Pisces #1 Review: Plenty of Signs of Intelligent Life in this One!

Pisces #1 Review: Plenty of Signs of Intelligent Life in this One!

Pisces #1
Written by: Kurtis J. Wiebe
Art by: Johnnie Christmas
Colors by: Tamra Bonvillain
Lettered by: Ed Brisson
Published by: Image Comics
Reviewed by Nikki S.

Another week, another case of “what in the heck did I just read?” Because seriously, this is not a book to be digested in one read-through, and it’s not a book that presents itself clearly. Pisces #1, written by Rat Queensscribe Kurtis J.…

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Mercy Kill - a put on hold series I was working on with tessfowler and Tamra Bonvillain. Hope to one day come back to it.

This is a team of villains in the series.

Death Race meets Unforgiven. An angry fist against the dudebros in power.


Coming this October! Wayward Book 1 Deluxe Hardcover!

Written by Jim Zub

Art by Steve Cummings, Tamra Bonvillain, & John Rauch

Cultural consultant and back matter by Zack Davisson

Rori Lane is trying to start a new life in Japan, but ancient creatures lurking in the shadows of Tokyo sense something hidden deep within her, threatening everything she holds dear. Can she unlock the secrets of her power before it’s too late?

The deluxe hardcover collects issues #1-10 (volumes 1 and 2 of the the trade paperback) and will be 15% bigger. It will also include 70+ pages of bonus material such as:

  • Every cover illustration
  • Design sketches
  • Poster of the 5 part collected covers for issues #6-10
  • Every essay on Japanese culture and mythology from the original issues.(the trade paperbacks only collected some)

Pre-order now from Amazon or your local comic shop.



Wayward Volume 1: String Theory Review


Wayward is an Image Comics series rated Mature created by jimzub and Steve Cummings. Line art is done by Cummings, coloring is handled by Tamra Bonvillain, Ross A. Campbell, Josh Perez, John Rauch, and Jim Zub, color flats were done by Ludwig Olimba, and courtesy of Marshall Dillion the lettering was taken care of. Special Thanks to Kalman Andrasofszky, Jeff “Chamba” Cruz, Erik Ko, Nishi Makoto, Ron Richards, Brandon Seifret, Charles Soule, Eric Stephenson, and Adam Warren. 

Chief Operating Officer Robert Kirkman 

Chief Financial Officer Erik Larsen 

President Todd McFarlane 

Chief Executive Officer Marc Silvestri 

Vice-President Jim Valentino 

Publisher Eric Stephenson 

Director of Business Development Ron Richards 

Director of Trade Book Sales Jennifer de Guzman 

Director of PR and Marketing Kat Salazar 

Director of Retail Sales Corey Murphy 

Director of Digital Sales Jeremy Sullivan 

Sales Assistant Emilio Bautista 

Senior Accounts Manager Branwyn Bigglestone 

Accounts Manager Emily Miller 

Administrative Assistant Jessica Ambriz

Events Coordinator Tyler Shainline 

Content Manager David Brothers 

Production Manager Jonathan Chan 

Art Director Drew Gill

Print Manager Meredith Wallace 

Production Artist Addison Duke 

Production Artist Vincent Kukua 

Production Assistant Tricia Ramos 

My utmost gratitude towards everyone that has made Wayward possible! Each of you are an undeniably integral piece of what makes Image Comics, well, Image Comics! Thank you so much! 

The foreword by Zack Davisson, the author of Yurei-The Japanese Ghost and the mastermind behind the “popular Japanese folklore website “ really set the stage regarding Zub’s and Cumming’s Wayward which instantly eased my hesitant hands. I too don’t like it when “Japan As Decoration” is utilized in stories. This was my chief fear about Wayward and why I had been avoiding it for so long…Let’s face it, this occurs often enough to be wary about anything that has Japan whatnot on the cover and it isn’t a manga. 

