Dynamite Entertainment 2015
Storm Surge original story by Dean Koontz
Written by Chuck Dixon
Illustrated by Andres Ponce
Coloured by Mohan
Lettered by Bill Tortolini
Aww I like how this issue opens as some things never change and ambition is one of them. A reporter trying to stay on top creating lies about himself to feed the public to say in the spotlight himself. We’ve seen that time and time again and they always get their comeuppance don’t they? Also there’s something really in focus and inspired about the nameless cameraman’s visage that was just a standout.
We’re getting a really good look at Michael and Carson here as well. I like the characterization going on with them. From headlong into things, to running through the waist deep water to actually thinking it’s nice to see that these are characters who act like normal folks, such as you an me. I do like what they add to the mix but I’m still wondering how impactful in things they are going to be. I mean they seem to be running around lost and confused and now following the growing crowd of zombies.
Meanwhile Erika is meeting Deucalion for the first time. I’m guessing in her reality there isn’t a man such as him so that’s interesting. Two of Victor’s creations together for the first time who couldn’t be any more different from each other is pretty spectacular to see. Of course aside from his lack of manners and knowing how to behave the real fun sill comes from Karloff. He provides this whole comedic interlude into things that need moments of levity and the guys use that incredibly well here.
I really enjoyed the novels I read about Deucalion but this is different he’s faced with another of Victor’s creations that wasn’t borne of death instead is created from life. So the whole dichotomy of how we see them is fantastic. It’s interesting to see Victor’s evolution of how he goes about stuff though that he’s raising an army of the dead for his own purposes, of which we aren’t quite sure of right now, is something that will come to light.
I love that Dynamite takes properties such as these and brings them to life and exposes more people to them. I may be a rarity but i’m a voracious reader and hopefully this will encourage someone to seek them out and read them as well. Plus Chuck, Andre and Mohan make an superb team in being able to translate the material and bring it to us in this medium.
Speaking of Andre and Mohan the interiors keep getting better and better with each issue. The unnamed Cameraman being the first thing you see in such detail. Then there are the zombies which are pretty freaking awesome looking, to the almost romantic hero that Deucalion is and the old school movie looks Erika has it all conspires to really capture the reader’s imagination in such wonderful ways. I love the use of pages and panels here when they are full of backgrounds when needed and blank when not it shows us this nice focus on what’s important to the story.
This is for people who love to read no matter the medium.