Before I read the description of this book, I knew I had to read it. 1. It’s about Rasputin, aka the Devil from Siberia, not only is one of histories most fascinating characters but also one it’s most controversial. 2. The back cover. Most of the times it’s an ad or a preview or another title, maybe if you’re lucky a it’s the more cover cart. But this cover, it large letters, had one of my favorite movie quotes; “When the legend becomes fact, print the legend.” It’s taken from possible my favorite western, “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance”.
I’m easy, that’s all that did if for me.
So was it worth the read?
Oh my yes. It’s fantastic. The story is narrated my the Mad Monk himself, and begins on the night of his murder. He is gathered at dinner with his “closest friends”. Rasputin goes on to tell us that is not like normal people, he can see things and knows the purpose of events and man.
This is high story telling, and it’s what you expect from Alex Grecian (Proof). Like a master of his craft, he knows words are not always needed to carry out the action, and he uses them sparingly. Letting Riley Rossmo’s (Proof) pencil’s flourish on the page. The scenes in Siberia are particularly good.
Grecian’s Rasputin is not for everyone, this is not your average comic; this is a play. Issue #1 doesn’t blaze up, this is a slow burn…no cheap cliff hangers, this is story relies on atmosphere and good old-fashioned story telling.
This could very well be one of my favorite new titles of the year, I can’t wait to see where the story leads…where does is dark power come from and what role does he play in the fall of the house of Romanov?