Man, I have problems when anime is translated and brought over here to America since the Japanese part likely has been stripped. I then go and find the original version to make sure nada important, educational, or reflective of the culture as a whole has been omitted/edited. I like it when I’m engaged or soaked into another culture (more like lost inside, ha ha) I’ve never personally been a part of. 

Thankfully, this is what Wayward just finished doing for me. With my hands trembling in anticipation after confirming that Wayward was for me, I persisted reading it. The Yokai Files section in the back is an appreciated plus: it adds another dimension to Zub’s narrative along with the visual work by Cummings and I’m very grateful for Davisson taking the time to pen them. 

Our teenage main character Rori Lane has lived “ a life of rice an’ potatoes”. Because her father is Irish and her mother is Japanese, both cultures have been a mainstay since she was born. Recently reunited with her mother Sanae in Japan, something deep within Rori is stirring. Unlocking. Something she’s never known about herself. On the day of her arrival, after being followed by a unnerving number of cats, she’s attacked by “kappas” and is rescued by a girl that has feline eyes. Rori’s life continues heading down this increasingly bizarre spiral throughout the rest of the trade. At least, she doesn’t remain alone. 

Seeped with Japanese mythology, memorable moments/dialogue, characters I’m extremely inquisitive about, and artwork I cannot stop staring it, Wayward is the inception of a something fresh and remarkable.  Bleeding Cool said that “If Wayward isn’t the next Saga, it’ll be a damn criminal shame.” As I sat here collecting my thoughts about what I just had the pleasure of reading and before I put my fingers onto the laptop’s keyboard, remembering this specific quote on the back being that final push to pick up Wayward Volume 1: String Theory, originally, caused me to smirk. I wholeheartedly agree.

Totally including it in my pull-list from now on. 

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Writer: Kurtis Wiebe

Artist: Johnnie Christmas

Publisher: Image Comics

Cover price: $3.99

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Well, in the middle of this issue, I wanted to be in Dillon’s shoes or rather his space boots, which is unusual considering he’s so weighted down by regret and the body horror he experiences is hard to stomach. But hot damn, the space scenes are are so captivating. They evoke an urge to jump into the panels as if they were the chalk paintings from Mary Poppins…but of course not chalk, more alive and pulsating which is what Christmas and Bonvillain do so well together throughout this series: making the imagery energetic. Opening with Dillon arriving to visit his ol’ foul-mouthed pal Henry from ‘Nam, we see how the war and being a P.O.W. affected him. They reminisce and chat about coping mechanisms as we leave with Dillon on another space walk. Henry’s voice grounds us with a nothing’s the same anymore world view and is coupled with a splash page that’s ripe with horror creating a very real sense of dread and confusion. Why Wiebe, WHY!? So much pain and guilt, it’s so heavy. Can’t you just lighten the load? Where’s Samwise Gamgee when you need ‘im? It’s around this time that Dillon finally realizes that there’s a constant in his time-hopping. I almost cheered at this moment because it’s a victory for himhe’s accepting which time period he’s physically in and he’s putting the pieces together instead of imploring a Wizard of Oz-like phrase to depart from his visceral, hallucinatory experiences. When Dillon returns from his recent space walk, one of Henry’s more positive PTSD coping mechanisms, the one that grounds him through it all, is revealed which adds a glimmer of hope while contrasting how Dillon is still a sad sack floating in space. Henry throws a party to Dillon’s chagrin, and as his escapist nature compels him to get some air, we learn more about how he gets into space. Now I feel grounded! He begins to transition to his space time and we experience it with him through…dun dun dun…body horror! And in true form, the art delivers movement and fresh, sticky goodness. Through the first two issues, Wiebe guided us through the dark depths of Dillon’s inner turmoil and it’s here in this third installment that the story moves in a different direction. Less time is spent on Dillon’s regrets, some themes are carried through in unexpected ways, and yes, the story answers some questions it created but we’re still in very much in the dark about others. Wiebe successfully pulls you deeper into space but only gives you enough to want more. Preview

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