Maybe you’re tired of hearing about the Emiiy Executioner Kickstarter Campaign.
You think, “Hey guys, I’ve already bought your book! Stop polluting my feed with this Emily Executioner book. I get it’s a political action comic, with a strong female lead, blah blah blah..”
You’re Right Comic Reader!
Right now is a time to show you another Kickstarter campaign. Friend and fellow Canadian, Eric Bitmanis is running a Kickstarter for Hard Wyred! There is only nine days left to grab your copy, hop in and click some buttons before it’s too late!
I’ve read issues one and two so far. Erik and Ross know what they are doing.
Help Erik finish strong and reach those stretch goals!
Ink! Oh man can Huw ink a page! There is a lot of depth here, and the inks are a big part of it. They compliment his character designs, which remind me of old Mad Magazine, but stylistically are much different. Huw effectively puts a unique spin on genre tropes to ground the character’s in their setting, while simultaneously hinting at each character’s history. There is a clever short hand here, providing a lot of story within “Genreville”.
The story moves fast, pacing is breakneck in this genre-jumping tail. Jack Crandall is a dick, literally, it’s his job, and it sends him on a journey with a giant woman, a mad scientist, zombies, greasers, party teens, a pirate and a jungle woman. A lot happens in this comic, but the scenes never feels forced. Huw leverages cliches to great effect, keeping a consistent feel of across the comic.
I had a lot of fun reading this nod to 50s pulp, Huw blends a lot of gags in the background of the story and keeps me engaged with fast pacing. The setting is established immediately, letting us know the story will be surreal, to keep the reader for each crazy twist. I rate Genreville eight sea monkeys. If you like it, you may also like the film Instruments of Evil which Huw created.
“Sink #1” by John Lees, Alex Cormack & Colin Bell.
Alex Cormack does a great job of conveying the mood of the story through showcasing ugliness. Sinkhill’s darkness isn’t hidden, it is unapologetically the horrible setting which breeds unthinkable monsters. The characters are unforgiving in their evil ways, akin to HP Lovecraft villains who are not making choices, simply living out the nightmare that is their nature. There is no redemption here.
John Lees opens the story with Allan, a young man who is trying to find an authentic experience away from his sterile suburb. The night comes to an end, and he departs from his friends, but misses the last bus to get him home (perhaps for the better, see the sample art to understand why). Allan quickly finds himself in over his head and at the mercy of the predators stalking the streets of Sinkhill.
The story is solid, it pulled me in quick and kept me engaged throughout. I believe the setting to be the true protagonist of the story. “Sink” pulls the reader further into the dark alleys of Sinkhill, learning what lurks there. As a kickstarter backer of this comic, I was fortunate enough to receive a digital copy of the second issue, and can confirm Sinkhill will be a constant showcase for the many horrors.
I rate sink 32 teeth on the sidewalk.
Where to Find Sink…
I recommend Sink, and you’re in luck because it is currently being distributed through Diamond at your local comic shop, published by Comixtribe.
No firm date on the Emily Executioner kickstarter, but work is being do to make it happen. I am hoping to put out more comic reviews on a regular basis, if you’re an indie creator looking to have your comic reviewed, message me and I’ll try to help you out.