Kato Origin #11
Written by Jai Nitz
Pencils by Colton Worley
Inks by Colton Worley
Colors by Carlos Lopez
Letters by Simon Bowland
Covers by Colton Worley, Francesco Francavilla
Release date: August 31, 2011
Cover Price: $3.99
I want to say upfront that I have not read the other books in the Kato Origins line. Normally this isn’t that big of a hindrance when reading a single issue. There is normally a brief recap, and then plenty of information to keep you in the know. This isn’t necessarily the case, and I’ll get to why that is in a moment.
Kato Origins #11 opens in a basement store room, with who I can only assume is Kato (since the character is never named) and a woman, who apparently loves murder and dead things. I assume this because her opening line is “Two corpses at one party? … This is better than Christmas.” To which Kato responds by punching her in the face a few times, kind of an awesome moment. Just because you’re a girl doesn’t mean you get to be a sociopath. We are then treated to 17 pages where the only words on the page are onomatopoeia, or “find him.” I’m all for trying to tell a story with just pictures, but the story is all over the place. He escapes from a party, gets on a boat, kisses what I expect is a girl who’s head is bandaged, makes eyes at two other girls. Then he meets up with Green Hornet who gives him too hard of a hug, then karate chops a chimney, and kicks a tree. He dresses up as Kato and beats up some bad guys. Meanwhile, I have no idea what the hell is going on.
Again, I haven’t read the rest of the series, but one would think that had those pages had words on them I would have been in a better position to figure out what is happening. It was almost as though the center of the book (17 pages out of 22) where it was only pictures, was disconnected from the rest of the story.
So that’s the story. The art in this book is also just so-so. It just doesn’t feel like it gels together. The sweat on Kato’s brow looks like it’s just hanging there, not actually connected to his head. It is almost as if the backgrounds were done with the people on separate paper, then cut out and laid on the background.
In all, I was a bit disappointed by this book. I appreciate the risk involved in trying to tell a story with just the art. However, if you are going to dedicate 77 percent of your book to just art, you had better make sure the art is astounding. I’m giving this book a 2 out of 5. I hope in issue 12 a story can really get going.