The Devil made me do it (Tales of Mr Rhee Vol. 1 Trade Paperback Review)
Tales of Mr Rhee Vol. 1
Written and Created By: Dirk Manning
Illustrated By: Joshua Ross
Colored By: Austin McKinley (Chapters 1-6) and Sean Burres (Chapters 7-13)
Lettered By: Jim Reddington
Cover By: Riley Rossmo
Edited By: Leah Lederman
Published By: Devil’s Due Entertainment
The world of magic and mysticism has been explored in many different series and mediums. From television with a show like Supernatural, to comic books like Doctor Strange and Hellblazer. We have seen domains of the unknown in so many forms that it’s mind blowing. Now, we have a new one. Tales of Mr Rhee is a series which tells the adventures of Michael Reece, a paranormal trouble-shooter that solves the problems that no one else can. With this first volume, let’s see if the life and times of Mr Rhee can be held in indie legend as a good read, and a good pun.
What we have here is what sort of reads like an anthology of several different mini stories but with them all revolving around a central character, that being Mr Rhee, and still containing a cohesive narrative. The five that seem to be the most worthy of highlight are the first one in which a wealthy man is attempting to control summoned demons, and requests assistance from Mr Rhee. Two of them, which can be seen as the exposition stories are of Mr Rhee visiting a prison, and the other being him visiting an individual from his past. The other two worth mentioning are towards the end. Where ametuer paranormal hunters who idolize Mr Rhee get a real taste of what the life he lives is like, and the other being what feels…premature in a way upon first reading, but as it precedes you discover it’s not the cliche final battle of a tale you’ve heard a thousand times, it leaves you intrigued. You’ll have to just read for yourself to discover it all.
Opinions and Such:
Over the course of many years, I’ve definitely read a good deal of superhero comic books. I can safely say that recently, I have suffered from significant burnout. With this series, I have been given a breath of fresh air. Mr Rhee isn’t a superhero per se, he’s just a guy doing a job because no one else can in his eyes. He soon learns that he’s not alone on both an amatuer level and a professional level, but seeing him come in contact with demons, ghosts, necrophiliacs, and much more make you intrigued as you read this story. One thing I’m definitely left with after reading volume 1 is I want to know everything there is to know about this man. His past that slowly reveals itself as you go on, but you’re left wanting more. The story itself is told in a piece by piece format that gives you satisfying doses of narrative as it goes on. Interesting characters and backgrounds, an entire house! The things occurring here are just unimaginable.
The art, is an acquired taste. It does a good job of conveying the emotions portrayed in each scene, but the choice of a black and white setting for the art almost removes some of the mystique within the story. It almost harming the read in a way, but it does a good job of representing the story at the very least, and some art has trouble with that.