The Life After #1 Written by Joshua Hale Fialkov
Illustrated and Colored by Gabo
Lettered by Crank!
Cover by Gabo Oni Press
Release Date: July 9, 2014
Cover Price: $3.99
When dullness of life seems ever-present, it becomes increasingly necessary to make a sudden change. In Oni Press’s newest ongoing series, The Life After, creator Joshua Hale Fialkov constructs a surreal existence for his protagonist, who finds himself caught in a constant flow of past, present, and future history — a reality of his own doing; or is it?
The beginning of the comic spans time and space through brilliant scene-to-scene transitions that exemplify the monotony of Jude’s life to an outstanding measure. The repetitive current of living continues daily, everything our hero experiences always seems to be slightly off or second best; until he makes a conscious effort to walk off of the bus — inadvertently altering the course of his life.
Ignition Vol. 1 Written by Various
Penciled by Various
Colors by Various
Edited by Andrew DelQuadro 215 Ink
Release Date: Available for Pre-Order
Cover Price: $29.99
So, there’s a review in here, promise, and it’s going to be about the new collection from 215ink called Ignition Vol. 1. The lede is just, as people who call writing a profession say, buried. First, I need a moment to qualify what I mean and give a frame of reference. So, sorry, but: you can always circumvent that by skipping to the end if you’d like.
There’s been something of a renaissance of creator owned content lately, with a bevy of titles being announced from creators like Grant Morrison, Steve Niles, Brian K Vaughan, and other industry heavyweights. Although artistic control has been a high profile issue in the comics world at least since the early 90s -what with the Creator’s Bill of Rights in 1988, and the creation of Image Comics in 1992- the past calendar year has seemed like something of a watershed moment for the publicity and frequency of creator owned projects. Every major publisher, I believe, has an imprint dedicated to these projects, and the whole thing smacks of a cash-in. That sounds cynical.