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REVIEW: Pitarra Is Strong for the Violent AX-WIELDER JON

 
AxWielder Jon
AxWielder Jon
AxWielder Jon

 
Overview
 

Story by: Nick Pitarra
 
Art by: Nick Pitarra
 
Colors by: Mike Garland
 
Letters by: Ferran Delgado
 
Cover by: Das Pastoras
 
Publisher: Karoshi Comics
 
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5/ 5


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The freshest visions in Nick Pitarra’s Ax-Wielder Jon are bathed in violence, offered in bludgeoning servings to the reader. And it is glorious.

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Posted May 1, 2022 by

 
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When entering a new comic, one of the joys is discovering a fresh vision within a new world or mythos. The freshest visions in Nick Pitarra’s Ax-Wielder Jon are bathed in violence, offered in bludgeoning servings to the reader. And it is glorious.

There is method in the madness of this story though. And though I know I sound like I’m glorifying violence for its own sake at this point, the creativity in which the violence is portrayed here is something to behold. Underlying it though are layers that, at least as of this huge first book, are only hinted at.

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Of course, in this book we are introduced to the titular Ax-Wielder Jon who is a myth as much as he is a man. Jon is cutting a warpath attempting to recover a skull. The motivations for his rampage, as well as other pieces of his origins, are scattered in between the action sequences. We also get to know him by the other characters who talk about him. It’s an interesting storytelling choice and serves both to give those other characters an entry point, as well as to establish how famed or legendary Jon is.

Add on top of that layer, is another meta storyteller layer. We get a narrator who appears briefly, and this narrator is creating the Ax-Wielder Jon story. This is, of course, a meta layer that is on top of the fact that Nick Pitarra is creating all of this.

[READ Let’s Talk Comics: Nick Pitarra is Ready to Die for Ax-Wielder Jon]

But make no mistakes about the meta layers being mere gimmicks. This comic book just works in so many ways. For something so shockingly brutal, it has a surprising amount of heart. And for a book that plays on so many layers, each one delivers its own kind of impact. The first book is packed and 150 pages long, and yet I burned through it because I just couldn’t stop reading it. This is definitely something to follow.

Ax-Wielder Jon is now available to pre-order in ZOOP!


Carl Joe Javier

 


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