Black Mass Rising: TKO Studios Review

Jul 7, 2022

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Black Mass Rising is one of those books that’s tough to talk about without getting into spoilers. There’s more to it than the twists, but if there’s one thing that will stick with readers, it’s the major surprises they get throughout this story. 

TKO Studios
Written by: Theo Prasidis
Art by: Jodie Muir
Letters by: Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou

The next thing that jumps out is Jodie Muir’s art. Her style isn’t what you normally see in comics, and that’s perfect for this story. Being set in the 1400s or 1500s in Western Europe, Muir’s classical approach completely captures the essence of this era. Also, her character designs, between the monsters and the heroes, leave a lasting impression. Although, nothing is quite as jaw-dropping as the final image readers see in Black Mass Rising.

That said, the final image of the first chapter will stick with readers, too. That also speaks a bit to Theo Prasidis’ writing. He keeps the story moving at a very even pace, which makes each surprise hit a little harder. Moreover, each major development seems to carry more weight than the previous, making it harder to put Black Mass Rising down at any point.

To put it simply: If you like the cover of Black Mass Rising, you’ll want to read this. It encapsulates the entire essence of the story in one image while revealing next to nothing about the plot.

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