So, when you have the exciting task to work with Marvel Comics on “Edge of Spider-Verse – Spider-Man Noir”, what do you do to pass the time while hoping for a call back to continue writing? Traveling to China seems like the least most productive endeavor you could undertake. This, however, was not the case for Fabrice Sapolsky. His journey to China would not only change his views on superheroes, but would pave a path to a world where superheroes aren’t limited to one nationality. Where superheroes are immigrants to the United States, much like himself. He would discover Juan Jin, Long Huo and “The Spirit of the Earth”
Fabrice Sapolsky made a very wise decision in employing the artistic talents of Fred Pham Chuong. The artwork of Intertwined is one of the most enjoyable parts. It took me back with its old-school feel, really bringing forth feelings of nostalgia and excitement. Fred’s ability to paint a story is apparent. It’s very brilliantly drawn from the first page to the last.
Intertwined starts out in Chinatown in New York City, circa 1971. A Kung-Fu warrior is bouncing around the streets fighting the triad. The story takes an unexpected twist which would forever change the lives of Juan Jin and Long Huo. If you’re looking for spoilers, you’ve come to the wrong place. You have to read the story to find out what happens and how Juan Jin, Long Huo and the Spirits of Wu Xing shape the future “Spirit of the Earth”.
The story is one that is not meant for those easily offended by “explicit content”. In order to adequately tell the story, the language does not seem out of place. It adds to the emotion that our superheroes are feeling in that moment. That being said, the story reads as though it were written in a foreign language (possibly French as Sapolsky is from Paris) and then literally translated to English. Some of the grammar requires a second read to fully understand what is truly being said. My only other critique of this story is that it was difficult to follow who we were reading about. The story switches between Juan Jin and Long Huo, and it is difficult to keep them separate. My advice would be to pay attention to what each character looks like. That should help keep the story in line.
Overall, Sapolsky and Pham Chuong did an excellent job portraying an immigrant superhero trying to survive and make a difference on the streets of 1970’s New York City China Town. The artwork is pristine, and the story has a very familiar and comfortable feeling. This probably stems from Sapolsky’s history with Spider-Man. Do yourself a favor and check out Intertwined by Fabrice Sapolsky and Fred Pham Chuong with Dynamite Comics!
3 out of 5 Couch Cushions
-Cameron the Silver Screen Surfer