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Preview: Lower Your Sights

Lower Your Sights

(W) Various, Matt Kindt, Jim Zub, Rich Douek, Ennun Ana Iurov (A) Various, Richard Pace, Liana Kangas, Dave Chisolm, Sharlene Kindt (CA) Yev Haidamaka
In Shops: Sep 14, 2022
SRP: $17.99

Lower Your Sights is an anthology that focuses on the consequences of war, the peace/relief effort, and mental health. In addition to tales from today’s hottest creators, the collection includes art pieces and write-ups from numerous Ukrainian illustrators. All proceeds are being donated to the Ukrainian-based Voices of Children to provide psychological and psychosocial support to children affected by war.

Lower Your Sights

Spy Superb from Matt Kindt and Sharlene Kindt comes to Flux House and Dark Horse Comics

Who is the perfect spy? That question may be best answered by bestselling cartoonist Matt Kindt, who has been writing and illustrating espionage and action-fueled comics like for the last two decades. Next January, Kindt and the acclaimed colorist Sharlene Kindt will release Spy Superb their latest collaboration, an offbeat mystery-thriller about a secret organization that has developed the perfect spy. And just who is that perfect spy? Someone who doesn’t even realize they are a spy. 

In Spy Superb, a secret organization identifies the ultimate asset: a man named Jay, who is what they call a “useful idiot.”  Jay is sent on missions without even realizing he’s on a mission. Until he picks up the wrong phone with the wrong secret intel and now Russian hit-squads and elite assassins are after him. But Jay believes he was a sleeper agent—and really is the “spy superb”. His complete obliviousness and lack of survival skills may be the only thing that saves him in this globe-trotting espionage tale …where nothing is what it seems…but also…kind of actually is what it seems.

Spy Superb is the second release from Flux House, a new boutique imprint that will feature the writing (and sometimes) art of Matt Kindt, with crime, science fiction, and humor stories, all told and presented in startling and untraditional ways, following the release of Mind MGMT: BootlegSpy Superb #1 will feature a main cover by Matt Kindt and incentive variant covers by Martin Simmonds, Tula Lotay, and Christian Ward.

Comics Deserve Better Episode 15: Dept. H, Volume 1 “Pressure” by Matt Kindt and Sharlene Kindt

On this episode of Comics Deserve Better, Brian, Darci, and Logan take a little undersea voyage and discuss the gorgeous visuals, complex characters, and clever storytelling of Matt Kindt and Sharlene Kindt‘s Dept. H from Dark Horse Comics. Seriously, this is a beautiful book with one hell of a mystery plot. They also discuss this week’s comics news, including Grant Morrison coming out as non-binary, the announcement of the Luther Strode and Henchgirl TV shows, the podcast Bubble becoming comic, and new books from Steve Skroce (Post Americana) and Mike Mignola (Young Hellboy: The Hidden Land) Other comics mentioned on the show include Wynd, Origins, Red Atlantis, Planet Paradise, Spice & Wolf, and Ablaze‘s The Cimmerian. (Episode art by Matt Kindt)

Review: Dept. H #8

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Trapped in a flooding undersea base, Mia and the crew stumble upon a scientific discovery as their time is running out. They begin to fight among themselves about what to do with this valuable information, until one Dept. H crew member decides to take matters into his own hands.

As pressure mounts from both the inside and outside, Bob’s story is told in Dept. H #8. Bob is much more than his appearance would suggest and this issue really makes that apparent. The tale is a curious one considering Mia and Roger sit in a flooding chamber. But, writer Matt Kindt delivers a distraction from that.

The art by Kindt and Sharlene Kindt is much darker and contributes well to the mounting pressure in the story. It manages to do a superb job keeping things as grim as the situation appears. Yet there still seems to be a contrast in the atmosphere as the view switches from inside the chamber to outside of the chamber.

Story: Matt Kindt Art: Sharlene Kindt, Matt Kindt
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

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Review: Dept H #7

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TIME IS RUNNING OUT!

As the water rises inside their base, tensions rise among the Dept. H crew. They desperately try to stop the flooding of the headquarters, but a sacrifice hardly buys them any more time. They’ve got twelve hours to stem the tide.

With only three issues left of Dept. H, the crew seems to be facing imminent catastrophe from every angle. Writer Matt Kindt has made sure that the upcoming issues will make an interesting read as the series comes to a close. I’m curious to see if Mia can solve her father’s murder before everything goes wrong. Will the crew reach the surface alive or will they perish under the sea?

Compared to the colorful previous issues, this issue has a much darker tone. Matt Kindt and Sharlene Kindt use shades of black, and green mostly instead of the more vibrant color scheme we’ve seen in the past. Which, given the shift in the story, is a good move I think.

Story: Matt Kindt  Art: Sharlene Kindt and Matt Kindt
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

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Review: Dept. H #7

dept-h-7-coverMatt Kindt is a massive talent.  He is one of the few people in the industry where I feel his art matches his writing.  I think the best thing I can call someone in this industry is original, and Matt Kindt is just that.  Dept. H may not be his first, or even his most recognized work, but it is one of my favorites.

The story follows Mia, a special investigator hired to uncover a possible sabotage taking place at a deep-sea research station.  The series is a “whodunit” featuring a cast of characters with outward traits ranging from kind and helpful to cold and suspicious.  Like any good mystery, it is becoming apparent that things aren’t always what they seem.  The book does a good job at playing with your preconceived notions, and keeping you distracted.  Just when I feel like I have something figured out, disaster rears its ugly head again.  This is what Mia is constantly dealing with in Dept. H.  The closer she is to solving the murder of her father, the closer she is to death.  She is not only fighting to solve the case, she is fighting for her life.

