Review: Island #1

Island01_CoverGrowing up, I remember watching the Heavy Metal movie, and felt guilty as if I was watching a dirty movie at different points. It had some mature themes and it was pretty much hardcore science fiction at its best. With the recent announcement of Grant Morrison, taking over as editor in chief of the iconic magazine, the comic juggernaut was pretty much calling out all other comic companies to step up their game. This is exactly what Image has done with the first issue of Island magazine, which was released this week.

The collective talents of Emma Rios and Brandon Graham headline this outrageous trip, one that not only reminds me of Heavy Metal but has a few sprinkles of 2000 A.D. The opening pages, has watercolors , which sets a tone for a comic magazine which the world has not seen before now and in the only Image knows to do, their way. Then the comic dive into the mind of Brandon Graham, even inserting himself into the comic, who is as funny as it, is mildly disturbing. The sense of hilarity spills over into the contributor introductions where each of them pokes fun at themselves.

Emma Rios contribution, entitled “I.D.”, revolves around three characters, who are having a conversation in a coffee shop, where they are dealing with issues with their body image, but what seems to be typical character study becomes a an apocalyptic disaster, that the reader would never see coming. Kelly Sue DeConnick’s contribution, entitled,” Railbirds”, is a beautiful tribute to writer and poet, Maggie Estep, who passed away last year. In Brandon Graham’s piece, “Ghost Town”, starts with a man’s dream of a Boy and his wolf in a fantastical world , and quickly transitions back into the real world where he is on vacation and has a girlfriend named Sex, and ends up going somewhere he is not supposed to go, which makes it the strangest piece thus far. In the final story, by Ludroe,”Dagger Proof Mummy”, which is a throwback to Darkman, but with skateboards and cat thugs.

Graham ends the issue, in the same way he started, with him contemplating story structure and the path of characters. The contributions by all prove that there is no rhyme or reason or prevailing theme, just pure thought and creativity. This is what makes this magazine already a sight unseen and personifies the spirit of this company and why so many luminaries find solace at Image. Overall, a fun ride and something that I can only question why Image has not put something like this out before now.

Story: Brandon Graham, Emma Rios, Kelly Sue DeConnick, Ludroe Art: Brandon Graham, Emma Rios, Ludroe
Story: 9 Art: 9 Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review