Image Comics 2015
Written by Phil Hester
Illustrated by John McCrea
Coloured by Michael Spicer
Science is an illusion, a balm for humanity's bone-deep‡ ignorance. It adequately describes our observable world in a ma‹nner which brings us comfort: An opiate for the masses. But magic makes the world go 'round. Mythic Lorre Services is a global organization dedicated to ke‡ing the hidden gears of our world turning, and ke‡ing the veil drawn tight between what we think we know, and what we should never learn.
After succeeding in ending a drought in the southwestern United States, Mythic Lore Services Field Team 8 receives news that every other field team in the organization has gone missing.
Phil hasn’t wasted any time getting this series underway and honestly I like that it’s nice to see that we aren’t going to spend a lot of time with a set-up to what’s going to happen instead we’re pretty much in it now. Of course there’s room for growth and change and evolution so this is how you expertly craft a story.
Now I do wish we’d gotten more background about the giant baby and the lizard when the team was investigating Australia and what happened to the team there. Still there is something remarkable about seeing a kid in a diaper wrestling a lizard or what looks like a monitor lizard. Oh yeah and the kid has a foul mouth so be warned but I guess if you are a giant baby running around in a diaper you can do whatever you want. So what the team learns here is a nice bit of work actually and we soon learn that these global attacks are well organized.
I look forward to learning more about the organization, or person in charge thereof, that has been able to do such a well coordinated attack. I mean who has the wherewithal to create an army of fake butterflies to use as a distraction to wake up the lizards? Though only one is there what happened to his brother I’m unsure of.
So the whole thing in Switzerland was fantastic. Not only do we get some great characterization from these two but it’s a unique experience and one that well kind of leads to a reveal of sorts that’s to be somewhat expected. Well what with everything else that’s happened recently around the world. Speaking of characterization in Ireland we get some more that’s rather unexpected. So old is “Gramps” I mean really so old that the family he started once upon a time have now ten thousand years of kids and grandkids.
Love the vision of Venus here too I mean that took me by surprise but it’s hella fabulous! Plus she’s sassy and i’d love to see her actually do what she threatened to knock a dude up I mean what else is a fertility idol for? Why isn’t there an openly gay person on this team or am I missing him this issue?
Okay the end of the issue with massive worm and the cute woodland type dwarves yeah I don’t want them to die even if the blurb says they will. This series is out there enough that it’s instantly intriguing, the characterization keeps the characters fresh and interesting and the artwork well that keeps your eyes glued to the page. John’s imagination that’s on display here is amazing, from the individual characters to the gods and idols we see around the world to the dwarves and the worm yeah this takes a lot of wonderful imagination and skill to bring to life like he does.
There’s a reason Image is home to so many incredible books they’ve really become the go to place for me to find those stories that push your mind and imagination to a new place you never knew you wanted to go!