I don’t envy the first issue of any series. In order to be considered properly successful they have to do a whole multitude of things: Introduce characters, set the story, have some form of closure as a self contained story, and (most importantly), make the reader want to come back for more.
Planetoid manages all of these, but perhaps not quite in the right order.
Here’s the thing.
If you were to ask me to write a list of themes, settings and styles I wanted to see in a comic, the first four entries in that list would be Dark Humour, Noir, Steampunk and Cowboys.
So, imagine my surprise one day when I find myself on the website of Accent UK, a small press comic publisher here in the UK.
Then, imagine my delight when I start to read about WesterNoir.
Rol Hirst is one very sick puppy.
That much is evident to anyone who picks up any of the three issues of Too Much Sex and Violence, a small press, collaborative effort from Rol and a collection of some of the most interesting and exciting artists in the UK.
If you’ve ever seen an episode of the League of Gentlemen, or Psychoville, in just a few pages you’ll soon recognise the feeling that’s creeping up your spine and into your brain: - a sort of whispering dread that tells you that something just isn’t right, but isn’t speaking loud enough to tell you what… Before screaming loudly and directly in your ear.
“LOOK AT IT!” it says. “HOW COULD YOU NOT MISS THAT!? I MEAN… JUST LOOK! MILK ISN’T SUPPOSED TO COME OUT OF THERE! NOBODY SHOULD EVER HAVE THAT MANY LEGS!”.
(Written by Abi)
Lady Mechanika does what it says on the tin – there’s a lady. Who’s mechanical.
I’m not going to leave it at that, but in all honesty that’s all it took to make me want to read the comics as I’m admittedly one of those women who loves female protagonists who regularly tear bad guys a new one without breaking a sweat. And this occurs with happy abundance in Lady Mechanika, but not at a such a sickening rate that it dominates the story. Nope. This comic, darling, has class.
(Written by Chris Spann)
Mind the Gap is one of two new series released by Image Comics this month (The other being Epic Kill - which I’m excited about, but I only have so many pennies in the giant pewter tank in which I keep my change), both of which have already sold out and being granted a second print.
And while I can’t speak for Epic Kill (which I’ve not read), Mind the Gap totally deserves it.