By: Miguel Acedo
Writer Brian Wood and artist Grant Bond are a natural fit for Supernatural, DC Comics latest soon-to-be classic miniseries based on the hit CW Television series. The easy to digest first issue, for longtime and new fans alike, follows Sam Winchester as he embarks on academic break from Stanford. In Edinburgh, Scotland, Sam finds himself enchanted by a lovely local lady, “Emma of the isles”.
Sam spends his first day in Edinburgh lost in the mystery that is Emma. He mulls over the odds of a woman so intoxicating having just as much a vested interest in a book of ancient mythology as he does. Further piquing Sam’s intrigue, Emma reveals herself to be the founding member of the Scottish Chapter of Hunters, better known as Breakers.
In one of the sincerest scenes of this first issue, Emma takes Sam to the site of a medieval hit-and-run where long ago merchant ran over a small child with his carriage, leaving residents to mourn the injustice. As hauntingly rendered by Bond, Emma shows Sam the beauty within the profound grief shared by an entire community, in the form of the heart wrenching, ever-mourning apparitions. This is where Bond predominately showcases why his evocative art meshes so well with Wood’s lean story. Art and story fluidly lingers and stays with you long after you have read this book.
It is worth noting that although this is a six-issue miniseries, this first issue is part one of a two part story (“Caledonia: The Dogs of Edinburgh”) told within miniseries itself. This makes a great entry point for anyone who has ever been interested in the television series, but for one reason or another never followed it. This series is assured to be a saga of the romanticized mystery and mythology of the human condition.