Comic Book Review: Mortal Kombat X #1
It’s time to “Get over here!” and grab yourself a copy of Mortal Kombat X #1. Like Injustice: Gods Among Us, Batman 66 and a few other series, Mortal Kombat X is a digital first series. And unlike like some of the others, most of the physical copies will be a chapter or two ahead of the digital versions.
Since Mortal Kombat X #1 has three chapters of the digital version in here I have one thing to say after reading this comic. Mortal Kombat X #1 is so good that I can’t wait to get my hands on the video game when it comes out. You don’t even need to follow the last Mortal Kombat game to know what’s going on. It eases new readers in who might not be fans of the series starting with a small cast of both popular and new characters while also giving a general idea as to what the series is about. We also get a ton of violence and gore that satisfies those who associate this series with that level of action.
The first chapter is a small prelude that continues onto the next two chapters along with connecting the series to the main story. Which kind of reminds you of the game Mortal Kombat Deception with the Kamidogu involved. Although why the Kamidogu are daggers instead of symbols may leaving you questioning. I guess we’re going to have to wait and see as the series progresses. The rest of Mortal Kombat X #1 focuses on Scorpion and the new character Takeda. Takeda is a new character who works well for the new readers who haven’t heard of Mortal Kombat before now. He is an okay character despite having a similar appearance to a famous Street Fighter character.
I have to give Shawn Kittelsen some credit. Even though this is the first comic he’s written so far he captured the core of all the classic characters that appear in Mortal Kombat X #1. Even the new characters featured in Mortal Kombat X #1 feel like they belong in that world. That is to say remembering that we’ll probably never see some of them in the upcoming Mortal Kombat game. Though with that said you still appreciate that he’s taking his time to make sure he gets the characters right while telling a story.
The art for Mortal Kombat X #1 is amazing. Dexter Soy brings his A game for this issue. Heck there’s a picture of Raiden in Mortal Kombat X #1 that is so good that I have it as a desktop background. Each scene is well drawn with the exaggerations on the poses just right from the calling scenes to the gory fight scenes that Mortal Kombat is known for. Veronica Gandini has down an excellent job in colours. From the lighter to the darker scenes of Mortal Kombat X #1 the entire comic had that tone like the trailers to the game that’s coming this April.
Mortal Kombat X #1 was a fun start to the series that you must buy if you are someone who is invested in the Mortal Kombat world. Digital or physical this issue is a definite must read. Now this isn’t for younger readers since this comic is rated M and is really violent. However if you’re a fan of the games or just curious about the latest game in general I highly recommend adding this series to your pull list.