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3Keys #1 (of 5)

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Han Solo artist DAVID MESSINA invites you to explore the mysterious world of 3KEYS!

Did the inhabitants of another dimension flee into our reality to save themselves from the terrible wrath of the Great Old Ones…or to help prepare us for a final devastating invasion? And what if humanity’s only chance against these Great Old Ones is an impetuous mischievous young woman and her sardonic furry and surprisingly violent mentor?

All questions are asked and answered in this five-part introduction to writer and artist DAVID MESSINA’s epic apocalyptic universe featuring 27 full story pages!
Han Solo artist DAVID MESSINA invites you to explore the mysterious world of 3KEYS!

Did the inhabitants of another dimension flee into our reality to save themselves from the terrible wrath of the Great Old Ones…or to help prepare us for a final devastating invasion? And what if humanity’s only chance against these Great Old Ones is an impetuous mischievous young woman and her sardonic furry and surprisingly violent mentor?

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Format
Kindle Edition
Print Lenght
28 pages
Language
English
Price
$1.99
Amazon ASIN
B0BGJNB7X6

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5 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 96

    You Don't Read Comics

    Lovecraft was prolific. Messina has a huge playground to move around in for a series with his work as a foundation. Three women dont know each other, and theyre all descendants of the same guy…AND they all have great cats that (evidently) only they can see as spirit guides. Its such an appealing contemporary horror fantasy. Messina and company really have something here, and it feels so cleverly formed even in the first panel.

  • 84

    GWW

    There is one massive and a few smaller stories to discover in the pages of 3Keys #1. Reader’s know from the prologue there is one key we haven’t met yet. Also, there is the question of why Dale and Noah’s mentors “train them differently. Noah parties hard and isn’t hard on the eyes. But with the multiverse at stake hopefully there is more to unlock.

  • 74

    Comic Watch

    Suffice it to say that introducing your main character in a scene that derides your audience with an ugly stereotype seems like a bad way to win that audience over. Perhaps if the remainder of 3Keys #1 was more impressive I might have moved off that scene. But the issue never recovered, and I cant find enough positive qualities to recommend it.

  • 70

    ComicBook.com

    David Messina’s original tale is a delightful one to look at, with expertly drawn action sequences and some great facial expressions that really help tell the story. The world built in this first issue is exciting and certainly hooks you in for the future. When the book is focused on the story itself, it’s excellent, but a lengthy sequence early on debating sexuality and the purpose of nerds does make you worry about where things are going. Fortunately, Messina doesn’t take too long getting back on track.

  • 60

    Lyles Movie Files

    David Messina introduces a new action series that looks fantastic. Messina is a tremendously talented artist. His characters are full of life and energy. Panel construction is lively as Messina avoids making pages too stagnant and predictable. The color choices are fantastic and just pop off the page. But the story just doesn’t flow as smoothly.

    Messina goes with an extended opening sequence about aliens emerging from the Dreamlands trying to stop more sinister alien invaders. It’s a clunky opening sequence that leads to dudes gawking at Noah, one of the main characters, during her day job as a comic book shop clerk. The story gets more confusing as another character and a tiger battle a massive monster in the streets. Messina makes this fun with word balloon choices and the flow of the fight, but it’s not a seamless reading experience.

    Comic books are largely a visual medium so it’s easy to see this book gaining a following on the strength of the art alone, but it’s going to need a stronger script to truly make it a standout.

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