The Wednesday Run – July 27, 2011

Every Wednesday, JP makes the after-work run to his local downtown comic book shop. Comics arrive on Wednesdays you see and JP, fearful that the latest issue will sell out, rushes out to purchase his copy. This regular, weekly column will highlight a particularly interesting release, written in short order, of course, because JP has to get his – before someone else does!

Xombi #5
Written by: John Rozum
Illustrated by: Frazier Irving
DC Comics

One of the most bizarre, fantastic, well-regarded and unique comics to be published this year is racing to its mighty conclusion.

And chances are you’ve been missing it.

Xombi, an ongoing series published by DC Comics, didn’t make the cut when the company decided to reorganize, re-launch, re-boot or re-brand (depending upon who you talk to) its entire line of periodicals this coming September. Truth be told, the series wasn’t given much marketing support or much chance of success when it premiered back in March. And that’s a damn shame.

Instead, writer and original creator John Rozum, alongside fan favourite artist Frazier Irving, seemed to fly under editorial (and fandom) radar, giving a select group of daring readers a sizzling, scientifically supernatural yarn. Xombi is a wide-arching story about a man who has regenerative nanites in his bloodstream, Jewish mysticism, Catholic subversion, nine invisible flying kingdoms that house information and power, a villain who wants to control them and, of course, the end of the world.

Crazy, crazy stuff!

This is the type of story that Vertigo Comics, the mature offshoot of DC Comics, would have published a few years ago without thinking twice. Probably to some acclaim too. Nowadays, Vertigo is indeed out on a ledge, trying to rediscover its raison d’être for both the twenty-first century and a parent company that wants everything published to breed toys, video games, television shows, blockbuster films and oodles and oodles of cash money.

That said, the wacky Xombi ends in six issues, making today’s the penultimate chapter. Sure, there will probably be a compilation published in the not-too-distant-future, but if you’re a fan of wildly original comics released in serial form, make the run this Wednesday and pick up Xombi #5 – along with the previous four issues. It probably won’t be hard finding them.

If you do, you’ll know something that not even the publisher does: that the toy and entertainment media goldmine they were looking for was right under their noses the whole time – along with the big time fun!

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