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A comiXologist Recommends:
Molly Brooks recommends Copperhead #1
In Copperhead #1, Clara Bronson and her son Zeke relocate off-planet to the remote little mining town of Copperhead, so that Clara can to take over as sheriff. It’s hinted that some recent event— a tragedy? a scandal?— forced the two of them out of their previous situation, and that Copperhead is both a major step down and the best they could have expected in the circumstances. From a law enforcement perspective, at least, Copperhead immediately proves itself to be far more interesting than Clara had anticipated or hoped for.
The art and writing are both great, and work really well together to convey the disjointed sense of being ill-fitting in an unfamiliar place, while making that place feel very real. As Clara attempts to insert herself into her new role, there’s an abrasive awkwardness to every social interaction; no one is ever totally smooth or entirely in the right, and clearly absolutely no one— including Clara herself— wants her to be there. All the characters come across as fully-developed personalities with histories informing their actions, and it makes everyone super fascinating. I already care about what happens to each of them in the next issue.
Clearly the town of Copperhead is hiding many secrets, and I can’t wait to find out what they are. This is a great first issue, and I highly recommend picking it up!
Molly Brooks is an artist from nashville currently living in brooklyn. she works at comixology as a digital editor.
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A comiXologist Recommends:
Harris Smith recommends Low #1
The best science fiction is a measured balance of concept and idea. The concept is the hook, it draws the reader in with its inventiveness. The idea is what gives a good science fiction story resonance. Planet of the Apes, Logan’s Run and X-Men all have great sci-fi concepts: a future where apes have evolved beyond humans, a futuristic society that kills off anyone over the age of 30, a group of teenagers born with metahuman abilities. No doubt these clever stories are what initially drew readers and viewers in, but these three concepts have strong ideas behind them that have continued to reverberate with readers for decades: a treatise on evolution and man’s inhumanity to man, an indictment of youth-obsessed culture, an allegory for racial prejudice.
Rick Remender's new comic, Low, has both concept and idea. The concept is overflowing with imagination (would we expect anything less from the creator of Franke-Castle?): in the future, an expanding sun has doomed the human race and driven them underwater, where they live in an encapsulated city besieged by “Road Warrior”-esque pirates and scavengers. The idea, meanwhile, is universal- how do we find hope in the face of the inevitability of death, in this case the knowledge that the sun will soon engulf the Earth? Remender sets this heady existential question, one that’s plagued philosophers from Kirkegaard to Ernest Becker, within an exciting, colorful universe, a world replete with majestic fantasy landscapes and riotous underwater battle sequences. It’s a perfect blend of concept and idea tied together with the vision of a true artist and highlighted with masterfully evocative artwork by Greg Tocchini. High-minded ideas and aristry aside, Remender really knows how to tell a story and this first issue left me genuinely excited, maybe even a little anxious, to find out what happens next.
Harris Smith is a Brooklyn-based comics and media professional. In addition to his role as a Senior Production Coordinator at comiXology, he edits several comics anthologies, including Jeans and Felony Comics, under the banner of Negative Pleasure Publications. He’s also the host of the weekly radio show Neagtive Pleasure on Newtown Radio.