Thursday, April 28, 2011

Xombi #2 (2011 series)

Xombi #2 (2011 series)
DC Comics

I don't normally write about a comic the week it came out, but I have to share this with you. Because Xombi is probably the best monthly comic going today. It's even, based on these first two issues, better than the original series from Milestone. The first series was great, but the art at times was a little scratchy. Frazer Irving's art (and since there's no colourist credit, I'll assume he's responsible for that too) is absolutely gorgeous. The characters are expressive, lighting and shading is evocative - the colours are even used as a subtle storytelling element in a way few people can pull off.

On top of that, Rozum's script is bang-on and his ideas are, as always, excellent. There's a great supporting cast, intriguing mysteries, and of course a great plot-twist-cum-cliffhanger at the end. You get nuns with guns, haunted coins, and a bad-ass killer homunculus, all for only $2.99. Plus a special sneak-preview of a new Batman comic if you're into that sort of thing.

Sadly, in today's marketplace, this comic isn't selling well. People are too busy buying a dozen Flashpoint comics because it's the SUMMER EVENT, and passing this up because it's not connected to that or, even worse, "because it'll be canceled soon." I'll be honest: that pisses me off. Xombi is an excellent comic that deserves wide exposure and should be selling in the high five-digits at least.

Do yourself a favour: run down to the comic book shop, find issues #1 and #2, buy them, read them, and see that I know what I'm talking about. You'll be doing me a favour too, because the more people buy it, the longer the series will run.

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