Ok. Cards on the table time.
I don’t really know much about Joshua Luna or his older brother Jonathan, better known in comic book circles, when they’re working together (which is often) as, simply, The Luna Brothers.
I do know of their oeuvre of work, mainly Ultra, Girls and The Sword for Image Comics and Spider-Woman: Origin for Marvel. It’s all highly regarded work with an interesting operational relationship between the two brother where both Joshua and Jonathan work on story followed by Jonathan on art chores and Joshua on scripting dialogue. With Whispers, the first issue of a 6-isse mini-series on sale today, Joshua steps out of what could be a comfort zone and does the entire work – from word to image, himself.
The leap to pencil, pen, eraser and art board isn’t as big as you might think it would be.
Joshua, like Jonathan, studied fine art at the Savannah College of Art and Design, so the man knows how to draw. And paint. And create spooky atmosphere, a hallmark of Whispers. Just look at the cover to the first issue. Comic books don’t get much more unnerving than that! The story itself revolves around a man suffering from obsessive-compulsive disorder, out of work, and suddenly single after a long-time love has left him. Down on life and feeling (heh heh) insubstantial, he discovers that – at night – he is suddenly empowered with the ability to leave his physical body in a ghost-like form and manipulate people in strange and disturbing ways.
Whispers is being billed as a dark, supernatural thriller that raises the question of free will and explores obsessions, compulsions, addictions and urges we may not have control over.
If that briefing doesn’t pull you in, take another look at that cover!
Joshua Luna looks to have pulled off something quite grandiose on his first outing as both writer and illustrator. Whispers may indeed be shouted about sooner rather than later! Make the run today and check out the first issue yourself.
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!