We’re starting a new weekly feature here at Review & Robots wherein we check out a few of the new and recent comic series to see what they have to offer. So many new stories are being released every day, and we hope you’ll read along with us! This week’s featured comics include an adaptation of an ancient mythical figure, a future world with a badass protagonist, and a strange fantasy populated by a door into a mysterious dungeon. Check them out!
Comics of the Week
Oberon, Issue 1
Written by Ryan Parrott
Art by Milos Slavkovich
Published by Aftershock Comics
I love when myths are brought into the modern day, and that’s exactly what we get from Oberon. There’s a lot going on here, from a quick jaunt in an alternate fantasy world to a battle with an enormous monster and the appearance of our titular King of the Fairies. This looks to be a dark retelling of his story and it’s hard to tell exactly whose side we should be on. The art is stunning, flying between warm, fantasy world panels and dark, evil settings. It’s a great start to a new fantasy series.
High Level, Issue 1
Written by Rob Sheridan
Art by Barnaby Bagenda & Romulo Fajardo, Jr.
Published by Vertigo
High Level takes us to a grungy world that feels post-apocalyptic, filled with scavengers and makeshift communities. I love this portrayal of the future and the impending juxtaposition of the grunge alongside a super-modern city. There’s a lot of intrigue here in the form of a machinist zealot who believes people should be less flesh and more machine. It’s pretty intense for a second, and unsurprising given the setting. I look forward to learning more about this world and how it came to be this way. This looks to be a great science fiction series! And major props to the creators for the robot sidekick. If you want to see a tiny robot strapped into a carseat, this is your comic.
Delver, Issue 1
Written by C. Spike Trotman & MK Reed
Art by Clive Hawken
Published by Iron Circus Comics
Delver gives us a glimpse of the grotesque and fantastic, showing us what happens when a mysterious passage into a magic-filled dungeon suddenly appears. A small town must accommodate the changes to their daily lives as things get stranger and stranger around them. It’s an interesting story with a very modern art style that expertly depicts the monsters and magical creations in all of their strangeness.
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