Grim anthology

REVIEW: Island #11 (comic)


Issue 11

Contributions by: Malachi Ward, Matt Sheean, Grim Wilkins, Robin Bougie, Joseph Bergin III, Remy Boydell, Michelle Perez, Johnnie Christmas, and Tamra Bon Villain. Brought to you by Emma Rios and Brandon Graham.

Published by: Image Comics

All right, full disclosure. I cannot be objective in any capacity when it comes to Island. It’s the single coolest thing on the shelves right now. What Emma Rios and Brandon Graham are doing might not be a new concept (anthology comics) but it is revolutionary. Bringing so many talents and skills and views and things together, it’s beautiful and amazing. That they also happen to be some of the most exciting talents and storytellers in the comic game right now is also a big bonus. Island, quite simply, is the best money you’ll spend every month on comics. The single biggest bang for your buck. So, thank you Emma and Brandon. Please keep up the great work.

And damn is issue eleven a thing of beauty. Filled to bursting with page-turning wonder and strangeness (and how about that Christmas/Bonvillain cover?), with the nothing short of epic conclusion to Malachi Ward and Matt Sheean’s Ancestor story. So massive, so deep. And so pretty to look at. If you’ve been following along (and you have been, right?) then this is a wonderful end to what has been a great piece of work. And to make things even better, the trade is coming out later this month so hopefully you’ve done the right thing and got it pre-ordered already. Seriously, this is great comic storytelling with high concepts and beautiful art throughout.

And then we get Grim Wilkins now in the pages of Island. Grim is a nice dude, and does mind-blowing work (particularly with inks). Mirenda is a stunning work of surrealism that I’m beyond happy to see now included in these hallowed pages. Wilkins does such crazy, amazing things with his work and it sucks you in and by the time you get to the last page it’s…you need more. Truly. Exciting times to be getting this kind of content (though if you were smart enough to jump in on the Kickstarter for Mirenda you already know this).

A truly trippy slice of strange is brought to us by Robin Bougie and Joseph Bergin III with The Incident. It’s short and pretty out there and if sources are to be believed the kind of thing that blasts truth way stranger than fiction. And I want to believe. I really do.

It’s all wrapped up on a somber, thoughtful note. The Pervert, from Remy Boydell and Michelle Perez is brave. It’s unflinching. It’s really the kind of story I think we need a lot more of not because it’s provocative but because it reaches out. It makes you wonder in a way people just don’t wonder enough, I think. About other people, about how they portray themselves and put themselves into the world. 

Congratulations to all and everyone involved in creating another stellar issue of Island. Like I said, it’s the single most exciting thing being put out right now and should probably get on everyone’s pull list. 

I warned you, man. Objectivity doesn’t exist here. I really, truly like Island.

– M

“If breaking the spell would hurt somebody else, it is noble of you to suffer yourself instead of inflicting suffering on others. You must miss the land of frat house very much.”

The Beast ducked his head, like a horse trying to escape the bridle. Beauty thought the gesture might have almost been shy.

“I miss my Xbox,” he admitted. “But I couldn’t really work the controller with the claws anyway.”

Beauty had no idea what the Beast was saying, but this much was clear: he was sad, and she could not simply care for his horses if she was going to wipe away the debt of her father’s life. If he was trapped in this body, in this castle, he needed help.

-Sarah Rees Brennan, “Beauty and the Chad” from Grim (aka, an anthology of fairy tale retellings you should check out if only for this gem)