Heroes & Villains: ‘Bluefall,’ ‘Killers’ #1 and Thoughts on Amazon’s ‘The Boys’

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B. Clay Moore (W)
Fernando Dagnino (A)
Valiant Entertainment

Hey, remember last week when we had that sweet EXCLUSIVE cover reveal for Killers #4? Well, the first issue of Killers is out TODAY and is definitely something you should check out.

I’ve written recently about how I’ve struggled to find my “in” with the current crop of Valiant comics, having done the bulk of my Valiant reading in the mid-’90s. Luckily for me, a book like Killers comes along and presents a slick and stylish super-spy/mystery/revenge/thriller book that was exceedingly easy to pick up and get into.

Killers is set to be a 5-issue limited series so it doesn’t seem like a book that’s going to overstay its welcome …but then again, I can’t imagine not wanting to read a comic about superpowered assassins forever. Well, always leave them wanting more, right?

Bluefall.jpgBluefall: Vol. 1
Andrew Trainor (W)
Dillon Snook (A)

Out TODAY is Bluefall: Vol. 1 an indie graphic novel that’s billed as “The Big Short meets Ready Player One. Now, I’ve never seen The Big Short but I have read (and hated) Ready Player One and can safely say that Bluefall solidly dunks on Cline when it comes to its vision of the future. 

It’s probably poor form to negatively rant about a book that came out years ago while trying to extol the virtues of another creative endeavour so I’m only using RP1 as a departure point. The amount of thought that went into the world-building of Bluefall is staggering and presents a fascinating take on the economics of the future. 

My understanding of economics hovers somewhere around Homer Simpson’s level (“Money can be exchanged for goods and services.”) which is most likely why I steered clear of The Big Short during its theatrical run. But Bluefall is a neat entry into the ranks of speculative fiction merely by asking questions about how virtual currency will work in the virtual world…and no one had to exhaustively reference 80’s pop culture to do it.

Clocking in at seventy pages, Bluefall: Vol 1. is DENSE. Like I mentioned above, there’s a lot of world-building going on in the book, combining that with various subplots made the story a bit hard for me to follow. The art had a rough and muddy feel to it which clashed with the slick cyberpunk aspect of the story, but that could also be viewed as showing how little of a barrier there is between the virtual and physical worlds in the future.

Bluefall: Vol. 1  is available today on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Kobo.

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A cold one with The Boys

Hey, it’s another one of those sections where I go on and on about something that’s comics-related!

On Monday this week, I received two texts within an hour of each other asking if I had watched Amazon’s The Boys yet. While I hadn’t yet watched the show (to be honest it wasn’t even on my “must watch” list), it cemented that I am indeed That Guy in my circle of friends. The all-knowing oracle of comic book knowledge. It’s a weird, yet welcome feeling to be recognized as a knowledgeable person by one’s peers when something you’ve been into for literal decades happens to come into vogue. 

With regards to The Boys, it was a comic that I had somehow missed during it initial run so I tried my best to dump any scraps of information I had on the book into the conversations I was having so I could maintain my That Guy status. After that, I swiftly set to watching the first two episodes of the series (and I intend on watching more after I finish this piece).

The Boys may be the first of the writer’s adapted works to go full Ennis. I dearly love AMC’s adaptation of Preacher and I’m sad that we’re coming into the final season of it shortly, but the show never quite hit the nitro boosters into the full-on insanity that the comic delivered on a monthly basis. But, but, Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg get props for adapting a comics property long though unadaptable and very much making it its own thing. Their take on the adventures of Jesse, Tulip, and Cassidy was a fantastic compliment to the original work. A lot of The Boys (also produced by Rogen and Goldberg) feels like it’s hitting the nitro that Preacher couldn’t.

Back to The Boys…after watching two episodes of the show, it’s just as filthy, gross, and hilarious as any other work by Garth Ennis has been. If you’re suffering from the dreaded superhero fatigue, this show is one you should certainly check out. 

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