The Untamed: Killing Floor is the follow-up to The Untamed: A Sinner’s Prayer, which is currently in pre-production to become an HBO series. The series is set in the world of Asunda, a unique fantasy world created by the writer, Sebastian Jones. I picked up the trade paperback of the entire 4 issue series at C2E2.
The story follows Niobe, a young half-elf and Hareth, a dead man, as he searches for his family. They travel to the port of Asarra Bay, haven to assassins, thieves, and other dark denizens of the underworld. There they find more links to Niobe’s past, as well as Hareth’s. Sebastian weaves an intriguing tale of mystery and danger, in a dark world that feels lived-in. The world he has created feels familiar, like many fantasy worlds, but original as well. Elves, monsters, vampires, dwarves, and dragons all exist, but they each have their own twist. Jones does not shy away from dark themes, like racism, abuse, and murder. He tells a story that dips into the dark parts of humanity and lays them out in the light, confronting them realistically and cleverly. It’s a great story and I am looking forward to the next book of theirs, so I can visit that world again.
Peter Bergting’s art is hit or miss for me. The action panels were great, easy to follow and conveyed motion very well. The work fits the dark theme of the book, and some of the panels are excellent. Others lacked detail and I found myself focusing much more on the story than the art. He definitely has a style all his own, and from what I’ve seen a lot of people like it. It’s not all bad, though. The use if lighting is perfect for the book, as is the lack of detail in the backgrounds. It is a character driven story, and the focus of the art is the characters. He gives them distinct physical characteristics that make them easily identifiable throughout the book, which helps you keep track of who’s who.
Overall, The Untamed: Killing Floor is a great book. If you like fantasy, I think you’ll like this book. Stranger Comics seems like a great group of people every time I run into them at Cons, and we are in need of some great new material from young and independent companies. You can see the rest of their work, and purchase the books at http://www.strangercomics.com/