by Jim Mahfood
In such a busy new comics week as this last one was, it would be very easy to overlook something like this comic, but luckily, I noticed that Jim Mahfood was writing and drawing a video game comics tie-in. I guess this Hawken: Melee series is a series of one-off issues, although it appears that the other issues are a little more traditional in their creators.
This issue, however, has Jim Mahfood doing a science fiction comic. I couldn't possibly pass it up. I have no idea what this Hawken stuff is all about, but it looks like it involves people fighting each other in walking battle tank things.
The story is about a single pilot, Lance Armourstrong, who while skilled, is a complete narcissist and liability to his team. When the comic opens, we see Lance out for a night on the town with his fellow pilots, who are quietly plotting against him.
Mahfood is a master cartoonist, and it's a real treat to see him handle something like this. He brings a hip-hop sensibility to everything he touches, and I like seeing how that applies to a project that would have presumably had a fair amount of direction from the game makers.
I hope to see more things like this coming from the newly revitalized Archaia (of course, I'd be even happier to see them finish off more of extant and unfinished projects like The Secret History).