Sci-fi! Mystery! Adventure!
Comics that carry these kinds of styles and themes are so ubiquitous right now, can we still call them “genre” comics? I suppose, so long as “superhero” comics still make up the bulk of comic book sales.
But publisher Image Comics is doing their best to change the course of that strong and deep cape and cowl river. Over the past few years, they’ve been on the forefront of publishing books that do not conform to the usual trappings of DC Comics and Marvel Comics. We readers regularly reap the benefits.
And this Wednesday is no different with the auspicious debut of the science fiction-mystery-adventure of Fuse #1!
Written by: Antony Johnson
Illustrated by: Justin Greenwood
Published by: Image Comics
Fuse is a new monthly series written by Antony Johnson, whose fantasy series Umbral (only 3 issue in so far – so if you haven’t checked it out yet, it’s still early days) is one of this columnist’s current favourite reads. The series is illustrated by Justin Greenwood, who has worked with Johnson on Wasteland, so the two creators know each other quite well.
That said, Fuse is a bit of a departure. Literally and figuratively.
The future-based series details the police homicide investigation of two dead cablers…22,000 miles up on an energy platform orbiting our planet earth!
The comic’s tag line says it all: “22,000 miles up, there is no backup.”
The platform is an enormous contraption that houses half a million people and seems like an infinity exponential of the towns and cities that spring up around oil drill sites and tar sands exploration sites here in the early twenty-first century. Just visit Fort McMurray in northern Alberta, Canada. You’ll see. But beyond the social, economic, political and philosophical ramifications that will surely be evident in the story, Fuse promises a futuristic crime series with lots of mayhem, lots of mystery and, above all, lots of entertainment.
Get set for a futuristic whirlwind of a comic with attitude and altitude! Make the run to your local comic book shop today and pick up Fuse #1.
See you in orbit!
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!