This week I read two books that I really want to talk about. The first is JetCity Comics’ King #1, written by Joshua Hale Fialkov in collaboration with artist Bernard Chang. The second book is one that I literally read about 20 minutes ago and is rather awesome — Boom Studios’ Welcome Back #1, scripted by Christopher Sebela and illustrated by Jonathan Brandon Sawyer.
Let’s talk about King first. This is the first book I have read by JetCity Comics and, I must say, it won’t be the last. The book focuses on the titular character of King, the last human in a post-apocalyptic world full of hybrids, mutants and alien parasites that take over elder gods. He is kind of a badass. The issue shows us his world, at least what he sees on his way to work.
Fialkov has written a great story. One that I didn’t really think I was going to enjoy that much, but am glad to find I did. Treating the character of King as a low-level employee of a reclamation service was really entertaining and new. I love a post-apocalyptic story told in a world that is so far removed from the apocalypse that life has learned how to go on with its day-to-day business. This isn’t people surviving the end of the world, rather they’re just surviving like we do now. The art was also surprising. I usually don’t care for that style of art but the very bright, hyper-real, cartoony feel really matched the story and the world perfectly. Great job guys!
The second book I want to talk about also came out of nowhere and swept me off my feet. It’s called Welcome Back and focuses on Mali, the stepdaughter of a serial killer. Most of the story is told through her, focusing on a girl trying to cope with a damaged past. We soon find out there is more to Mali then meets the eye; it turns out she is a soldier in an eternal war, a soldier who constantly finds her target, kills or is killed, then is reincarnated and does it all over again.
The story for this book is killer. I loved it from the start and couldn’t stop reading it. I can’t wait for the other 3 parts to come out so I can find out what happens! The character is well written and the story flows perfectly. We are slowly given just enough mystery to stay intrigued while not being over burdened or bombarded with information. It’s been an enjoyable first issue and the rest of the miniseries promises to be just as good. The art is also very well done. It’s not as clean as I would like for the story, preferring a Luther-Strode style of art for this type of story, but it’s also the grittiness of the art that helps tell the issue.
This also marks the fourth book in as many weeks that I have fallen for from Boom Studios. I don’t know what they changed over there but all I can say is, “keep it up.” They are easily catching up with some other major independent publishers.
Both books are 5/5. Pick them up — they are both miniseries so if you have room for them on your list, add them!