Over the past few years, Kennedy Xu’s “Daomu” has been a smash hit among readers in China, selling millions of copies. Now a comic published by Image Comics set for a January 2011 release, readers stateside will now have an opportunity to find out what all the fuss is about.
If the nine-page teaser given out at the New York Comic Con is any indication, this Eastern sensation has the ability to wow readers in the United States.
Behind excellent art by The Concept Art House’s Ken Chou, “Daomu” closely resembles the look of the early ‘90s “Ghost Rider” comic, utilizing dark tones with snippets of color at all the right times. Bloody, emotional and full of intrigue, the look of this comic is definitely one of its strong points.
The writing isn’t bad either, as Colin Johnson does his best to mirror Xu’s story and make it readable to comic fans. Fast-paced, but insightful and captivating, the story, in just a few pages, hooks you quickly. By the end of it all, you want more.
Helping this notion become plausible is the cool character design. Looking similar to Yoshimitsu from the Tekken video game series, the “Daomu” show us very quickly that there are as strong as they are mysterious. The same thing goes for the main character Sean, who is not only relatable by his words, but by his facial expressions. Showing anger, remorse, pity and shock, all in a few quick pages, this comic takes you for a ride.
As a result, “Daomu” has an opportunity to grow into something special in 2011.