C’mon, you must know I got a wicked soft spot for this guy by now, right? He wrote for Marvel comics for a while doing a big stint on Cable, a very cool run on The Immortal Iron Fist, his Black Widow started so strong, and he wrote some other MAX tales featuring the Punisher and Werewolf By Night. He’s currently over at DC absolutely nailing Birds of Prey.
He’s also a novelist whose bombastic action crime entertains on every single page. His latest work, the Charlie Hardie Trilogy, is pertinent to this comic.
This guy is a serious comic talent who dabbled in different shadowy corners before becoming more known through his collaboration with Steve Niles on a new 30 Days of Night tale. More recently, he wrote and illustrated Sweets, a crime mini from Image.
Who Is Charlie Hardie?
The titular character of this 8 page freebie, Charlie Hardie is a lot of things. Firstly, he’s a character created and written by Duane Swierczynski. Secondly, he’s laconically bad ass. His past might have been something but now he house sits for the famous and generally watches old movies while drinking old bourbon.
He first appears in Fun & Games – a book so much fun you should all go out and buy it right now. It starts very quickly and doesn’t let go until the final page. It’s a frenetic book that deals with the secret people who makes accidents happen and people disappear. It’s the first in a trilogy and the latest instalment is titled Hell & Gone. I have yet to secure a copy but the minions are working on it.
What Is Hardie VS The Fire?
This comic is short, and to the point, but there’s an intimate poignancy to it that completely makes it worth the price (see what I did there?). This is just one little more insight into Charlie Hardie and who he is becoming.
Why Support Hardie VS The Fire?
I’m surprised this just slipped into the wild and there wasn’t more fanfare. This is a great character, two fantastic creators, 8 wonderful pages, and a free price point. It’s got the makings of everyone’s best news for the day and yet I didn’t hear much about it.
If Swierczynski wants to release more of this sort of stuff in the future then I am all for it. The more the better because these pages looked really nice and the flashback sequence just made me want to get my hands on Hell & Gone even more.
Short, and free, comic additions to other media should drop into our laps more often. I hope you went out into ComiXology and checked Hardie VS The Fire out. If so, what did you think? What other novels, etc, would you like to see expand into 8 page shorts for free, and who should do them? Let us know in the comments and share the love.