Brother Nash #1 – Review

I’ve been waiting for this issue to come out for a while. I remember Bridgit Connell self-publishing the first Brother Nash comic,. Since word got out that Titan would be publishing it, I’ve wanted to read this book badly. That time has come.

BROTHER NASH #1

Writer / Artist: Bridgit Connell
Colorist: Luis Guerrero
Publisher: Titan Comics
FC, 72pp, $6.99, On sale: June 6, 2018

Solicitation:
American Gods meets Preacher and Hellboy on the midnight road to Sacramento!

Nash is a trucker, he also sees ghosts, and when the moon is on the rise and violence threatens his friends… He roams as a wolf… As the Highway Beast.

When Nash takes on a mysterious hitchhiker heading for Tucson, he and his friends are dragged headfirst into his biggest and most dangerous adventure yet!

Review:

The concept is pretty original and not something you’re likely to see in mainstream comics. As a matter of fact, it’s almost like she’s worked a few premises together to make for an interesting read. A trucker comic could be a good read, and a werewolf would be good a read. The fight against a gang would be interesting, but comparing them all together makes it really something. Nash seems like a very heroic character, but cursed with a monster within him that’s uncontrollable. All of the little clues that I get on a second reading really are nice to see, as it shows the writing skills Bridgit has.

That’s what’s neat about Brother Nash. It seems familiar, but original. The solicitation mashes together three other properties and then adds a new element to the book. That’s entirely appropriate. Reading this book, you feel like you’ve read it before, but don’t feel like it’s a rip-off of another book. The appeal of Brother Nash is that it is fresh.

Bridgit’s art has a definite style that I really like. It’s expressive, but remains airy enough to keep the focus on the story. It’s dynamic in a modern aesthetic, drawing more on cinema and animation than from the methods and tropes of older comics. I find nothing more appealing in comic book art than originality. A dependence on the hackneyed techniques that readers have seen numerous times in comics that they’ve grown up with can kill a comic. Brother Nash is immersive and leaves this reader wanting more story, if only to see more of the immersive artwork Bridgit delivers.

Final Rating: 9.0 (out of 10)

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