Above Snakes #3 Micro-Review – “Ugly Sticks”

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Above Snakes 3, cover, 2022, Hayden ShermanTITLE: Above Snakes #3 (of 5)
AUTHOR: Sean Lewis
ARTISTS:
Hayden Sherman, Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou (Letterer)

RELEASED: September 14, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Sean Lewis has a way with words that suits this book very well. For instance, we open this issue with our main character Dirt trying to “wash the ugly off me.” But it doesn’t work…

“Ugly sticks,” he says.

I like that. Poetic and true.

What is it about talking animal sidekicks? Dirt and his imaginary talking bird friend Speck have some funny interplay in this book. The bird is trying to get laid. Go figure.

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A Dark Spaces: Wildfire #2 Micro-Review – Belief and Grit

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Dark Spaces Wildfire 2, cover, 2022, Hayden ShermanTITLE: Dark Spaces: Wildfire #2
AUTHOR: Scott Snyder
ARTISTS:
Hayden Sherman, Ronda Pattison (Colorist), Andworld Design (Letters)
RELEASED:
August 17, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Thus far, Dark Spaces: Wildfire has done a good job of making me believe. I believe that these female inmate firefighters are a tight-knight surrogate family. I believe they know the ins and outs of a fire. And I believe in what’s at stake for them.

There’s a certain grit to the artwork here that I find endearing. It’s fitting too, as these characters all have a certain grit to them. I suppose that’s what a combination of prison and fire will do to you…

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An Above Snakes #2 Micro-Review – “… a Man You Own.”

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Above Snakes 2, cover, 2022, Hayden ShermanTITLE: Above Snakes #2 (of 5)
AUTHOR: Sean Lewis
ARTISTS:
Hayden Sherman, Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou (Letterer)

RELEASED: August 17, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

“Control a man’s story and you have providence over that man. … And now he’s no longer a man you fear, but a man you own.”

A bit of old-west style life insight for your Thursday.

There’s a cathartic quality to these characters and this series. Bad things happen in this book, but then we see bad things happen to the people who did those bad things. It’s satisfying in that rugged and bloody sort of way.

Hayden Sherman’s colors combine with his deep black inks to create just the bloody western noir vibe this series strives for.

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A Dark Spaces: Wildfire #1 Micro-Review – Intrigue, Potential, and Untold Stories

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Dark Spaces Wildfire 1, cover, 2022, Hayden ShermanTITLE: Dark Spaces: Wildfire #1
AUTHOR: Scott Snyder
ARTISTS:
Hayden Sherman, Ronda Pattison (Colorist), Andworld Design (Letters)
RELEASED:
July 20, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

I get the sense that inmate female firefighters don’t have their stories told very often. So it’s pretty cool of this crew to focus on them, even in a fictional setting.

I haven’t seen much of Rescue Me. But I’m getting the sense Dark Spaces: Wildfire is going to be like Rescue Me meets Orange is the New Black, with some Ocean’s Eleven thrown in. And if that’s the case, there’s a lot of intrigue and potential here. This first issue does it’s job well, which is to say it draws the reader in and gets them invested in the characters. Particularly our lead.

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An Above Snakes #1 Micro-Review – Rugged and Bloody Charm

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Above Snakes 1, cover, 2022, Hayden ShermanTITLE: Above Snakes #1 (of 5)
AUTHOR: Sean Lewis
ARTISTS:
Hayden Sherman, Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou (Letterer)

RELEASED: July 13, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

I don’t normally get into westerns. For whatever reason, they’re just not my flavor of ice cream. But Above Snakes is, thus far, so simple and easy to get into that it grabbed me.

The premise is simple: A lone gunfighter seeking vengeance over the murder of his wife. The art from Hayden Sherman is suitably gritty, Sean Lewis’ writing has some charming wit to it, and we’ve got a hero who has a certain rugged and bloody charm.

Also: There’s a talking vulture. Because comics are pretty awesome sometimes.

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