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“Red is one of hundreds shanghaied out of Portland in the late 1800s. Drugged, kidnapped, and sold to a ship’s captain, she wakes up on a boat headed out to sea for years, unable to escape or reveal who she truly is. Now, she’s on her way back, in a boat covered in blood, to find her family—and to track down the men responsible for stealing her life out from under her.”
SHANGHAI RED #1
(W): Christopher Sebula (A&C): Joshua Hixson (L): Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou
Revenge is a hell of a thing. It’s very rare that we’re able to get revenge for things that people have done to us. Even if they’ve done the worst things on the planet, but in Shanghai, it’s a completely different story. One woman will find her way to get the revenge that she so sorely wants. Shanghai Red #1 undoubtedly reads like a Kill Bill story on the open sea. It’s savage, vengeful, and begins with an all-out massacre.
Christopher Sebula’s narrative flows in a way that’s so undeniably authentic and original. He has beats in his writing that progress the story naturally. When he reveals something big, but you don’t bat an eye at it at all. That’s why Sebula’s writing is so incredible. The reveals he has within this first issue itself with the kidnapping, the adventure, decisions, and his main character should be enough to make you go “Wait, what?!” but it doesn’t. For sure it’s captivating. Every single thread of the narrative is naturally woven and syncs everything together perfectly, drawing you in and keeps you wanting more.
Sebula’s narrative is great, but another thing he’s great at is creating memorable characters. If you guys haven’t read Welcome Back, I highly suggest you do. With Shanghai Red, it has that unique Sebula character style that’s so unique and fresh. Red just absolutely captures you in this first issue. She’s the definition of sheer determination of a woman fighting her to get back home. She’s literally shanghaied, kidnapped, sold and doesn’t know why. Red is cold and savage, but admirable and tough. Red’s a character that you can uncharacteristically relate to. She’s so intense, but fighting for her life in every way possible. I honestly can’t wait to see what Sebula has up his sleeves for Red’s journey because it’s going to be tough, but she’s a mighty girl that may be able to survive.
Hixson’s art is exceptional in that it shows you what you need to know. There’s no filer art to explain what happens within this first issue. His art gives you straightforward moments that pay off in the combination of Sebula’s script and Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou’s letters. It creates more of that natural flow that doesn’t get bogged down in every single detail of this world. He brings out the essential parts in a sketchbook type style that establishes the beauty of his art.
The mood within is dark and gritty and plays heavily on light and dark in the panels. It’s incredible to see, especially within the first few panels down in the bunks and as the massacre begins. His colors create the feeling of dread, the feeling of pure rage and vengeance, but also carry a realistic and astonishing space of a haunting and lonely vibe as well in the vastness.
Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou’s letters are the last spark that makes this issue come alive. The key thing with Shanghai Red #1 is the placements have to move as brilliantly as Hixson’s art and Sebula’s script do. It has to feel like it’s telling a story that hits the beats. With Elhaou letters, he absolutely nails that feeling entirely. The one thing that blew me away with Elhaou’s letters is the way he works side by side with Hixson’s art to highlight the important moments in the comic. One page that had me in awe was the review of who Molly was. I want that entire thing as a print with lettering involved because it embodies what all three of these men did with this comic that makes it so brilliant.
Shanghai Red #1 is a comic you’re going to go running back for. A compelling and engrossing mystery with haunting visuals and a badass lead character, team Shanghai Red gives us their very own take of the revenge narrative that exceeds what storytelling can do. Shanghai Red #1 is now available on Comixology and your local comic shop.
6/13/2018 Releases – In addition to SHANGHAI RED #1, here’s a list of other new titles that came out this week that you should be reading.
- Giant Days: Extra Credit Vol. 1 by John Allison (W), John Allison, Lissa Treiman, Canaan Grall, Jenn St-Onge (A) BOOM! Box
- Red Hood vs. Anarky #1 by Tim Seeley (W), Javier Fernandez, Hugo Petrus, Otto Schmidt, John Kalisz (C, I, A) DC Comics
- Ice Cream Man Vol. 1: Rainbow Sprinkles by W. Maxwell Prince (W), Martin Morazzo (A) Image Comics
- Tank Girl: All-Stars #1 by Alan C. Martin (W), Phillip Bond, Brett Parson, Ashley Wood, Chris Wahl (A) Titan Comics
- Infinity Countdown: Black Widow #1 by Gerry Duggan (W), Nik Virella (A), Yasmine Putri (CA) Marvel Comics
- Son Of Hitler by Anthony Del Col & Geoff Moore (W), Jeff McComsey (A) Image Comics
- Regular Show: 25 Years Later #1 by Christopher Hastings (W), Anna Johnstone (A), Jenn Pham (CA) BOOM! – kaBOOM!
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