Stay on target Buy This Comic: DEATH ORB #1Buy This Comic: MAN-EATERS #1 “Carter Carlson was a highly decorated operative during the Cold War. But in the fall of 1991, as the Soviet Union collapsed, Carter discovered a secret that not only changed his life…but also altered the course of history. Now, as the mysterious “Dead Hand” threatens to end the world once again, the only thing standing in its way is the relationship between an old spy and a little boy.”THE DEAD HAND #1 (W): Kyle Higgins (A): Stephan Mooney (C): Jordie Bellaire (L): Clayton CowlesIt’s always hard to find a good spy story. It’s even harder to find a good spy story that starts strong and makes you wonder where it may land. We’ve gotten so many undeniably incredible spy stories that leave you at the edge every minute. But… what if you had one a spy story where you’re not sure where it will land? You don’t know what secrets these characters have to hide, or what they may be trying to hide. The Dead Hand #1 presents that type of story. Higgins creates a story that will leave you in awe, but also hanging on at the edge of every panel.via Image ComicsHiggins knows how to slowly build and balance a suspenseful and tense espionage spy story where you actively try to figure out just what the character has gotten themselves into and how it’s going to end for… everyone. Higgins’ narrative immediately brings you into the mindset of Captain America, but a Captain America solely sent to occupy the Soviet Union and learn the plan behind weapons being built. However, this story quickly keeps your interest risen. Higgins presents the full backstory of the lead character and what lead him to the place he’s in now. All of this with a looming threat handing over his head and a twist at the end to pull it all together.This comic carries the weight of the narrative on the back and actions of Carter Carlson. Higgins amps the story of the comic through the lead and invitingly guides readers into his world with giving us the pieces to his history on a platter. He even mentions how his childhood fascination with Captain America leads him into the Black Ops and with one panel, BOOM, we’re back in the dark.via Image ComicsI grew up on British spy novels. Spy stories like this remind me so much of British spy novels John le Carre (read everything by him please), Ian Fleming and Len Deighton. That’s what makes this story particularly interesting and intriguing if you love these types of novels. It gives you as much information as possible, but it’s still pulling back. You get the nitty gritty, but suddenly, you’re left with as many questions as you were from the start. What exactly is Dead Hand? How many secrets lie in this strange town? Do we really think we know about Carter Carlson? What is he (and the town) trying to hide? These questions, as generic as they are, build your suspicious nature around the story to questions everything you’ve been seeing. Higgins knows how to give that classic spy story, but leaves you with the feeling reservation and doubt.As impressive as the story is, the art is equaled to this and utterly jaw-dropping. Stephan Mooney is incredibly phenomenal capturing the visuals of this story with his pencils and inks. Mooney captures the feel that Higgins creates through his narrative of moments in time. This entire comic structures around moments in time within Carter Carlson’s life and each panel Mooney brings out a specific and haunting style of the character in these moments. Mooney’s art keeps you in the dark as Bellaire’s colors enhance that experience.via Image ComicsBellaire does absolute marvels in creating a mood for a comic. In Dead Hand, she brings a sense of nostalgia in the panels of the panels with bright open colors. Then follows up with dark, cold colors as we feel a sense of dread and foreshadowing following Carlson through his missions. In the end, both of these moods come together fantastically. She gives you the pleasure of feeling a certain nostalgia belonging to the town, but then getting that twist of something just isn’t right here. Bellaire and Mooney work together like a charm. They give the narrative the push needed to create both a feeling in time and a feeling of danger.One thing I love about a good spy comic that is the voice-over lettering that comes with it. It has to create a specific momentum as you’re reading. One that keeps you engaged, but also allows you to track and read the story as or with whoever’s telling the story. Cowles does this beautifully, taking the narration of Carlson’s story and hyping up those ‘moments in time’ we read in voice-overs. He also places where the visuals shine. You’re able to scan the panel, move to the lettering and onto the next with such ease and Cowles knows how to deliver that.via Image ComicsThe Dead Hand #1 is a comic that everyone should be reading. It’s a new kind of espionage that will have you on your toes, but also side-eyeing what you’ve been told. I was totally on board for this comic. However, that twist at the end will entirely have you sold to find out what happens next. The Dead Hand #1 is now available on Comixology and your local comic shop.4/11/18 Releases – In addition to The Dead Hand #1, here’s a list of other new titles that came out this week that you should be reading.James Bond: Casino Royale HC by Ian Fleming, Van Jensen (W), Dennis Calero (A) DynamiteExiles #1 by Saladin Ahmed (W) Javier Rodriguez (A), Alvaro Lopez (I), Jordie Bellaire, Javier Rodriguez (C), Joe Caramagna (L) David Marquez (CA) Marvel ComicsDomino #1 by Gail Simone (W), David Baldeon (A), Jesus Aburtov (C), Clayton Cowles (L) Marvel ComicsCrude #1 by Steve Orlando (W), Gary Brown (A), Lee Loughridge (C), Thomas Mauer (L) Image ComicsRobocop: Citizens Arrest #1 by Brian Wood (W), Jorge Coelho (A), Doug Garbark (L) BOOM! StudiosLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.
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