On this edition of James Talks Comics, we bring you another series from Wayward Raven Media, Horsemen.
Horsemen issue one is the start of a new science fiction series by the team of Mark Frankel and Joshua Jones on story duties and pencils and inks by Christopher Hanchey and colors by Rich Hanchey.
Taking place partly in outer space, and partly in a sci-fi alternate dimension, it is a story of the horseman Destruction. Whom is one of the generals of the fight against the forces of Fate and Destiny, who are on a mission of gentrification, and will not rest until free will is defeated for all time. Within the first two pages we see the incarnation of Death make a stand to defend his home planet and sadly makes his last final stand after Destruction has to retreat or else fall himself.
We jump to Hiroshima Japan on Monday August 6th, 1945, right before the bomb is about to drop. We see a portal open and out rides the dark horseman, as he rides through he grabs the new chosen one for the office of Death, and they go back before the bomb can kill them and travel back to the dimension of the Horsemen. The perspective switches to the new Death as he is informed of the ongoing conflict and his new place in the scheme of things. After careful consideration, he accepts his new office and takes the power that comes with it. He returns back to Earth to stop a major threat to all the realms. They keep you waiting to find out what happens next in the next issue, that has yet to come.
Let me just say that after reading Signed, also by the writing team of Frankel and Jones, I was curious how they would handle a non-fantasy story in a longer form. I was pleasantly surprised by just how well it worked out. With how well the multiple sub plots were handled it gives many different directions for the story to branch out. With a panel or two, you knew enough about each character, including parts of their history, without going into needless flashbacks or exposition. It is all told in one continuous timeline. The art team of Christopher and Rich Manchey just nailed it; The lines were strong and sure, with nary a hesitation, and the colors were beyond vibrant. Again, going back to the uniqueness of the characters, the art design for them was just brilliant and I loved absorbing them off the page. I can't wait to see what happens once they are finally able to work on continuing the series. I would definitely recommend picking it up once you have a chance. Sadly, for now at least most distribution is northeast only.
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