Source Point Press- The Misplaced- Chapter #1 – Review and a few thoughts.

The first thing that really stood out to me in this first chapter was the art. Chris Callahans style reminds me a lot of David McKean(Hellblazer, Batman: Arkham Asylum).It felt Haunting, spiritual, mystical, and celestial ;with just a touch of Victorian mixed in. This is coming from a reviewer who could not draw a bath, so the fact it effected me the way it did should say something to you.

The story itself is a poignant look at death, and how peace in the after life isn’t always possible if you have questions and yearnings unanswered. James can’t be happy.In his mind , there’s no plane of existence where he’ll feel whole unless the one thing he is missing is right there with him. That’s where his journey will begin. This first step was written very well and I thought the dialogue written in the first person to  his wife was enough to make toughest of ladies swoon. Bit of a silver tongue for what folks might call a “dark supernatural” story.

We all hope that at the end of this life we have a just reward. That we will find everlasting peace, and some of us believe that should include being with the things and people we love. James forsakes all of this to go find the one thing in his afterlife he can’t live without no matter how many elaborate dreams his mind can create. There’s an entire undercurrent of dialogue in this book where James almost pits his firm belief that he can never let the memory of his love go against simultaneously living in the afterlife where she is present in a dream form, created by him. Bit of a mind bender indeed

This first chapter contains the spectre of death, the deceit of angels and a questionable alliance with Eden herself. His wife is not on any plane anyone can confirm, and that is upsetting the a status quo and balance that was set before time itself began. This book contains metaphysical questions about life, afterlife and the very nature of the human spirit……. in the first chapter.

This book is a deep ride. The closest I could compare it to would be the late Robin Williams “What Dreams May Come”. An underrated gem from about 20 years ago. You’ll not find any super-heroes in tights here. You’ll simply find a man who would rather wander purgatory looking for the woman he loves then stay in a dream that will never be real. A pure love across space and time.

I can see why this was funded on kick starter in 4 days(It should have been funded in 2 on the merits of the art alone).My understanding is that this is a 4 part book. I encourage you see to where this story can take you. Both on a visual and literary level. Cheers for now.

Scott

Write and Artist :Chris Callahan

 

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God Country – Image – Issue #4 – Review and a few thoughts

I have a granddaughter now. Like Emmett, I pretty much would follow her to hell to bring her back too if she was taken from us. That’s what this 4th issue delves into. A trip to hell. Balegrim has taken something very precious to Emmett and he wants her back.

I’ve heard rumors that this is only a 6 issue series. Rumors , I say because like butt holes it seems everyone has one. There might be a hint to that in this issue as (minor spoiler) the trip to hell isn’t near as long as you’d think it would have been. It does the job but I could have stood to see more exploration of this version of hell. There’s a bit of foreshadowing of things to come in the form of a dangerous looking animal surveying the scene so maybe there’s another trip back there in the works.

I’ve liked that Donnie Cates has kept the cast of characters in this book relatively small so that you get a decent fleshing out of their personalities and insight into what makes them tick. There’s a really compelling 3 page run in the book that examines our characters relationship with god and how that can be judged and questioned in the face of strife .Some really good dialogue here. The development of the “non god” relationship between Roy and Janey has been an interesting and necessary subplot to the book.

The main hero of this chapter is Valofax in that he is able to be the strategist and warrior that we forget Emmett is not really ready to be. Interesting nod to “Lord of the Rings: Return of the King” here also. We’re also reminded in this chapter that although Emmett has the power of the gods now, he still has ties to his humanity that can be used to hurt him when need be. I think is an important plot point for this hero to have.

A majority of the media spotlight has been shone on Donnie Cates writing for giving this book the popularity it deserves .However, Geoff Shaw’s art has played a huge part , by being able to convey  a combination of the country simplicity and regal war of the gods feeling of Donnie’s words .His wispy attention to detail in facial features covers every nuance of the characters emotions during the story, and his beautiful renderings of contrasting landscapes, whether the barren slate of hell, or the rustic home style of Texas have brought such a warm and  unique feel to this book. The shades of shadowy dark inking used in this book lends a sense of foreboding to the story that has worked since issue #1.

Book 5 is due out May.17th.Highly recommend this.

Story: Donny Cates

Art: Geoff Shaw, Jason Wordie, John J.Hill

Colorist: Jason Wordie

Letterer: John J Hill