There are strange lights in the sky. Crazy monsters, hooded villains
and sexy mystical women are gathering and the world is going to shit quick. Flash
Gordon, Mandrake the Magician and The Phantom (with added groovy cast members)
band together to take on these strange events. Kings Watch is the mini-series
that reintroduces these characters back into the world with a vengeance.
Cards on the table.
It’s no secret that Marc
Laming is a great mate of mine and one of the pillars of our local Comics Club.
In fact we first met at a signing when he was doing Planet of the Apes for Boom
Comics a year or so ago. He remains one of the best artists out there. His
style has a traditional noir style to it. You can see some Wally Wood, Alex
Toth, Howard Chaykin and Alex Raymond. For me he is easily one of the best
artists out there stylistically along with Alex Maleev, Nic Klein, Michael
Lark, Butch Guice and Mike Perkins. All part of a pleasing trend at the moment
in comics that combines great art and superb storytelling ability. And he sure
can pull off a horse.
Jeff Parker has also
featured heavily in these pages over the years and I have always made lots of
noise to those that listened about his excellent Thunderbolts run at Marvel
Comics. His work is always full of cool dialogue and nasty edged action.
I also think that Dynamite are really on the top of their
game at the moment. Having always been a fan of the old pulp titles I am now
buying more of their books than DC
Comics. They have been trying some crossovers recently with their Masks and Dark Nights series. This book looks set to top the lot.
I have genuinely not
been this excited for a new release for years. Having been privy to some
preview pages I can guarantee that you are in for an excellent book.
A two fisted, non-stop
exercise in cool storytelling. Kings Watch brings back this bundle of KingFeatures characters in one interwoven story that spans the globe. Defenders of the Earth with added edge
and some John Wu ‘fuck you up’ attitude. Spin into this mix some genuinely
funny moments (I get the impression that the Flash / Zarkov interactions are
going to be a highlight) and this is really rolling into Dynamite’s best book
But I think that it’s
The Phantom who seems to be turning into my favourite so far (at least from
what I have seen). The moments where he is fighting a dinosaur creature in
issue 1 looks like it’s been thought up by Jack Kirby and drawn by Al
Williamson. There’s a little bit of Wolverine, some Wildcat and a whole bunch
of Batman Year One in the mix. He will keep punching you until you drop and
looks fucking cool (even in those stripy shorts).
The colouring on the
book is also worth a huge shout out. Above and Beyond artistry by Jordan Boyd.
The richness of the colour jumps out at you in each panel. Just an incredible
attention to details. Magnificent stuff.
I urge you to pick this book up. In my opinion it's going to be the next big thing!
If you fancy hearing
more about this book pre-release there’s a great interview with Marc and Jeff
You can also find
Jeff Parker on Twitter @jeffparker
Marc Laming is on
Jordan Boyd is
You can also find
more of my humble mumblings and those of Comics Club @Ezohyez or at the comics
pages at www.beardrock.com