This is the first of, I hope, many comic book reviews. I picked up Joan of Arc at OCon from CW Cook, one of the writers. He was there presenting and not having been much of a comic book fan of Marvel or DC (I was a Heavy Metal kind of girl) I was interested in the smaller, independent comics.
Joan of Arc is put out by Big Dog Inc.
Writers – Tom Hutchinson & CW Cooke
Line Art – C. B. Zane
Color Art – Ceci de la Cruz
Letters – HDE
Let’s start with the artwork, because, well it’s amazing. I love this style. It’s beautiful and interesting to look at. Most comics don’t interest me, because they just aren’t nice to look at. This was is, which is why I picked it up in the first place. Here’s an example of what I’m talking about.
Sorry, the pictures aren’t the greatest. I took the with my phone in dim light. You can still get the idea though.
You’ll notice that Joan has steampunk wings, which is awesome.
WRITING & STORY
Other than some nitpicky theological stuff (I am Catholic afterall), the story was interesting and I wanted to read more when I got to the end. So, I guess, mission accomplished.
Joan discovers the Arc of the Covenant, among other religious items and decides to guard them from everyone.
Now, for the nitpicky theological stuff.
Elements they got wrong
Being Catholic, knowing the story of St. Joan of Arc, and being a fan, I was a bit confused by the setting of the story.
She starts out in what seems to be Hell, because all of her “friends” are demons. This seems rather odd for a Saint, which by it’s very definition would be in Heaven not hanging out with demons. But, I’ll go with it.
Secondly, there is a reference to “the Rapture”, which is a protestant concept and not a Catholic one.
Thirdly, she collects religious items from all religions. A Catholic Saint believes in only one true religion, which is why she was killed to begin with. She would not collect items from other religions. In fact, she’d likely destroy them as being tributes to false gods.
Elements they got right
Joan was distinguished from the real angels.
The comic has Satan as a good looking angel and not a hideous devil. It’s perfect, because who would ever want to follow some scary monster of a creature? No one.
If you’re a stickler for theological accuracy, well, this comic is not for you. But, if you can over look the obvious theological mistakes, you’ll find an interesting, action-packed story that makes you wish there was more.