Ahoy Comics 2019
Written by Mark Russell
Illustrated by Richard Pace
Finisher on Sunstar Pages Leonard Kirk
Colourist on Sunstar Pages Andy Troy
Lettered by Rob Steen
Jesus Christ is missing! Sunstar recruits a team of lesser costumed heroes (who resent his great power) to assist him in the search for the Son of God! Plus the usual AHOY prose fiction, beautifully illustrated.
I am so not sure how these guys are doing this but this is not only and in-depth look at society today with all that entails but it's also funny as all get out. The balance between what Jesus sees, what he is really about and how disappointed he is with the whole Superhero who's basically a god from another planet and his woes which make things contrastingly funny. With everything that is happening it should make Sunstar think more about who he is, what his life is like and why he acts without thinking. Meanwhile the real unsung hero in this book is Sheila if I am going to be honest, while the heroes are out doing their thing she's the one who uses her sources as a reporter to find where Jesus has been.
I love the way that this is being told, Mark does such an amazing job with the story & plot development and how he releases information to the reader. How he manages to structure the book and how he is able to draw the reader in so fully. The character development is outrageously good and it's nice to see how the characters in issue one are changing and evolving into who we see now. With the pacing here, which is phenomenal by the way, we see the twists, turns and revelations come about and create this really interesting ebb & flow to the book. While the book has it's serious moments for sure and how we see Jesus coping with and talking with his new friend Larry it's balanced out beautifully with Sunstar and his posse and not to mention the other godly appearances. To find out more about those you'll have to read the book.
I was reticent to read this, being a good Jewish boy and all, but with how this story is being told and how we see things being said and the encounters that the characters have I couldn't be any happier to say this is a stellar book. This is universally what I think of when I that Jesus was a person, though not the son of God.
The interiors here are simply divine to see. What Richard does with the Jesus segments and how it has this scratchy linework to it really is a true treat. It has that grittiness to it that is somehow more personable, shows more feeling and has great character to it. The Sunstar moments have that more mainstream comics look, tone and feel and the dichotomy of the two couldn't be any more pronounced and impactful. The utilisation of the page layouts and how we see the angles and perspective in the panels shows a true talent for storytelling. I love how backgrounds are being utilised here and how they enhance the moments and bring this sense of size and scope to the book. The colour work is sensational to see. Again the differences in segments couldn't be any different and Jesus' robe looks like it was highlighted by erasing what was there and that alone is outstanding. With the other segments we see the traditional work and it's nicely done as the colours with their hues and tones create shading and shadows.
On a personal note the last page cliffhanger ending, whoa baby that is what I call a Daddy! I mean damn son that is grrrr eat. Also it reminds me of a model I know.
This is so gosh darn good that it's almost scary. So good on Ahoy for picking it up when DC got scared of the political ramifications because this could very well sweep an awards ceremony with ever last creator involved. What we see, what we are reminded of and how we as a modern society have really not evolved as humans is something every last person on the planet should be reading this book.