Stoker and Wells: Order of the Golden Dawn
Writer: Steven Peros
Art and cover: Barry Orkin
Colours: Chris Summers and Studio Haus
Letters: Marshall Dillon
Stoker and Wells is centrally focused on 40 something Bram Stoker meeting H.G. Wells. This chance encounter leads to an adventure that this unlikely duo won’t soon forget and leads to the creation of their most successful works. Stoker and Wells thrusts these two characters together as they try to work together to survive and get back home!
Unlikely travel pals
I particularly liked the grumpy jaded Bram Stoker and the 20 something-year-old H.G Wells as a spunky horndog trying to make his way in the literary world. They have a good dynamic between them that reads well, it is like a literary buddy road trip movie.
I enjoyed the world that has been created and the easter eggs dotted around. Visually the world x and y created is fascinating to look at, especially the design of the time machine. It instantly made me nostalgic for the 2002 movie of The Time Machine, which scared the CRAP outta me as a kid!
It feels full of that classical Gothic literature vibe, which I am always game for, whilst the enthusiasm is there, the execution is slightly lacking. There seems to be a lot going on, where telling seems more prevalent then telling.
The incredibly complex art style, which is intricate if not a little busy. However, it is still engaging and imaginative. Some movements do lean towards the unnatural, the movement of the characters looks a bit jagged at times. There is quite a shift when the colouring swaps hands, the first half features Summer’s more dreary palette which does fit its surrounding, however, Studio Haus’ colours in the second half really ramps up the vibrancy.
Overall, Stoker and Wells: Order of the Golden Dawn is a promising start to the proposed trilogy and serves as a very interesting “what if” tale. The issue is not without its flaws, however, I am hopeful that following the release of the first instalment the second and third will only get better.
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Stoker and Wells: Order of the Golden Dawn is available on Comixology from 08.01.2020
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