BOOM! Studios 2021
Written by Matthew Erman
Illustrated by Stefano Simeone
Lettered by Mike Fiorentino
You've got to ask yourself one question: "Do I Feel Lucky?" The Unfortunates finally strike upon some Good Luck, though they have disappeared from the Kismet Zone. Will Artie, Cherry, and Hilde uncover the reason behind their disappearance and be able to hold onto their luck, or is time running out for them?
Just in case you needed it the opening has a nice little narration of who and where the constellations are currently. This leads us into learning a little more about Kismet Zone where our overzealous, see power hungry and mad politician, villain has declared himself the leader of the project and will do whatever he can to amass the kind of power that makes him sound like some sort of crazed despot. All in the name of the United States naturally. What he doesn’t know however is that his machinations are doomed from the start, aren’t they always though? I mean seriously those with delusions of grandeur usually fall and fall hard right on their face so why should this guy be any different. Just how flexible his plans are and how he’s adept at thinking on the fly will have to come into play at some point and I’m interested in seeing how Matthew depicts this.
I am thoroughly enjoying the way that this is being told. The story & plot development that we see through how the sequence of events unfold as well as how the reader learns information is presented exceedingly well. The character development we see through the narration, the dialogue, the character interaction and how they act and react to the situations and circumstances which they encounter continues to bring these characters' personalities to life beautifully. The pacing is excellent and as it takes us through the pages revealing mad schemes, twists & turns and revelations we are left in constant awe with each new moment.
How we see this being structured and how the layers within the story continue to emerge, grow, evolve and strengthen is rather impressive. Within the layers where the bulk of the characterisation lies along with the new avenues surprising us as well as other bits and bobbles add this great depth, dimension and complexity to the story. How everything works together to create the story’s eb & flow as well as how it moves the story forward is beautifully achieved.
The interiors here are actually quite lovely. The creativity and imagination that we see throughout really opens the mind up to the possibility of these various constellations and sets them apart from the ordinary humans we see. The linework is strong, clean and crisp and how along with the varying weights we see such great detail work coming to the forefront is marvellously rendered. We get some great use of backgrounds here and how they enhance and expand the moments as well as how they work within the composition of the panels to bring out the depth perception, sense of scale and the overall sense of size and scope to the story is great to see. The utilisation of the page layouts and how we see the angles and perspective in the panels show a remarkably talented eye for storytelling. The various hues and tones within the colours being utilised to create the shading, highlights and shadow work is done exceptionally well. That we see these kinds of computer blocks changing the scenery without the use of black lines is a real highlight for how we see the application of the colour.
Four kids with seemingly no luck whatsoever, good or bad, have been tasked with stopping the event in Little Kentucky Ohio. With the world thinking them dead and getting ready to move on to another phase of planning will these kids be able to regroup and accomplish their mission? With some strong concise writing and hellaciously good characterisation wrapped up in these fine interiors we’re going to come back and find out and that’s a guarantee.