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Review: Nobody is in Control Volume 1

Nobody is in Control

In M. Night Shyamalan’s film, The Village, the characters are warned to stay out of the woods. In Nobody is in Control Richard follows a stranger into the woods, thinking the man needs help. It’s obvious to me that Richard has never seen that movie or at least didn’t choose to heed the warning. Soon, following the stranger leads Richard to stumble upon a conspiracy that has been going on for decades. The four-issue story arc is collected in this trade paperback from Black Mask Studios.

My favorite part about this story is that it reads like an actual novel. Writer Patrick Kindlon composes dialogue the way playwrights and novelists write it. All of it reads like a natural conversation. These conversations cover a vast array of subjects, from various known conspiracy theories to the flora and fauna of Georgia, to seemingly mundane topics. Even though these conversations seem random they reveal small details about both the stranger’s history and Richard’s past. The narrative Kindlon creates from these fractal character details, and intensive dialogue is full of suspense. I was so engrossed in this book that I read all one hundred thirty-two pages in a single sitting.

There are a lot of interesting layouts throughout this first volume. Artist Paul Tucker maximizes his chances for visual storytelling by using many panels on the majority of the pages. Yet, even the smaller panels are drawn with a level of detail that I had no trouble figuring out what I was looking at in each panel, no matter its size.

Throughout the book there are also info-graphs highlighting the things Richard observes. There’s some trippy imagery as well. Characters transform into the subject of conversations and settings change around the characters as they talk. I’m not sure if these transformations are meant to be symbolism or just supposed to add visual interest because the other characters in the conversation don’t react to the changes. Whatever they’re meant to be, they make dialogue heavy scenes visually interesting and keep the pages from being filled by stationary figures talking to one another. This level of detail also makes for elaborate backgrounds and gorgeous full-page spreads.

As Ivy learns in The Village and Richard learns in Nobody is in Control, sometimes to solve a mystery, a person must venture into the woods. Nobody is in Control is part survival story and part conspiracy thriller, that combines to form an exhilarating story. The art is expansive, and the illustrations are highly detailed. The narrative is unique and unexpectantly works well in a graphic format. This is my favorite Black Mask comic I’ve ever read, and at this point might just turn out to be my favorite comic I’ll read this year. Treat yourself to a different kind of comic book, with awesome art and an enthralling story, and pick up a copy of Nobody is in Control.

Story: Patrick Kindlon Art: Paul Tucker Letterer: Wallace Ryan
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

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Preview: Nobody is in Control

NOBODY IS IN CONTROL

Writer: Patrick Kindlon / Artist: Paul Tucker / Letterer: Wallace Ryan
Mature / $16.99 / 132 pages

When Richard sees a man run through his yard, he follows him out of concern. This deep in the woods, he must be lost… must be in trouble. Bust soon it’s Richard in peril, as this stranger drags him into a deep, twisted web of conspiracy going back hundreds of years. By writer Patrick Kindlon (Survival Fetish, There’s Nothing There, We Can Never Go Home), artist Paul Tucker (Tet), and hand-lettered by Wallace Ryan. Collects issues 1-4.

NOBODY IS IN CONTROL

Preview: Survival Fetish

Survival Fetish

Writer: Patrick Kindlon / Artist: Antonio Fuso / Letterer: Jim Campbell
Mature / $19.99 / 148 pages

Downtown Honolulu is a sniper alley, and Saheer runs it better than anyone. He’s a local celebrity for transporting medicine and information across a no-man’s land occupied by militias and street gangs. But what people say about you is never the full story, and when the cheers die out Saheer is left with just his anxieties… and his secrets. From Patrick Kindlon (We Can Never Go Home, Nobody Is In Control) and illustrator Antonio Fuso (James Bond, upcoming Mr. Robot), Survival Fetish is a pulse-pounding thrill-ride that mixes political intrigue with deep characters and high octane action.

Survival Fetish

Review: Shoplifters Will Be Liquidated #4

A kindly hermit nurses Nussbaum back to health. But no good deed goes unpunished, and this nice old man is about to learn some zealots can’t be deprogrammed! Meanwhile, warring factions continue to bet their futures on either killing or weaponizing Nussbaum. A busy day in the underground.

