This is it, my new series with Johnnie Christmas out April 29th. Pisces: a science fiction body horror comic where I’m realizing my greatest physical and psychological fears in sequential panels. Here’s the solicitation:
Former fighter pilot Dillon Carpenter found everything he wanted when he returned from the Vietnam War. A loving partner, a dream career training with NASA to travel through space, and soon, he will learn, a prime candidacy for a secret mission, one that will forever change the world: First Contact. But as Dillon prepares, his war trauma returns and he’s haunted by dark visions of his future. There is but one constant; the voice whispering from the stars.
A sci-fi psychological body horror series from the writer of RAT QUEENS and the artist of SHELTERED.
Sleepy Hollow digital comic Written by: Mike Johnson Illustrated by: Matias Bergara Colored by: Tamra Bonvillain Letters by: Jim Campbell Editor: Dafna Pleban
BOOM! Studios’ Sleepy Hollow comic (written by Marguerite Bennett, art by Jorge Coelho and featuring shorts by Noelle Stevenson) debut October 15th. Be sure to let your local comic shop know you want a copy by September 22nd (also the premiere of Season 2 on FOX) by following this handy comics ordering guide!
After a brisk first issue, the subsequent installments of Wayward jam-packed the series with a ton of plot. In this new arc the comic goes back to basics covering a new protagonist. Emi Ohara is just the change in tone Waywardneeded, and also serves to enrich this fictional Japan with…
Story By: Jim Zub
Art By: Steve Cummings
Art By: Tamra Bonvillain
Cover By: Steve Cummings
Cover By: Tamra Bonvillain
Variant Cover By: Takeshi Miyazawa
Cover Price: $3.50
Digital Price: $2.99
Diamond ID: JAN150719
Published: March 25, 2015
IMAGE’S SUPERNATURAL SENSATION CONTINUES! The second story arc begins! After the traumatizing finale of the previous issue, everything has changed. Who is Ohara and how does she fit into the great pattern of destiny and power? “It’s not fluke. Featuring a variant cover by fan favorite TAKESHI MIYAZAWA (Runaways, Spider-Man Loves Mary Jane, Code Monkey Save World).
THOUGHTS: Wayward “Chapter Six” - Disrupting the Norm
"Chapter Six" Story by Jim Zub, Line Art Steve Cummings, Colors Tamra Bonvillain, Letters Marshall Dillon, Back Matter Zack Davisson
So, tell me if you’ve heard this before. There is a
girl, Ohara Emi. She is kind of ordinary. A bit shy, more interested in being a
good daughter for her family than doing the things that she really loves. She
has her routine and sticks to it. She gets up. She walks to the train. She goes
to school. Goes home, dose her home work. Sleeps and repeat. If Wayword had suddenly become a rom com,
here’s where the meet cute would happen and that routine would be thrown into
all types of disarray. Since writer Jim Zub hasn’t jumped genre, it is those
demon fox, Kitsune (see back of issue 3) that come and rupture Ohara Emi’s
routine and normalcy.
Since I have a hard time waiting for things and the price
came out to be about the same, I bought Wayword
#1-5 instead of waiting for the trade. I then proceeded to read it all in
one go. It’s a fast read, and I do not mean that as a negative. It read fast
because the plotting is powered by constant a disruption/discovery mostly
centered on teenagers awakening some mystical powers. This inevitably leads to
more questions and discovery, like a perpetual motion machine. In the case of
Ohara, it appears she can melt stuff that comes in contact with her. Of course
this awakening is all part of a larger conspiracy the cast finds themselves apart
of. Only, they and by extension the reader don’t really have even the vaguest
outline of a shadow what it all means. This is perfectly fine, and refreshing.
As it stands, this is an age of franchised transmedia
intellectual property, where everything is all connected in one big story
universe. The concept isn’t new but it has been leverged in the last decade to
a far higher commercial return than previously seen. A byproduct of this
increased commercialization is an over fetishization
of the ‘mythology’ related to these IPs. Basically, corporations have tapped
into the key aspect of the canonical nerd, the need to know how everything works
and figure out the mystery. This is opposed to the other pole on the nerd spectrum,
the transformative nerd: taking the object and reshaping it to fit their
interest. Look back at the fandom surrounding LOST and how the story about the series was trying to figure it all
out. Not, the effects the events had on series characters. Personally, trying
to figure it out isn’t really my thing. The mythology that exists in these
objects is largely just macguffery. I only care about it in so much as how it
informs the characters and helps to tell the emotional story.
is a series built on Japanese folklore (seriously read the essays in the back)
but, this is all just a touchstone for the object being created. Jim Zub and Steve
Cummings cast of characters exist in a larger world where the Yokai mythology
is being leveraged to tell what will likely be a coming of age story centered on
a conspiracy of some sort. You don’t murder moms and have sinister looking
adults for no reason. Now, what that conspiracy is and how it all relates to Rori
Lane’s string vision is unknown, and as previously stated that is fantastic.
Zub is insistent on an extreme interiority to his characters. It sets the point
of view of the book squarely within their realm and sphere of knowledge. Even
as we notice things, Ohara doesn’t; such as her melting just about anything she
touches. We are left with as much understanding as they are. The mythological explanations
are limited to what the characters know. Even when we do leave the characters,
Zub doesn’t elucidate much except to setup more ominous adults.
This limited POV helps to give Wayward its momentum. This is a book made up of bunch not stupid
but unknowledgeable characters because they have been thrown into the deep end
of the pool. They have a base understanding of what their powers do and even
that’s just scratching the surface. What exactly are the rules of Nikaido’s powers?
Doubt he knows. I sure don’t. Struggling to swim, the characters act and
decision make on an emotional/base moral level (they see aggression from
obviously bad looking Yokai and step in). This leads to a shoot first ask
questions latter kind of dynamic.
Thankfully the shooting as represented by the art
team: Steve Cummings (line), Tamra Bonvillain(colors), is often gorgeous to intake.
Page 21, where Ayane takes out the Kitsune is filled with such dark humor mixed
with glee. Ayane isn’t as sadistic as Sergeant Donny “The Bear Jew”
Donowitz(Eli Roth) from Inglorious
Bastards but that is certainly the comparison made. Of the 11 panels, 10 are taken up by the bludgeoning
of a hypnotized demon fox and filled with such emotion and movement. Only one,
the center shot of Ayane with a dark grin on her face is drawn by Cummings not
blurred mid-motion. The other 9 panels are show at the midpoint between action
and consequence, bodies and bats fly but have yet to be brought to rest. Page
21 reads really fast because of this midpoint imagery. I’d hazard to say it’s like
cutting on motion in film, where the momentum in the frame (which has drawn our
eye) carries through to the next cut making it harder to perceive.
With how issue 5 ended, I was curious to see if we
would begin to have answers to questions. But issue 6 reminds me; such answers
right now would break the story with how it is being told. And I don’t really
want them. I want the characters to have the answers.
By Jim Zub, Steve Cummings, & Tamra Bonvillain
Wayward is back from its hiatus and introduces a new story arc. A new character comes to the forefront in this issue, leaving readers with many unanswered questions. It’s a very different direction than most new story arcs would take, especially …