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Hickman’s Secret – Gainful Employment

11 Sep

Jonathan Hickman is having a very good year.

One of Image Comics many gifted talents!

Between the schizoid homicidal scientist historical (sci)fiction series, Manhattan Projects and the vintage-modern spaghetti western, East of West, Hickman’s latest, Secret hit shelves recently.

Secret appears to be more refined and subtle, subject-wise, than the other two titles. It focuses on the minutiae of a private security organization and the relationships of it’s members and the family at the heart of it all.

This collab with artist Ryan Bodenheim is climbing my year’s best of list. I’ve reread 1-3 twice already.

It’s a mystery-thriller with some incredibly rendered panels. Check out this panel from Secret #3 – The System.

Three panels in one. Brilliantly composed.

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Color is used quite effectively throughout to denote flashback or some other sequence of events that have some significance in the ‘present’ narrative.

If you’re trying to figure out a new monthly to get into or you missed out on Image Comics associate and Walking Dead scribe Robert Kirkman’s Thief of Thieves series, then this title comes with my highest recommendation.

Matz and Jacamon’s The Killer – Comic Book Wednesday

7 Aug

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Happy #comicbookwednesday! The Killer by writer Matz and artist Luc Jacamon follows a nameless kill-for-hire assassin in the twilight of his career. I picked up the Omnibus edition at #SDCC while spending hours (and $$$) in the Archaia Entertainment booth.

The protagonist narrates the story as he attempts to collect the debt owed him by his employer. His musings on life and death are fascinating. Admittedly, he prefers silence and distance to complete a job. He also mediates on his own reptilian tendencies and how he fits in with the rest of the human species but these never suffer from sentimentality and he deftly avoids moralizing. It’s this singular focus that keeps The Killer from spiraling into pathos. One can’t help but cheer for the guy. While on ‘one last job’ he begins assessing his life’s work of dealing death when something goes awry. We follow him as he investigates the betrayal.

The art is arresting. Cinematic. Its no wonder David Fincher optioned the story and is currently in pre-production on a filmic version of The Killer. The female characters are exquisitely rendered, vibrant and exotic though mostly one-dimensional with the exception of The Killer’s love interest. An exotic and beguiling beauty he meets while vacationing in South America.

If you love hard-boiled, noir-style narratives, I highly recommend Matz and Jacamon’s The Killer. 

Caustic Soda Kickstarter Launch

2 Jul

Caustic_Soda_2.8.13_4The Kickstarter campaign for Caustic Soda has launched. You can participate in this creative endeavor by contributing and receiving the fantastic rewards we have lined up, including artwork from Daniel Crosier, Sonny Kay, BobRob Medina and Moonlight Speed.

Thanks for your support and please share with friends and family.

LINK to Kickstarter: http://kck.st/13jlAok