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HERE ARE SOME ISSUES THAT WILL NOT DISAPPOINT.Reed has deja vu… Chrononauts #1 .again it read to time in back traveled I much so it enjoyed and it read I
by Michael Moreci, Tim Daniel, and Colin Lorimer
Dana and Abon are still searching for the serial killer of Kirkuk, with help from a cult that Abon had quit previously. Meanwhile, (what I believe is) ISIS almost starts a riot in the city square which leads to Verge violently stopping it. The issue ends with the killer claiming a victim, who had previously helped Dana and Abon in their investigation.
Lormier’s art is very atmospheric with its thick lines and plentiful shadows. The art gives the book a strong noir tone, even in the bright sunlight.
The pieces are beginning to come together, with rising tension three issues in. The political overtones give an all-too-real theme to the book that approaches topics others are too afraid to discuss. If I could recommend one book/series this year, I’m banking on this one. It’s a mix of True Detective and Pride of Baghdad, but feels like its own entity. With 5 more issues to go, there’s room for the story to get drawn out or veer off into left field but so far the creative team has done a superb job with the story. It’s not too late to catch up and jump on to this mini, there’s alot to enjoy and it feels like nothing else on the stands.
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Burning Field #1 feels like something I should like but it left me cold and I really can’t pinpoint why that is. It’s a story about a down and out military vet that’s a detective in Chicago who get’s recruited by one of her fellow colleagues that’s now in the private sector to investigate a series of ritualistic murders being committed in and around an oil field in Iraq that’s owned by a multinational US company. Writer Michael Moreci does the fantastic Roche Limit for Image and you can see him getting at some of the same themes as that book but it lacks the high concept or hook from the characters to really bring you in the way Roche Limit does. Some of it borders on cliché or ridiculous but it’s not so bad to be a distraction. Perhaps more problematic is the illustration that is going for pulp but feels sort of flat and lifeless. It’s not bad but it’s not really good either. I’m sure there is an audience for Burning Fields but I’m not it in spite of my expectations. All in all it’s an average comic book that should be better. It’s a great idea on the surface without any great idea’s to carry that forward.