Writer: Gordon Rennie
Art: Andrea Olimpieri
Colors: Marcelo Maiolo
Letters: Rob Steen
Titan Comic’s Dishonored #1 is an entry into a world that is quickly developed, and as rich as the characters that exist within it.
In issue 1 we find ourselves in Dunhill (the capital city) in the 1800’s of an alternate existence of the world we know.
The main character, Corvo, is the Royal Protector to the Empress Emily. Corvo is starting to feel the physical impact from his many years of service, and is on the look out for an apprentice he can turn over his duties to.
He also has a very secretive nightlife that involves running around the city in a metal mask, infiltrating and learning the secrets of the evil underbelly of Dunhill, and using his mysterious supernatural powers to do so.
Dishonored #1 jumps out of the gate guns blazing. It is action packed, immersive, and beautifully drawn. It feels like The Count of Monte Cristo with a dash of The Six Million Dollar Man.
What writer, Gordon Rennie (Necronauts) does with a limited page count in the first issue is spectacular. He builds a world that has a ton of implied history by using smartly placed dialogue, and a few sentences of prologue.
The art by Andrea Olimpieri works well with the action scenes, and stoic nature of Rennie’s writing style. It is aggressive and loose, yet stays grounded in a classic sophistication.
Overall, Dishonored #1 was a thrilling look into a new world that I am excited to continue getting to know. You really can’t go wrong with a Victorian-style masked vigilante. If you like The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, and are good with street level crime fighting then I think you will dig Dishonorable #1.
Jonathan Winchester is a writer from Dallas, TX where he lives with his wife Maddie and their annoying cat. He believes Han was the lone shooter, that nothing looks better than a silver age comic in Mylar, and that there is no better feeling than walking into a dimly lit movie theater.