Let me tell you about the best Dark Horse comic series I have ever read. It is called Rex Mundi. If you are a fan of the Indiana Jones films, the striking similarities will make you fall in love with the Rex Mundi comic instantly.
Rex Mundi is a comic series set in an alternate history where the Catholic Church holds immense power in Europe. The main character, Dr. Julien Sauniere, is a priest and archeologist who becomes embroiled in a dangerous conspiracy involving the Holy Grail and the murder of a fellow cleric. With the help of his allies, including a Jewish rabbi and a Templar Knight, Sauniere must navigate the treacherous political landscape of 1930s France to unravel the mystery and prevent a catastrophic event.
One of the best things about Rex Mundi is how it seamlessly blends together different genres and themes. It is not just an action-packed adventure or a historical fiction; it is also a political thriller and a mystery. The complex plot twists and turns, making it impossible to predict what will happen next and keeping readers on the edge of their seats. Additionally, the characters are well-developed and layered, adding depth to the story and making it even more engaging.
In addition to its captivating storytelling and well-developed characters, Rex Mundi also features stunning artwork that brings its alternate history Paris to life. The attention to detail in each panel is impressive, from the ornate architecture to the intricate costumes. The artists’ use of light and shadow adds to the eerie and ominous atmosphere of the story.
I will be talking about volume 2. Rex Mundi tells the story of a man named Julien Sauntiere, a physician who had begun a quest to seek the holy grail. As alluded to, the Rex Mundi comic has striking similarities to the third In Indiana Jones film, The Last Crusade. It even takes place during the 30s, with the presence of Nazis.
The twist, however, is the existence of sorcery. There are vampires, as well. So take an adventure story, add some Nazis and vampires, and you get one damn fine comic book. Of course, there is much more as well, such as conspiracies gone amok. I could give more of the story away, but you would hate me forever for doing so. You will know what I mean when you read it.
The art and coloring is absolutely stunning, with some fantastic work by Juan Ferreyra. Dark Horse has not always been my cup of tea; however, in this case, they have given me new faith as a respected publisher. Make time to read the Rex Mundi Omnibus.
If you had read Rex Mundi, give me your thoughts below.