Wraithborn Redux #1 from Benitez Productions -
Melanie Moore was a normal, everyday, teenage girl, who spent her days doing normal, everyday, teenage things: looking after her lonely dad, dodging bullies at school, working an after school job, and mourning the loss of her beloved mother. Not a perfect life, but a normal one...Until Aegeus. Aegeus, was an agent of humanities oldest order of protectors, the Zanshin. He was also the possessor of the Wraithborn - an ancient power that the humans used to throw off the yoke that demonkind had placed upon them. Aegeus was supposed to pass the power to a Zanshin named Valin, but he was mortally wounded before he could do so. Dying, he happens upon Melanie...
Wraithborn Redux #1 was written by Marcia Chen and Joe Benitez, and drawn by Joe Benitez. It is a dark, beautifully rendered story reminiscent of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The protagonist, Melanie Moore, has been fleshed out nicely, and because of this, you really feel for her in her situations. Benitez's artwork is great, as usual, and the story itself, is good, but has a bit of a genericness to it that I can't put my finger on.
RATING: 7 out 10.
NOT-SO-FUN-FACTS: This is a director's cut version of a comic that was printed over 10 years ago. TEX should have paid more attention to the "REDUX" part of the title and less to the "Wraithborn." I am not sure if this comic will have any follow-on issues or not.