way this comic approaches horror. Yes, there’s blood and gore and violence, but it’s approached with such levity that (unless you have a young and impressionable mind) that it never gets too dark.
5 out of 5 Blood Spattered Stars. I love the humor, the artwork, and supernaturally charged content. It’s a very strong start to a series I’m now looking forward to reading more of. If you liked Goners or Chew then you’ll enjoy reading this one too.