Written by Chanan Beizer
Artwork by Nick Pitarra, Vanessa Cardinali, Clem Robins
Further Artwork by Michael Allred, Stephen R. Bissette,
Jae Lee, Paul Pope, Invoice Sienkiewicz
Printed by Cowl Press
The Golem of Venice Seaside isn’t horrible however it’s a disappointment.
Primarily based on the creators concerned, I assume my expectations had been too excessive.
Created and written by Chanen Beizer, apparently his first work within the subject, there’s some good characterization, and a few attention-grabbing utilization of Hebrew legend and historical past, however it’s fragmented and oddly paced at instances.
The truth that it’s one more guide that reaches no precise conclusion makes it really feel prefer it was all a reasonably pointless learn.
“Continued in Quantity 2.”
Really, if the bit concerning the origins of the phrase “shamus,” is true, then that’s one thing I’m more likely to bear in mind. Sure, that was my massive takeaway right here.
Othewise, it jogged my memory of a type of all-star movement photos from again within the day which are practically unwatchable. The again cowl tells us that on prime of the whole lot else, the guide is “a celebration of Southern California,” however I didn’t actually really feel that in any respect.
It’s the traditional Golem legend—the synthetic man of clay and dirt dropped at life by Jewish magic—solely right here it’s tied right into a story of a hapless younger man and an uncommon, closely tattooed younger girl. There are a variety of NSFW intercourse scenes, however probably not sufficient Golem exterior of the a number of flashback sequences.
Vanessa Cardinelli is the principle artist and colorist concerned and she or he isn’t dangerous, however the extremely touted illustrators related to this venture, together with Invoice Sienkiewicz, Stephen Bissette, Jae Lee, and Mike Allred, get as few as two pages every.
Bissette’s two black and white pages are greatest for my part, however hardly value the price of the costly graphic novel general.
Beizer clearly has expertise and fervour. I simply don’t really feel this preliminary effort actually labored. A minimum of not for me.