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Comics in their essence are a serialized art form. We might discuss arcs and runs, trading waiting and so on, yet , most comics are still centered on the experience of reading individual chapters parceled out over a (typically) monthly basis. With this in mind, I offer my third annual list of the year’s most memorable single issues.
I start with my choices for the two very best:
Sandman Overture #6 by Neil Gaiman & J.H. Williams III: Dream’s cosmic journey across a universe (or two) came to a stunning conclusion in this issue. The issue contained several callbacks to Gaiman’s classic work, yet not none of them felt like self-serving fan service. Instead they enriched even further the fascinating personalities of the Dream Lord and his siblings. At the same time, Gaiman offered a story where the stakes were huge. Williams more than ably met the challenge of Gaiman’s script handing in page after page of stunning art. His detailed, imaginative work defied any traditional sense of page layouts, spilling the action in all directions. Rarely have words and pictures blended so well to create a truly emotional experience on an epic scale. For more, read Cosmo’s staff review.
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The Surface #2 by Ales Kot, Langdon Foss & Jordie Bellaire
The fascinating first issue of Kot’s new Image series presented readers with several questions about the state of society. Creating a future only slightly exaggerated from our present, Kot poked fun at our foibles, while considering the consequences of our faults. For his second issue, Kot expands his scope beyond the political to the cosmic. In the process he crafts a comic which is not only gripping to read, but thought-provoking as well.
Continue reading This Week’s Finest: The Surface #2
by Ales Kot & Langdon Foss
Ales Kot’s new series, The Surface is set in the future, though how far in the future is left purposefully vague. The time is listed as “uncertain.” Those familiar with Kot’s work will immediately sense a double-meaning behind this designation. The year is uncertain, as in unknown, while the period in which the characters are living is uncertain, i.e. full of upheaval. There is a reference to The President of the Three State Union, which suggests that the U.S. has gone through a bit of culling that makes the geography of East of West appear unified. Lifelogs represent the next logical step in social media, devices which record entire lives. Sharing “all” is the default option and privacy is for the few that opt out. Starnuts includes speed as a regular ingredient in their lattes, because, honestly, how else are going to get through the stress that comes with your role as a cog in the corporate machine? World resources are exploited through the global muscle of countries such as China and Saudi Arabia.
In other words, the landscape appears superficially different yet underneath it all (below the surface if you will), it feels a little too uncomfortably familiar. Those skyscrapers towering over the Tanzanian city of Dar Es Salaam? They resemble New York’s Freedom Tower and other recent pieces of monumental architecture.