Advance Reviews by JoeLovesComics | 22nd September

Curious to know what some of the new Image/Boom! issues releasing this week are like? Look no further than the latest edition of this segment!

The issues covered this week are:

  • Frontiersman #1

  • Good Luck #4

  • Mirka Andolfo's Sweet Paprika #3

  • King Spawn #2

  • Radiant Black #8

  • Syphon #3

  • Stillwater #10

  • Once & Future #20

All reviews will be spoiler free.

Frontiersman #1

This was one I had heard of in passing, but hadn't read the solicitation or anything so didn't really know what to expect. But reading the solicit after reading the issue, there was one particular line summing it up where I can see what they're going for, but I need another issue or two to properly get that and be hooked.

That line from the solicit I mean is:

"Frontiersman is coaxed out of retirement by an environmentalist group, only to find that being a spokesperson makes him a target for old and new enemies alike!"

That to me is a compelling pitch for a new ongoing series, but taking this first issue on it's own it just set up that first part of the sentence, where it looks like we'll start to get that second part from next issue.

It's too early to tell how I feel about this series. Which might sound obvious considering it's only the first issue, but there was definitely lots of potential, I just hope that in future issues that potential is fully explored. Honestly a few pages in and I could tell this could be a series that I would really like. The art is super nice and clean and energetic and the colours are rich. It's a classic "retired superhero coming out of retirement" story but grounded in important social issues of the day, which some might find irritating about this issue but it does it in a complex way that was really interesting to me. Needs a bit more in issues to come to really get me hooked, but this was a solid nicely done opening issue and it's got me intrigued to see how the series is going to develop. Which is often all you need I suppose.

Good Luck #4

Pure chaos. That's what this issue was mostly, and I loved every second of it.

I can definitely see how some people might find this series too over the top and not for their taste, but I've loved the crazy feel of it. There's just a certain feeling of whimsical playfulness that I get whenever I read a new issue of Good Luck that just always makes it such a fun read.

After the revelation at the end of last issue, this was mostly action and man what a visual treat it was. The artwork is so kinetic and the colouring is so bright and vibrant just wow. I'm really liking where the story is going, one of those premises where they pitch it in a single sentence but it expands so much from that into a rich story that is sure to make an awesome trade eventually. Finally I have to say that's a really nice cover, honestly this whole series has had some awesome covers and this issue was no exception.

Mirka Andolfo's Sweet Paprika #3

What I love most about this series, and independent comics in general, is how pleasantly surprised I can be by some of them. Quite a few of my now favourite independent comics didn't seem like something I would be into when I first heard of them, but man it just shows if the story and the art is good then that doesn't matter.

This series has just been so much fun. It's raunchy and at times quite over the top but the art style really makes it work. It was the sort of thing where when I was deciding which book to read next after the last two, I decided I wanted something light hearted and easy and this delivered on that yet again. It's definitely the lightest comic I'm reading but that's only a good thing, just continues to be so refreshing and enjoyable to see more of what Paprika is up to every month. The artwork is incredibly expressive, quite exaggerated which might be too much for some people but gives the book a nice animated feel that makes it such a smooth read, especially with such gloriously vibrant colouring. Really liking this series still another great issue.

King Spawn #2

Wow the colours on that cover are just gorgeous, the red so rich it's just so nice to look at.

This was a solid second issue. It definitely benefited from not having any back up stories, whilst I did like them in the first issue it did make it feel bloated, the main story stood on it's own really nicely. Honestly I don't know what much to say, I'm loving the vibe from this series so far, I said this with #1 but the main Spawn title got quite bombastic recently, this issue just continues that (relatively) grounded feel. Spawn is doing some investigating and there's this strange cult thing going on with the return of Kincaid.

In the way that you have action packed Batman stories where he's fighting all sorts of crazy things, and then more low key detective stories, this feels like the latter. Much more subtle in it's atmosphere and tone but still a very effective read. And man something about the art I just love, there were some pages that were just really nice to look at. It's capable of darker more sinister moments reminiscent of what I've seen of Jason Shaw Alexander's work on pre 300 issues of the main title, but with a less rough and more animated feel similar to Carlo Barberi's work currently on the main title. It's a nice balance. Two issues in and it's shaping up to be a good read, worth checking out.

Radiant Black #8