I love discovering new things on my own...moreover I love it when people all over the success spectrum email me to check out their work. Especially folks who are early into either the creative process, or the amount of material they've shared with the world. It takes guts to put yourself out there, and I love it! Here's your subtle reminder: MY DMS AND EMAIL ARE ALWAYS OPEN FOR REVIEWS!!!!
By: Edwin Leger and Benj Galutan
BREAKHOLD is currently on Webtoons with 6 parts available for reading.
The prologue of the story offers a snapshot into one of the two primary worlds where this story is taking place. The first world has a mythical/prehistoric feel to it. You have large mountains with their peaks enveloped in clouds, a bright violet river, and lush greenery you would expect in a forrest that may border either a river or wetlands. We get a brief glimpse of animals that seem to be some sort of warriors...and then a leaf falls, upon a young man who does not remember his name, does not know where he is, or when he comes to...what the two impending figures standing over him are.
After he attempts to flee, he is caught by the two figures: Mindset (an embodiment of his mind) and Breakhold (the manifestation of his heart). After learning he is dead, but doesn't know how or why, out of nowhere a dinosaur comes (confirming his death) and it gets a beatdown by Mindset and Breakhold.
Part 3 is where things offer an interesting turn where we meet Jeremiah (who is the young man in the beginning) and Joel (the popular kid) going through their high school routine. I have a very good feeling that what is happening in the "real world" will help us understand how Jeremiah arrives in the "dead world." The last thing I'll mention about chapter 3 is watching the connection between Jai and Breakhold is very Billy Batson/Shazam in a pretty cool way.
The art throughout the 6 parts is also pretty cool. The landscape used in the "dead world" is breathtaking. As someone who has taught in high school for the last 13 years, the over-the-top-ness of the high school is on-point. This also has notes of what you would see in traditional comics/graphic novels, but it also feels like it has hints of manga-style influences as well.
Why should you read this?
The journey of a 30-something father of three who's trying to break into the world of reviewing comics after a loooooong hiatus...