Sean Maher's Quality Control

Thursday, June 22, 2006

Pre-Order Urger: Fragile Prophet

Fraghile Prophet is getting some hearty attention. You'll remember of course that I called the book Best In Show for this year's Alternative Press Expo, and it's also recently been reviewed by AICN for the "Indie Jones" column and Elk's Run writer Joshua Fialkov.

Turns out it's in solicitation for August release, with Diamond order code Jun06 3245. It's a mere ten bucks and a steal for the quality of the story, artwork and production value. It's also being put out by an independent publisher, Lost In The Dark Press, so do your comics warrior duty and lay in a pre-order with your local retailer to make sure you get a copy.

Also, incidentally, I found an old Newsarama interview with artist Stephen Buell and some slammin' artwork from his first book, Video. Observe (larger at link):


Fialkov is also over at Newsarama today, talking a little about the glorious ressurection of Elk's Run.


I promised some thoughts on Umbra #1, the first of a three issue mini-series by writer Murphy and artist extraordinaire Mike Hawthorne.

I had no idea what it was about going in. Now I know it's a crazy investigative murder mystery (the victim is literally a neanderthal with a soviet bullet in its spine) with some really awesome plot points and some interesting characterization. Hawthorne's art is wryly subdued here, though I'm told the violence and action ramps up next issue.

How good is this? Even Graeme McMillan liked it. His Pick of the Week, in fact. His comparison to Rucka's Whiteout is pretty sound. I don't really have a lot to say that he didn't cover, but wanted just to give a quick shout-out to a really solid new book. Looking forward to more of this.


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