In the end this is a solid issue and a great step in the right direction. If you were like me and excited at Bedlam's presence out the gate, this is a redemption filled step in the right direction for the series because it gives a direct concept the readers can finally grasp on to. Madder Red is blending the sides of good and bad. And it feels like mayhem is on the horizon.
Cover by: Ricken
Hansel Moreno: I have been eagerly awaiting the return of Hell Yeah for quite some time. A hiatus can hurt any comic, so I hope loyal readers and new readers pick up this issue as it works as both a summary and a jumping on point all in one neatly written package. Hell Yeah is a story that focuses around Ben Day, a first generation punk kid in a post-super hero altered reality.
Prophet is a revival of an old Rob Liefeld property from the '90s, yet it feels about as un-Liefeld-y as something could be. You could call this a fever-dream Conan-in-space, only you'd be simplifying it quite a bit, so please don't say that, Theoretical Internet Person. Prophet is sci-fi journey that borrows tropes from sword and sorcery. It feels like what would happen if Jorodowsky went back in time and pretended to be Robert E. Howard, and had a series of wacky hijinx in his body. Silly Jorodowsky - you're not from the past!
Brandon Graham, who wrote the tremendous King City, continues his hot streak on this title.
This issue has Old Man Prophet and his buddies venturing through space and visiting conscious super structures and enduring psychic attacks. But it's really the lived-in feel of the world that is the hook, and the effortless way Graham and artist Giannis Milonogiannis render it with such beauty, style and awe. Everything feels authentically alien, but manages to be so compelling through the imagination on display. This stuff is moving, poignant and very, very cool. The hippest thing going right now, in fact.
The balance of tones this achieves is masterful - how many sophisticated, philosophical comic books have you read recently that have a poop joke that is hilarious and doesn't feel detrimental to the characters or plot? This thing is gorgeous.
Everyone should be reading this. This comic is more beautiful than puppies crying beneath a double rainbow.
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