Monday, July 11, 2022

Rant-Reviews: The #1 Issue of New Indie Series

Smaller Publishers, Still Big Fun
There are some significant publishers out there. You've got Marvel and DC as the big two, then other sizable but-sometimes-considered indie companies such as IDW, Dark Horse, and (obviously) Image. What about the smaller, "Indie," publishers, however? They are always putting out cool stuff and I will be sure and give some titles dedicated articles, but why not do some capsule reviews of debut issues from an assortment of companies? "Why not," indeed as I shall do some now!

Getting Indie With It--Have I Made That Joke Before? Nah, I'm Good

Agent of W.O.R.L.D.E. #1
A man named Phillip Blank protects the World(e) from things that threaten reality in this incredibly weird comic. When I say something reminds me of, "The Filth," I mean that as an utmost compliment as that is one of my favorite comics of all time. This gives me, "The Filth," vibes and I like that. Secret societies, talking apes, and strange concepts like a jetpack that runs on sexual urges along with other zaniness make this some good stuff. The fantastically detailed and busy artwork contributes to the sense of excitable confusion readers are sure to have. Published by Scout Comics, this is a great comic to pick up if you like twisty and turny sci-fi yarns mixed with spy-hijinks.
5 out of 5 stars.

The Oblivion Trials #1
Brought to use by Source Point Press, a young man named Kiko ends up dead trying to do a good deed. He can find himself judged as worthy of a happy afterlife or being condemned to Oblivion. He also has a choice where he can go through the Oblivion Trials and be guaranteed a spot in paradise or a single wish. Kiko worries past mistakes have him in trouble so he chooses the trials and the comic wraps as they kick off. I quite enjoyed this first issue of, "The Oblivion Trials," between its fantastic otherworldly artwork after Kiko dies and the fun prospect of seeing him face inventive challenges. I wish the comic didn't end before things get started in earnest, however, but I understand the need for a good cliffhanger.
4.5 out of 5 stars.

Redman #1
Brought to us by Behemoth, "Redman," follows the broadcast of a mysterious figure (Redman) fighting Kaiju in a desolate wasteland. We see his fights are being broadcast but aren't really told for what purpose yet--that remains a mystery. The comic is a bit minimalist, focusing on Redman fighting a Kaiju with just some hints of a larger and sinister purpose. I had fun and am curious just where things could be going.
4 out of 5 stars.

The Lonesome Hunters
This comic is published by Dark Horse (a somewhat bigger publisher in some views) but a single person writes, illustrates, and letters it, which is pretty darn indie-styled in my opinion, so let's count it. Tyler Crook is the aforementioned creator, and he gives us an interesting yarn about a magic sword, other fantastical objects, twisted magic, and how it all exists in a seemingly drab and boring World. Crook's mix of grounded everyday imagery and the clash the strange and mystical stuff makes with it is impressive and intriguing. It's a great debut issue.
5 out of 5 stars.

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