Lei Li- The Rage of the Tiger
Staff: Ertito Montana (Based on Kuang Ni’s work)
Not much to say- good visual comic.
So this book is based on the famous wuxia writer Kuang Ni’s work (I am assuming the One-Armed swordsman) and is kind of a love-letter to his style of writing. I actually just got off a wuxia/wushu kick myself so reviewing this comic will be a blast for me. That being said, let’s jump into “Lei Li- The Rage of the Tiger”.
Visually this is one of the most interesting comics I’ve read in a while. It’s a very minimalist, almost cartoony style done entirely with lineart. While the plot is a bit lite, I get the it is not the point of the comic. It’s really about the artistic direction and the stylized. Overall it’s only about 13 pages of actual comic and there is very little dialogue (which works in its favor). When there is dialogue the lettering is legible and the onomatopoeia are in the same style as the art.
If I had a criticism, it would be that the plot is a little convoluted and I often mistook characters for each other. The plot aspect is because they are doing a continuing story and I feel like you’d need to read them all together to understand what’s going on (and that’s part of the fun). It’s also a little short for a comic so if that bugs you… shame on you- it’s FREE.
I’m sorry for a short review this time but there isn’t a lot to critique here. There is some wonderful, highly stylized art, the start of a very traditional wuxia story, and it was a lot of fun to read. And it’s free! Give it a shot!