Story: Patrick Kindlon
Art: Stefano Simeone
Letterer: Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou

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Preview: Shoplifters Will Be Liquidated #4

SHOPLIFTERS WILL BE LIQUIDATED #4

Writer: Patrick Kindlon
Artist: Stefano Simeone
Letterer: Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou
Cover: Stefano Simeone
$3.99 / 32 pages / Full Color / ON SALE 1.29.20

A kindly hermit nurses Nussbaum back to health. But no good deed goes unpunished, and this nice old man is about to learn some zealots can’t be deprogrammed! Meanwhile, warring factions continue to bet their futures on either killing or weaponizing Nussbaum. A busy day in the underground.

SHOPLIFTERS WILL BE LIQUIDATED #4

Exclusive Preview: Shoplifters Will Be Liquidated #4

SHOPLIFTERS WILL BE LIQUIDATED #4

Writer: Patrick Kindlon
Artist: Stefano Simeone
Letterer: Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou
Cover: Stefano Simeone
$3.99 / 32 pages / Full Color / ON SALE 1.29.20

A kindly hermit nurses Nussbaum back to health. But no good deed goes unpunished, and this nice old man is about to learn some zealots can’t be deprogrammed! Meanwhile, warring factions continue to bet their futures on either killing or weaponizing Nussbaum. A busy day in the underground.

SHOPLIFTERS WILL BE LIQUIDATED #4

Preview: Nobody is in Control #3

Nobody is in Control #3

written by Patrick Kindlon (Survival Fetish, We Can Never Go Home, There’s Nothing There)
art by Paul Tucker (Tet)
lettered by Wallace Ryan

The conspiracy grows to include pornographic manga, America’s 1980s fixation on ninjas and, of course, children’s books featuring a lovable family of bears. Richard is in deep, and by the end of this issue there may be no way out.

Nobody is in Control #3

Exclusive Preview: Shoplifters Will Be Liquidated #3

SHOPLIFTERS WILL BE LIQUIDATED #3

Writer: Patrick Kindlon
Artist: Stefano Simeone
Letterer: Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou
Cover: Stefano Simeone
$3.99 / 32 pages / Full Color / ON SALE 12/11/19

Nussbaum is chased through a beautiful landscape of living art…and his only instinct is to wreck it. He’s got three groups pursuing him, two of which won’t be satisfied with anything less than his head. Things have gotten a little morbid in the offices of Caucasus Corp. Death sells, but who’s buying?

SHOPLIFTERS WILL BE LIQUIDATED #3

Review: Shoplifters Will Be Liquidated #2

Shoplifters Will Be Liquidated is an interesting series that delivers some corporate intrigue with commentary on consumerism.

Story: Patrick Kindlon
Art: Stefano Simeone
Letterer: Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou

Get your copy in comic shops now! To find a comic shop near you, visit http://www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

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Exclusive Preview: Shoplifters Will Be Liquidated #1

Shoplifters Will Be Liquidated #1

Writer: Patrick Kindlon
Artist: Stefano Simeone
Colorist: Stefano Simeone
Letterer: Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou
Cover: Stefano Simeone
Incentive Cover: Antonio Fuso
$3.99 / 32 pages / Full Color / ON SALE  10.09.19

The largest retailer in the world requires the best-trained loss prevention staff, and Security Officer Nussbaum defends the company interests at any cost. Life, human rights, rational thought are all secondary concerns. But his world is upended when he finds a society living under the retail outlet—a culture that challenges his notions about consumerism and sense of self. Is he ready for the message? Imagine Judge Dredd working for Amazon, and you’ve got a hint of what you’re in for.

From Patrick Kindlon (PATIENCE! CONVICTION! REVENGE!) and Stefano Simeone (CLANKILLERS) comes SHOPLIFTERS WILL BE LIQUIDATED—a satirical take on the consumer society.

Shoplifters Will Be Liquidated #1
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