Best of 2018: by Alex Clark-McGlenn

 

Comic Books

 

Series of the Year: Isola

Isola #1

Isola gets a ton of acclaim. It’s not an accident. Brendan Fletcher (creator, writer) and Karl Kerschl (creator, writer, artist) have struck a chord with a piece that is adventurous, ambiguous, and moving all at once. As seems to be protocol at Image Comics these days, they’ve found another fantastic story. The first chapter of the series, 1-5, is over, but Isola is slated for a much-anticipated return in mid-January 2019. Readers are hoping for some flesh on the bones of a fantastical world we’ve barely come to know. It will be exciting to see how expansive the world, plot, and cast of characters becomes when this hit series continues.

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Comic Review: Warning # 1

The Warning combines authentic military language with a classic science fiction plot. Published by Image Comics and written and drawn by Edward Laroche, The Warning offers fans of military science fiction a new series to be excited about.

Story:

Classic plots easily become cliches in a genre that is often as formulaic as military science fiction. However, The Warning treads a fine line between classic and cliche to offer up a visually stunning, if tried piece of work.

The plot begins with the observance of a honey bee landing on a flower. A caption graces each panel; the internal dialogue of a soldier. His thoughts are poetic, his musing existential in nature, setting a tone that readers can’t forget even after the panels pull back and show readers a scene of an airbase. Soldiers gear up for an airdrop.

A flashback ensues. A woman sleeps on a couch. She looks worse for wear. The phone call she answers gets her out of bed, however. The military program that Congress scrapped, it’s back on, and it’s time for her to get to work. She ups her self with some coke from a small bottle. In the final panel, she looks better, her eyes clear. She’s ready to work.

Read the full review at SequentialPlanet.com

Comic Review: Night Moves # 1

Night Moves is a new noir horror comic from IDW, written by V.J and Justin Boyd, illustrated by Clay McCormack. The writers use a flashback structure to tell a story about the present day, thus creating both intrigues in the past events of the main character, as well as in his present (our future).

Story:

This comic begins 40 years after the story does. A young boy, tweenish, by his look, pulls to a stop on a hoverboard and enters a house. He’s just about to open a door marked with some arcane symbols and someone grabs his hand. An old man lives in the house. The boy asks for a story and the man begins to tell one. It’s the story of how he lost his one, true love.

Readers go back in time to our current day and age in the teller’s memory… On a night, when he hits on a pretty police detective, three violent priests come in with guns and start shooting. The shooting sparks a series of discoveries and events that propel the assembled cast of characters down a path rife with occult spookiness.

Read the full review on Sequential Planet.