John Carpenter is one of those few creators whose name alone compels me to buy whatever it is that name is on. So, when I say John Carpenter's Asylum #1, I grabbed it without even opening the book.
Turns out, the book is pretty good, although it’s not clear just how involved with this project Carpenter actually is. Written by Bruce Jones with art by Leonardo Manco, Asylum #1 introduces readers to Daniel Beckett, a priest of questionable faith who works for the church dealing with cases of demonic possession. An assignment he is given brings him into conflict with Detective Jack Duran, a cop who responds to a B&E involving the same man Beckett is after. What follows is the inevitable “good guys fight with each other before teaming up” setup.
Asylum #1 is a decent enough first issue, but it certainly doesn't break any new ground. Carpenter’s presence really can’t be felt here at all, which makes me a little worried moving forward. That said, I will be grabbing the next issue to see where the story’s headed.
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