We Review The Shepherd: Apokatastasis Trade
Teenage death by drug overdose has become more common since gaining important notice in the late 20th century and of course presently in the 21st century. Whether these deaths occur on purpose, by accident or by a misguided prank, they affect families and individuals in different ways.
The Shepherd.: “After Professor Lawrence Miller’s teenage son Val’s tragic death from a drug overdose, he cannot shake the sense that his son’s soul is lost and wandering between heaven and earth. Grieving and deeply disturbed, he makes a fateful decision to commit suicide, electing to pursue his son into the afterlife. Lawrence’s soul awakens and immediately encounters his deceased father who has arrived to greet him in order to help him transition over. However, Lawrence rejects his father’s offer, choosing instead to stay in the ‘seam,’ the middle ground between heaven and earth, so that he can find his son and seek retribution. Lawrence embarks on his search for Val, beginning at his son’s grave. But as Lawrence begins to wage a brutal campaign of retribution against those responsible for the drugs that killed Val, his existence becomes a terrifying conflict between his unchecked anger…and his instinctive knowledge that he has lost his own way.”
Co-writer and creator Andera Lorenzo Molinari and Co-writer and creator Roberto Xavier Molinari are a father and son team. You don’t hear of too many these collaborations anymore, so this is great to see.
The Shepherd tackles a number of emotions, philosophy, belief and morality choices that we face anytime something tragic happens in our life. This comic shows that even if we believe to be steadfast in our core beliefs how easy once something tragic happens to us, we can easily break or forget them. It also outlines the pain and division it can cause in a marriage when a child is lost at a young age, especially to drugs. The story takes some elements of Ghost Rider, The Punisher, Philosophy, and Christianity and makes it it’s own unique story. It covers the depression that Lawrence goes through with the death of his son who he hasn’t had the greatest relationship with and the guilt, to the hatred and vengeance he eventually desperately seeks. After committing suicide in hopes of finding his son who he feels that his soul is not at rest he awakes in what is know as the “seam”( which is a nice twist on the Catholic belief in purgatory). He finds his father and forces him to help him unleash vengeance on the people responsible for giving and supplying the drugs to his son.
While the subject matter is very adult and may sound gloomy, there is a great message behind this story. It takes you on a real journey of ups and downs. Being a parent and having lost a child myself (not to drugs) it struck a few chords with me emotionally.
The art by Ryan Showers is decent and consistent which is all I ask from an indie book. The Colours by Heather Breckel and Mike Stefan were chosen well and once again consistent. People sometimes underestimate the importance of consistency while the art is not taking any risk it’s consistent no major flaws pop out at me which not all comics can accomplish these days.
With a price tag of 20 dollars US for 146 pages and an entertaining attention grabbing story, it’s differently worth your time and money. There is also a few pages at the end explaining the theology and philosophy behind the story as well as a brief history lesson for those who are curious.
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- Excellent Story Good value for price good melding of different geners and viewpoints
- Some may find hard to read due to the subject matter