Redemption can take a lifetime. John Bishop only has seven days…and many bullets.
Brian Edward Hill’s tale of an assassin taking lives in order to save his own is an interesting premise. Shortly after John Bishop gets his head exploded he winds up in hell. Enter a passed relationship, an avenging and guilty assassin and of course a sexy demon. If there’s one thing mainstream media has taught us it’s that demons from hell are always either ugly as hell or sexy as hell. Lucky for us Martha is indeed sexy as hell.
Written by Brian Edward Hill and Rob Levin, 7 Days From Hell offers some fairly interesting characters. John Bishop himself sounds like your typical loner assassin type. None too much out of the ordinary but the hints at his back story could possibly make for interesting developments in the future. Martha, the sexy hell demon, is another kettle of fish all together. She is seeking to win her place back into heaven by doing God’s will. She believes that by punishing evil God will forgive her transgressions and accept both her and John into heaven. While John himself is your standard kind of anti hero Martha seems a lot more interesting. The main plot of the first issue is grand. It’s not going to change the world but it is interesting for the most part.
I’m not entirely sure how I feel about the art in 7 Days. It’s certainly not bad, the panelling is well laid out and reads well. The characters look well and it tells the story adequately. The scratchy look works but often times I found that the panels were missing something. It could be the backgrounds. The backgrounds in this comic are more often than not just colors. Bright oranges or blues. This doesn’t look awful but it certainly means that certain panels can feel bland or underused. Phil Noto’s pencils are good, in a lot of ways they are similar to Michael Lark’s, who’s art style I find very impressive but there just feels like there’s something not there that could have been.
All in all 7 Days is a good read and I feel like it could stem into something very impressive. Like I’ve stated before Martha is what’s really going to either make or break this series. I can imagine some sort of crazy ass relationship with her and John. Also it would be interesting to she her relationships with the characters of heaven and hell and how John fits into all that. The potential for this book is really high even if it doesn’t quite hit it in this issue. The future could be extremely bright for 7 Days. I’ll surely check out the next issue or so to see if it begins to live up to my expectations.