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Comics Deserve Better Episode 11: Interview with Zoe Thorogood (The Impending Blindness of Billie Scott)

After a short hiatus, Comics Deserve Better is back and ready to cover your favorite indie comics! In this episode, Brian and Logan interview talented writer/artist Zoe Thorogood about her debut graphic novel, The Impending Blindness of Billie Scott. They chat about everything from color palettes and character designs to the power of art to inspire and even video games! Later, Darci joins the fun to talk about the indie comics Bang!, The Citric Arc, Getting It Together, We Live, Stillwater, and The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys: National Anthem.

(Episode art by Zoe Thorogood.)

Review: We Live #1

We Live #1

If you’re not choked up or bawling by the end of We Live #1, you have no heart. I don’t think a comic has hit me the way this one has. It’s not an exaggeration, I’m not embarrassed to say it, I was tearing up and crying by the end. Explaining it to my wife… choked up and tears. It’s just a hell of a first issue that hits you where it counts and delivers an emotional punch in it’s amazing sci-fi world and beautiful art.

With a story by Roy and Inaki Miranda, We Live #1 takes us to 2084. Humanity and Earth have been hit by calamity after calamity. Humanity is struggling to survive. The world has been sent a message with a countdown to extinction from space. But, there’s hope. Five thousand children will be rescued by the mysterious beings who sent the message.

We Live #1 follows a group of these children who must make their way to the nearest Beacon before time runs out. Hototo is one of the lucky five thousand and is being helped on his journey by his teenage sister Tala.

The Mirandas knock the issue out of the park. The world-building is entertaining and with great pacing it feels organic but in reality it’s pages of setup. It’s the journey we go on as readers though, that’s the real triumph.

On the surface this debut issue is a simple story. A group of individuals must get to a location by a certain time. There’s no way the journey goes smoothly. Of course it’s going to go sideways and there’ll be threats all over. It’s a given. And that’s the journey and story we get… until it’s so much more and that’s not until the final few pages.

We learn about Hototo and Tala and that’s when the waterworks begins. Expecting a standard sci-fi adventure, and it’d be a hell of a comic with just that, I was totally unprepared and unexpected for what we’d learn, how we’d learn it, and the touching moments shown. As I said, to start, you’ll be fighting back tears.

Part of the magic of the first issue is the art. Inaki Miranda handles that duty as well. Inaki is joined on color by Eva De La Cruz and lettering by Dave Sharpe. The art style is fantastic with a disarming cuteness about the characters and designs that belie the nature of the story. Hototo, Tala, all of the kids are adorable. The design of some of the characters are amazing. The colors pop off of the page. This is a cute comic that disarms you with the art and hits you with an emotional punch. Sharpe packs in a lot of dialogue at times, there’s a lot packed into panels at times and it works.

We Live #1 is the best debut I’ve read this year. I can find no faults and it had me bawling. It’s an entertaining story, an engrossing world, and full of emotions. This is a comic that should be on everyone’s pull list.

Story: Roy Miranda, Inaki Miranda Art: Inaki Miranda
Color: Eva De La Cruz Letterer: Dave Sharpe
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

AfterShock provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Commanders in Crisis #1

Wednesdays (and now Tuesdays) are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in!

Each week our contributors choose what they can’t wait to read this week or just sounds interesting. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look at!

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this week.

Commanders in Crisis #1 (Image Comics) – The last survivors of the Multiverse live among us under new, superheroic identities, five survivors of doomed worlds…taking a second chance to ensure our world lives on. Our review was a glowing one, you can check it out here.

Concrete Jungle #1 (Scout Comics) – A rogue telepath hijacks minds to commit crimes. The conept just sounds awesome.

Rorschach #1 (DC Comics/DC Black Label) – If you’re a fan of crime/noir comics, this is a must. Forget the Watchmen tie-in, it’s just a solid start to a crime mystery.

Seven Secrets #3 (BOOM! Studios) – The series has a been a lot of fun so far. The first two issues were not what we were expecting so very interested in seeing where this all goes.

Strange Adventures #6 (DC Comics/DC Black Label) – This issue is the best of the series so far. There’s some raw discussions here about being a parent as we learn more about the death of Adam Strange’s daughter and Mr. Terrific’s wife and unborn child.

Vain #1 (Oni Press) – Eliot Rahal is an amazing writer and we’re here for anything new from him. Add in Emily Pearson on art and we’re beyond excited for this new series about a robbery at a blood bank.

Villainous #1 (Mad Cave Studios) – A new superhero is working with her idols but her dreams turn to nightmares and she has to make a choice about standing with heroes or becoming… villainous.

Warhammer 40K: Marneus Calgar #1 (Marvel) – The world of Games Workshop’s Warhammer 40,000 comes to Marvel. A solid start that’s good for long-time fans of the property and new readers.

We Live #1 (AfterShock) – If you’re not in tears by the end of the issue, you have no heart. Just a heart-wrenching sci-fi series.

Yasmeen #3 (Scout Comics) – One of the best comics out there, it explores a young woman dealing with the trauma of being tortured by ISIS as she attempts to get settled in the United States.

Roy Miranda and Inaki Miranda Deliver a World of Violence and Beauty with We Live

This October, head to a future where the human race faces extinction. AfterShock has announced We Live from writers Roy Miranda and Inaki Miranda, featuring art by Inaki Miranda, color by Eva de la Cruz, and lettering by Dave Sharpe. The main cover is by Inaki Miranda with an incentive cover by Dustin Nguyen.

The year is 2084 and the world has changed. Wracked by calamities and crawling with monsters, the last remaining members of the human race face a dangerous existence.

And now Earth has been sent a message from the deepest reaches of space: A dark countdown to the extinction of all humanity. But there is hope – five thousand children will be rescued on extinction day by these mysterious message-senders. 

This is the journey of little Hototo, one of the lucky five thousand children who will be taken from Earth to live a better life in the stars – but only if his teenage sister, Tala, can safely deliver him to the nearest Beacon before time runs out. 

We Live is a world of violence and beauty, a unique tale of the apocalypse as told by the Miranda Brothers, that invites both dread and hope. We Live #1 is out on October 14, 2020.

We Live #1