Review: Cherish #1

By | November 2, 2022

I wonder if comic execs ever take a look at the shelves in comic book stores.  If so, I wonder what made them think that what the comic book world needs is another latex/leather  covered, techno suit wearing young woman with impossible breasts, on a revenge trip?

Cherish follows the aforementioned vigilante on a mission to take revenge on those who killed her father.  It seems that the world of high business is really really cut-throat.  That would certainly make The Apprentice more watchable!  Still, with a Girl Friday in the chair, a tech power suit and a figure to die for, Cherish must infiltrate Unicorn and find her fathers killer.

This book is based on character designs by Marc Silvestri, who supplied the A cover.  From there, writer Katana Collins takes over.  Collins is an author of repute, recently working in the Batman White Knight world.  Here, the plot is kind of obvious, with the barest of complications overlaying a straight up revenge story.  There is no real explanation of Cherish’s suit; how when she press the button different things happen to meet her  need is the biggest maguffin since the utility belt, is not explained this issue.  A brave move, as I am not sure that there is enough substance to the book to warrant a return visit to find out the secrets.  The dialogue works well enough, though can be a touch expositional in obvious places.

The selling point of the book will be the character of Cherish herself; a large breasted woman in skin tight latex/leather with a big gun  and/or knife.  Therefore, artist  Gabriel Caitano has to be on point; the lack of eyes on faces, along with a host of bland looks and wooden postures or poor camera angles means that Caitano is not even in the same zip coed as “on point”.  Things get better when Cherish “suits up”‘ Caitano get plenty of practice on a couple of particularly well rounded aspects to the lead character.  The colors from Omi Remalante JR. try hard too hard a level of darkness to proceeding, though seem a little bright for nighttime scenes.  Two time award winnersTaylor Esposito delivers his usual excellent work on letters.  Awards well deserved for sure.  There are a raft of covers available; buyers choice works.

Those who have read my reviews previously know that I am not against the female form in comic books.  But it has to be for a reason.  If you want the book to be more about form than substance, at least be consistent with the form.  Here, this book feels like the type of book that non-comic book fans will use to vilify the industry.  I wonder what the book would have looked like of Marc Silvestri had more input or supplied the art?

Writing – 3 Stars

Art -2.5 Stars

Colors – 3 Stars

Overall – 3 Stars

Written by; Katana Collins
Art by; Gabriel Caitano
Colors by; Omi Remalante JR.
Letters by;  Taylor Esposito
Based designs by; Marc Silvestri
Published by; Dynamite Entertainment