||King Tractor Press
||November 7, 2007
An angel and a psychopath find themselves friends amongst a world filled with demons.
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Innocent is about an angel and a psychopath who become best friends. They spend their days discussing human existence, sipping lattes, and fighting demons. These evil foes are born in hell, but sometimes are the earth-grown kind.
Innocent is a story that mixes "Blade" with "Pulp Fiction". It's a smart, action-packed story that sprinkles in a few laughs. The two have more in common than they could know. David knows that he could become Innocent's next target if he let's himself free to pursue his desires. What David doesn't know how close Innocent has been to becoming what he hates, possibly forsaking his God.
Innocent collects the "Innocent" web-comic from 2006-2007 plus more than 57 pages of new story that hasn't been previously available on-line.
Innocent Volume 1 Review
Foreword Magazine - January
By Joey A. Kane
"Innocent is an “Angel of Retribution” who was sent to earth to punish those whom God has judged as evil. David is a marginally reformed sociopath who enjoys killing and torturing but also loves his mother. Innocent saved David from himself and set him on the correct path…sort of. Together this odd duo tangles with demons, psychopaths, and all manner of evil beings, human and otherwise. This book is an assorted collection of their adventures set in five chapter-length stories. There is a bonus set of interesting sketches at the end of the book as well.
The stories are exciting but a bit dark, aimed at older teens and adults. For example in chapters one and four, rapes are discussed (but not shown). The body count is high, but the violence more fanciful than realistic, and not too graphic. A quick and captivating read, the stories and dialogue are uniformly great.
Not necessarily the case with the illustrations, which are rendered by many different artists and therefore vary stylistically from chapter to chapter. Characters can look somewhat different from story to story, so readers must pay close attention in order to understand what is going on.
One of the better stories is about an evil spirit who haunts a mansion. Charles, the master of the house, had a beautiful daughter named Collette who was raped by a guest in his home. Charles threw the perpetrator out of a window, but subsequently went insane after Collette committed suicide. He locked his remaining daughters in the mansion by building brick walls to seal them in and “keep them safe forever.” After death, he returns as a demon who tries to kill all men who enter the house. Women who want to enter, however, are safe. When Innocent and David visit the estate looking for a work of art, they must face this wrathful demon.
Overall this book is reasonably well-illustrated, splendidly written, packed with action, and fun to read."
Innocent Volume 1 GN
Review by Dave Baxter, posted December 18, 2007
King Tractor Press, the promising new publisher headed by Shawn Granger who debuted last year with the unforgettable Family Bones, has shimmied on over to the world of online serialization, and its new flagship title in this new trailblazing format, Innocent, now sees its first hardcopy collection, a thick and satisfying GN that follows the misadventures of the oddest pair of demon hunters you ever did see.
Innocent—the title lead—is a holy angel, self-proclaimed as being not fallen, nor cast out, but regardless, here on Earth and on a mission. Several, in fact. Charged with finding evil wherever it roosts and dispensing sword-of-fire justice to those who harbor it, Innocent is what you might call a heavenly bounty hunter, or perhaps more a black ops sleeper agent, his call to battle always sudden, the details never known, not even to himself, until he sees the enemy, at which point knowledge is divinely bestowed. And though humanity is unanimously involved in the “evil” Innocent hunts, said evil often takes shape as some monstrous, demonic manifestation of Clash of the Titans magnitude. Partnered then with a compulsive serial killer named David, whose impulses are channeled to the cause of “good” a la Darkly Dreaming Dexter, Innocent the GN proves to be a very peculiar, surprisingly old-school ongoing adventure.
Volume 1 is divided into five chapters, each with a different artist of varying style and aptitude, the main characters thus reinvented visually for each new installment, and so the experience of Innocent, in graphic novel form, becomes yet further disjoint. The saving grace however is that all chapters prove entirely episodic, stand-alone and therefore allowed a certain berth of artistic range between them. The one consistent element of the book is Shawn Granger’s script, boasting his signature flavor of near-vaudevillian humor, unobtrusive dialogue, and leisurely plot pace. The book, for all its page count, is a one-sit read, though its contents are well worth the price, if obviously the time.
For in juxtaposition to its sparse textual content, Innocent actually contains some of the most unexpectedly complex short story threads I’ve yet to encounter in pulp-derived comics. Opening with a twisty tale of revenge and police corruption, a story which has Innocent and David play little more than sideline roles (and which also manages to be the sole supernatural-free selection), to an action-packed battle with a demon-directed cult (who gain their power in the most…Animal House of ways), to a blackly humorous visit to David’s mother’s house, to an awfully good, old-fashioned haunted house/ghost story culminating in a drawn-out battle against a giant-sized demon, a sequence reminiscent of Walter Simonson’s Thor vs. The Midgard Serpent all-splash masterpiece, to a final story that, clever Mr. Granger, ends the GN on a “Part 1,” the conclusion then necessary to be found online, or in the following, future Volume 2 (and this “Part 1” offers up yet another epic battle worthy of the Walt, though this with artistic flourishes that bespeak [be-view?] Kevin O’Neil’s Nemesis the Warlock).
All in all a wild, unforeseen and honestly unforgettable gem of a book, lots of classic trappings, none of them used in ways expected, all wrapped inside a somewhat Golden Age execution, a little EC Horror, a little pre-superhero pulp adventure, and a lot of mid-80’s black-and-white indie zaniness. If that isn't enough, the hardcopy graphic novel will also boast 44+ pages of brand new material that will never be posted online, exclusive to the GN alone. Of course, don’t let me do all the talking: the joy of trying to decide on committing to an online serialized comic? Go and read it and find out for yourself! Then you can even buy it right now from Amazon (or preorder it through Diamond Distributors with order code NOV073695)! Then come back and tell me how right I am (no, come on, do it, it’ll be a new experience for me).
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Reader Reviews for "Innocent Volume 1"
|Reviewed by Shawn Granger
Review by Dave Baxter, posted December 18, 2007
"All in all a wild, unforeseen and honestly unforgettable gem of a book, lots of classic trappings, none of them used in ways expected, all wrapped inside a somewhat Golden Age execution, a little EC Horror, a little pre-superhero pulp adventure, and a lot of mid-80’s black-and-white indie zaniness. If that isn't enough, the hardcopy graphic novel will also boast 44+ pages of brand new material that will never be posted online, exclusive to the GN alone. Of course, don’t let me do all the talking: the joy of trying to decide on committing to an online serialized comic? Go and read it and find out for yourself! Then you can even buy it right now from Amazon (or preorder it through Diamond Distributors with order code NOV073695)! Then come back and tell me how right I am (no, come on, do it, it’ll be a new experience for me)."