It’s Wednesday! That means four new #1s that dropped today, reviewed for your pleasure.
Archie 1941 from Archie Comics
Written by Brian Augustyn and Mark Waid; Illustrated by Peter Krause; Coloring by Kelly Fitzpatrick
Kicking it off with my Best of the Four today: Archie Comics’ Archie 1941! It’s the summer before America enters WWII, and Archie Andrews just graduated from high school, having a lack of direction, it seems that Archie might join the war effort.
With great art that feels both modern and nostalgic, Archie 1941 promises to deliver in ways that I feel the Archie run hasn’t since the inception of Riverdale the television series. With only one page in the back dedicated to Riverdale, maybe the good folks over at Archie Comics have realized that we were getting a bit tired of the comic being an ad machine for the show.
I’m excited for this series! It’s added to the pull list. This one has promise.
Newbury & Hobbes: The Undying from Titan Comics
Written by George Mann; Illustrated by Dan Boultwood
This is a neat little Sherlock Holmes/James Bond-type book with a splash of the occult. Buddy comedy crime-drama in full effect!
The art is clean and crisp with unique page layouts tossed into fairly straightforward panel layouts, but the subtle uniqueness of the pages blends well with the subtle uniqueness of the characters, their situations, and the snarky dialogue. It’s a fun book. One to check out if you dig everything that I just mentioned. And in theme…it pairs well with the next title; lots of occult stuff hitting the shelves today!
Joe Golem Occult Detective: The Drowning City from Dark Horse Comics
Written by Mike Mignola and Christopher Golden; Illustrated by Peter Bergting; Coloring by Michelle Madsen
Ah, Mignola occult in its purest form…I guess…maybe not. I dig a lot of the Hellboy world stuff that Mignola puts out there, but this title is a bit convoluted for my tastes.
The colors and art are a bit monotonous, creating a feeling of “Wait, who is that again? What are they doing? And with whom?” With the Hellboy books, there is enough blank space and dark corners to keep the page interesting, not to mention Hellboy’s stark red tone pepping up the page, but this book lacks that flair and punch that I’m used to from a Mignola/Dark Horse title.
Low Road West from BOOM! Studios
Written by Phillip Kennedy Johnson; Illustrated Flaviano; Colored by Miquel Muerto
This is a pretty cool issue #1. A group of teenage refuges, in an American wasteland, run from a war-torn East Coast. They encounter death, destruction, and bands of bandits as they attempt to figure out their place in a crazy world. Lots to fill in as magical necromancy powers seem to appear in one of the teens.
The art is good. Nothing ground-breaking or departing from the norm. It looks like Suiciders: Kings of Hell A but a Nickelodeon version.
At the end of these Wednesday posts, I’m also going to be keeping a running list of the “Best of the Four” publisher wins! Here you go. Eight weeks in…Archie Comics on the board! Kind of cool that the love is being spread around…
BOOM! Studios: 2
Archie Comics: 1
Dark Horse Comics: 1
Shout out to my shop, Alternate Reality located at 111th and Kedzie in beautiful Downtown Mt. Greenwood, Chicago…where I get all of my new books. Check them out if you are in the Chicagoland area. Tell Tim that Eric sent ya!