Heavy Metal Comics 2019
Story by Llexi Leon
Written by Ian Edginton
Pencilled by Kevin West
Inked by Richard Friend & Keith Champagne
Coloured by Raul Manriquez & Omar Estevez
Lettered by Jacob Bascle
After the demise of the Clairvoyant, Eddie joins forces with the Alchemist and finds a new ally in Charlotte, who joins the battle to save humanity from the beast!
I am never sure how I miss certain projects but it happens and this is the second arc in this story and I’m sorry I missed the first. However if like myself you too missed the first arc that’s okay because this is one you can jump right on into without missing a beat. I love it when they are new reader friendly, it also makes me wanna go find the first arc and see the meat and potatoes instead of the recap. This much like the Kiss books prove that you can take music to places that continue to engage your mind, senses and imagination in ways that go beyond expectation.
The opening for this issue is spectacular to see. I think that the artwork along with the narration make the definition of cohesion and compatible become crystal clear. This makes this so dynamic and it draws the reader in though it’s intrigue factors which for anyone reading this is through the roof. By the time we hit page 4 there is no looking back we want more and want it now. This my friends is one of those sit down take notes kind of opening.
The way that this is structured is fantastic! The story is amazingly easy to follow and we never get lest thanks to the dialogue. When Eddie and the Alchemist are the focus any questions you might have had get answered. Though it also causes the reader to ask new and different questions and it makes me excited to think about how much more is out there to learn and explore with these characters. What we see is so complex, layered and interesting in ways that convey so many different things. Though I am hoping one of those is that this will become something of new franchise that will be lasting for quite some time to come. There is a definite feeling of excitement laced with anxiety the permeates the book as you read it and it has this delicious grip on your mind.
I am a big fan of the interior artwork here. The linework is amazing, it’s crisp, clean and shows a firm hand behind the work. It also demonstrates a very strong creativity and imagination while merging with a technical approach. Eddie and the creatures, Aww Eddie and the Cruisers was a good flick with good music, have this look about how they are brought to life that says hey these can work and exist and here’s exactly what that would like quality. It is effin impressive beyond belief is what it is and that the pencil’s have to be inked then coloured mean that the entire artistic team works together majestically.
The utilisation of the page layouts and how we see the angles and perspective in the panels show off a sensational eye for storytelling. Backgrounds are utilised nicely to expand the moment and provide us with a nice sense of size and scope to the story. Also I really like the way that we see the composition in the panels. They really have this impact and attention to detail within them that helps you with the story whether you realise it or not.
The strength in this is the way that the story & plot development, the pacing and the characterisation which constantly moves the story forward while it’s completed by the interior artwork. This is the kind of book that you put down and wonder why with their long history we’re just getting stories like this now? This is a franchise with unlimited potential and these folks are scratching it’s surface perfectly.