The Shepherd: Apokatastasis

7 Overall Score
Art: 7/10
Dialogue: 7/10
Story: 7/10

Sets up two cool characters for future fun.

Everything is a little too easy for our hero.

The Shepherd: Apokatastasis
Andrea Lorenzo and Roberto X. Molinari
Calibur Comics
2016

The Shepherd is a bit like an old morality play, showing a life of sin and excess and proving to the audience how easy it is to avoid such evil. The problem with all that is, life is never that simple, and a good story shouldn’t just hand everything to its characters. There’s very little in the way of consequence here, and that damages a reader’s connection to the story’s emotions. In the end, it’s not a bad tale, but it all comes across as a little weak.

Not to say it’s a BAD book, at all. I did rather enjoy the journey, but it troubled me heavily that everything was solved so easily. Gigantic, life-altering choices are made at the drop of a hat, and are shown to have no consequences at all, and therefore no meaning. A grieving father ends his life, and leaves his wife and children behind. But what’s so bad about that when he can just drop by as a ghost and have a chat with them whenever he wishes? He can even interact with them physically! What should be a terrible, powerful plot point is just washed away for a text book happy ending. I don’t care for that, at all. Why read the story, why care, when in the end none of the choices matter?

The art is expressive enough to be enjoyable, but it does lack depth and detail overall. It’s a lot like the story, actually – fine as long as you don’t look too close. You’ll never confuse one character for another, and very rarely is the action not clear, but for such a could-be-powerful story, it’s just rather mundane art. A missed oppurtunity indeed.

I attempt to grade comics much like a school teacher might grade homework. This isn’t a bad book, but it fails to shine in ways that it easily could have. It’s average, a “C” work. It’s good for a read, especially if you like the somewhat religious themes, or are interested in alternate afterlife theories, but I doubt it’s going to make any one’s favorites list. I wish it had been a bit more polished, and the story had had a bit more weight to it, because with just a little work, it could have been a lot better.

 

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