Jinnrise #6

Jinnrise #6

Writer: David Liss (plot by Sohaib Awan)
Artist: Andrew Huerta
Colorist: Stephen Downer
Letterer: Ed Brisson

Jinnrise #6 kicks things off with a genie brawl as Jabal is confronted with the mysterious green genie responsible for imprisoning all of his fellow jinn. While there was a lot of action and some nice artwork, the dialog falters a little in this issue. Otherwise this is a pretty decent chapter of the saga and it includes some nice story elements. For instance, readers finally get a peek at the old days when jinn roamed the Earth.

In the last issue, a green jinn was freed from his bottle only to stir Jabal into a furor at the mere sight of him. Jabal is still frothing at the mouth to take out this traitor named Daiuk, a genie responsible for enslaving all of the jinn. One thing I liked about this setup was the direction it allowed for the story. We get some nice panels of the ancient past showing other jinn and how they interacted with humans. It also shows how they ended up being trapped in bottles. The background story for Daiuk is done in such a way that he’s a fairly likeable character who obviously made some bad mistakes. That said, I was a little off put by how irate Jabal acted and, even more so, looked. For a lot of the issue, he goes around looking like the blue Hulk with an odd necklace that look liked a string of small boulders. The art in the panels depict him as barely containing his rage. He looks like he’s going insane with the lust for murder. Daiuk is also kind of odd looking. Sometimes he appears serene, which I liked, while other times he looks like the Green Goblin with a sinister visage. The other members of the cast look good, though, and I really liked the flashback panels.

Another issue I ran into in the story was King Khashtar. The flashback scenes had me completely sold on this character at first. He’s a very likable character and easy to empathize with. He’s a man of wisdom and composure. He shows kindness to Daiuk, raises him as his own child, and even though there are jinn who plague his people, he does not condemn them as a entire group. Yet the jinn leadership will not listen to him. When we next see him, he has changed considerably. He no longer appears kind or compassionate. Now he is bent on revenge and hatred. He seeks power in order to enslave all of the jinn. The huge swing in his character was too abrupt for me to swallow, and what he turns into was not likeable at all. It felt like a character assassination, and I wasn’t pleased with it. It would have been nice if there was a panel or two that could have bridged that swing in personality, thus keeping the readers in an empathetic state with the character. Instead, I found myself not caring for the character anymore.

With the flashbacks out of the way, and a little genie brawl, Jabal and Daiuk inevitably team up to take on some alien invaders. They quickly clean house and it becomes evident just how powerful the jinn can be in numbers. There’s some good action scenes, some good art, and I really liked the last page which ended on a full page panel. The coloring looks excellent with the clouds, the sun, and the lighting. It’s a nice way to end the issue. All in all, I give Jinnrise #6 a three out of five metal bikinis. It had some flaws but was still good overall.

Note: After receiving some feedback, I realized I confused Khashtar as two characters. In reality there was a general named Khashtar, and then there was a king. Thus my complaints about the sudden shift in the character fall moot. However, it does raise another issue: why did Daiuk trust the king? Why build up a relationship between him and the general only to bring in yet another character who he blindly hands the power of the enchanted bottles to? It would have made more sense to not have the general at all, and to have had him raised simply by the king. That, or the bottle could have been stolen from the general and handed over to the king. As is, bringing in the king and his daughter without much of anything in the way of development just continues along the line of abruptness in the story.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

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  1. FYI General Khastar and The King are 2 different characters.

  2. I think the reader didn’t catch in the issue that Khastar was not the king…he was a general in the kingdom The king didn’t raise the green genie…the general did!

  3. The reviewer missed that Khashtar was the general who raised Daiuk. He was not the king. That’s why it’s not a major switch of character.

  4. You are correct, I did miss that. Still, it doesn’t make any sense to develop a trusting bond between Khashtar and Daiuk, only to introduce a completely different character, the king, whom Daiuk all the sudden decides to hand the power to. It would have made more sense if he trusted Khashtar with the power.


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