Image Comics 2015
Written by Phil Hester
Illustrated by John McCrea
Coloured by Michael Spicer
Phil’s one of those writers who can do anything he’s got this incredible imagination and the way he can bring that the audience is always entertaining. I think I had read what this one was about and the description concept intrigued me. To be honest I wasn’t sure what to expect from this but suffice it to say I did get so much more than I bargained for and that my friends is the mark a great writer.
John and Michael took this on and made something special. Within the first three pages of story the artwork set the tone beautifully. The imagination on display from them is phenomenal there’s creepy and disgusting and fascinating then totally gripping so you are so into the story it’s amazing. Suddenly we see this old woman full of death like the body itself is a mask containing these wingless flying monkey things and you can’t help but just immediately fall into it full force.
So meeting Nate in the opening pages and watching him go on instinct and do what he did was pretty spectacular. Sometimes what are doing isn’t what we’re meant to do and seeing him in action pretty showcased why him, here and now. Not to mention introducing us to Waterson who came there to do what Nate did instead. Now however that Nate’s on their radar there’s a new job opportunity here for him.
But what’s it really all about? Well welcome to Yosemite and it’s here you’ll get most of your answers not to mention the introduction of another member of the Mythic team, Cass. What a great mix of individuals to make up this little group and while I’m sure they work for some larger agency per se this “field team” makes me smile and think yeah this is going to be good and a great way to experience Phil’s writing and characterization skills. Those skills by the way shine like a beacon in the night here too and I can’t quite pinpoint the moment I fell in the love with the book but it happened before I realized it.
Cass is the kind of woman I want to be friends with she’s a progressive, smoking, drinking and no nonsense kind of gal who speaks her mind regardless of whom she’s talking to. Also as she talks to the very uppity Dr. Bruck, who is one of those scientist types that only believes what he can scientifically prove, that he’s studied for and is so high on himself that any other explanation but his own would be theoretically impossible, so Cass has the distinct pleasure of putting him in his place by explaining how reality actually works. Now this is an explanation you’ll want to see and then as far as proof goes that comes almost immediately thereafter and I’ve got to say wow again with wild imagination on display.
There’s something familiar yet unique happening here almost deja vu without knowing why but it’s still a comforting feeling.