“It seems to me that a beautiful view is all you’ve achieved here today.” *
So many comics not enough time. This week’s new comic book day is full of some amazing releases, so many that I’ve not had time to read them all and I’ve barely had time to write about the one’s I have read.
So, let’s just look at some of the beautiful work that is on offer this week, in a gallery style piece.
Cop out? I shall accept that.
But first, a quick rundown. If you are stuck for something to read, I recommend picking up one (or all) of the following:
East of West #36 from Image comics. It always seems so long between issues of Jonathan Hickman and Nick Dragotta’s apocalyptical tale of people involved in the end days, even when it’s on the normal monthly schedule. This is a comic of style and substance. It looks like a Kubrick movie and reads like a Frank Herbert novel. A lot has happened in the previous 35 issues but it’s never too late to catch up and the new issue is a very good taster of what to expect.
Dodge City #1. Boom! Studios new sporting comic is fun and fast paced: check out my review on comiconverse.com
Frankenstein Alive! Alive! #4 from IDW Publishing. I’ve not read this yet but I am sooooooooo looking forward to it. It is unfortunate that Bernie Wrightson didn’t get chance to finish this but Kelley Jones has done a wonderful job of completing the story. Maybe we could send a copy of this to The Sun newspaper to help them understand the Frankenstein story, but then I doubt it could help them. They's have to learn to read. (I’ve linked to a story they published but do not endorse the newspaper at all)
The Highest House. Another number 1 and another you can read more about on comiconverse.com (The number of times I must have typed the Highest Horse it's not even funny. Hopefully no tall nags got through)
From Image comics there is:
Prism Stalker #1, bright, colourful and more than a touch out there. A read it to believe it comic. Not going to be to everyone's taste but those who like it will probably love it.
Oblivion Song #1. The new comic from Robert Kirkman. He has bene promoting this for months now and spent some time talking about it at the Image Expo in February. The set up for the series is very good with a lovely combination of thrills and character exploration. Whether or not it will be his new Walking Dead remains to be seen but maybe it’s time for him to step away from the zombies. Kirkman keeps teasing the end of The Walking Dead but I’m not sure the fans will let him do it just yet.
The Spider King #1 from IDW Publishing is a Vicking/Alien mash up in a similar vein to Cowboys and Aliens or Cadillacs and Dinosaurs or Plants and Zombies. Maybe not the last one. The art work is dark and rough with thick black lines and shadows. It has a heavy, imposing feel to it which reflects the grimness of the narrative. It reminded me of a grown up version of How to train your dragons and the colour work by Adrian Bloch is wonderful, switching between blue and red washes then using them together in certain panels to highlight the distinction between character groups. It is such a satisfying visual treat.
Now, let gallery commence…
*Quote from East of West #26 written by Jonathan Hickman
And I'm aware that I went on for longer than planned but still, I promised a slideshow....