By the writer Cullen Bunn (Harrow County, The Unsound), artist Jonas Scharf (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers), and colorist Alex Guimaraes, Bone Parish Volume 1 Discover Now Edition collects Bone Parish #1-4. It’s in limited-edition packaging that’s exclusive to comic book stores.

In summary, a new drug Ash sweeps through the streets of New Orleans. One makes this concoction from the ashes of the dead. People fight wars over who will control the supply, while the demand only rises. While the crime families wage war, users begin to experience terrifying visions of the dead coming back to life — through them.

Bone Parish Volume 1 Discover Now Edition starts in media res. The crime families are already well-established and their motivations are stated through exposition. You may be confused without all the comics together since the pieces of characterization are in flashbacks. It shows you the game plan for the Winters family as they navigate their bids for power. I’d recommend this over single issues as a result.

The Writing Resembles Their Genres A Little Too Much in Bone Parish Volume 1 Discover Now Edition

I hate to say they’re play-by-numbers, but they’re pretty-play-by-numbers for the first four issues of Bone Parrish. We’ve got your matriarch who runs the family, your second-in-command who believes they can do better in the drug game and your martyr who dies to push the plot forward. The characters aren’t unique in their conception and they fit squarely into certain roles. This problem mitigates itself by how shiny and smoothly the writer puts the script together.

When you look at the pieces as a whole, they build up to a possibility that can swing one way or another. This premise has the potential to be interesting with its narrative potential, but there’s also the chance that one wastes the opportunity. While the story has been fairly typical so far, there’s still a lot of time to make the comic into a unique piece that explores death. We have another seven issues to see everything unfurl.

Bone Parish Volume 1 Discover Now Edition Has Art To Make You Shiver

I dig the cool tones because they look like bruising on a dead body. The feeling of death brings itself in full-force as people work through the memories of those who passed. My favorite portions of the art comes from the flashbacks after people use Ash. It’s a somber atmosphere leveled with a few rare moments of humor. While the character designs of everyone outside the Winters family remain a bit cliche, I don’t mind it because they draw the anatomy well. The line art is also solid due to its thickness and boldness.

I’m not sure I quite like the outlines of the panels, but they serve their purpose. It’s easy for the eye to travel from one panel to the next. In addition, the reader doesn’t need to spend too much figuring out the details. They can spend time digesting the information they need to understand what happens in the future.

Why Should You Read Bone Parish Volume 1 Discover Now Edition?

Bone Parish Volume 1 Discover Now Edition gives you a decent taste for this horror and crime story. If you like a slow burn with the anticipation of waiting for the next issue, you should pick up this volume to catch up on the narrative. I’m interested in the premise as it’s a strong one. The plot doesn’t bore me as much as the story becomes predictable with its twists, which I can handle. The strength of the art and coloring pushes me along and leaves an impression that keeps me in the game. While hoping there will be a good follow-through for the plot and characters in the future isn’t everyone’s forte, I do feel there’s a chance for something special with Bone Parish.

If you’re interested in Bone Parish #5, I wrote a review describing how that piece of the story comes into the play for the arc.

Bone Parish Volume 1
Bone Parish Volume 1 Discover Now Edition by Cullen Bunn, Jonas Scharf, Alex Guimaraes
Dust To Dust
Bone Parish Volume 1 Discover Now Edition gives you a rather slow set-up, but the grandness of the story depends on the strength of the pay-off.
Impressive Coloring And Artistic Direction
A Better Twist On An Old Premise
Guessing Is Always A Fun Time
May Be A Bit Slow
Snort The Book