Jazz Legend #1 Review
“A free-flowing and colorful trip through the bizarre.”
There’s a peculiar new drug on the streets of Motocity. Its effects are unlike any other–an immersive psychedelic dreamscape with visions of animalistic abominations and god-like humanoids. This is bad news for Martin Comity, who lives for two things: playing jazz and getting his next fix. As Martin’s fascination with the drug turns to obsession, his loosening grip on reality becomes more evident by the day. An eccentric writer, the reclusive Benjamin Way, takes an odd interest in Martin’s predicament after experiencing visions of his own: A phantom specter with a single cryptic message: wake Martin to the nature of his “true” self, and quickly, or bear witness to the unraveling of that which bonds space and time. JAZZ LEGEND is a neo-noir meets cosmic fantasy inspired by the lives and works of jazz great Miles Davis, and the father of beat literature, William S Burroughs.
Jazz Legend is a very cool story about a drug addicted jazz player who finds out there’s more to his life than drugs and music. In this first issue you meet the protagonist, Martin Comity, when a young boy stumbles upon him among garbage in an alley. Martin is clearly coming off a drug binge and could easily be mistaken for a bum.
We’re very quickly brought into Martin’s world and are introduced to the unusual people who inhabit it. The whole story starts off on a violent note with Martin beating up a hired goon who was sent to retrieve him for his next jazz performance. We also meet a mysterious writer who gives us our first taste of wild imagery. It doesn’t take long before we realize how much of a psychedelic trip this series will take us on.
The art in this first issue is done very well. I thought the color work was top notch and the use of colors perfectly encapsulated the funky essence that comes to mind when you think of jazz. I did notice a few wonky background drawings (such as oddly shaped characters) but I didn’t feel like it distracted from the story. The panel layouts looked professional, but I would like to see some experimentation with them as the premise of this comic is so unique.
The characters are decently fleshed out (hard to do in a first issue) and definitely pique the reader’s interest. I thought the writing was good and I love the overall idea. The tone of this book really gives credibility to the jazz feel it’s supposed to give off. This is the first issue of a six issue arc, so it’s hard for me to give it a full review. First issues are hard to judge, but I think this one did an admirable job of attracting the reader. I’d prefer to review the series as a whole, but since I only have one issue to work with, I’ll say it’s definitely headed in the right direction. You can tell some wild stuff is coming down the line. Keep a look out for this series!
I’m giving Jazz Legend #1…
3.5 Out Of 5 Whiskey Shots
Title: Jazz Legend
Issue: #1 (of 6)
Publisher: Scout Comics
Writer / Creator: JC Lacek
Illustrator: Vasco Duarte
Colors: Patrick Gama
Inks / Lettering: Cristian Docolomansky
Cover Art: Adrian Sibar
Editor: Stephen Jackson