Comic Review: The Empty Man #3

The Empty Man #3

Boom! Studios

Writer: Cullen Bunn

Artist: Jesús Hervás

The Empty Man, published by Boom! Studios is a new ongoing series that continues in the world Cullen Bunn created in the miniseries of the same name back in 2015. The original comic miniseries was picked up by 20th Century Fox has David Prior is set to write and direct the piece. With such success, it’s no wonder Bunn and Boom! Studios have brought the concept back for an ongoing exploration of this world. Three issues in and monumental power shifts that threaten life as we know it are already at play.

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Comic Review News

Hello all, I know it’s been a hot minute since I last posted. I apologize. I’ll try to be more on it. And truth be told it’s not because I haven’t been reading or reviewing comics, it’s because my platform for doing so has changed. While it was fun posting my own reviews on here, I saw a post on r/comics for comic reviewers and hopped at it. I’m now a contributor to Sequential Planet: comic, movie, and video game review/news website. It’s really a nice space, so go check it out.

So, what have I written lately? I’ve reviewed the new Image comic line, Dead Rabbit issues #1 and #2, as well as Sparrowhawk #2, from BOOM! Studios. here are links to all three.

Dead Rabbit #1

Dead Rabbit #1Dead Rabbit is a new ongoing series published by Image Comics. It is dark in tone, message, and content, and thus recommended for mature readers. Written by Gerry Duggan and illustrated by John McCrea Dead Rabbit tells the story of a (fictional) notorious robber.

Dead Rabbit #2

Dead Rabbit tells the story of Martin and Megan Dobbs. Martin was once known by a different name. A name that made headlines and was spoken out loud with a mixture of both admiration and fear: Dead Rabbit. But that was a long time ago and Martin retired from the game. Just before Dead Rabbit vanished, however, it’s believed he ripped off millions from a notorious gangster. They’ve waited years for him to reappear.

Sparrowhawk #2

Sparrowhawk is a 5 issue mini-series by BOOM! Studios. Sparrowhawk tells the story of Artemisia. A young woman of mixed race (African and English) who lives in England in 1851. In #1 she is pressed to marry to save her families fortune. To her surprise, however, she is yanked through a mirror into the land of Faerie. Sparrowhawk #2 continues the story of what happens while she is in Faerie.

In addition to my weekly comic review for SP, I have some other exciting projects in the works, and I’ll make sure to tell you all about them as they come to fruition. I’ll make sure to post links to my comic reviews each week as well.



Comic Review: Abbott, Issue 5


See the source imageIt’s been some time since I ventured into the world of Abbott, but it’s finally nice to finish of this 5 issue run.

Before I get to any of the spoilers and reviews, I just want to point out my most glowing endorsement of this comic: I really hope Boom! Studios orders more issues from the author. Saladin Ahmed and the artists, Sami Kivela, and Jason Wordie. This is one of the first comics I started getting into about a year ago, and I just couldn’t put it down. Every time I picked up an issue I was hooked. The only reason it took me so long to read this last issue was that I moved twice in 3 months and it never made it out of a box until now. But dang, I want more Abbott, and hopefully, you do too because that’s the only way more issues would be made: sales. Anyway, let’s talk about issue 5 a bit.

Set Up: If you haven’t read the other issues, don’t worry, I won’t ruin too much for you, just know that issue 4 was left on a cliffhanger and a reveal that was sorta predictable but earned at the same time. As #5 is the final issue to the arc, you’d know that there would be at least some closure.

Expectations: One of the tricky parts about this issue is that it certainly leaves the door open for more issues. It does a great job communicating that this world is larger than this story. Hopefully, we get to see more of this world, but we’ll see. The expectations well managed by the author, because not only do readers get a satisfying conclusion, we’re also given a glimpse into a larger world that is within potentially future plot arcs. It’s not easy to do–but this issue delivers both with ease.

Art: This is some of my favorite art in any comic. It has a rawness, yet is still detailed and precise. The rawness lends itself well to the 70s era, as does the atmospheric tones of color that act as backdrop. As someone who ha a comic script and is actively searching for an illustrator, this style is comic I’d want to be considered for my own work.

Conclusion: I’ve made this as spoiler-free as I can. I don’t think it gives anything away. The main thing I took away from this issue was–dang, sad it’s over. I’ll probably reread the whole 5 issue arc within the next few days, just to get the full experience. it’s that good. If you like urban fantasies set in a 70s era race-relations fraught time, this is an awesome series. And if you don’t like that, you should probably read it anyway.