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Belle - Thunder of Gods Review

Writer: Dave Franchini

Art By: Ismael Canales

Publisher: Zenescope

Reviewed By: Dean Asquith

My Rating: 🏹🏹🏹🏹


A warrior is only as good as the weapon they master unless that weapon is capable of destroying all in its path. The underbelly of Philadelphia is stirring, and the rumblings are whispering war. Belle is about to get pulled into something she doesn’t fully understand, but something that could destroy all she holds dear is about to be unleashed. Don’t miss this epic clash as Belle takes on the thunder of gods!

My Opinion

Beauty and the beast… but not as you know it. Belle is a beast hunter ... not a beast lover! My first foray into an ‘alternate fairy tale’ story has been a fantastic one. As my first Zenescope comic i was totally unaware of what to expect but i was in for a brilliant surprise.

This story is explosive from the very start with gods, titans, beasts and explosions...I mean, what more could you ask for? Dave Franchini has managed to, in 32 pages, create an entirely captivating story that is full of everything you would expect from a comic about a beast hunter/school teacher, with elements of humour along the way. The story doesn’t exactly hold any secrets and won’t keep you guessing in a way that a ‘who done it’ would but that (for me) is what makes it special. You are more likely to be left imagining; how on earth did Belle end up that way? Or, what has that turtle got to do with beast hunting?

Nevertheless Dave has delivered a pretty fiery opening to what promises to be a fantastic run for Belle.

This art is brilliantly well done by Canales, The character emotions are captured perfectly and compliment the script with a fantastic level of synergy. I felt totally engrossed in the fight scenes due to the fine eye for detail. I adored the opening panels that revolved around the gods, titans and beasts, Canales captured the majesty and mysticism which gave a brilliant platform for the rest of the comic to build on.

I am very much looking forward to more stories to be told about Belle and as a result of this particular comic I will certainly be diving into more stories from these fairy tale based style characters from Zenescope.

“Don’t try to turn the turtle against me, he knows i’m right to worry.” - Mel

Belle: Thunder of Gods releases through Zenescope on 24/03/21.

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