Comix Tribe 2016
Written by Ryan K. Lindsay
Illustrated by Sami Kivela
Coloured by Mark Dale
Lettered by Nic J Shaw
Summer Stanwyck feels like she's drowning. She tends bar on the island she grew up on, the local cop is about to become her ex-husband, and she’s killing time screwing the local reefer kingpin. But when a bag full of cash and drugs falls into her lap, she sees a way out... and anyone who gets in her way is shark bait.
Just a note before we begin this is available now on Comixology and will be in stores on May 18th 2016.
I’ve been a supporter of Comix Tribe since i’ve discovered them and with books like this one it’s very easy to see why. So this has all the hallmarks for one of those stories of love, murder and even horror as the name would imply. A storm is moving in on an Kingsford Island and there’s an annual surf competition going on as well. So the Island is crowded and among them are Summer who wants nothing more than to leave, her drug running crime boss lover her soon to be ex-husband the drunk inept sheriff and the intrepid reporter who is nothing more than your average busy body. You can’t get a more diverse case and the perfect storm for a story.
I’m a huge fan of the interior artwork here too. It’s got that clean crisp lines I like and the use of pages and panels to get the flow of the story is nicely done. Angles, perspective and backgrounds are smartly used here as well. This is some good powerful stuff and as the story goes on and some scenes play out it’s definitely got a few of those WOW moments.
It’s easy to see who the main players of this story are and how they all fit together. That there’s plenty of tension and even a failed attempt on a man’s life don’t deter the actions the characters take. Ryan’s impressing me with the level of storytelling and characterization that’s going on here. There’s all kind of manipulation tactics going on in this story and it’s like woah how do they not know what’s happening and it makes you think, wonder and speculate. So in other words you’re drawn into the story and in a sense become part of it.
This is a fun book, it’s also written the way you’d expect a crime drama or even something Castle to written. It’s smart, sexy full of lies and deceit and you may know who the supposed bad guy is but they’ll be twists and turns along the way. There’s always more to the story than meets the eye and with this surfing competition and approaching storm coming i’ve a feeling things are going to get much more intense.
Great concept, storytelling and interior artwork turn Chum into one the weeks most promising books!