SACRED CREATURES is an overlong supernatural tale that feels ten years too late in arriving. Pablo Raimondi has solid artwork, but it isn't enough to make up for vague ideas and boring characters.
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Otherworldly Boredom

This is a great time for supernatural and mythical stories. AMERICAN GODS, LUCIFER, and HELLBLAZER made the jump from comics to the big screen. WONDER WOMAN, partially based on Greek myth, has also been a success. Not every story is a success, however. Image Comic’s SACRED CREATURES #1 attempts to join the ranks of the aforementioned stories with a tale of supernatural seduction, transmogrification, and a possible holy war. Unfortunately, these good elements are sacrificed for a mystery that starts well but doesn’t hold interest.

The Tale

A ‘family’ of seven (including an old woman, a black man, and a child) gather to enact a sinister plot. The family focuses on a young man, Josh Miller. Josh has a child on the way and is looking for work. He encounters the family one by one. The family corrupts him into completing a job for them. It involves a stone knife and murder, which also brings in a priest (Father Adrian), giant mutant cats, and the revelation of a very unusual victim.

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Heaven and Hell

Mystery can be an excellent tool in storytelling, and it grabs the reader’s interest here. Every character in the ‘family’ brings in their own mystery, so there’s a lot to question and examine. Each family member follows the same setup though — cryptic words and actions followed by promises, then they disappear. In small doses, this idea functions well, but the repetitiveness can be a problem for readers. Josh Miller also fails to gather interest, despite garnering some sympathy. He functions as a nice but bland ‘everyman’ who is corrupted so many times he barely sets up any character of his own. However, his corruption does have real-life elements, which keeps him human as he falls. Building on that is crucial for his future development. The most interesting character is Father Adrian, but as a blond man in a trench-coat fighting supernatural evil, he’s too close to HELLBLAZER for comfort.

The apparent flying does make a difference though… Image courtesy of Image Comics

Mortal Sin

The big problem about SACRED CREATURES #1 is its mystery-building. Pablo Raimondi and Klaus Janson seem more interested in creating questions than telling a story. It means too many questions and little character growth. The family and Josh deserve more focus and examining them more could give much-needed clarity (and possibly new explorations of the central ideas). Raimondi creates excellent artwork throughout, but it also reflects the problems of the book. It’s capable, but little stands out. It looks nice but isn’t memorable.

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Even the ending feels like it is setting up another question to be answered. These problems relate to it being the first issue though. Future books have the chance to fix things and add depth to the supernatural elements (which come across as boring and predictable here).

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SACRED CREATURES #1: Needs More Meat

SACRED CREATURES #1 wants to be a great supernatural/mythical tale. The elements are there, and it does hook readers at first. It tries very hard, but in the wrong areas. There is too much atmosphere and mystery. Characters have little personality, save the one that emulates someone else. The supernatural elements are dull and feel unoriginal. Future issues may provide better answers, and spending time with the characters might shed some much-needed light. SACRED CREATURES had a rocky start, but some proper feeding can beef it up.

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