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Comic Book Review - Noiduttu #1-7

Rob Lake reviews Noiduttu #1-7...

Noiduttu is a mythological tale brought to us by writer A.P. Delchi. Noiduttu centers on David Waters, a young archeology and mythology student at NYU. After a life altering encounter, Water's realises that the topic of his thesis, the Noiduttu is not only real, but the world as we know it isn't far removed from the myths that we're taught. 

I really enjoyed Noiduttu, it presents quite a unique story thats filled with mythology and heaps of intrigue. Throughout A.P. Delchi's tale, I never knew which way it was going. Noiduttu plays out like a supernatural thriller, that's very much grounded within the real world. 

The main character, David Waters is relatable in every sense of the term. He's just an ordinary person living their day to day life in New York. David starts off Noiduttu a bit nieve, his world is how he sees it and he believes what he sees is real. It isn't long before A.P Delchi introduces us to the Noiduttu and this starts David's downfall (or should this be transformation). It's not long before David has quite a life changing incident which then opens his closed world into something far more. Now he's seeing Ghosts and dancing in underground clubs with someone who's been dead over 100-years. 

It's nice to see David change as a character throughout the story. He starts to embrace that his world isn't normal, yet still attempts to live it the best he can. 
The Noiduttu also goes through quite a change. We're first introduced to the being as she attacks a would-be mugger in Central Park. However come issue #7, Delchi has really opened the character up. She's no longer just a 'monster'. If anything she's an incredibly complex character with a lot more to give. 

When it comes to writing Noiduttu can be a little tough to read in places. On occasion the text can bleed into the background, which being black & white can make it a little hard on the eyes. There's also a lot of unbroken speech, where the cell is nearly taken up by the speech bubble. Of course trying to fit quite a large story into 34-pages is going to have its limitations, and Delchi has quite the story to tell. 

Noiduttu is quite the story and there is a lot of detail given as to whats going on within the world and its characters. Delchi gives us a lot of talking heads and he really uses these to convay everyone's feelings, and more importantly motivations. Noiduttu isn't a story for everyone, but it's one that's completely worth reading.

Artwork comes from the talented Anna Wieszczyk. Anna utilises a black & white style that gives off a dark undertone in the Noiduttu tale. Each cell is packed full of detail which does wonders in setting up each scene. We're also given a few full pages by Wieszczyk which are both a delight and great at building the scene. On occasion the black & white style doesn't work. As I mentioned earlier the style of the lettering does bleed into the image on occasion. But considering everything else, it's a small oversight. 

All in all Noiduttu is an entertaining read. While it can be a little tough to read in places, if you stick with it you're rewarded with a tonne of characterisation and world building. The overall premise of the story isn't unique and Delchi even comments that it's "a tale as old as sin", however Noiduttu is different in every sense. If you like your comics at a more slower, personal pace then Noiduttu is for you. 

Rating 7/10

A copy of Noiduttu #1-7 was kindly provided for this review.

You can purchase Noiduttu and more via the Entropic-Designs website by clicking here.

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