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Tuesday, June 14, 2005
The Black Diamond: On Ramp
Hitting comic shops tomorrow is the prelude issue to Larry Young's and Jon Proctor's full-color mini The Black Diamond. I got the chance to look at an advance copy and I like what I see. The story has a good mix of action and Larry's distinctive sense of humor, filtered through his slightly off-kilter world view. It's a very brief tease for the upcoming series, concentrating more on setting the tone, with the details fleshed out with text pieces and the actual story commencing in the forthcoming first issue.
Jon Proctor has a visually unique and expressive art style that is not going to be to everyone's tastes. It's got a rough-hewn look to it that puts me in mind of wood-cuts and the German Expressionist art style. His colors are very interesting as well. It's a subdued palette that adds to that nearly Expressionist style I mentioned above.
AIT is also doing an over-ship on this preview comic, so all good comic shops should have plenty of copies to go around. And as an added bonus, on the flip side of the book is a preview for the forthcoming Smoke and Guns by Kirsten Baldock and Fabio Moon, which I had a teaser image up for a short while ago, as well as a page from Matt Fraction's and Steven Sander's Five Fists of Science, starring Mark Twain and Nikola Tesla. So for $2.95 you get the start of a promising new serial, but two looks at good-looking new graphic novels as well. That's a good deal.
James Powell of Bookshelf comics has a new feature where he asks five people from across the comics spectrum to weigh in on subjects important to the field. It's called "Party of Five", and I was honored to be asked to participate in the inaugural column. Go check it out, I think my response is the shortest.