I like my superhero comics as much as the next person, but what really excites me is finding a story that goes beyond the usual comic panel to build something amazing. A book that draws you into the world and holds you there for awhile, full of wonder at what you see. If you don’t know what I mean, take a look at these titles.
Black Monday Murders Issues 1-3. Jonathan Hickman and Tomm Coker. Image Comics, 2016.
This story is new and hot, with only three issues published so far and all of them being sent back to reprint (again!) to meet the demand. Black Monday Murders is more than a murder investigation told in comic format. This is a world of mystery that will draw you in and make you wonder about Wall Street financiers. Each issue of Black Monday Murders is thick with story and background. From mystical symbols gracing the pages between storytelling scenes to cleverly severed police transcripts, the reader grows to understand that there is murder and there is mystery. This is not simply a murder mystery.
Many thanks to the Comics Manager at my local shop. He suggested Black Monday Murders for my pull list. This title has become far more intriguing than I expected.
Wild’s End Vol 1: First Light; Vol 2: The Enemy Within. Dan Abnett and I.N.J. Culbard. Boom! Studies, 2015-2016.
There are cute animal stories and then there is Wild’s End. Yes, the characters are animals, but this book isn’t about cute. Wild’s End is a story about alien invasion and belief. Does a peaceful English village believe the drunken ramblings of a local poacher? When the government descends upon the area to look into mysterious events, do they believe the resident witnesses? If the aliens are here, how do we recognize them and can I trust that you aren’t one? Interspersed with the story unfolding in standard comic panels are items not to be skipped. The world of Lower Crowchurch is not just a few talking animals who encounter some aliens. This is a complete world with excerpts from both Cornfelt’s and Runciman’s alien fiction, as well as pages from the local newspaper and a walking guide to bridlepaths. Peering into military documents for “Authorised Access Only” and drafts from the journalist, we are transported further into the world of Wild’s End. There is depth and imagination here. What could have been a simple story has been wondrously expanded upon.