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ECCC 13 Review – Department O #1 and Black Wraith #1

This weekend Emerald City Comicon hits and comic book fans have an opportunity to grab two awesome comics from Monkey Pipe Studios.

Department O #1

DEPT 0 #1 coverSeverely depleted by a mission gone wrong, the mysterious Department O find themselves sequestered for a diplomatic mission, with a twist!

This first issue of a new horror comic series is very deep in set up with not a whole lot being laid out or explained and that’s ok. The energy and excitement that bleeds from the pages got me excited enough to overlook not totally getting everything. Some times you need that and some times comics are so much fun, you don’t care. This is the latter of those two.

The best I can do to describe the comic is thing of something out of Mike Mignola’s mind, whether it’s B.P.R.D. or Hellboy. The story seems very influenced by that in plot, art and color. And that’s very ok. Those comics are a blast to read so feel free to give me something similar!

It’s hard to go in to details without giving too much away, but each character that makes up Department O is introduced. Each has their own quirks, all of which are interesting. And that’s where I’m going to leave it really.

From the story to the art, there’s something very much Mignola about it all, and that’s a very good thing. The comic is fun, with great pacing, interesting characters and solid art. If you like Hellboy type comics, this is an absolute buy.

Story: Jamie Gambell Art: Andrew Maclean Color: Heather Breckel

Story: 8.25 Art: 8.25 Overall: 8.25 Recommendation: Buy

The Black Wraith #1

CMYK KablamspecThere’s been a resurgence of pulp characters and classic pulp comics. But in most of those cases, the characters have been modernized and darkened. Some times it works, but a lot of times you get a brooding hero that just seems like an anachronism. However, there’s some writers who understand how much fun the carefree pulp comics of the past are.

The Black Wraith is a comic that takes more of a queue from Atomic Robo than the updating brooding retro heroes.

In addressing this, writer G. Brett Williams sums it nicely in the back of the comic:

The Black Wraith will be the kind of story you loved when you were a kid that you can still love as an adult… I think what this book can do is inspire you to remember what it is about comics that made you fall in love with this medium in the first place. It wasn’t about angst, it was about hope.

I think that really sums up the appeal of this first issue to me. It’s a fun comic with goofy characters and bad guys. It has lots of action and neat gadgets, but most importantly it’s entertaining. It’s a fun action comics perfect for adults and kids. It’s an action comic you can share and one that comes really close to capturing the family friendly classic pulp adventures that are to few these days.

Story: G. Brett Williams Art: Lee Harris

Story: 7.75 Art: 7.75 Overall: 7.75 Recommendation: Buy

Monkey Pipe Studios provided Graphic Policy with FREE copies for review