Insane Comics 2015
Written by Bradley Golden & Gary McClendon
Illustrated & Lettered by Marcelo Salaza
Coloured by Geraldo Filho
In the 25th Century, society has finally emerged as a civilized population--Mecca New York. No more wars, illness, hunger, or racial hatred. The world has become a near utopian society, excluding the handful of villains running about trying to take over the world. Conversely, the Government has put together an extraordinary team of individuals known as The Chess-Masters to battle against this corruption and oppressiveness.
The Evil Pawn_master and his eight royal pawns have been wreaking havoc throughout the entire city. The Chess-Masters quickly move into defensive mode. The battle was extensive and severe. Through all of this, the Pawn-Master generated a time rip and propelled The Chess-Master back to the 21st Century where he could make use of a few of his close associates.
This was a pleasant surprise for me. I love having the opportunity to read these self-published books because you never know what you are going to find. What we have here is fantastic I love that these folks have a passion for what they do that they actually have a great deal of talent on display here in both the writing and the artwork. Marcelo and Geraldo really brought some incredibly detailed, expressive and powerful interiors making this all the better to read. By the way page 22 and the birds yeah that’s freaking amazing stuff.
I’m gonna stress this again as I go into the story, I am an art snob I like it sharp, detailed and impactful and when we start things off here you get it all and it makes the story stronger. So the team has arrived in the past and before they even have a chance to acclimate themselves, gather their wits and figure out their next move they come into contact with the military. Someone told them where and when they would appear and that they were dangerous to America and needed to be taken down. That much is obvious and to have this kind of thrown right into the deep end writing from the start was a really excellent way to begin.
I do have one small problem with this team and that is that they come from a time period where racial harmony is the norm and the group is as diverse as I think it should be if you are going to stress that fact. Just an observation on my part but I would’ve expected more diverse ethnicity in what we’re seeing.
That in this time period the military also has those humans with powers in it and is using them to confront this “new threat” and we see it all unfold like we do is nicely done. Though it is a great way to introduce us to these folks and what they can do. A nice display on the team dynamic and their powers.
We do meet the Pawn-Master and learn his role in all this before the issue ends and he’s pretty awesome looking, though that white stripe down the hair is a little cliche and was used in the LSH by the second Invisible Kid so that’s kind of distracting for me. His costume however is great and what he’s doing yeah it sets this up nicely that while he may be powerful he’s worried about the Chess-Masters.
Find this is my recommendation and see for yourself what it’s about give it a try with an open mind and discover a new set of creator’s with a unique voice that’s as relevant as anything else on stands today.