Advance Reviews by JoeLovesComics | 28th July

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

The issues covered this week are:

  • Department of Truth #11

  • Mirka Andolfo's Sweet Paprika #1

  • Spawn #320

All reviews will be spoiler free.

Department of Truth #11

To me last issue was a masterclass in atmosphere, so as the second half of this Bigfoot story I was so happy to see that continue into this issue. This two part arc in general demonstrates what I absolutely love about this series and why it's easily one of my favourites at the moment.


Sure, the scenes of Cole, Hawk and Ruby strolling through the woods on their Bigfoot hunt, with a history lesson or two from Hawk is captivating on it's own don't get me wrong. But the hand written letters that again like last issue take up lots of this issue, elevate this to the next level and make it a truly enthralling experience.


There's a difference, between reading a comic and being able to just move on. But these past two issues, and this whole series in general, just makes me go "Woah." at the end of every issue. For a bit after I read the final panel I just had to pause for a moment and take in the comic. That's how you know you were truly mesmerised and taken in, and why I consider these past two issues a perfect example of creating an atmosphere for the reader. Just insane work by the whole team yet again, the writing, the art, the lettering all of it on point.


Mirka Andolfo's Sweet Paprika #1

Like lots of Image books I ended up enjoying, this didn't look like something that would traditionally be for me. But each week when the advance pdfs folder gets updated I always like to see what new #1s there are and what they're like.


Especially after Department of Truth #11, this was a very refreshing read. I've liked the look of Andolfo's art whenever I've seen it before, but haven't ever got round to seeing what her writing is like so I was intrigued to check this out.


I quite enjoyed it! I liked the character of Paprika, I thought it was a great introduction to her, and just her general place in life at the time of the story I thought it was very well done. Just in case it needs to be said though, this is DEFINITELY mature content. The art is very animated so it depends on what you're okay with, but just a warning if you try to stay away from nudity or sex in your comics. Speaking of the art style, I do tend to like animated looking art. Like demonstrated on the cover, very animated character designs and bright vibrant colours, a refreshing joy to look at as I read the issue.


Overall a solid fun issue, with a great introduction to Paprika, nice art and a nice hook at the end to get you excited for the next issue.


Spawn #320

Spawn is in a really fun place right now. But by fun I guess I mean there's a lot going on, but it feels satisfying and like it's going somewhere. I've got to be honest I got behind on the series at the turn of the new year, so I enjoyed catching up on the last several issues and I can truly say this is a fun ride.


The first issue of the series I read was #301, and for a bit after that I wasn't quite sure where the series was going to go. I could tell it was building up to something but not quite what. Well it turned out that thing was Spawn's Universe.


The plot developed nicely with everything to do with that, but the majority of the issue was spent resolving last issue's cliffhanger, with Spawn fighting Soul Crusher. Which is an absolutely awesome name, and I love the design of his suit. Showcased on the brilliant Cover B as a homage to ASM 315. Björn Barends is doing incredible work on the main covers, but the Cover B is so relevant to the issue and a homage that never gets old. As well as his awesome name and suit, an interesting concept for a character, one of those you don't really think of but then once you see it done you're like "huh actually yeah I do wonder what that would be like".


Overall another great really enjoyable issue, with such awesome dynamic art as always for all the action definitely a lot of fun.

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