I like this book for many reasons, but one of my favorite things is that it reminds us that people are grey.  There isn’t always a cut and dry suspect.  Things like our own prejudices, paranoia, and other variables can skew our views on someone.  Each issue does a good job of taking a look at why each of the crew members in Dept. H would kill Mia’s father, further messing with the reader.

This issue focuses on Mia, Roger, Aaron, and Jerome.  Mia is with Roger as the crew is trying to stop the base from flooding, while Aaron went to go get Jerome who has been seemingly losing his mind.  Things take a turn here, and we get some fantastic character development into Aaron’s history with Mia’s father, Hari.  I am starting to feel the same claustrophobia and panic as the crew members.

The art is incredible, and I am not just referencing the brilliant work we usually see from Matt, but in the colors from Sharlene Kindt as well.  The watercolors take this book over the top, and are such a beautiful contrast to the dark and dreary underwater setting.  I probably looked at the jellyfish on the first page for a few minutes before I even read the story.  You are truly getting art here, and I have to get some prints of this work to hang on my wall.  The little sketches and notes in the beginning and ending of the book are nice touches and let us in the minds of the two talented Kindts if only for brief moments.

I highly recommend this book, and it is only getting better.  If you have been reading the series, I probably don’t have to tell you to keep going.  If you haven’t been, get caught up on the issues or get it in trade when the first volume drops in January.  This is one of the best comics coming out this week, and one of the best comics coming out period.

Story: Matt Kindt Art: Matt Kindt Color: Sharlene Kindt
Story: 9 Art: 9.5 Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

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Review: Dept H. #5

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Under six miles of water, the pressure is rising. On her mission to rescue her brother, Mia encounters some of the ocean’s most dangerous creatures. It seems that the more clues she uncovers about her father’s murder, the more complicated the case becomes.

The pressure builds in Dept. H #5 as things go from bad to almost catastrophic. While issue keeps the dark, mystery constant it does reveal water spiders! The small aquatic arachnids make things interesting, as they are capable of mimicking voices which adds to the creepy factor. Despite managing to rescue Mia’s brother, things get worse. I’m really curious to see how writer Matt Kindt wraps up the series with only a few issues remaining.

The watercolor art style really works well for this series. It aids in creating a convincing ocean environment, with a lot of contrast. The large turtle seen on the cover actually makes an appearance inside the darkness of the cave. It’s not just a beautiful image on the cover. Kindt along with Sharlene Kindt continue to deliver a comic that’s as amazing to look at as it is to read.

Story: Matt Kindt Art: Matt Kindt, Sharlene Kindt
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

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Review: Dept H #3

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Matt Kindt’s survival sci-fi series continues!

After being stranded on the ocean floor, Mia is brought back to headquarters and leads a rescue party to bring back her missing brother. As the investigations into his disappearance and the station’s destroyed antenna continue, a terrible virus emerges and wreaks havoc on the crew.

Dept. H #3 continues the mystery filled science fiction, and this issue doesn’t disappoint. The amount of paranoia escalates as a crew member threatens to sabotage the base, in order to destroy it and threatens to kill everyone on the undersea base, by flooding it with water and sea creatures. I won’t spoil if the plan succeeds, but the tension ratchets up throughout the issue.

The art manages to include flashbacks of Mia’s life as she grows up following the adventures of her father, quite literally. Using shades of blue and black manages to distinguish the past, from the present. Yet they collide as Mia hallucinates the strange being on the cover. Who is he? Is the figure her father’s ghost?

Story: Matt Kindt Art: Matt Kindt and Sharlene Kindt
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

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Review: Dept. H #2

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Mia’s investigation into the sabotage of an underwater station becomes complicated by the disappearance of a loved one, the loss of communications with the world above, and a confrontation with a giant squid and other strange creatures of the deep.

The subtle mix in Dept. H of noir, and science fiction/horror with a slight Lovecraftian vibe is getting more intriguing by the issue. It makes it hard to wait for June to get issue 3. This is issue contains some very interesting flashbacks, about Mia’s father and his previous work in space. While there is seems to be some mystery as to what he and his team is doing in space, remains to be see yet it does make one wonder. Even though there seems to be some connection to his work in the vastness of the ocean, only making one wonder what?

The mixture of black and white art, and color is brilliant. It makes it really easy for the reader to distinguish the past, and the present. There is something oddly intriguing about his mix of black, and the bright color of the fish.

Story: Matt Kindt Art: Matt Kindt and Sharlene Kindt
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

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Review: Dept H. #1

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From New York Times best-selling MIND MGMT creator Matt Kindt comes an exciting new undersea sci-fi mystery.

Mia is a special investigator hired to uncover possible sabotage taking place at a deep-sea research station. What she finds is a mind-blowing crime scene filled with suspects with terrible secrets, strange deep-sea creatures, and an impending flood!

Intriguing, and enthralling Dept. H can been thought of as 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea meets Clue. The combo might seem like fire and water as, but it all blends together into a blue tapestry. The first issue is definitely a unique read among modern comics.

The art style is very unique. Which allows the uniqueness of the story to be bolstered, as the view transitions. IF only from the brightness of the sun to the darkness of the sea.

Story & Art: Matt Kindt Art: Sharlene Kindt
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

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