Written by James Robinson
Art by J. Bone
We all know the score these days - Image Comics launches a new series, everyone gets really excited about it, there's some action on the after-market, and the world is just a little bit richer for it all. This has been going on for a while now - it was a trend even before Saga dropped. What I've liked best about this is the novelty of the books that have been appearing, and the quality of the creators involved.
This year, as the only book being published by Image this week, we get the first issue of a new collaboration between James Robinson, who is best known for his work on Starman at DC comics, and cartoonist extraordinaire, J. Bone, who has worked all over the place at different times.
This series is set in a tiny, dusty desert town. Right from the beginning, we are introduced to Tomas, a bit of a layabout who loves his town, loves getting high, and finds that life generally treats him pretty well. He has a big drugged-out heart-to-heart with a lizard while smoking up one day, and later, while under the influence, manages to convince himself that the town's Sheriff is actually a lizard-man, or an alien, or something. Of course, this being comics, the cop is most definitely a lizard-man, and he comes after Tomas for knowing too much.
Most of this issue is given over to the typical first issue stuff - we get a real strong sense of place and character from this issue, and Robinson and Bone work very well together to establish that. Tomas's ongoing narration lets us understand him perfectly, while Bone's art makes the town a very familiar place. Robinson's writing reminds me a little of his Leave It To Chance series, although this is a more 'mature' title.
I'm definitely looking forward to seeing where this series takes us. Robinson has been hit-or-miss in the years since Starman ended, but this series is different enough from that work that I get a real positive vibe off of it.