Indie Comic Review: Knight In The Snake Pit #1
“Creative, attention grabbing, and cool as hell!”
Knight In The Snake Pit mixes different genres, as it takes place in two different settings. The first is a mental asylum in the 1940’s and the second is a medieval fantasy world. The main character finds himself living in both worlds simultaneously. In one, he’s a knight, called upon by a king to save a kingdom. In the second world, he’s just another patient at a hospital, suffering from what his doctors describe as “grand delusions.”
This is a fantasy story told in a way I haven’t seen before. You might have a difficult time telling what might be real and what’s not. But I’m pretty sure that’s how the writer wanted it.
The story has you jumping back and forth from modern day inside of an insane asylum, to the inside of a castle during medieval times. I don’t know what it says about me, but I really enjoy some of the dark humor in this first issue. I also really enjoyed the inner dialogue of the protagonist Allister Ward throughout the issue. If that’s even his real name??? DUN DUN DUNNN! Don’t worry, no spoilers in this review.
The art has a gritty look to it. There is a lot of work with the shadows, especially when things take place inside of the asylum. Also wonderfully done are how the facial expressions really convey the emotions that Allister feels throughout the story. Another thing I enjoyed about the art that helps tell the story visually are the panel layouts.
This was an excellent first issue for a series. It really grabbed my attention and had me trying to figure out what was going to happen next. I can’t wait to see where the story ends up. I hope to read another issue soon.
I’m giving Knight in the Snake Pit #1. . .
3 out of 5 Whiskey Shots
Written and created by Kevin Chilcoat
Illustrated, Inked, colored by Marc Olivent