On the eve of another #NewComicBookDay here is my review of Chapter 4 of Grey! Its been a long time coming (work being bonkers). But holy crap, #4 is ON FIRE!
Grey: Chapter 4 By: Kris Hornett, Ardee Arollado, Edited by Lisa Taylor and Cover/Additional Art by: Nicholas Sen, Kenet Guevarra
One of the thing that continues to take me back is how powerful some of these characters are for their youth. In this chapter, we are introduced to Asuka Yagu. One of the reasons it is easy to pick up on this character's background is thanks to pages like this:
My jaw is left agape the entire issue as I not only watch the relationship between Asuka and Shuyin plays out, but my man Kale (who we already declared is my favorite) starts to fill us in on both information from the past (maybe the Sonoma Incident?) as well as his thoughts on how the law should operate within the realm of Criminality.
As the issue progresses, we learn more about what may have happened and we watch more of the tek/knowledge base guys play out what they know. And then over a seemingly eventless dinner breaks out over the last two pages lets you know a simple through-issue is setting things up for a bat-shit crazy issue #5! I'm also going to guess I'm not breaking Kris' trust while sharing this DM....but he confirms it and it makes me salivate for #5!!!!!!!
In the end, ya'll know this is hands down one of my favorite creator-owned/driven books of the year (and pay attention to my youtube for a breakdown of KS/creator owned books of the year to prove it) but ya'll don't wanna be sleeping on this one!!!!!!!!!!!
Have I told you all how much I love Stonie Williams? Author of Vala the Beast Heart....Mad Cave Studios talent search winner, and author of Villainous, well he just shared with me a little sneak peak into Issue #2.
Villainous #2 (Mad Cave Studios)
Engineward takes place in some sort of rugged world (described as "when primal chaos remained wild). We are introduced to a small crew of folks who are out salvaging while looking for a specific item they dig from a rock wall...when all of a sudden they are attacked by a worm/dinosaur/tremor which they quickly dispatch of!
But to label this world as prehistoric would date it incorrectly as there is are robots and other forms of technology used...which makes you wonder why outwardly the civilizations don't look fully technologically enhanced.
Should you preorder this book?
If you like science fiction stories, or stories with a great deal of Mythos, then Engineward should definitely be on your radar. The story gets more interesting with each little nugget we discover about the past, and there is some sort of unknown complexity to the relationship between the individuals of the village AND the zodiacs.
The art in this book is also quite excellent, as the action scenes have nuance, the environment around dialogue-heavy panels, and just the contrast of the dusty old village to the opluent house of the zodiacs really pops.
Preorders for this book close on the 22nd, so you should quickly reach out to your LCS to make sure you have a copy!
The journey of a 30-something father of three who's trying to break into the world of reviewing comics after a loooooong hiatus...
Rimmey is a high school history/government teacher & speech and debate coach in Kansas. He has slowly been rediscovering his love for comics since June of 2019.
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