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Preview: The Crow: Lethe #2 (of 3)

The Crow: Lethe #2 (of 3)

(W) Tim Seeley (A) Ilias Kyriazis (CA) Peach Momoko
In Shops: Jun 17, 2020
SRP: $3.99

Null Narcos, the Man Who Knows no pain, is accused of murdering the woman who brought him into the Freak Chic sideshow. With giant holes in his memory, even Null isn’t sure he’s innocent. But he’ll have to decide soon, as a sinister force that eats crows hunts his friends. From writer/artist Tim Seeley (Green Lanterns, Nightwing, Shatterstar).

The Crow: Lethe #2 (of 3)

Preview: The Crow: Lethe #1 2nd Printing

The Crow: Lethe #1

(W) Tim Seeley (A) Ilias Kyriazis (CA) Peach Momoko
In Shops: Mar 04, 2020
SRP: $3.99

He is NULL NARCOS, popular performer in the FREAK-CHIC CIRCUS SIDESHOW, able to endure horrific violence on his body without pain. But outside his nightly shows, Null is a blank slate, with only faint but disturbing memories of who he was before revealed.

When other performers begin dying mysteriously, Null is haunted by a golden-eyed stalker and begins to remember a life he’d thought long gone… a life of murder, terror, and black wings.

The Crow: Lethe #1

Preview: The Crow: Lethe #1

The Crow: Lethe #1

(W) Tim Seeley (A) Ilias Kyriazis (CA) Peach Momoko
In Shops: Mar 04, 2020
SRP: $3.99

He is NULL NARCOS, popular performer in the FREAK-CHIC CIRCUS SIDESHOW, able to endure horrific violence on his body without pain. But outside his nightly shows, Null is a blank slate, with only faint but disturbing memories of who he was before revealed.

When other performers begin dying mysteriously, Null is haunted by a golden-eyed stalker and begins to remember a life he’d thought long gone… a life of murder, terror, and black wings.

The Crow: Lethe #1

Preview: Collapser #6 (of 6)

Collapser #6 (of 6)

(W) Mikey Way, Shaun Simon (A/CA) Ilias Kyriazis
In Shops: Dec 04, 2019
SRP: $3.99

The final issue is here! With his supervillain father in possession of Liam’s black hole and reshaping the world into a fascist dystopia, the hero formerly known as Collapser must form a surprising alliance to save the world from his family’s terrible legacy-that is, if he doesn’t completely shut down in an implosion of panic first. Has Liam found the cure?

Collapser #6 (of 6)

Preview: Collapser #5 (of 6)

Collapser #5 (of 6)

(W) Mikey Way, Shaun Simon (A/CA) Ilias Kyriazis
In Shops: Nov 13, 2019
SRP: $3.99

Liam wakes up in a world where he’s not plagued by cosmic anxiety and visions of the dead, but rather one where he’s a beloved husband, a doting father-to-be, and a celebrated costumed superhero! Everything is fine! (No, everything is not fine.)

Collapser #5 (of 6)

Preview: Collapser #2 (of 6)

Collapser #2 (of 6)

(W) Mikey Way, Shaun Simon (A/CA) Ilias Kyriazis
In Shops: Aug 14, 2019
SRP: $3.99

Following the occupation of his chest by a sentient black hole, Liam James’ anxiety disorder is further exacerbated when he accidentally destroys Stonehenge, among other irreplaceable wonders of the world.

Collapser #2 (of 6)

Review: Collapser #1

Collapser #1

What if that empty feeling you have inside was a literal black hole? That’s the premise of Collapser #1, a new comic from writers Mikey Way and Shaun Simon, artist Ilias Kyriazis, and colorist Cris Peter. The book starts with a cosmic cold open before spending most of the issue in slice of life mode. It shows the life of Liam James. James works at an old folks’ home during the day. At night, he’s a DJ with a penchant for songs by Mancunian musicians like Morrissey and The Chemical Brothers. He’s also insecure and freaks out a lot. This is known thanks to Way and Simon’s internal captions. It intensifies as the book gets weirder ramping up to a fantastic final page.

Collapser #1 succeeds as a first issue because it focuses on establishing Liam as a protagonist and keeps the space stuff on the backburner for the most part. After the rush of the first few pages, Way, Simon, and Kyriazis slowly introduce more hazy cosmic jive into the story when it needs mystery or tension. Kyriazis and Peter equally excel at drawing the effects of the black hole and Liam going through his daily life. A nine-panel grid to shows the mundane nature of his day job although Liam genuinely cares for one of his patients, Mr. Edgar, and is sad that they don’t get to play chess together.

However, Collapser #1 has plenty of flash too. Peter adds some gorgeous pinks and Ben-Day dot effects when Liam kisses and interacts with his girlfriend. Her color palette intensifies when Liam’s DJ set begins. Way and Simon’s musical background shine through in this sequence. Liam is totally in his element and it’s my favorite sequence of the comic. There are no thought bubbles; just him, his headphones, his records, and a crowd that is dancing, drinking, and making out into the night.

Of course, it all goes wrong because of the whole blackhole thing. Ilias Kyriazis’ art style flips from Phonogram to a fucked-up take on Silver Surfer almost instantaneously. Time and space lose their meaning, and Liam witnesses all his worldly possessions becoming sucked away. He’s become part of something bigger. Way, Simon, and Kyriazis show this in a jarring way with powerful, horror-tinged imagery as Liam doesn’t recognize the world around him any more. However, the weirdness works on a narrative level because Way, Simon, and Kyriazis do a good job of introducing Liam and his everyday life as well as his passions and flaws.

Collapser #1 is characterization meets strong visuals and colors with a side dish of trippy worldbuilding to literally suck you into the story. Mikey Way and Shaun Simon make Liam a little bit of an asshole; he’s not the greatest towards his girlfriend and is a little insensitive at times. However, Liam’s passion for music and fear of failure are all too relatable. He makes a great POV character for this wild space odyssey of which Collapser #1 is a solid first few steps.

Story: Mikey Way, Shaun Simon Art: Ilias Kyriazis 
Colors: Cris Peter Letters: Simon Bowland
Story: 8.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Collapser #1 (of 6)

Collapser #1 (of 6)

(W) Mikey Way, Shaun Simon (A/CA) Ilias Kyriazis
In Shops: Jul 17, 2019
SRP: $3.99

There’s a voice in the head of Liam James questioning everything he does-from his job at the nursing home to keeping his relationship with his girlfriend afloat. Liam suffers from anxiety, and the only thing that quiets it is music, which makes a weekly DJ gig his one saving grace. But Liam’s life changes forever when he receives a black hole in the mail (yes, you read that right), one that takes up residence in his chest, grants him insane superpowers, turns him into a celebrity and draws him into a cosmic conflict beyond his wildest imagination. Where did this black hole come from? Why Liam? Is power the cure? Or will superstardom turn Liam into a black hole himself? Find out in COLLAPSER, a superhero story that could only come from DC’s Young Animal!

Collapser #1
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