The Tithe, Vol. 1 by Matt Hawkins, Rahsan Ekedal
I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Why did I put 4 covers you might ask? Because this volume has 4 issues each with covers as you can see above and together they make pretty rainbow-like pattern :D. So yes, my only reason was – because they look pretty together. Live with it 😛
Now for the story…
It is kind of a modern Robin Hood story. We’ve got a group of activists called Samaritans who discovered some nasty money business going on in some way-too-rich churches and they want to put an end to this. They even sent some proof to FBI, so the “good guys” could handle it, but since the bureau wasn’t working efficiently enough Sam and her team decided to get the millions from those churches and give them to charity.
At the beginning everything works fine. Plans are well thought through and everything works out, but this can’t last forever.
Samantha is an interesting person and I admit I’d like to know a bit more about her past. In this story we just find out she’s a great hacker and that she wants to bring down those corrupted churches, but there’s no more back story for her and I’m curious how she came to be a part of this group, why she’s doing what she’s doing, etc.
The rest of the group, although not accidental, seems rather random. One of the guys – Kyle is clearly hitting on Sam and it seems these two have a past together. Kyle’s brother, Mike together with Rachel – Mike’s girlfriend, are more interested in each other and in drugs than in what Sam tries to achieve.
On the other hand we’ve got the FBI agents. Two partners who seem to be complete opposites in some cases, like religion, and yet they seem to work well together. One is calm, religious and has a family that he loves. The other is single, easy going, impulsive and a non believer.
Since everything revolves around churches and Christians authors also made this part of characters’ personality important.
Since it’s a graphic novel I should probably write few words about the graphic itself? Well, I’m not really good at this. I liked it, but I’d say it wasn’t perfect. In a few panels I had a feeling like characters’ eyes were looking in the wrong direction, profiles weren’t very proportional, etc. But generally I liked it. Plus I rarely read graphic novels, I’m more into manga, so the colors were a nice change ;).
As the story goes, I liked the heists. There were nicely planned and well shown, so I enjoyed these parts. The main plot was fine, but nothing special. The ending kind of surprised me, but I can’t seem to find the right words to tell you why without giving it up.
Would I recommend it to you? Maybe if you really like heist stories with a Robin Hood like thieves then yes. But if you’re not into that, there are probably more interesting novels out there.
Have you read Tithe? Did you even knew it existed? What do you think about it?