Jinnrise #4

Jinnrise #4

Writer: Sohaib Awan
Script Assistant: Paige Hartman
Artists: Tony Vassallo, Mark Torres
Colorist: Timothy Yates, Mark Torres
Letterer: Ed Brisson
Cover Artists: Matteo Scalera, Omar Dogan

I’ve been reading Jinnrise for a few months now. At first I was eager to jump into the series because it seemed like it had a lot of promise. The idea of the story is aliens versus genies. Aliens invade Earth and genies are the only thing that can stop them. However the first issue was kind of disappointing. The art was interesting, appealing, but a little stylistic toward the cartoonish side. The story was the real weak point for me. The dialog, the characters, none of it clicked. It seemed off. But issue #2 changed the equation.

Prologue art from Jinnrise #4

With the initial plot out of the way, issue #2 began to explore deeper elements. This in turn made things a lot more interesting. A new character was revealed who showed a lot of potential. A warrior who the badguys kept in exile but ready if ever needed. Issue #3 continued the exploration of this character, though sadly the art was pretty crummy (note that issue #3 had a different writer, Tom Taylor, and a different artist). Still, I liked where the story and characters were heading. That leads us to the here and now with issue #4.

Interior art from Jinnrise #4

Issue #4 goes back to good artwork, and continues to unveil good storytelling. There’s a lot of action as Andrew and Yunus again escape from the hostile Kibrani aliens. A new character, Harris, comes to the rescue as well as the powerful genie, Jabal. There’s some humor packed in, some colorful artwork, and a little bit of character and plot development. While the issue did feel a little brief, it was fun and fast paced. The real question here is whether it’s a series worth investing in. That’s a lot harder to say. Personally, I like it and plan on continuing to read it. It’s a unique story exploring new territory. At $3.99 a pop, though, it’s also a bit pricey. All in all, it’s a decision every reader will have to make on their own. For this issue, I give it a three out of five metal bikinis.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

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