(W) Michael Fleizach, Todd Hunt (A/CA) Dave Mims In Shops: Sep 29, 2021 SRP: $3.99
The lovely Delilah makes her entrance. Before Francis and Finch walk into every bad neighborhood your mother warned you about, they stop for a little firepower. What better place to grab a haunted revolver than “Darby’s Sushi & Pawn”? While Darby tries to dissuade Francis from purchasing a cursed colt named Delilah, his silent sidekick loads up like it’s a goddamn biblical do-over (this may not be Finch’s first rodeo). Dance floors will be bloodied before the night is over.
(W) Michael Fleizach, Todd Hunt (A/CA) Dave Mims (L) Zack Turner In Shops: Aug 25, 2021 SRP: $3.99
It’s a splendid little drug war. Before Francis can even put on his gutsy boots, there’s a bloodbath in the Bowery! Queen Ruby orders the execution of Alphabet City’s number one drug dealing duo The Director & Mr. Finch. Make sure to stay until the final reel; someone meets their absolute end. Once the smoke clears, Francis joins forces with an unlikely ally for… pancakes? Oh, and they may just have a lead on the missing girl!
(W) Michael Fleizach, Todd Hunt (A/CA) Dave Mims In Shops: Jul 28, 2021 SRP: $3.99
A missing girl; a city on the brink of an all-out drug war; and our beloved anti-hero just trying to keep it all together – we’re in for one hell of a night. With every page turn, our girl’s identity becomes more crystal; with every passing moment Francis becomes more dope sick. Can he stay straight long enough to save her? We’re stumbling towards our destiny, and now the bloodshed is about to begin.
(W) Michael Fleizach, Todd Hunt (A/CA) Dave Mims In Shops: Jun 30, 2021 SRP: $3.99
With all of New York City enveloped in the zeitgeist of a missing 8-year old girl, loveable anti-hero Francis Darling accidentally stumbles onto the machinations behind her kidnapping and the drug war that ensues. But has he really? A bit like chasing the Mad Hatter through a toxic chemical cloud, Francis’ strange and inconceivable journey brings us uncomfortably close to NYC’s most crooked… most deviant… most irredeemable characters; the kind that can only be extricated from the drug-addled guilty conscience of a failing brain.
Alterna Comics have recently begun printing their comics on newsprint paper, which means they’ve been able to price those comics between $1 and $1.50 per issue. It’s a movement that I am entirely on board with and have been buying everything that the publisher has been releasing on newsprint – which you’re probably aware of if you follow me on Twitter (shameless plug: @karcossa) over the last few months – so obviously I grabbed Scrimshaw #1when it came out, even though there was probably a review copy hidden somewhere in my inbox.
Confession time: Once I had finished Scrimshaw #1 I literally couldn’t remember anything about it. Although how much that has to do with the comic verses the circumstances I read it under (it was 1 am and I’d been awake since 5 am) is was unclear to me, so I read it again the next day and enjoyed it a lot more the second time through.
Scrimshaw #1 opens a tale that has so many elements that so many people should enjoy; in a post apocalyptic setting there’s a samurai (a blond haired European one) who may or may not be some kind of pirate… yeah, it’s crazy, but the comic stays on just the right side of crazy to make it worth reading – but be aware you will probably need to read it a couple of times (or really pay attention the first time). The story has promise, although it feels a little familiar if you’ve read or watched a lot of post-apocalyptic stories.
Unfortunately the art doesn’t translate as well to the newsprint paper as some of the other comics Alterna has put out, as the colours are just a touch muddled. It’s not enough to hamper your enjoyment of the comic, and it is still fairly easy to read.
Honestly, this wasn’t my favourite of Alterna’s newsprint comics. It was good, and I did quite enjoy it, but it didn’t grab me the same way as other comics in the newsprint line – though that should be taken more as a compliment to the overall quality of the newsprint product than a knock on this issue. At the end of the day, this is a solid buy for $1.50, and one that I highly recommend you checking out for at least an issue or two.
Story: Eric Borden Artist: Dave Mims Letterer: Spike O’Laochdha Story: 7.75 Art: 7 Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Buy
Written by: Eric Borden
Art by: Dave Mims
Pencils: Dave Mims
Inks: Dave Mims
Colored by: Dave Mims
Lettered by: Spike O’Laochdha
Captain Hans Tanaka and his mutant valet, Saigo head into town for some drinks and to bid on a piece of stolen property. When the company it was stolen from wants its property back, Hans, Saigo, and the rest of the crew find themselves on the run from the powerful Tanto corporation.