CALIBER: FIRST CANON OF JUSTICE 1
Written by Sam Sarkar and Drawn by Garrie Gastonny
Published by Radical Comics
Set against the Expansionist Era of Early America, Caliber: First Canon of Justice tells a tale of violence and betrayal and the coming of a mystic Lawgiver to the burgeoning frontier. The story opens by introducing us to Jean Michel, a half French, half Native American shaman who is on a vision quest to find the heir to a mystic weapon. In the midst of his quest, we meet Captain Pendergon (a play on Pendragon perhaps?) an officer in the Union Army who tasked with keeping the peace among settlers and the local Indian Reservation. We also meet his son, Arthur, who is a kind young soul who rails at the injustices he sees in society. With this, all the elements are in place for an interesting origin. And for the most part, it is. Borrowing a page from Dynamite Enteratinment’s Lone Ranger series, writer Sam Sarkar tells an old-time story in contemporary fashion. He even goes against convention and keeps us from learning the French-native American shaman’s name until two-thirds of the way into the story. (Some other writers might have had the character giving some hokey third-person narrative like ‘I am Jean Michel…shaman and all around bad-ass.’
The art is fully painted by Garrie Sarkar of Imaginary Friends Studio and is simply stunning. There are some weaknesses in the rendering of faces, which tend to be rather bland and uniform, but the overall composition of each page and use of ice-cold blues help give the story a tone of near spiritual desolation on the frontier.
The ‘twist’ ending of the story may not come as a surprise to seasoned readers (I saw it coming from the moment a particular character was introduced) but it does set up an intriguing second issue.
It should go without saying; this is Radical Comics at the highest caliber!
Ok, so I said it, but c’mon…the title alone is a pun, so sue me.
And buy this book!