*This review will be slightly different as it is two reviews in one, both by Ukan Drawtwo. Overall layout remains the same. Enjoy.
BACK IN TIME WHEN JUSTICE CAN BE BOUGHT BY PUTTING A BULLET IN THE HEAD, A TIME WHEN THE JUDGE, LAW AND EXECUTIONER IS ONE PERSON, THE GOOD OLD WEST WILD AND VIRILE IS IN PERIL OF BECOMING A WASTE LAND.
SPIRITS WANDERING FEEDING ON SOULS AND HOPES OF FREE WORLD IS IN GUTTERS OF DARKNESS. FOR THE FIRST TIME JUSTICE CANNOT BE OBTAINED BY A BULLET OR DYNAMITE……
THE WHITE MAN HAS MET HIS MATCH.. NO AMOUNT OF PRAYING, EXORCISING OR WEAPONS CAME TO HELP. WITH THEIR PRIDE SHATTERED THEY SOUGHT HELP FROM THE NATIVES WHO SEEM TO KNOW WHAT IS HAPPENING.
ONE MAN CAME FORWARD TO HELP THEM BUT FOR A PRICE, THE STORY ACCOUNTS THE ADVENTURES AND TRAVELS OF A SHAMAN IN A SPIRIT INFESTED WILD WILD WEST
Reading the synopsis can make your brain a bit muddled. Honestly, I would just scratch it and go straight into the actual story.
Ka Kaa: The Shaman Trials is a well-executed story, brought to life by strong pencil work.
Ukan Drawtwo has a unique way of introducing characters, with a seemingly strong passion to creepy close-ups.
Not only does he introduce characters with a creepy vibe, but he introduces the setting with eerie angles and points of focus.
To go along with the closeups, comes Ukan Drawtwo’s ability to pinpoint the small details. This is incredibly important when you are going to get that close to a characters face.
Continuing on with art style, some of the scenes in Ka Kaa: The Shaman Trials are captured beautifully with expert shading and great contoured character shots.
This comic focuses a lot on battle scenes, and normally I’m slightly opposed to these. They usually come out blurry and diffiuclt to understand exactly what is going on (movies are just as bad at this as any still-life shot). But Ukan Drawtwo somehow manages to capture movement very well, and makes most scenes relatively easy to follow.
The script is decent, there are some grammar errors, and it’s difficult to say whether that is on purpose or not, but based off the synopsis, I’m going to say they were unintentional.
Staying on topic of the script, some of the speech bubbles could be slightly larger. It isn’t hard to read because the writing is very neat, but it would be more convenient if they were slightly larger.
Overall, I love this story. It has a lot of exciting scenes, and some great character designs. I would like to see it digitally redone. It would be a stronger image if the lines were darker and the contrast between black and white was sharper. There are some erased pencil lines that are visible on the current version, and these could be eliminated if digitally enhanced.
If you are looking for a new story to read that isn’t too long, then I recommend this one. It has a lot of characteristics that would intrigue a range of audiences.
Want to give Ka Kaa: The Shaman Trials a read? Check it out here!
Ka Kaa: Jataka is a collection of short stories of experiences from my life and those of around me most oftenly having a twisted humour and moral at the end of it.
Just like these stories, I’m going to keep this review short and sweet. Ukan Drawtwo’s description of these short stories are pretty accurate. They are adorable little silent stories that can put a smile on your face after a dreary day of rain and drone-like work.
Some of the stories have a comical twist to them, which really can brighten your day.
I would recommend this five minute read to anyone who would like a bit more happiness in their life (hopefully that’s everyone).
I mean, how can you not love this face?
Want to read something that cheers you up? Check out Ka Kaa: Jataka here!