Image Comics 2015
Written by Brian K. Vaughan
Illustrated by Cliff Chiang
Coloured by Matt Wilson
Lettered & Designed by Jared K. Fletcher
How do I love Brian oh let me count the ways, seriously though he really is one of today’s most interesting writers. This series seemed to be about one thing then quickly turned into another and it’s still changing and evolving with each issue that hits stands. I mean I love that these girls are the featured players since it’s about time “normal” everyday girls were the stars of a huge book. I love that this is nothing like you would think it is and that it encompasses so much more than you’d ever dream possible.
In today’s world it’s getting harder and harder to keep an audience entertained, amazed and surprise the reader as often as Brian is capable of doing. We open with a couple kids at the high school as the dinosaurs are coming through a hole in the sky. When this man comes upon them astride a giant dinosaur bird in armour yeah that’s something spectacular to see. Cliff and Matt are really having fun here with this and producing some incredible work. Still this man’s introduction adds a whole new element to what’s happening and a rather ominous feeling about it all as well. Though love the “scruddy teenagagers” comment!
Meanwhile when we left Mac and her stepmom there was a gun, a struggle and it went off. Talk about a great cliffhanger moment. Though what happens next that is something I never saw coming and I’ve got to say it’s among the chief reasons I can love this man in that way which is totally acceptable lol. Also I have to admit something here after Cliff’s run on Wonder Woman which I actually enjoyed I think his work here is the best work he’s done in his career to date. There’s just something about the way he portrays these girls that really pulls at your emotional strings.
Okay so while i’m all for a 12 year old girl driving her friends around trying to get to a hospital it still kind of makes me giggle. I mean I remember taking my mothers car out at that age when my folks were out so it’s not unrealistic but it’s just an honest to goodness moment that reminds us the life kids lead is so much larger than we remember now that we’re adults and this is a wonderful reminder.
When we see the two guys wrapped up head to toe in black find their headless friend and then subsequently learn who they are things are well suddenly a lot more complicated. With Erin’s dreams still playing a large role in her life and her current condition, nicely done by the way Brian, and the man we were introduced to earlier all of conspires to add new elements to the story that confound me. Suddenly I have even more interest and no clue as to what’s going to happen with this series and that alone is more than worth the price of admission.
Honestly this could be one of the years biggest and best surprises after only three issues and it makes my love for this medium even stronger.