The first thing you notice about the novel is the amazing cover art. Just the cover alone will make you want to pick it up and give it a read. It’s sharp, clean and pretty bad-ass. The inner artwork isn’t quite the same and comes across as duller and not as well-defined. It’s not bad, but it’s certainly not the same.
There is a bit of backstory in this first issue, but it’s not difficult to follow along as you learn about Hexhammer’s past and what happened to his family. The pacing works pretty good as you can slowly feel the intensity starting to build until it all comes to a head during the reconciliation. The Executive Outcome, which resembles a religious cult, is an interesting twist to the story and gives it a creepy overtone as you realize that they have the ultimate say in people’s lives.
The storyline is a fresh new idea that has a lot of potential. Most people live in fear and poverty while heads of corporations live above the law in decadent lavish lifestyles. It’s not yet clear whether Hexhammer is going to be the type of hero destined to start a revolution and take down the corporations or just wreak a lot of havoc on those who caused the death of his family. Either way, it looks like his adventures are going to be worth following.