American Gothic Press 2016
Created & Written by Philip Kim
Illustrated by Nat Jones
Lettered by April Brown
Villagers are trying to lead a simple life by fishing for food, but in the new world, what they catch isn't always a fish -- sometimes it's a kraken! Many casualties have led them to depend on a vicious biker gang for protection, but there are costs…
I love the world of Broken Moon it’s set in a future where the Moon is broken and the world is overrun by the Monsters of Filmland. The oceans are filled with people akin to the black lagoon the land was under the iron rule of Vampires and there are pockets of man and werewolves out there. Frankenstein men and ghouls also exist it truly is a world like none other. Society has forgotten the advancements made by man and it’s a new dark ages.
If you have the opportunity to pick up the first Broken Moon story by Steve Niles and Nat Jones it’s well worth it. Don’t worry if you can’t though because this story starts off nicely and can be read on it’s own. I’ve given you a synopsis of the world so this is absolutely new reader friendly. Also it’s only .99 cents on Comixology so it’s not a big risk.
This story by Philip opens up with a group trying to catch fish and establish a civilisation once again. The odds are stacked against them but they are giving it that proverbial college try. We are introduced to the dangers in fishing, in this case that’s two-fold and it’s going to be something exciting to see unfold, as well as among their own kind. Meaning mankind which inevitably includes the Werewolf community as they are human at their core.
This is a marvelous set up for the story and introduction to the new arc. The characterization is strong and Philip does a great job in establishing the way of life these folks are fighting for. Not only that but the obstacles they face in fighting for that.
I love that Nat is back for the illustration of this story. He helped create the original and knows this world like no other. The way he brings this to life with this obscure detailed work really help you focus on the world and it’s characters. The way he is able to control the flow of the story through it’s pages and panels is exceptional. Also the colouring is dynamic as this is night and it always seems to have this ominous feeling to it. Then there’s the creativity and imagination on display as well as we see him bring the creatures and people to life in ways you won’t readily expect.
Both overt and subtle horror at it’s finest here as we get a new glimpse into a world where monsters rules and humans are the minority. It’s a story lovers dream to find a new world that is unlike any other that begs to be explored.