In a comic book pop culture world where immense crossover events from the big two publishers, Marvel Comics and DC Comics, fill up all the headlines, smaller and cooler and more artful releases can sometimes get a little lost in on the store shelves.
As fun as #DCMetal’s Dark Days: The Forge #1 (DC Comics’ big Batman-centric story) and the Secret Empire series of comics (Marvel’s Hydra-centered summer epic) might be, for a lot of us, it’s the creator-owned stuff that take our fancy.
That’s what we’re here for today: making sure you don’t get blinded from the great stuff when you head over to your local comic book shop on your own Wednesday Run.
Certainly, you don’t want to miss the eagerly anticipated release of Pop Gun War Volume 2: Chain Letter – finally out today!
Pop Gun War Volume 2: Chain Letter
Written and Illustrated By: Farel Dalrymple
Published By: Image Comics
Look, I absolutely gush writer/artist Farel Dalrymple. I admit it.
I fell in love with the man’s artistic sensibilities with the release of 2008’s Omega the Unknown, a 10-issue series from Marvel Comics that Dalrymple drew, beautifully completing author Jonathan Lethem’s strange and emotional story.
I followed his efforts from then on, with his work in the Strange Tales compilation (also from Marvel Comics), various comic book covers, his creator-owned graphic novel, The Wrenchies (published by First Second) which was so much fun, and then Pop Gun War: The Gift, which was handsomely re-published by Image Comics last year. That book actually made this very column (of course!), which you can read or re-read, here.
Within a 176-page softcover book, Pop Gun War Volume 2: Chain Letter returns readers to Farel Dalrymple’s surreal urban fantasy of that critically acclaimed first volume from years ago.
Partially serialized in the Island anthology that Image Comics publishes, Pop Gun War Volume 2: Chain Letter follows Emily, a young girl stuck and bored in a small town…but a town full of subterranean tunnels and surreal adventures! It’s the kind of dreamlike whimsy that only childhood imagination – and Dalrymple’s pencil, ink, and water colour paints – could possibly conjure.
And it’s an artistic magic that you need to experience!
Make the run to your local comic book store or bookstore today and pick up Pop Gun War Volume 2: Chain Letter.
Join the rest of us in our appreciation for beautiful sequential art and moving, left of center, storytelling!